Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA

Opened in 1987, the relatively youthful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess may not have the history of some of its neighboring resorts, but 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—just 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), relax by 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 the 750 rooms and suites are fresh and comfortable, with terraces, wet bars, and oversize bathrooms. Some, especially the casitas, are located about a five- to 10-minute walk from the main building, but golf carts 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.

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Refresh Your Perspective at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

For a true 180°, try an aerial yoga class at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The thought of hanging upside down in the middle of the room may seem daunting at first, but the inversion delivers an adrenaline rush: it’s thrilling and a little addictive. Bonus: you have access to the private rooftop pool, whirlpool, sauna and Swiss showers at the spa. Be sure to leave yourself enough time before or after class to properly relax and enjoy.

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