The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
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Fairmont Scottsdale PrincessWhile the relatively youthful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess may not have the history of some of its neighboring resorts (it opened in 1987), the North Scottsdale spot—with its fountained plazas, Mexican colonial–style architecture, and 65 scenic acres—has everything needed for a vacation in the sun. It’s big and it’s busy, and there is always something for everybody to do (which is one of the reasons it's popular for family events such as reunions, school holidays, and weddings.) Drive a ball down a fairway on the two 18-hole championship golf courses (one of which hosts an annual PGA tournament), stretch out in or beside one of the six pools (the newest Sunset Beach pool is surrounded by 9,000-square-feet of white sand), or give yourself over to the innovative therapies and unique fitness offerings at the Well & Being Spa. All of the 750 rooms and suites are fresh and comfortable, with terraces, wet bars, and oversized bathrooms; some, especially the casitas, are located about a five to ten-minute walk from the main building, but golf cart are always just a call away. The wealth of top-rated foodie options—which include the Mexican-accented La Hacienda and the pan-Latin Toro, both by chef Richard Sandoval, and Bourbon Steak from chef Michael Mina—help make this one of the best destination-dining resorts in town.