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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: An elegant oasis in the Sonoran Desert

Written By | Jun 3, 2018
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Arizona, Sonoran Desert, Ron Stern

Scottsdale, Arizona: The gold standard in the northern community of Scottsdale is the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. For the ultimate in luxury, the Fairmont Gold experience is nothing short of golden luxury. Your check-in, stay, and departure is made effortless by the individualized and exemplary service offered to guests.

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Amazing Amenities plus a whole lot more

Their exclusive lounge offers a special Taste of Arizona cocktail as well as an honor bar and cocktail canápes.

Some other amenities offered at the gold level include private check-in; private lounge privileges; a complimentary, deluxe continental breakfast; complimentary newspapers; personalized wake-up calls; computer access with high-speed Internet; and spa admission.

Each of the 69 Casita junior suites is tastefully decorated in a Southwestern style of subdued neutral desert tones. Comfortable furnishings, a separate oversized tub and shower, a wet bar and refreshment center, and private patio balconies are standard. They also have installed Alexa units that you can use to play music and ask questions related to hotel services.

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The Fairfield – a desert oasis

The property itself sits on 65 pristinely manicured acres in the Sonoran Desert. Pathways are bordered by green turf grass, native plants, colorful flowers, and shady palm trees. Lagoons, with water lilies by day and flames at night, dot the landscape.

Kids, aged 5-12, can enjoy the sports court, a playground, ping pong, and basketball rentals. Some of the seasonal activities include waterslides at Sonoran Splash, fishing in the lagoon with fishing poles available for check-out, visits from Cecil the tortoise and Skittles the bearded dragon. Then there are the evening Dive-In movies.

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There are six pools on-site including Sunset Beach that has a giant Splash Pad as well as 830 tons of pristine white sand imported from the most beautiful Florida beaches.

El Hacienda Dining with Chef Richard Sandoval

Six dining options on-site, which include an extensive room service menu, mean that you never have to leave the property. Culinary Institute of America trained Chef Richard Sandoval owns more than a dozen restaurants around the world and is known as The Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine. His El Hacienda has been voted the #1 Mexican Restaurant in Arizona for 7 years.

With offerings such as braised short ribs accompanied by ancho chile mashed potatoes, baby carrots, herb-heirloom tomato salad, and cherry chipotle mole, it’s no wonder.

Libations include beer, wine, sangria, and tequila.

Katie Schurr, certified by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila, will help you choose from 200 types of tequila in this oasis of Spanish architecture with optional outdoor seating in the patio area.

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Don’t miss the flaming coffees, a house specialty, and indulge in a dessert like the Strawberry Margarita Tacos, churros with ganache made from Mexican chocolate, or Coconut Tres Leches.

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Ironwood American Kitchen incorporates the bounty of Arizona agriculture along with chicken, beef, and fish into their dishes. Entrees include Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cobb Salad, Spring Pea Cavatelli with roasted pork belly, and The Burger.  Try their Buttermilk Chocolate Cake or Banana Pudding for dessert. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served as well as a weekend brunch with offerings at the latter like the Arizona Farm Omelet and Crème Brûlée Oatmeal.

The 44,000 sq. ft. Well and Being Spa is an entire complex dedicated to health and beauty. Services offered include FloatFit yoga, Singing Bowl Sound Therapy, Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, Havasupai Falls Rejuvenation, Desert Oasis Detoxifying Wrap, an aromatherapy scrub, and facials.

The Fairmont also has exclusive seasonal packages like their Summer, Springtime and Christmas specials. Things like fireworks, bike rentals, fishing derbies, hawk talks, Mermaid University, Dive-In movies, are all on the menu.

Christmas at the Princess is a truly unique experience. You can ice skate on their 6,000 square foot Desert Ice Skating Rink, Build-A-Bear in their workshop, and stroll among 4.5 million LED lights around their various lagoons.

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A few more reasons, if you need them, to visit the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess are the awards the property has earned: Top 500 Hotels in Travel + Leisure, AAA/CAA Five-Diamond Award for 26 years, Travel + Leisure #3 Spa in North America, and the Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 Golf Resorts.

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All of the accommodations and meals were provided at no cost for this review, however, all opinions herein are the authors.

Ron Stern

Ron Stern aka "The Global Gumshoe," I am a travel photojournalist and the author of hundreds of international and domestic travel articles. I am the Denver City Guide Editor for The Daily Meal, and a staff writer for Communities Digital News. My articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sun Sentinel, Yahoo News, MSN, and others. Magazines include Shape, Cruise, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. My contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and my photography/ videography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms.