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In the heart of Arizona lies a true gem called the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. With panoramic views of the mountains and even its own manmade beach, this luxury property is one of the finest in the United States. The best part about the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, aside from its Mermaid University recently mentioned in USA Today, is the duality it can provide to vacation. On the one hand, it's a lush, almost tropical paradise with a huge 65-acre property, a lagoon and six pools. On the other hand, it's just minutes away from some of the finest gems in the area, including Frank Lloyd Wright's house and the stunning Sonoran Desert landscapes. Here are a few other reasons why you need to check it out this year:
There's Plenty of Space
While you definitely should go out and explore everything Scottsdale has to offer, take a day off and soak in everything on-site. 65 acres of lush greenery and walking space make up this behemoth property, which features six dazzling pools as well as 9,000-square-foot Sunset Beach, a fantastic spa, two 18-hole golf courses (one of which holds the annual PGA Phoenix Open), and five award-winning restaurants and bars. The best part about the resort is the open air feel to it. You can walk out to rows of neatly lined cactus and feel like you're out in the Sonoran Desert with the hills and mountains out on the horizon.
You're Close to Everything
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is close to the city's biggest attractions and best outdoor adventures, and the hotel's concierge can easily help you plot out the perfect itinerary. Just 30 minutes away from the hotel is the Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Art Galleries, while AZ on the Rocks and the Butterfly Wonderland are a mere 15 minutes away. Guests should also make plans to visit famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's private residence. The great American architect and visionary's old home is now a school for those learning the craft called Taliesen West. Meanwhile, there are tons of trailheads to explore for hiking just at the edge of Scottsdale's city limits. Touted as one the best places to watch the sun set in Scottsdale, Pinnacle Peak offers incredible views, and Gateway Loop is a family-friendly option, with a flatter plane. At the end of the day, you'll find a welcome reprieve at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
It's Great for Kids Too
Few luxury hotels cater to children as much as they do the adults, and that's just another reason to love this Fairmont Hotel & Resorts property all the more. With its two water slides, the Sonoran Splash Pool was made with families in mind, but the real draw to the pool is the hotel's prestigious Mermaid University. The program, available to kids aged 7-12 and led by resort mermaid Moon, is a specialty training program that churns out only the best mermaids and includes a graduation ceremony (complete with fancy diploma). Fishing poles are available at the front desk so kids can fish at the resort's lagoon, and parents can sign up their children aged 5-12 for the Trailblazer's Family Adventure Center. Each day of the week features a different activity, and the kids can also meet Cecil the tortoise and Skittles the bearded dragon.
There's Always a Reason to Visit
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is in the business of making memories. Whether you're opting in on its Instagram Concierge during the summer months or ice skating in the middle of the desert during its holiday celebrations, you'll always have a reason to visit — and return to — this stunning desert oasis. Ready to plan your visit? Check out the vacation packages currently on offer and get started.