Known as ‘The West’s Most Western Town’, Scottsdale is a hidden gem in Arizona’s 120,000-square-mile Sonoran Desert. With everything from glorious outdoor space, featuring dramatic desert and staggering mountains, to a vibrant city that is home to a booming culinary scene, we’ve rounded up our top 5 unmissable experiences for your luxury holiday to Scottsdale.
Stay at The Phoenician
Sprawling across 250 acres, bordered by the Sonoran Desert and Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician is one the most exclusive luxury hotels in Scottsdale. Whilst the lobby provides exquisite views of the desert valley, the resort’s rooms and suites perfectly fit with their southwestern setting, with each also featuring a private balcony or terrace. The Phoenician encapsulates everything you could wish for on a luxury holiday to Scottsdale; take a swing at the 18-hole golf course, make a splash in nine swimming pools, dine at a plethora of excellent eateries and experience a guided tour of the resort’s $25 million art collection.
Hike Through The Sonoran Desert
One the most staggering natural playgrounds in the USA, Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert is the outstandingly diverse, with over 350 birds and 2,000 native plants calling this lush environment home. In Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, 195 miles of shared-use trails make for a wonderful hike, with hundreds of botanical treasures lining the way, from colourful blooms to a variety of cacti. A few of our favourite trails include the ‘Granite Mountain Trail Loop’, where you can expect to see the staggering Balanced Rock, and ‘Lost Dog Wash Trail to Taliesin Overlook’ which leads to a scenic overlook with breathtaking views of north Scottsdale and Phoenix.
Visit Scottsdale’s Old Town
The bustling Old Town is one of the most vibrant downtown areas in the southwest. The heart and soul of Scottsdale is brimming with luxury shopping, galleries, restaurants, nightclubs and historic attractions from as early as the 1880s, all located within nine walkable neighbourhoods. The Arts District is a beautiful place to spend the day exploring wine-tasting rooms, luxury restaurants and fine art galleries, whilst the Entertainment District explodes after dark, with master mixologists showing off their creative flair with craft cocktails.
Walk the Scottsdale Wine Trail
Whilst you may be imagining rolling green vineyards and wide-open spaces, this wine trail leads you down a very different path. Downtown Scottsdale has a fast-growing wine culture, with exquisite wine-tasting rooms opening across the neighbourhoods in recent years, so the self-guided Scottsdale Wine Trail is idyllic for wine connoisseurs looking to taste Arizona’s finest tipples. Of course, the advantage of being at the heart of town means you’re free to stop and savour some of the region’s finest food at Scottsdale’s luxury restaurants too!
Raft Along The Lower Salt River
For adventurous spirits, a short drive from Scottsdale will take you to the Salt River. Rafting along the river’s calm waters provides a unique perspective on the spectacular Sonoran Desert. Paddle through up to 2,000 feet deep canyons, tackling mild rapids along the way, with a choice of tours varying from a few hours to the whole day. If you simply can’t tear yourself away from the natural beauty of the Salt River Canyon, there’s also the option to spend the night camping out, before another fun-filled day of white-water rafting.
To book your luxury holiday to Scottsdale, please call our Luxury Travel Specialists.