Recommendations for your Arizona Staycation

By: Lisa Smith

Remember when you were a kid, how much you looked forward to those lazy summer days spent by the pool, eating ice cream and star filled nights. This is when homework was a thing of the past and fun was the objective of the day. It is time to go back and indulge your inner child. Share some quality time with the family and create those wonderful memories with your own children. I am talking about having a summer staycation.

Summer staycation is the perfect thing if work has you bogged down and the kids are chomping at the bit to get away somewhere fun. Why not try a holiday in your own back yard?

PROTRAVEL INTERNATIONAL has always catered to the family market. Careful attention to every detail makes these trips a lasting memory. Because of our industry-leading luxury travel positioning, we have relationships with some of the world’s premier hotels and resorts that provide white glove service for our guests. This means our clients have the comfort of knowing they are working with some of the most recognized agents in the industry and as such will enjoy VIP treatment, special amenities and the best value at luxury destinations in every corner of the globe.

So, with this in mind, here are our recommendations for your Arizona staycation for this summer.


The Phoenician
Located in Scottsdale, The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier and internationally renowned resort destination, is making a splash this summer with the introduction of SURGE, an interactive “spray ground” for children and their parents.

“Throughout the last year, The Phoenician has integrated creative, diverse programming and unique attractions into its kids and family activity offerings,” said Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra. “The SURGE splash pad brings a new dimension to the guest experience, serving as the perfect complement to our seven-pool complex and 165-foot water slide, as well as our Glo at the Pho neon pool party and Dive-in movies. At The Phoenician, luxury and family-friendly go hand-in-hand.” Book through Protravel International and receive room view upgrade on arrival, daily full breakfast, $100 food and beverage credit, early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability and restrictions may apply).


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess means cool rides down waterslides, zooming across a zip line and fireworks lighting up the night. This top rated resort is a staycation paradise, from a new water ride to a world-class spa, restaurants and new “Posh Paws” pet amenities. This summer, poolside is the place to be at the new SplashRider X-treme, a thrilling, spinning water adventure. Nearby, twisting waterslides turn disco at the Techno Glo Party, while Dive-in movies are tradition. At the lagoons, the fun is fishing, remote-control boats and soaring on the Zipper, a 25-mph zipline, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Summer rates start at $169 with a daily $50 dining or spa credit, May 23 or August 31, 2014. Book through Protravel International and receive a one-category upgrade on arrival, continental breakfast daily, for up to two, early check-in/late check-out, and $50 resort credit (subject to availability and restrictions may apply).


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale
Kids can be kids with a variety of weekly programming perfect for all ages. The “Kids For All Seasons” program is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at no charge for guests 5-12 years old. Movie Night happens every Friday evening and includes dinner, popcorn, and a craft for $45 for the first child and $25 for each additional sibling. The entire family can head to the pool for complimentary Dive-in movies, running every Saturday night throughout the summer, accompanied by a themed buffet available at an additional cost. During the day, relax at the pool with complimentary cabanas and passed amenities such as smoothie samples and fruit kebobs. At night, take advantage of the resort’s scenic views of the Valley below with stargazing led by a professional astronomer every Friday evening free of charge. During “Sundaes on Sunday,” treat the family to an old-fashioned ice cream social at Proof with buy one sundae get one free at the soda jerk station. Adults can indulge in complimentary beer and wine tastings as well as margarita making demonstrations. Book with Protravel International and receive an upgrade on arrival, continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests, and $100 food and beverage credit (subject to availability and restrictions may apply).


Royal Palms Scottsdale
“A Manor of Taste,” Royal Palms provides an engaging and unforgettable journey for all senses. Built in 1929, this enchanting Spanish Mediterranean mansion offers 119 artfully appointed casitas, estate rooms and villas. On every stroll through winding cobblestone pathways, guests will discover romantic nooks, crackling fireplaces and splashing courtyard fountains. Intimate and tranquil, Alvadora Spa indulges the senses with natural beauty and the finest spa amenities. T. Cook’s crafted, thoughtful and bold approach to food, complemented with The Mix Up bar’s inventive mixology, is yet another reason to make Royal Palms a must-see destination. Book with Protravel International and receive the 4th Night Free package, upgrade on arrival, daily full breakfast, one $50 Alvadora Spa credit and one $50 T.Cook’s dinner credit (restrictions may apply).

Lisa Smith


Lisa Smith was born in South Africa, and has been living in the United States since 1999. She is a mom of two wonderful girls ages 6 and 8 who are always looking for the next fun adventure. She has been working in the travel industry for the past 12 years and feels fortunate to be working with the best in the Industry. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, scrapbooking, her daughter’s adventures and travel, of course.

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