SUMMER STAYCATIONS

text by Matt Diaz and Carolyn Parker

photos courtesy of the respective hotels

There is no denying it; we are in for a long, hot summer. No doubt you have planned a vacation, but why not treat yourself to a few extra days at one of the Valley’s five-star resorts. Picture this: you could be sipping a margarita poolside before you can finish saying “airport security.” Luxurious properties are ready and waiting, offering superior service, acclaimed restaurants, renowned spas and great summer deals.

The Phoenician

Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician creates a relaxed yet upscale environment. Nearing a three-year makeover, This AAA-Five Diamond resort provides unparalleled service and has rooms ranging from intimate casitas to elegant suites. Take a dive into one of the seven pools, ride the 165-foot water slide and cool off in the SURGE, an interactive “sprayground.” There’s an Aqua Mermaid School for the young divas in your family, trapeze classes, a golf cart safari  and dive-in movies suited for both young and old alike. Or, simply lounge in a private poolside cabana. Be sure to take advantage of the resort’s reduced nightly rate of $169. www.thephoenician.com

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Inspired by the sun-drenched hills of Andalusia in Southern Spain, the Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa provides a European escape right in your own backyard. While strolling through the grounds, looming white archways contrast buildings covered in rich hues of saffron and ochre. With breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain, this award-winning resort is offering a The Fee Free Summer Package starts at $135 a night and covers self-parking and the resort fee. www.onmimontelucia.com

The Westin Kierland

Water lovers rejoice. The Westin Kierland is the ideal destination for anyone looking to survive the heat with a refreshing dose of H2O. This resort oasis is home to a 900-foot lazy river, a 110-foot water slide and the Valley’s own FlowRider, which combines surfing with the art of skateboarding for an exciting “wave riding” adventure. Book the Big Chill Package which starts at $159 per night and includes a $50 dining credit. If you seek total R & R, head to the adults-only Aquamiel pool, and unwind in a private cabana. If you really want to cool off, join in on the Saturday Polar Plunge when 1,000 pounds of ice are placed in the pool. www.westin.com/scottsdale

Andaz Scottsdale

Tucked off of Scottsdale Road is the stylish Andaz. The upscale Hyatt property is celebrating its second summer. Book a poolside cabana then dine at the resort’s highly-acclaimed Weft & Warp Restaurant. Summerscape Packages start at $169 and include daily breakfast for two, four drinks at the pool, 20-percent off spa services and a waived resort fee. www.andaz.hyatt.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess        

There’s a white sand beach, six sparkling pools, two rip-roaring waterslides, dive-in movies, fishing derbies, watermelon-eating contests, Hawk Talk & Nature Walk, H2/Glow parties, Mermaid University, fireworks every Saturday night, newly decorated guest rooms, award-winning restaurants, adults-only rooftop pool, world-class spa and championship golf at the Scottsdale Princess. The Best Summer Ever Package starts at $179 per night and includes a $50 resort credit plus an instagram photo session. www.scottsdaleprincess.com

Hermosa Inn

Tucked away in a secluded area of Paradise Valley, The Hermosa Inn exudes character and charm while maintaining the spirit of the original design by cowboy artist Lon Megargee. Guests are invited to stay in one of the 34 luxurious adobe casitas and enjoy the award-winning fare at Lon’s restaurant. Relax at the swimming pool and jacuzzis or take advantage of the Inn’s spa services. Hermosa Inn offers The Summer in Paradise Getaway starts at $149 a night and includes two welcome drinks, a $25 food and beverage credit, room upgrade, early check-in and late check-out when available. www.hermosainn.com

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Experience Old World charm and modern comfort at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. At this upscale boutique hotel, casitas and villas are scattered amongst beautiful gardens. Reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, each room is decorated with European antiques. Pamper yourself at the Alvadora Spa with therapies that incorporate the Mediterranean elements of citrus, juniper, eucalyptus and lavender. Swim at the pool overlooking Camelback Mountain and dine at the acclaimed T. Cook’s restaurant. Rates start at $159 per night. An Arizona resident discount of 15-percent is offered with some exclusions. www.royalpalms.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is bringing the “cool” to you this summer. Chill out at its 2.5 acre water playground with an adult-only pool and Grotto Bar, sand beach  and a three-story waterslide. Climb the icy summit and take a dip in Polar Plunge , enjoy cooling treatments at Spa Avania and watch Dive-In Movies every weekend. The Resort Credit Package features rates from $169 per night plus a $50 resort credit. www.scottsdale.regency.hyatt.com

The Arizona Biltmore

Deemed the jewel of the desert, the Arizona Biltmore recently was named the most beautiful building in the state. Designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the property boasts 39 acres of lush gardens, exquisite landscaping and iconic architecture. Chill out at one of the resort’s eight swimming pools; the pièce de resistance is the Paradise Pool, which combines three separate pools and a 92-foot water slide. Enjoy pool parties with music and games, glow in the dark corn hole, jumbo Jenga, selfie stations, beer dinners and wine tastings. Request the Summer All-Inclusive Package and you’ll never want to leave. At $254 per night the package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for two, self-parking and a 20- percent spa discount. Even the resort fee is waived. Room-only rates start at $159 a night.  www.arizonabiltmore.com

Mountain Shadows

Now in its second summer,  the luxurious Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley boasts a “killer” view of Camelback Mountain poolside. Stroll the onsite art gallery, unwind at a yoga class, enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at sunset and dine at Hearth ’61 restaurant. The Arizona Residents Fee-Free Staycation Package starts at $119 a night, plus the daily resort fee is waived.  www.mountainshadows.com

JW Marriott Desert Ridge       

Float away the summer days on JW Marriott Desert Ridge’s lazy river, make a splash on the water slide or catch some rays while lounging by the majestic Wildfire Pool. There are seven on-site eateries, including Meritage where perfectly aged steaks are paired with fine wines. Other resort highlights include the Revive Spa and the top-rated courses at the Wildfire Golf Club. Take advantage of the Splash into Summer Package  beginning at at $169 a night which includes a $50 resort credit, a free kid’s meal with the purchase of adult entrées and a $10 donation to Children’s Miracle Network. www.jwdesertridgeresort.com

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North      

Resting at the foothills of Pinnacle Peak and blending with the beautiful surroundings, Four Seasons Troon encompasses the magic of the desert. Adobe casitas and luxury suites include private balconies that overlook the desert, while furnishings inside mirror the tones of the Sonoran sunset. Summer specials include discounted spa treatments, including two 25-minute treatments for $139 or three for $179. And The Four Seasons Kids Program, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is complementary. On Saturdays, family movies are shown poolside. Rates start at $189 for weekday stays. www.fourseasons.com/ scottsdale  : :