BEST of the BEST

Summer Staycations 2017


There’s no denying it: we’re in for a long, hot summer. No doubt you have planned an out-of-town vacation, but why not also treat yourself to some local R & R? You could be sipping a margarita poolside before you can say “airport security.” These luxurious resorts are ready and waiting, offering superior service, acclaimed dining, renowned spas and great summer rates.

Poolside at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Tucked away in Paradise Valley, this iconic retreat is known for its stylish decor, picturesque views, tranquil setting and world-famous dining at elements. For extra pampering, be sure to book one of their many services offered at the resort’s new Spa House. Plan a two night stay and you’ll qualify for the Arizona Residents Offer. Valid through August 31, this special features a 20-percent discount off the best-available rate (private homes are excluded). Guests must present a valid Arizona ID at check-in.

Mountain Shadows is nestled below Camelback and Mummy Mountains.


Arizona’s newest resort, situated on prime Paradise Valley land that drew Hollywood stars to a prized hotel with the same name in the 1960s, boasts awe-inspiring views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains. Golf on the Short Course, dine at Hearth ’61, explore museum-quality exhibitions in The Gallery, exercise on state-of-the-art equipment at The Citizens Club or simply relax in a cabana by one of the resort’s two pools. For local residents, summer rates begin at $135 per night.

The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel Pool.


Through September 30, this desert flower-themed boutique hotel is offering summer staycation deals. The Local Staycation Offer features $40 off the nightly rate, a $40 food and beverage credit, and a late check out Sunday through Thursday. Be prepared to show your Arizona ID. Other summer specials include; Saguaro Sun & Spa Package, a two-night stay, couples massage, and poolside daybed and the Daybed & Night,  a two-night stay complete with a daybed, food and drink. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour gym, heated and chilled pools, spa services and restaurant.

The LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape.


If you haven’t been to the LUSTRE Rooftop Bar and third-floor outdoor pool at the Hotel Palomar, now is your chance. Hotel Palomar is offering The Fast Forward to Summer staycation, available through September 3, includes lower room rates and 20- percent off at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails and LUSTRE Rooftop Bar. Other special offers include the Long Weekender, the Sweet Suite Life, and $5 Breakfast or Cocktails. The pool is open daily at 11 a.m., and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Guests get complimentary morning coffee and tea, and free Kimpton PUBLIC bikes for cruising around downtown Phoenix.

Poolside at The Camby Hotel.


The Camby Hotel, at 24th and Camelback, is offering some unique summer activities. Check In, Jam Out allows guests to borrow a Gretsch guitar at no charge for indoor acoustic sessions. Full-screen movies, Skywall Movies, will be shown each evening by the 24-hour pool and The Bees Knees, honey-infused cocktails paired with live music, can be enjoyed on Fridays from 8 to 11 p.m. Check in between Thursday through Sunday for the Dine & Elevate package, which offers  a Mountain View Room, a nightly $50 food and beverage credit for dinner at Artizen, and a half-off valet parking discount.

The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is located at the foot of Camelback Mountain.


Inspired by the exotic Andalusian region of Spain, the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia has unbeatable views of Camelback Mountain. With the Slumber & Save package, available through September 30, guests can “Dine, Unwind and Check-Out Late.”  This package starts at $129 per night with a two-night minimum stay. Included are a $50 voucher for food and drinks poolside, free covered parking, a reduced resort fee of $15 and 4 p.m. checkout.  For additional pampering, book treatments at the resort’s tranquil Joya Spa, which is offering daily specials throughout the summer.

A mural by Lucretia Torva and a giant lime-green dinosaur sculpture by Jeff Zischke are poolside at FOUND:RE.


FOUND:RE is a hip, boutique downtown Phoenix hotel with a modern, industrial vibe. You’ll be surrounded by all types of art – murals, paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed-media works. It’s like staying in an ever-changing art gallery. The indoor/outdoor bar and MATCH Restaurant are popular and attract a lively crowd. The summer AZ Luv package starts at $129 a night and is packed with perks: a $50 food and beverage credit, valet parking voucher, a welcome cocktail and late checkout leaving guests extra time to take in the surroundings, lounge by the pool or visit the nearby attractions.