This is a hard review to write as I will , no doubt, run out of superlatives for this resort. It was our first time here and we were are all still left in awe at this beautiful palace. It's a large resort, yes, but every inch of the grounds are manicured and fragrant, and at every turn and in every nook there is something appealing and unique. Although the resort may be nearly full, the impression you get is that there is barely anybody there. The pools are expansive and each has it's own atmosphere, from the child friendly splash and slide pool, to the large and formal Eastern pool, to the South pool and it's bar, food and music and finally to the pool in the Casita area, where peace and quiet seem to be valued above all else. At all locations you can find an area to yourself and often the pool is yours and yours alone for the day. I'm not a golfer (it has all the appeal of rectal surgery )and perhaps most guests go off to the PGA course, or others shop in the high end outlets in Scottsdale, or many probably have to go to meetings ; this is all fine, as it means that families have the run of the place all day long!
The interior of the rooms are tastefully furnished and you aren't left wanting for much. A lot has already been written about the fabulous dining, so I won't add any more other than to say that it's all true and that a visit to the Mexican themed restaurant is a must. I begrudgingly eat fish, but the Salmon dish in there was mouth-watering. Many thanks for the staff for suggesting something that I would normally eat only under major sedation or upon threat of death.
Our kids spent hours and hours just wandering the beautiful gardens. Otherwise the pools and the kids club kept them happy. Initially the 8 and 5 year old were reluctant to go to the club, but after one morning there we had to let them go every day as the consequences and temper tantrums would have been too much to bear. Worse , probably than golf or seafood. Or surgery.
Again, the club was often empty and the kids have the run of the superb facilities. They can pan for gold, catch fish in the beautiful ponds, or just play all day on the waterslides. (42 inch limit, I vaguely remember...although smaller kids seemed to be allowed down if held by an adult). I still hear about the catfish that got away, and how big it was etc.etc....
So...fighting back the tears now that we are home, I will endeavour to say "thank you" to all those whom I remember. Firstly, Amy on the front desk...you welcomed us with such a smile and such a helpful nature that we can never forget you. Erin...your enthusiasm for the area was addictive and you were a wealth of knowledge on all things from Malls, shoes, native history to Frank Lloyd Wright. Rebecca from Derbyshire at the East pool...you are outstanding and I hope you achieve your dream of nursing. Your humour and insights into the area were priceless. Well done, lass! Julio , at the Hacienda restaurant...pure class, and the beautiful waitress who was pregnant and who came to say hello to us on two occasions....thank you! Sorry we never got to know your name, but you made our nights there very memorable. Never again will I run away screaming from fish....maybe. Jessica, down in L.V Restaurant....THANK YOU! The kids loved the club so a big hello and thank you must also go to Ethan and Mike and Diane down there. You put up with my "ankle biters" , so you deserve a medal, boys and girls! Both of my girls adored you all.
What makes this place so extra special is the staff. Not one bad thing to say. They all looked happy and went the extra mile to make sure you,too, were happy. Nothing was too much for them, from the blonde haired chap who first met us, to the pool cleaning dude who was having a Hell of a problem with the filter in the Casita pool. All were magnanimous and gracious. How do Fairmont do it...? They must offer some damned good pay package and pension scheme, or else their staff are the best treated in the area. Maybe they offer free beer to the staff. Whatever it is, please keep doing it as it bloody well works!
We will definitely return. Best holiday thus far. The previous trips have all been "all inclusive" affairs in Mexico and the Caribbean. This appeals to us Canadians as you don't feel guilty about the volume of beer you drink. This is, obviously, NOT all inclusive, hence you get a bill at the end of the stay. This makes to overall costs a little higher than the All Inclusive options. However, the standard of luxury is far higher, the food is better and not just re-heated and mass produced, and you are treated as an honoured guest and not just a paying tenant. I totally understand both options, and for us, at this time, with our family (and...er...cheap flights from Canada), this was the better option.
Confession time: we upgraded to a Casita. It was well worth it and made us feel like we were Lord and Lady Muck. Hence, this review may be a little biased as it is the best area in the best resort. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
PS Thank you to Debbie in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as she suggested that we would like this place. Damn it! She was right!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you set foot on the grounds of the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, you are surrounded by a mystical landscape of lagoons, fountains, fire pits, colorful desert plants and expansive green spaces – all set amid the sun-drenched Sonoran Desert and the majestic McDowell Mountains of Arizona. Blending exquisite pampering and warm, personalized service with alluring Spanish-style architecture and outdoor adventure, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers all of the superb amenities you expect from a world-class destination resort: -Lavish Well & Being Spa, featuring a variety of spa, wellness and fitness services -Two championship-level TPC golf courses, home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open -Six sparkling heated pools, featuring waterslides, cabanas, poolside service and a 9,000 sq. ft. white sand beach -Five award-winning restaurants and lounges, with something delectable for every taste -316,000 square feet of flexible event space, including both indoor and outdoor venues with two conference centers -Trailblazers Family Adventure Center, offering a wide range of onsite activities to keep kids happy and engaged -Personalized Concierge services, offering access to exciting activities to satisfy everyone ... more less
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