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InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley

$400 or more
Arizona, United States, North America: InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona, has a total of five pools
4949 E. Lincoln Drive
Corner of Lincoln and Tatum boulevards
Paradise Valley , Arizona
Tel: 888 627 3010 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 627 3200
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
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. —2009 Hot List

When to go: April, when high season prices are dropping and the paint-peeling summer heat has not yet arrived.

Which room to book: In the Oasis village, the 18 "Exclusive" rooms have the best Camelback Mountain views.

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