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Scottsdale's Poolside Cabanas

By local contributor
Christina Barrueta

Planning your vacation at one of Scottsdale’s renowned resorts means world-class dining, award-winning golf courses, luxurious spas, panoramic vistas and tropical drinks by the pool. To raise your poolside lounging to the next level, take advantage of the best hotel pools with cabanas for luxe perks and unique amenities. Here are five of Scottsdale’s most memorable poolside cabana experiences and how you can expect to be pampered.



Princess Sunset Beach Cabana

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess sits on 64 acres dotted with six pools, which means it is home to some of the best cabanas in Scottsdale. My favorites are those found at Sunset Beach, where you can sink your toes into 9,000 square feet of soft white sand. You’ll appreciate cabana amenities such as complimentary snacks and bottled water, a refrigerator, flat-screen TV, and overhead misting fan. Tip: Ask about their fun (giant margarita, anyone?) pool floats for the perfect loungers to maximize pool time.




The JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn offers a variety of options, including the luxurious Jackrabbit Cabanas surrounded by Camelback Mountain views. These lofty latilla-style poolside cabanas are tucked away by the Jacuzzi pool and include refrigerators stocked with complimentary water and soft drinks, DirectTV, and two appetizers from Hoppin’ Jacks menu. To enhance your adult beverage experience, add-on packages offer bottles of bubbly, buckets of brews, or colorful cocktails. Tip: Try the Kokopelli Colada served in a coconut with a boozy rum float.



four seasons

At the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, my favorite retreat is the Luxury Cabana at the adults-only pool on the lower level. You’ll enjoy extra-spacious accommodations with lounge seating, a 40-inch flat-screen TV, misters and ceiling fans. Relax on reserved chaise lounges and enjoy amenities that include complimentary afternoon snacks, board games, magazines and a refrigerator stocked with refreshments and chilled towels. Tip:  The Saguaro Blossom boasts some of the best poolside dining in Scottsdale. Try the Tuna Poke Bowl washed down with a refreshing Verde Margarita.



The Phoenician Cabanas

The Phoenician’s recently renovated swimming complex with three pools and 20 cabanas assures its place among Scottsdale’s best cabanas. All include satellite TV, minifridge, sun care kit and your choice of a tropical fruit bowl, bottle of Gruet, or chips and guacamole. Cool down with chilled towels and complimentary snacks like decadent chocolate-dipped frozen raspberry yogurt bars. You also can order Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and refreshing mint lemonade from the poolside Kalio Kabobery. Tip: At the adults-only pool, cabanas also include a reserved patio table with umbrella for dining.



Hermosa pool

While the cabanas at Hermosa Inn may not have all the bells and whistles of those at the larger resorts, they make up for it with plenty of historic charm. At this luxury boutique hideaway, relax poolside at a hidden gem that captures the bygone era of its hacienda history. Surrounding a tucked-away pool, which is just a short stroll from the property’s rooms and casitas, are cabanas that come with a complimentary bucket of Arizona craft beer with chips, salsa, and guacamole, or carafe of white peach sangria with a fruit and cheese platter. Tip: For extra privacy, ask for cabana 5, located in its own secluded nook.