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Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 E. Missouri Avenue
Phoenix , Arizona
85016
Tel: 800 950 0086 (toll-free)
Tel: 602 955 6600
reservations@arizonabiltmore.com
www.arizonabiltmore.com

The granddaddy of local resorts, the 39-acre Arizona Biltmore has been here since 1929 and was designed by Albert Chase McArthur, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright's. Located just north of the bustling intersection of 24th Street and Camelback Road, near Biltmore Fashion Park, the Biltmore is like an architecturally inspiring version of a Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons—big, elegant, and consistent. The hotel attracts an older clientele with taste, partly because of its design heritage and partly for its location at the end of a residential road lined with $10 million–plus estates. It's quiet and rather proper, with painstakingly manicured grounds. The squat, angular buildings, created from concrete blocks that mimic the color of the desert, are certainly Wright-like. And despite their age, the 739 guest rooms are quite comfortable, with Mission-style furniture and Southwestern motifs. In 2009, the Biltmore renovated one wing and dubbed it Ocatilla, a hotel-within-a-hotel with upgraded linens, flat-screen TVs, and a private lounge serving drinks and meals; rooms here cost about $50 to $75 more per night. Eight pools traverse the property, which abuts two 18-hole PGA championship courses. Hotel guests get preferred tee times.

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Enchantment Resort
525 Boynton Canyon Road
Sedona , Arizona
Tel: 800 826 4180
Tel: 928 282 2900
info@enchantmentresort.com
www.enchantmentresort.com

Dozens of low-profile adobe-style casitas make up this resort with "panoramic views of the Red Rocks" and pine forests. Staff deliver fresh orange juice and a newspaper every morning. A central clubhouse has two restaurants, a game room, and a gift shop with items made by local artisans. At Yavapai, signature dishes include cast-iron-skillet roasted scallops with heirloom bean succotash.

(218 rooms)

$300-$399
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Fairmont Scottsdale
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale , Arizona
85255
Tel: 800 344 4758 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 585 4848
scottsdale@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/scottsdale

A standout within the Fairmont stable, this pink palace covers more than 450 immaculately landscaped acres and has a series of pools and waterslides that attract an eclectic mix of couples, families, and guys on bachelor weekends. Most of the 659 guest rooms received a face-lift during a two-year remodeling completed in 2010, which replaced the previous on-the-nose Southwest look with sophisticated earth tones. The Fairmont also has the best restaurant selection of the nearby resorts, with a boldface name attached to each spot: Richard Sandoval (the veritable father of modern Mexican cuisine) at La Hacienda, chef Michael Mina at Bourbon Steak, and nightlife guru Rande Gerber at Stone Rose Lounge. The hotel is also a favorite of duffers, probably because it's adjacent to the 18-hole Stadium Course, site of the annual Waste Management Open (formerly the FBR Open), the Phoenix area's only PGA tournament. (If you're in town during the Open, talk to the Fairmont concierge about getting into the Birds Nest, the legendary after-party.) The Willow Stream Spa has a menu peppered with funky remedies for golfers, like the Golf Performance Treatment, which combines massage, stretching, and acupressure to help improve mobility—perfect if you've overindulged on or off the greens.—Updated by David Tyda

$200-$299
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Firesky
4925 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale , Arizona
85251
Tel: 800 528 7867 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 945 7666
sales@fireskyresort.com
www.fireskyresort.com

You'll have to get past the silly new name (the FireSky was formerly the Caleo) and questionable decor (hallway carpets are purple, yellow, and lime green) to enjoy the good stuff. True to the Kimpton brand, this property offers a lengthy list of amenities: Free 24-hour yoga instruction on TV, a hosted wine of the month every evening from 5 to 6, and pet-friendly perks are just a few. So if Fido needs a doggie bed and midnight chew toy, this 204-room property is for you. And with the FireSky's location (a five-minute cab ride from Old Town), you can't beat the rates. If you fall in love with the divine bed, it's for sale through the in-room catalog—but the goldfish for your room, available upon request, is property of the hotel, thank you. The most charming part of this resort is the forest-like central courtyard, with pools, fire pits, secluded benches, and a small sand-filled beach.

$300-$399
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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 East Crescent Moon Drive
Scottsdale , Arizona
85262
Tel: 888 207 9696 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 515 5700
Sco.reservations@fourseasons.com
www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

As multimillion-dollar homes sprout up around the far North Scottsdale area, you'll have to drive past a slew of "lot for sale" signs and construction crews before reaching this Four Seasons, where the usual "Welcome to the Four Seasons, you are safe now" vibe will revive you. Buffered by 40 acres of manicured desert, the resort takes its name from its golf club, Troon North, which has two Weiskopf- and Morrish-designed courses that are as quiet and exclusive as it gets. The Four Seasons also hosts a number of fun programs such as cooking in the kitchen with hotel chef Mel Mecinas ("Saturday Night in the Kitchen") and poolside margarita-mixing lessons. Parents can drop their kids off at Kids for All Seasons, a hotel program that will keep children busy in the game room, on the tennis courts, or at the Ping-Pong table.

$300-$399
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Hotel Valley Ho
6850 East Main Street
Scottsdale , Arizona
85251
Tel: 866 882 4484 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 248 2000
reservations@hotelvalleyho.com
www.hotelvalleyho.com

After years of vacancy (the estate was literally boarded up), the mid-century Hotel Valley Ho received more than just an architectural restoration by its new owners: It underwent a total 21st-century overhaul, resulting in free propertywide Wi-Fi, a full-service spa and fitness room, and two restaurants. (Choose between Cafe ZuZu, a comfort-food diner, and the legendary Trader Vic's, a Polynesian restaurant.) The 194 guest rooms are bright, cheery, and retro, with teal bed frames, terrazzo entries, and Eames task chairs. We recommend the Cabana King, with its outdoor patio mere steps from a huge center pool. In low season, you might even be able to pick up one of these for about $200 per night. Locals hang out in the Jetson-esque lobby bar because unlike at other hip hotels, there's no guest list, and the servers don't intimidate you with a trendier-than-thou attitude. On weekends, the hotel books up with bachelorette parties and Los Angeles weekenders, but even during the week, the Ho's laid-back style rubs off on convention-going guests. Hotel Valley Ho nails it on many levels: It's within walking distance of Old Town Scottsdale, and it has quality service, decor, and food.

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InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa
4949 E. Lincoln Drive
Corner of Lincoln and Tatum boulevards
Paradise Valley , Arizona
85253
Tel: 888 627 3010 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 627 3200
montelucia.info@ihg.com
montelucia.reservations@ihg.com
www.icmontelucia.com

While other new Scottsdale-area hotels aspire to urban cool, the 293-room Montelucia will appeal to fans of the classic desert resort, where every turn brings a new pool (five in this case) and every employee demonstrates an eagerness to please. Designed with clusters of rooms meant to represent small villages, the resort has Moorish touches that blend well with the desert landscape. The Moroccan-inspired spa, perhaps the only one in Arizona with services that include a hammam ritual, is at the heart of things, but guests must go off-site for tennis and golf. The main restaurant, Prado—popular with locals—follows chef Claudio Urciuoli's slow-food, everything-local philosophy, with many dishes grilled on a wood fire.

$300-$399
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L'Auberge de Sedona
301 L'Auberge Lane
Sedona , Arizona
Tel: 800 272 6777 (toll-free)
Tel: 928 282 1661
Fax: 928 282 2885
www.lauberge.com

"The wonderful colors of the Red Rocks" surround this hotel. May 2010 renovations included 64 new or redesigned cottages, all with outdoor showers, observation decks, and gas fireplaces. "You feel like you are on your own private estate." L'Auberge Restaurant overlooks Oak Creek and serves Southwestern fare like coriander seared ahi tuna. "Service is the best." Wine and cheese events in the lodge "let us mingle with other guests."

(89 rooms)

$300-$399
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The Phoenician
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale , Arizona
85251
Tel: 800 888 8234 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 941 8200
info@thephoenician.com
www.thephoenician.com

While newer resorts stumble over themselves to satisfy current trends, this grande dame holds fast to old-world luxury and a Reagan-era feeling of prosperity. The architecture and guest room design haven't changed much since the resort's inception in 1988—though there's certainly nothing tattered about the place. The Italianate architecture, ornate upholstered furniture, and huge marble bathrooms definitely speak to the old guard. Guests can also opt to stay in the newly designed Canyon Suites—sort of a boutique property within the Phoenician. Guests in this bank of 60 rooms (of the resort's total of 654) get a daily wine tasting with a master sommelier, a black S550 Mercedes to shuttle them around, freebies that main resort guests pay for (Wi-Fi, parking, access to the fitness center, long-distance calls), and a separate porte cochere, lobby, pool, and cabanas. Plus, a Phoenician Ambassador will call you 72 hours before your arrival to arrange any plans.

$199 or less
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The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain
15000 N. Secret Springs Drive
Marana , Arizona
85658
Tel: 520 572 3000
tusrz.leads@ritzcarlton.com
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/DoveMountain/Default.htm

Tucked into the first folds of the Tortolita Mountains, 30 miles north of Tucson, this 253-room high desert property amid boulders and mature saguaros has an immediate sense of place that's typically harder to evoke at large resorts such as this. The authenticity is heightened by rock drawings, best viewed from the blissful spa, and, at night, fire pits that feel as if they could be illuminating an early Native American encampment—assuming the Native Americans played golf (there are 27 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus). The excellent main restaurant, Core, is overseen by chef Joel Harrington, formerly of Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, and has an exotic American menu that includes pulled rabbit and buffalo tenderloin. The resort is far enough from Tucson that guests need to be content with staying put, which, with the Sonoran Desert all around, and over 20 miles of hiking trails running through it, should not be difficult.

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Royal Palms
5200 East Camelback Road
Phoenix , Arizona
85018
Tel: 800 672 6011 (toll-free)
Tel: 602 840 3610
rpreservations@destinationhotels.com
www.royalpalmshotel.com

The Royal Palms is located on an autobahn-like stretch of Camelback Road without stoplights, so be careful as you pull in. But the moment you pass the gates, things change. Drive up the cobblestone driveway to the hacienda-style buildings, and the feeling of seclusion makes it hard to believe that the center of Scottsdale is only minutes away. The front door lets you into an outdoor central courtyard, where an upper-crust crowd passes the hours reading, drinking cocktails, and smoking cigars. Overall, the fountains, grass courtyards, and away-from-it-all solitude of the guest rooms are highly conducive to one-on-one time. (It's one of those pop-the-question type of places.)

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
5700 E. McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley , Arizona
85253
Tel: 800 245 2051 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 948 2100
information@sanctuaryaz.com
www.sanctuaryaz.com

Perched on the north slope of Camelback Mountain (which looks just like it sounds), the Sanctuary attracts big-name celebs and travelers who favor a chic, modern aesthetic. It's hard to find much to fault here—from Elements restaurant, headed up by an Iron Chef winner, Beau MacMillan (whose farm-fresh American menu is tinted with Asian influences), to the indoor-outdoor spa with its reputation for having the city's top therapists. Couples visiting the spa should book a few hours in its inner sanctum: an open-roofed, circular structure of stacked stone with a private Jacuzzi, shower, daybed, and massage tables for two (cost for four hours: $125). Guest rooms show contemporary design touches like brick walls and stained concrete floors. We especially love the Spa Casita Suites for their outdoor soaking tubs and living-room fireplaces. Sanctuary is so sufficiently spread out that even when all 98 casitas are full, it doesn't feel crowded. If you're traveling in a small group, think about renting one of the houses around the property—prices start at $2,000 per night, and all of them have private pools (one even has a private tennis court).

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W Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale , Arizona
85251
Tel: 877 782 0104 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 970 2100
www.wscottsdalehotel.com

The W Scottsdale is like Jersey Shore goes West: Heavy tans, bodily enhancements, and hair products abound at the rooftop pool by day and at the sexy Sushi Roku by night. The 224 modern rooms have the jewel-tone accents and midcentury reproductions that are W hallmarks; ask for a room facing the Camelback Mountain for floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the peak. If you don't care about views, book a ground-level Spa Suite, complete with a roomy outdoor courtyard, bamboo floors, and living-room soaking tub. The staff here is cheery, almost to a fault, but chalk it up to youthful exuberance. The W's guests have a median age significantly lower than the clientele at other valley resorts.—David Tyda

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