Scottsdale Luxury City Guide: Set in the thriving Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale is surrounded by unique natural elements. Bright blue skies, boulder-filled mountains, rivers and trails are filled with plants and wildlife unique to the Southwest region, like the towering saguaro cactus.
Scottdale is just as rich in cultural heritage as it is in natural wonders. First inhabited by Native Americans, known as the Hohokam, Scottsdale is built near the canal waterways that is the tribe’s legacy. The Native American heritage can be seen in Scottsdale’s thriving culture and arts scene, in the many galleries, street fairs, festivals and events that take place in the area and the neighboring city of Phoenix to the west. The magic of the desert is abounding and the city surrounded by elegant golf courses and spas that pay tribute to the area’s Native American heritage by utilizing traditional healing techniques and therapies.
Surrounded on one side by a reservation and mountain range, Scottsdale is becoming one of the most luxurious cities in the nation. Old Town Scottsdale has long been known for its quaint shops and numerous art galleries, which have recently expanded to include high end shopping, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The new waterfront district includes luxury condos and modern high-rise living quarters.
Kierland is one of the newer luxury neighborhoods in Scottsdale, mixing luxe living with an urban environment. An upscale shopping and dining paradise, known as Kierland Commons, is also in the area.
Nearby, downtown Phoenix is on the rise, with new fine dining establishments and unique places to shop opening all the time. Head for historically rich Copper Square, where there is always something to see and do.
Must See’s and Do’s:
The Scottsdale-Phoenix area is filled with activities; among the most popular are golf, spas and exploring the natural wonders of the desert and learning about the area’s rich heritage in the many museums in the area.
The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is designed to celebrate the Native American culture of the region. A blend of ancient history and new luxury, the resort showcases an elegant 18-hole golf course in addition to spacious accommodations and a large spa that pay homage to the native inhabitants of the region.
The Desert Botanical Garden houses a collection of native desert plants. A visit to the DBG is a great way to spend the day in the outdoors and learn more about conservation and the environment. The Historic Heritage Square in Phoenix is not only a way to get a glimpse of the city’s Victorian past, but also a way to explore some of the city’s museums and restaurants in one central location. Explore the Arizona Science Center and then stroll amongst historic homes.
Wining and Dining:
Surrounded by golf courses, luxury hotels and spas, Scottsdale and Phoenix are filled with elegant eateries. POSH is dedicated to giving diners a special gastronomic experience, catering to those with allergies or strong preferences. Guests can customize the chef’s special tasting menu to enhance their experience.
Cowboy Ciao offers a menu as eclectic as its name, serving modern American food with global influences. Oenophiles will appreciate the establishment’s 3,200 wine offerings available, by the glass, bottle or tasting flight.
The Side Bar in Phoenix is an upscale bar offering a wide array of beers as well as specialty cocktails with fresh squeezed juices. Committed to providing patrons with good drinks and a good time, the Side Bar is worth a stop. The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix’s Midtown Museum District is a favorite local hangout, thanks to the Rooftop Deck where guests can play all day and party all night. The Clarendon has hosted a variety of entertainers and athletes and has quickly become a local favorite as well.
For the VIP:
The Phoenician, Scottsdale provides every imaginable luxury for travelers. The property includes luxury accommodations, very special Canyon Suites, dining, recreation, golf and one of the largest spas in the region. The Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician is designed to invigorate and detoxify with a diverse spa menu utilizing old world treatments as well as weight training and cardiovascular studios, a Waters Bar, a full-service salon and a Meditation Atrium.
In Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore Country Club is known as the "Jewel of the Desert." With 39 acres filled with lush gardens, glistening swimming pools, and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture, it is easy to see why the luxurious resort has long been a favorite place for both celebrities and presidents to relax and rejuvenate.
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