‘Tis the season to spend, splurge, and seek sabbatical. Yes, for many of us, the holidays equal well-earned days off, so we often jet-set somewhere far far away for much needed R&R. However, if you live in AZ, forget about flying the friendly skies; instead, consider a lavish Valley vacation at one of our esteemed resorts where you can roll like a rock star.
This assignment wasn’t painful. I sought some of the sweetest suites in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley area available per night for a pretty penny. I narrowed my findings down to three, and got the detailed 411 on each fabulous multi-room suite. Seriously, you’ll never want to book a regular guest-room again.
One of the first Arizona hotels I ever stayed at was Scottsdale’s Four Seasons Troon. I consider this property cliché Southwest; it’s quiet, serene, and landscaped with families of cacti. The restaurants are fantastic…the pools are pristine…the spa is great…but truth be told, if you have $4,300 to book a Four Seasons suite, you won’t want to leave your room. That’s because Troon offers quite a retreat: the Presidential Suite, also known as the Pinnacle.
The 3,000 square foot, three-bedroom, five-fireplace, 3.75-bath private residence is a small Four Seasons in itself. The one-of-a-kind suite occupies the highest ground on the resort, overlooking the desert preserve. Views are picturesque–you can see north to the butte, and west to Pinnacle Peak from the rear patios and large deck. The Pinnacle offers adequate space for entertaining; there’s even a food preparation pantry off the dining room, so a hired in-room chef can prepare your dinner.
Ever bathed outside? (You know you want to.) Troon’s premiere suite offers two outdoor showers, along with a freestanding bathtub. (Sounds like a perfect New Year’s Eve spot to me.) Also on the private patio, is a private plunge pool, accompanied by a kiva fireplace. Romance at its finest.
However, if you prefer something truly presidential, book Obama’s AZ hot spot.
Paradise Valley’s Montelucia Resort & Spa is a Spanish-infused getaway with surreal views of the iconic Camelback Mountain. The hotel has earned rave reviews: #13 Ranked Resort in the Top 50 Resorts (“Travel & Leisure” 2010), One of the Most Amazing Wedding Venues in the World (TheKnot.com 2012), and Best of Stay (Orbitz.com 2012). The property was established in 2008, infused with Andalusia decor; in fact, that’s how The Montelucia’s exclusive suite got its name.
The Andalusian Presidential Suite can be booked for $2,000-$5,000 per night, depending on season. In addition to the President, A-list celebs like Jay-Z and Beyonce also call it their Southwest home away from home.
The marble entryway leads into this 2,800 square foot ultimate lap of luxury. The suite’s two bedrooms showcase hand-painted ceilings and posh, plush amenities. The three full-size bathrooms have soaking tubs and separate showers. There is also a comfortable living space to lounge and relax.
The Andalusian feel is rich in hued colors and heavy dark wood, maintaining unpretentious elegance. With that being said, you’ll surely feel like a million bucks, should you choose to take advantage of perks like a personal butler. Oh, and it also has a private massage room and private pool overlooking unobstructed views of the mountain. Not too shabby.
But if something more traditional is more your style, stay at Scottsdale’s Phoenician. The AAA Five Diamond property is totally Beverly Hills, flaunting elite, fabulous flare. A number of celebs often stay at The Phoenician, but the resort is not allowed to share guest names or information. (Darn!)
Each of The Phoenician’s two Presidential Suites sport an interior of 3,400 square feet, and an exterior of 1,340 square feet…consider it your temporary mini-mansion. There are six rooms total: two bedrooms, one kitchen, one living room, one sitting room, and a dining room. In addition, there are two full bathrooms, each oversized and draped in Italian marble. There is also an outdoor terrace overlooking the resort’s 250-acre grounds.
The suites were renovated and re-vamped in 2011, and the updated design makes a classic, yet bold, statement. There are both cool colors and warm tones, such as navy blue and citron yellow, intermixed to exude a sharp sophistication. Inside, you’ll find custom-designed wall coverings and non-conventional artwork.
Amenities include a Steinway baby grand piano, should you feel inclined to serenade your sweetheart. Or you can cozy up by the fireplace, then sleep soundly on your choice of a foam, feather, or down pillow. A personal butler is at your service upon equest.
During peak season, Phoenician suites go for $5,400 a night.