Scottsdale: A City for Lovers at Every Turn
From candlelit dinners crafted by James-Beard recognized chefs to hand-in-hand strolls through dozens of downtown art galleries, Scottsdale is a getaway for lovers. Couples have fallen in love with this Sonoran Desert destination and choose it for proposals, honeymoons, babymoons, weddings, anniversaries or weekends to reconnect. Check out some of the ways Scottsdale exudes romance.
UNDER THE SONORAN DESERT SKY
Spend an evening under the stars at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North with the Celestial Picnic program. Executive chef Mel Mecinas customizes a gourmet meal for two based on the couple’s cravings and preferences. Pair the meal with a bottle of champagne or wine of choice to elevate your evening. Mecinas then packs the meal – with love, of course – in a deluxe basket with all of the traditional picnic trimmings and a constellation chart to navigate the night sky. Guests can top off the evening with a Moonlit Massage on the terrace of their personal casita.
Planning a proposal? Put the arrangements in the capable hands of “engagement agents” at the Four Season Scottsdale’s LoveStruck proposal planning service. They will make the moment flawless, creative and personalized, theming it to match each couple’s tastes. For the ultimate proposal, lovebirds can stay the night in the resort’s adults-only Hideaway romance building and enjoy a tasty “Love Potion” cocktail and other romantic in-room treats while relaxing in a deep-soaking bathtub.
YOUR HEART’S DESIRE
Guests can have anything their heart desires at the W Scottsdale. The hotel’s Whenever/Whatever concierge service guarantees to make guests’ dreams come true by turning special occasions into unforgettable experiences. From the perfect marriage proposal that includes the couple’s special song, champagne and rose petals to a surprise anniversary celebration with a room filled floor to ceiling with flowers, W Scottsdale can make it happen.
VENICE OF THE WEST
Slip away to another world at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. Guests experience a romantic sandolo (gondola-style boat) ride through the resort’s waterway as Gondoliers – decked head-to-toe in the traditional garb – serenade guests with traditional Italian songs. Afterward, couples settle in for a romantic evening in a private lakefront casita complete with a fireplace, wet bar and Jacuzzi-style spa and deck. Looking to kick the romance up another notch? Guests can opt for the Winfield Scott Suite overlooking the lush, manicured lawns of the neighboring Gainey Ranch Golf Club, and purple mountain’s majesties of the McDowell Mountains.
A SENSUAL ESCAPE
Romance is woven into the fabric of Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Originally created as a grand gesture of love by financier Delos Willard Cooke in 1929, the resort was named one of the “Top 50 Romantic Retreats” in the world by Travel + Leisure. Need help planning a romantic gesture? Consult the director of romance on-staff who can help with tailored experiences from bedside roses to sunset helicopter rides.
For those seeking a weekend rendezvous with their partner, Royal Palms offers Romanticationpackages that can be customized to suit any love language. Offerings include couples massages at Alvadora Spa, a rose-petal turndown service, a romantic dinner at T. Cook’s restaurant and even love notes.
LOVE ON THE ROCKS
The timelessness of the 12-million-year-old rocks surrounding the Boulders Resort & Spa can only be rivaled by the timelessness of love and romance. To honor this eternal existence, each private casita at Boulders is shaped into the natural terrain and grouped in clusters throughout the 1,300-acre property. Take advantage of the resort’s Love at the Boulders Package, which features luxurious private casita accommodations, a chilled bottle of champagne, fruit platter, a $100 food & beverage credit and spa treatments in the Couples’ Sun Suite at The Spa at The Boulders. Or, couples looking for a place to say “I do” can exchange vows at the property’s Promise Rockwedding site for a fairytale desert union. Rich in history, this site is home to an ancient fertility alter used by the Yavapai people as well as markings used for ceremonial purposes.
INTIMATE SPA RETREATS
Couples focused on wellness can enjoy the seclusion of a vacation home with the amenities of a world-class resort at Sanctuary Resort Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa’s new Spa House. The 3,500-square-foot house features a treatment room for couple’s massages, a movement studio for private classes and personal training, a full kitchen and dining bar, living room and outdoor pool and lawn.
Lovers will think they stepped into Spain when they arrive at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia for a romantic retreat. Walk hand-in-hand through the Alhambra walkway (modeled after the Alhambra in Granada, Spain) toward Joya Spa. The spa offers a rooftop pool boasting uninhibited views of Camelback Mountain, a couple’s relaxation area and five spa suites – the most luxurious being the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace has a king-sized bed, fireplace and private restroom all furnished with an ornate Moroccan design.
Romance and relaxation come together in perfect harmony at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where couples can experience a 60- or 90-minute massage of their choice at Well & Being Spa. Enjoy spa time together side-by-side in the luxurious couples’ suite, which features a specialty tub, private shower, bathroom and sitting area.
FOR THE LOVE OF ART
Making a name for itself as a “LOVE” mecca, downtown Scottsdale is one of a handful of locations including New York City and Santa Fe that houses Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” sculpture The image, first created for a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1965, has become a symbol of pop culture with sculptures located across the world from Philadelphia to Shanghai, China.
Lovers of art and lovers in general should not miss Scottsdale ArtWalk, a free event held every Thursday evening in downtown Scottsdale. Scottsdale’s finest art galleries open their doors to the public for a special nighttime viewing of their beautiful collections. While strolling along Main Street and Marshall Way, couples may encounter special cocktail receptions, artist appearances, or live music in the galleries. Scottsdale ArtWalk adds a special touch to any romantic evening.
ROMANCE ON THE GOLF COURSE
The Phoenician offers Tee Boxdinners, an elegant sunset experience presented at iconic locations on the resort’s golf courses. Almost any request can be fulfilled, from arranging musical entertainment to creating a special gourmet dessert. Just before the day’s end, guests are escorted by golf carts out to the tee box to find their table perfectly set with fine china, crystal, linens and candles.