MAJESTIC OPULENCE – DESERT LUXURY
The echo of all things splendid beckon the desert visitor. Nothing left to chance, everything of elegance and sophistication await at the Phoenician and Arizona Biltmore.
August 22, 2014 | By: Gina Samarotto
An Elegant Evening at The Phoenician
The vast plains and soaring mountains of Arizona are richly laced with history, wrapped in unrivaled natural beauty and kissed by a sun-drenched climate. The Saguaro studded land, offering everything from grand canyons to elegant nightlife, is difficult to resist. And with stellar choices in luxury hotels and resorts, there’s no reason not to indulge in some desert down time.
The Canyon Lobby The Phoenician
The Phoenician is a shimmering oasis in the Scottsdale desert. Boasting nine distinctive pools including a memorable stunner inlaid with mother of pearl, a world-class 27-hole golf course designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Homer Flint, and breathtaking mountain views; the opulent hotel and resort is a grande dame in the foothills of Camelback Mountain. An expansive schedule of events lets guests spend their days immersed in everything from falconry exhibitions to wine tastings to tours of the hotel’s impressive cactus garden. The plethora of accommodation choices at the Phoenician includes the lushly appointed Canyon Suites.
Designed as a hotel within a hotel, the Canyon Suites offer guests a five-star experience featuring access to a private infinity pool and chauffeured resort transportation. Dining options include the Jean-Georges Vongerichten conceived J&G Steakhouse. Led by classically trained Chef de Cuisine Jacques Qualin, the culinary fare served at J&G Steakhouse is surpassed only by the panoramic desert views. Other dining options include the Italian inspired Il Terrazzo and an assortment of bistro style bars, cafes, and lounges. More food-focused excitement can be found in nearby Mesa. Known as the “culinary gateway” between Phoenix and Scottsdale, Mesa has miles of bucolic farmland edged by the Tonto National Forest. Here, guests can explore and taste their way through the landscape before returning to the Phoenician’s luxurious comforts for the evening.
The Arizona Biltmore
For those wanting to surround themselves in architectural history, the legendary Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix is a study in indulgence. With acres of gardens and iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright influenced architecture by Albert Chase McArthur, the Arizona Biltmore has been a premier destination in Phoenix since 1929. The hotel offers 740 accommodations, including those comprising the Ocatillo rooms. Ocatillo guests enjoy an extensive menu of exclusive, signature services along with a coveted array of privileges made available through a dedicated concierge staff. Also available at the Arizona Biltmore is a collection of one and two bedroom villas affording guests an even higher level of elegant privacy and indulgence.
A Pool Paradise at The Arizona Biltmore
Golfers may tee off at the Arizona Biltmore Country Club adjacent to the resort. Featuring two of the most revered Phoenix golf resort courses, The Adobe and The Links, guests hone their game through 36 challenging holes. A 22,000 square foot spa and fitness center, salon, eight pools, and seven tennis courts round out the options that let visitors to the Biltmore do everything – or nothing at all.
The area is also home to several FBOs including the popular Scottsdale Airport and the member's only Hangar One, making a trip to the desert as convenient as it is alluring.