SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 28, 2019) – New year, new Scottsdale. With ideal temperatures, refreshed resorts, a full roster of new restaurants and Spring Training baseball just around the corner, there’s no shortage of reasons to visit. Read on for what we’re buzzing about in this sunny Sonoran Desert destination, perfect for a spring getaway to kick those winter blues.
THE BIG NEWS: Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley – a 215-room, 20-acre new-build opening later this year – will have it all; exemplary service, spectacular views of Camelback Mountain, modern and sleek interiors, and a location just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. It will also offer a 16,000-square-foot 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. Finally, the resort will house one of North America’s longest pools, at more than 400 feet.
FIVE MORE UPDATES:
- Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa started 2020 with the completion of a renovation of its 30 suites. The new look and feel draws inspiration from the colors, shapes and textures of the Sonoran Desert, and includes design elements such as faceted, gem-like lighting fixtures, as a nod to Arizona’s history of gem hunting in the desert.
- The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa completed a transformation of its 732 guest rooms – including 55 suites – and corridors with designs that present a striking new interpretation of modern eco-luxury, in December.
- In October, W Scottsdale debuted AWAY® Spa offering a variety of customized treatments ranging from massages, to makeup and hair, plus a Spa After Dark concept, with cocktails, glow-in-the-dark treatments and a DJ. The hotel previously unveiled six new Penthouse Suites, in honor of its 10th anniversary and as the first phase of renovations.
- Old Town Scottsdale’s charming boutique hotel, The Bespoke Inn, added two new suites in the fall, growing the property to 10 guest rooms. Located on the Penthouse second level, both the new Terrace Suite and the Gio & Maria Suite have their own luxurious private patios and feature the Inn’s signature “Phone Booth” walk-in rain showers.
- Following a revival in Feb. 2019 and summer renovations, Castle Hot Springs, Arizona’s only member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, re-opened in the fall. The land was discovered in 1867 and Castle Hot Springs originally opened in 1896 as one of the world’s top luxury resorts. Three natural rock grotto soaking pools, producing pure 120-degree mineral water, are the resort’s namesake. A fire devastated the property in 1976 and the area was a ghost town for over 40 years.
Today, Castle Hot Springs is a tranquil adult retreat located about a 90-minute drive from Scottsdale and proudly embraces a “Digital Detox” philosophy. The resort offers 33 rooms, including 12 Spring Bungalows, 17 Sky View Cabins, and two Historic Cottages. Amenities include private terraces with telescopes for stargazing and piping directly from the nearby natural hot springs into oversized tubs.
WINE & DINE
THREE UPDATES TO KNOW:
- Arizona wine continues to wow. Just weeks ago, local winemakers, LDV Winery received three silver medals for their wines entered in the San Francisco Chronicle 2020 Wine Awards, evaluated by more than 65 judges representing numerous North American wine regions, tasting nearly 6,700 wines from 1,000 different wineries.
- Known for her locally sourced, elevated veggie creations, Chef Charleen Badman of Scottsdale’s FnB Restaurant was named James Beard Foundation’s 2019 Best Chef: Southwest this past summer, following five consecutive JBF nominations. Notably, longtime chef and owner of Rancho Pinot in Scottsdale, and Badman’s original mentor, Chrysa Robertson, was named a 2019 finalist in the Outstanding Chef Category. Adding to this star-studded culinary cast is Chef Samantha Sanz of Spanish steakhouse concept, Talavera at Four Seasons Resort & Spa Scottsdale at Troon North, who was a 2019 semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year Award. Did somebody say, girl power?
- Los Angeles hot spot and French-inspired restaurant, Zinque and the iconic Japanese restaurant empire, Nobu, have just opened in the new luxury wing of Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. The shopping destination has become quite the culinary hub in the last 18 months, with its openings of Toco Madera, sister concept Tocaya Organica, and Ocean 44.
THINGS TO SEE + DO
THE BIG NEWS: Scottsdale is the Spring Training headquarters of the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, running Feb. 22 – March 24 this year, and drawing thousands of baseball fans for an annual tradition started in the city 70+ years ago. Arizona is also home to 12 other Major League Baseball teams’ spring training fields, all within a 15-45-minute drive of Scottsdale. After a busy day, rest and relaxation await, with 70 hotels, and 50 resort and day spas in the greater Scottsdale area. SpringTrainingInScottsdale.com has all the bases covered.
FIVE MORE NOT TO MISS:
- 1 – May 27: “Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined,” found at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, is the first exhibition to recognize designers using extreme and inventive upcycling to address the current state of the depleted and polluted environment. These 30 international designers and studios are pioneering a new direction by radically transforming waste into useful products, and aiming to reduce humans’ footprint on the planet.
- March 5: Native Spirit ArtWalk – a special edition of Scottsdale ArtWalk, Old Town Scottsdale’s Thursday night tradition – will delve into the city’s roots with live music and traditional Native American fare to enjoy as visitors meander through galleries like The Fine Art of Southwest Style, who will have a special painter and sculptor show on display, “The Native Spirit Moves Us.”
- April 16-19: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s culinary extravaganza, the Nirvana Food & Wine Festival – led by celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan – will return to the 53-acre, lush desert property with star chefs and winemakers offering tantalizing tastings and engaging activities in the perfect spring weather.
- Just opened in the fall, The Merchantile of Scottsdale is Old Town’s new boutique marketplace where designers, makers, artists and local businesses come together to offer one-of-a-kind goods and services. Browse everything from vintage threads and trendy handmade jewelry, to organic soaps and Arizona-inspired home décor, all under one roof.
- In summer 2019, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale was officially named a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with seven other major works spanning 50 years of Wright’s career which were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are more than 1,000 World Heritage sites around the world, with only 24 in the U.S.
ON OUR RADAR
- Encompassing the soon-to-be Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley will be The Palmeraie, a $2 billion, 122-acre, master-planned community set to open late 2020, which will be home to more than 60 luxury and specialty boutiques, and numerous dining outlets.
- In 2021, Caesars Entertainment Corporation will open Caesars Republic Scottsdale, its first non-gaming hotel in the United States, adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. The property will be a four-star hotel developed by HCW Development and operated by Aimbridge Hospitality. Its 11-story glass structure will house 256 rooms, a bar and coffee shop, two signature restaurants from Chef Giada De Laurentiis, a rooftop pool, and a fitness center.
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Laura McMurchie, Vice President of Communications
Christina La Porte, Communications Manager
Emily Lawrence, Communications Coordinator