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Bespoke Scottsdale

Whether you’re looking to unplug or get charged up, Scottsdale offers an escape filled with stunning Sonoran Desert beauty and bespoke experiences like these that will leave you feeling effortlessly revitalized.


Stay in Style

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The Villa Retreat at the Boulders Resort and Spa combines the luxury of a presidential suite with the privacy and comfort of an estate home. Breathtaking Sonoran Desert views take center stage throughout the spacious interiors, while a negative edge pool and private patios create a true desert oasis outdoors. Guests of the Villa Retreat enjoy top-tier service and amenities like valet and butler service, in-house concierge staff and an optional private chef.


Dine Under the Stars

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Tucked away from the city lights, against a backdrop of stately saguaros and a fiery Sonoran Desert sunset, is where you’ll enjoy a chef-driven gourmet dinner with Cloth & Flame. Choose from one of their public dinners in the desert (plan ahead as they sell out fast!) or arrange for a private dinner for which every detail is customizable, from the menu selections and wine pairings to the desert-inspired table settings and softly glowing twinkle lights strung overhead. Cue the shooting stars.


Discover Mid-Century Modern Masterpieces

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Get an insider’s look at the area’s most striking examples of mid-century modern architecture on a private excursion with Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours. Your tour, guided by local expert Ace Bailey, begins with a behind-the-scenes look at Old Town Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho, one of the city's most iconic mid-century landmarks. Other stops on this exciting architectural adventure can include gems like Price House, the largest private home built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona.


Play Where the Pros Play

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Perhaps best known as the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale is maintained to PGA TOUR-quality standards year-round. Tune up your swing with resident pro, Rob Rashell, then take to the course with an experienced forecaddie who will share the ins and outs of every hole, including the infamously rowdy 16th. After your round, enjoy Pan-Latin cuisine and samplings from the Valley of the Sun’s largest rum selection at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar.


Explore the Grand Canyon

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Westwind Air Service’s seasonal Grand Canyon Whitewater & Air Tour is the ultimate one-day Grand Canyon Adventure. After a narrated flight from the Scottsdale area to Peach Springs on the Canyon’s West Rim, you’ll board a pontoon boat for a ride on the mighty Colorado River through rapids and smooth water. A hike to Travertine Falls, helicopter ride out of the Canyon and scenic return flight to Scottsdale round out this full day of adventure.