Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
It is not unusual to find an Arizona resort that looks like a water park with rooms attached. And this big Scottsdale luxury property certainly fits the description: 10 pools, 20 fountains, 45 waterfalls, and a three-story, high-speed waterslide. But what makes the Hyatt Regency unique is that guests can glide along its desert waterways aboard authentic Italian gondolas while being serenaded by professional gondoliers who are classically trained singers. Beyond the water's edge, there are the expected activities, such as the 27 holes of golf at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club, open only to club members and resort guests. And there are the unexpected, such as the Native American Learning Center, created to give guests insight into native Southwest culture through art, food, entertainment, and personal interaction with some of the resort's staff. For hikers, the 24-hour Canyon Market serves up not only performance foods and gear, but also directions to the best trails.