Features May 2017

Summer Staycations

Summer is the time to get away, but sometimes, the best vacation is not far away. The key to creating a true staycation: Get the family out of the house for a weekend (or longer!) and try one of these amazing hotels within a few miles from home.

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Resort Features:
Oasis Water Park features:
Slide Canyon Tower – eight-story thrill slide
Wave Pool
Zuni River – lazy river with arching water jets and misters
Wildcat Springs – three arching jets that shoot into a heated pool, and six water jets on the water spray deck
Poolside cabanas

Summer Deals:
Summer rates start at $129 per night. Follow them on Facebook for summer specials! 877-800-4888, arizonagrandresort.com

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Resort Features:
Three pools
92 ft. water slide
Swim-up bar
Luxury pool-side cabanas
Canopy-covered kids’ playground
Kids Kamp, Kids Korral (10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m., children between the ages of 4 and 12)

Summer Deals:
Summer room rates starts at $125 a night. All-inclusive package starts at $215 per night and includes: daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for two, self-parking, and the resort fee. 855-689-2878, arizonabiltmore.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Resort Features:
Six Resort Pools
SplashRider X-treme
Sunset Beach, complete with 830 tons of pure white sand 200-foot twisting waterslides
Decade-themed parties, Dive-in movies, Mermaid swims for kids and adults Techno Glo Party After Dark weekend nights
At the lagoons, Ranger Rick leads nature walks and fishing derbies
Fun new virtual adventure rides and interactive TechnoBots

Summer Deals:
Summer Splash Birthday Bash package is available April 1-September 3, 2017 and starts from $169 per room, per night and includes a $50 daily resort credit. 800-257-7544, fairmont.com/scottsdale

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Resort Features:
2.5 acre Water Extravaganza
10 pools
Sand beach & a towering, 3-story “High” speed waterslide
Camp Hyatt
Poolside family cabanas

Summer Deals:
Summer rates at $139 per night (50% off second room). 480-444-1234, scottsdale.hyatt.com

JW Marriott Phoenix Resort & Spa

Resort Features:
Lazy river
Poolside dining 

Summer Deals:
Summer rates start at $139 a night. For extras, check out the Come to Life spa or golf package. Each includes a $50 resort credit, complimentary meals for kids 12 and younger with a paying adult, the resort fee and either free unlimited golf for up to four golfers or one 50-minute spa treatment per day. The packages start at $179 a night. The corporate/promotional code is ZJ5. 480-293-5000, www.marriott.com

The Phoenician

Resort Features:
Surge Splash Pad
165-foot water slide
Children’s wading pool
Poolside cabanas Oasis
Pool Bar & Grill
Poolside movies
Funicians Club (indoor and outdoor activities for children ages 5-12)

Summer Deals:
Rates starting at $169 per night from May 27-August 31, 2016. When making reservations ask for the rate plan SUMMER. 866-716-8136, thephoenician.com

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Resort Features:
Four-acre water park
Half-mile lazy river
130-foot water slide
Three swimming pools
18 holes of mini golf

Summer Deals:
Summer rates start at $124 with code SUNSP. During the summer, the River Ranch is the resort’s social hub hosting an array of events and family-friendly activities including poolside games, dive-in movies, cooking classes, cannon ball contests, scavenger hunts, waterslide races, watermelon eating contests and much more. Each Friday night families are invited to the resort’s Hole-in-the-Wall BBQ smokehouse for a Western hoedown featuring themed activities, music and dancing. On Saturday mornings, kids enjoy an exciting breakfast with Yote, the Coyote Kids Camp mascot, at Hole-in-the-Wall. Action-packed days await at the resort’s on-site Coyote Kids Camp with a full calendar of specialized activities for kids ages 4-12 with full-day, half-day and evening camp programs available. 800-947-9784, www.squawpeakhilton.com

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Resort Features:
Heated bi-level lagoon-style pool
Children’s pool
Adult whirlpool
Poolside cabanas
Kids For All Seasons: pool table, ping pong table, Lego table, board games, movies, daily crafts, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

Summer Deals:
Weekday rates beginning at $179 per night available June 1 – August 31, 2017. This offer includes a $100 resort credit with every two nights. Kids are also invited to hang out at the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for children ages 5 to 12. 480-513-5039 or 888-207-9696, www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Resort Features:
Adventure Water Park features: Kierland FlowRider wave simulator 900-foot-long lazy river 110-foot waterslide

Summer Deals:
The Big Chill Package Package options include: $50 per room, per night dining credit or two free sessions on the Kierland FlowRider wave simulator. The Big Chill Package will be offered from May 29 through September 4, 2017. Rates start from $149 per room, per night. All summer, the Resort’s FUN Team leads chill-seeking adventurers in activities created to beat the heat. On Freezin’ Fridays, the Adventure Pool, Lazy River, 110-foot waterslide and Kierland FlowRider will stay open until 10 p.m. Musical entertainment, S’mores, and party games round out the fun. On Saturdays, guests enjoy wintery poolside games and activities all day including the Polar Plunge (hundreds of pounds of ice are dropped into the pool) and delicious Smokin’ Jack’s BBQ.  Plus, the Resort’s one-of-a-kind, 3-D PaintScaping Show will be offered every evening from May 26- July 4. 800-354-5892, www.kierlandresort.com

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Resort Features:
Five heated pools
Lighted tennis courts
Fitness center
Putting green
Salon & Day spa

Summer Deals:
The Summer Escape package starts at $129 per night and includes a $100 credit that can be used on food, drinks or spa treatments. Valid May 29-September 1, 2017. 480-948-5000, scottsdaleplaza.com

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs

Resort Features:
Newly remodeled, all suites resort
40-foot waterfall
138-foot enclosed waterslide
Two free-form pools
Private cabanas

Summer Deals:
Summer rates as low as $119 per suite, per night. Use code TAPFAM when booking. Enjoy expansive, modern guestrooms and a wealth of events and family-friendly activities. Weekly surprise giveaways will be delivered poolside while hourly activities keep the youngest guests active and entertained. Guests of all ages can learn about the wild life while interacting with animals, birds and reptiles during the resort’s weekly Wildlife World Zoo visits. Additional events and activities include splash pool parties, dive-in movies, Hula Hooopalooza, salsa challenges, scavenger hunts and much more. Eight refreshing pools kick off one unforgettable summer season! 602-866-7500, tapatiocliffshilton.com

The McCormick Scottsdale

Resort Features:
Lakefront getaway
Concerts and other events at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Ping pong and poolside games
Beach-side hammocks

Summer Deals:
The Summer Staycation package starts at $99 and includes a $50 food-and-beverage credit.  Valid May 26-September 10, 2017. 480-948-5050, millenniumhotels.com/en/offers/summer-staycation

The Wigwam

Resort Features:
Four pools
New, 25-foot tower with twisting water slides

Summer Deals:
The SummerScapes package starts at $139 and includes a $50 resort credit. The promo code is SMRSCAPE. 623-935-3811, wigwamarizona.com

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Resort Features:
Pool with water streams and waterslide
Wading pool
Large-scale slip and slides, multiple inflatable water slides, dunk tank, family-friendly concessions
Live poolside music
Outdoor lawn games such as bocce, life-sized Jenga and corn hole
Adventure Club Camp Stories and s’mores by the campfire
Pool play and family-friendly movies

Summer Deals:
Rates start at $89 on select dates. For the most fun, visit on Memorial Day, July 4 or Labor Day weekend with the Sip, Soak and Splash Package, which includes four passes to a sprawling water playground and other activities. Package rates start at $154 per night. Valid through September 5, 2017. 866-716-8134, wildhorsepassresort.com

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