Phoenix, Arizona is a hot spot for vacationers but in the summer, it’s literally a hot spot as temps can get upwards of 120 degrees, which is why resorts and hotels lure people in with amazing deals, and that’s win win for Phoenician staycationers like me!
On a whim –Mateo and my dog Jeter (yes, they’re dog friendly—more on that later) checked in at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which I can only describe as magic.
It’s a AAA Five Diamond resort so I don’t have to tell you that the grounds are beautiful, the accommodations are impeccable, and the service can’t be rivaled, but for Mateo—fancy doesn’t equal fun, fun equals fun. I’m happy to report – we had fun!
With six pools to choose from –where do we even begin? We grabbed our SPF and floaties and hit the Sonoran Splash pool, which was made for kids in mind. It was a party! Organized games, water slides, cabanas, and the yummiest Pina Coladas kept us happy and hydrated for most of the afternoon.
Come dinner time, my sweet Mateo and I washed up and enjoyed a walk to the La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval Mexican restaurant. When we the last time you enjoyed a date night dinner with your Little; like with table linens and white cloth napkins? I know it sounds scary but we had the sweetest time and the food was incredible. We especially enjoyed the churros and decadent dipping sauces.
Mateo’s usual bedtime of 8PM had to be amended because there was a Techno Glo Pool Party that could not be missed. The lasers, fog, strobe lights, and techno beats by DJ Splash has ruined us forever for our usual run-of-the-mill night swims at home. This night swimming pool party happens only during the summer – and it was a blast. And don’t let the idea of ‘umph umph’ techno music scare you away. It is very kid friendly.
We toyed with the idea of hitting up the dive-in movie because who doesn’t want to watch a movie on the big screen while floating on a giant inflatable flamingo but Mateo was too eager to watch the fireworks from our room, which you can see on Saturday nights also throughout the summer.
Our dog Jeter greeted us as at our hotel door after a day of having his own pampering –or pup pampering, as it were. As I mentioned, the Fairmont Princess Scottsdale is very dog friendly—so friendly, in fact they have their own two dog ambassadors, Gibb and Bixby. Upon arrival, there was a plush dog bed, a rawhide bone treat, a toy, and silver water and food bowls waiting for him in our room. The times that we took Jeter for a walk around the grounds, folks’ faces lit up. There’s something about a dog wagging his tail and sauntering along that really puts people in a good mood.
After an amazing night of sleep and feeling reenergized, Mateo and I had a few more hours to enjoy at the Fairmont Princess Scottsdale, so Sunset Beach was our final stop on our 24 hour whirlwind staycation and it was a great way to go out. I know what you’re thinking—“beach in the dessert? I don’t think so.” Well, 830 tons of sand hauled in from the beaches of Florida that surround this pool will tell you otherwise! So we played in the sand, shared a virgin Pina Colada (it was so good I had to confirm it was indeed virgin!), and bought a three dollar beach ball two times too big for Mateo at the pool side gift shop, and played.
We were both equally entertained by the Mermaid University that was happening in a roped off section of the pool. Yes, I said Mermaid University taught by their real life resident mermaid—her name is Moon, obvi! Little mermaids-in-training swam around us with their mermaid tales creating just a little more magic to our already magical day. It costs about 100 bucks—includes a 90 minute session, mermaid tail, goggles, and Mermaid University diploma. Working on that Mother of The Year application? I mean, enrolling your kid in something like this would certainly give you an edge.
Their 4th of July Freedom Fest is just a few weeks away – you can bet it’s gonna be epic. And if the idea of Phoenix in the summer is still too cray for you – how about a winter wonderland in the 80 degree dessert in the dead of winter? The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess gives the North Pole a run for its money when they host Christmas at the Princess. But I digress –that whole festival deserves a blog post of its own.
Let me be straight with you –Phoenix in the dead of summer is freakin’ hot! But who cares when you’re sipping on a margarita in one of their many pools – with views of the Sonoran desert, with your favorite people in the world at almost half the price you’d pay during high season, am I right?