Concierge.com's insider take:
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 1988though 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 Suitessort 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.
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 89.2
- Activities: 90.2
- Design: 90.5
- Food: 85.4
- Location: 90.2
- Rooms: 89.3
- Service: 89.6
Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
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