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Fairmont Scottsdale, Scottsdale 

7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale , Arizona
Tel: 800 344 4758 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 585 4848
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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

Appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, a directory of the world's best hotels and resorts, in 2005

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A spa with an ahhhhhhhhh

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the home of the Willow Stream Spa. Located in a separate building from the hotel rooms the architect distanced the spa goer to... more