Scottsdale’s resort landscape continues to transform with a new, sustainable wellness escape, must-see renovations, revitalizing amenities and another property opening on the horizon.
The Scott, a Mission-inspired, 204-room resort situated in Old Town Scottsdale, will soon unveil newly redesigned guestrooms and suites, including new room categories. Set for completion in September 2018, the second phase of the property’s $15-million renovation is a comprehensive revamp of all guestrooms and includes an all-new Presidential Suite as well as the addition of four, one-bedroom suites.
The thoughtful design by designer, AvroKO, draws from four central pillars: the colors and comforts of 1930s Havana, the elegant geometry of the Bauhaus, Mission Revival architecture and the airy, minimalist beauty of the Arizona desert. The first phase of The Scott’s redesign debuted in September 2017 and introduced refreshed public spaces, including the lobby, model rooms and meeting rooms, and a new signature restaurant, bar and lounge concept, The Canal Club.
Nestled on 125 acres in Paradise Valley, the award-winning JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spahas opened its new, 15,000-square-foot Paradise Ballroom, which adds a 17,000-square-foot scenic outdoor terrace and brings the resort’s total meeting and event space to 95,000 square feet. The state-of-the-art space capitalizes on the lush desert landscape and views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains with floor-to-ceiling windows, and maintains the property’s intimate, southwestern charm.
In December, CIVANA Carefree will celebrate the opening of its new spa, complete with increased energy efficiency and the introduction of solar power. Formerly the Carefree Resort & Conference Center, CIVANA began welcoming guests in March and is the inaugural property in the portfolio of CIVANA, a hospitality and real estate company grounded in sustainable wellness. The resort is centered around four pillars: Healthy Cuisine, Movement, Healing Arts/Spa and Discovery & Enrichment Arts, and is the first sustainable wellness resort to open in Greater Phoenix. Features include state-of-the-art fitness, yoga, energy, movement and enrichment studios – offering everything from aerial yoga and belly dancing to cycling and TRX – as well as Café Meto, with menu selections vetted for calorie and nutrition content. The property began its transformation in August 2017 with a multi-phase, multi-million-dollar renovation that included guest rooms, public space and the conversion of conference space to wellness programming space.
Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley – a 200-room, new-build opening spring 2019 – will have it all; exemplary service, spectacular views of Camelback Mountain, modern and sleek interiors, and a location just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Perfect for a cool-off in the desert heat, Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley will boast North America’s longest pool, at more than 400 feet. Other attributes of the 122-acre, master-planned resort include a 14,000-square-foot world-class spa with indoor and outdoor treatment areas, a garden with a citrus orchard, and the Ritz-Carlton Residences. The Villas range from 1,700 to more than 4,500 square feet, while the Estate Homes range from 4,500 to 10,000 square feet.
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale – a 250-acre desert jewel at the base of Camelback Mountain – opened its new Phoenician Spa in April, as part of its third phase of major enhancements set to conclude this fall, with the re-opening of the golf course. The new Phoenician Spa boasts a three-story, 24-treatment-room-facility, with a rooftop pool, V.I.P. Suite, Drybar salon and full-service nail salon, plus a fitness center and movement studio for spa-goers. Also new to the property is The Phoenician Athletic Club, a 4,600-plus square-foot fitness center with a Game Room, seven tennis courts, two pickleball courts and a half-court basketball area, available to all resort guests.
The resort’s landmark restaurant, J&G Steakhouse, has closed for renovations as it prepares to celebrate its 10-year anniversary later this fall in style, with new flooring and furnishings, updated décor, enhanced seating for the best of al fresco dining and a modernized kitchen. J&G will re-open, refreshed and with a seasonal menu spotlighting fall flavors, in early September.
Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, completed a top-to-bottom refurbishment and expansion in April, introducing a fresh new look throughout and a brand new feature, the Women’s Quiet Room. Destination wedding guests of Sanctuary this year and into 2019 can delight in a complimentary special treat at the spa with the new Bridal Balance package, including a two-hour wellness experience of their choice from the Sanctuary Spa menu.
Over at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, mothers-to-be can enjoy some well-deserved moments of relaxation and celebration with the new Sweet Beginnings Babymoon and Bundle of Joya packages. The former includes sweet treats, a Signature Joya Pedicure and 15 percent off a 50-minute spa service at Joya Spa, while the latter boasts a 50-minute Expectant Mother Massage, 50-minute You’ve Got the Glow Facial and Signature Joya Pedicure.
The pampering continues at Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort, where the Girls Getaway package will start with a complimentary bottle of bubbly and continue with a chauffeured visit to Sephora at Scottsdale Fashion Square for a complimentary, custom makeover and swag bag of beauty products. In September, Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, will roll out its first Beauty Balance Bag and delivery service offering subscribers a quarterly, rotating beauty and wellness bag filled to the brim with a collection of high-end spa products specially curated by Agave Spa.
The summer months kept the Boulders Resort & Spa busy, as the resort is soon to reveal a new Spa Café menu featuring seasonal bounty from the spa’s Organic Garden, an authentic new Tipi, and spa services that focus on healing and renewing skin damaged by the summer sun, like the Bindi Balancing treatment. “Bindi” translates to “rebirth” and the service utilizes exfoliation with fresh herbs from the garden, light massage incorporating oils selected based on Ayurvedic medicine, and a warm cocoon wrap and facial cleanse. The resort draws deeply on its Sonoran Desert surroundings and its Native American legacy both in its design and its offerings, and will debut the new Tipi this fall. Standing 26 feet high and accommodating up to 10 spa guests at a time, the Tipi will be used for private meditation and Native American-derived services that incorporate a variety of healing traditions using ancient and traditional modalities, presented with a modern twist.