Just because summer has come to an end, that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to poolside relaxation, sun-kissed skin and blissful spa treatments. Cooler temperatures may be creeping around the corner, but that’s all the more reason to take advantage of some of earth’s hottest attractions. Soak up every bit of a never-ending summer at one of these five desert-style resorts.
Marriott's Shadow Ridge I-The Villages
Pack your bags for the Coachella Valley, but leave the festival frills at home. While Palm Desert is home to designer boutiques, art galleries and The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, the city can also be a place for secluded relaxation. If you’re headed to the Palm Springs area, opt in for an unforgettable stay and star-studded treatment at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge.
Journey to the West Coast for a more glamorous desert getaway. Marriott’s Shadow Ridge I-The Villages offers an oasis for those in need of endless sunshine. The resort is constructed of all of your favorite toppings including the Shadow Ridge Golf Club, sparkling resort-style pools and flavorful dining. But what sets this resort apart is its open invitation for the whole family. Spend your day devouring treats from Snake Bites Pool Bar & Grill while the kids splash around at the water playground. If you’re in need of solitude, drop the kids off at The Mirage Activity Center so you can enjoy an insatiable dinner at The Grill at Shadow Ridge. The resort also features an on-site movie theater, so you can feel closer to the stars in the Coachella Valley. What really makes your stay at this resort one to remember is the sultry villas featuring fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces and spacious balconies complete with awe-inspiring views of Palm Desert.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Las Vegas, Nevada is home to gambling wallets and rambling hearts, those placing bets and seeking an up-all-night kind of stay in the desert. While the energy is exciting, there’s a calmness not far from The Strip that is sure to dial down your desert getaway to one of simplicity and rejuvenation. Get ready to place your bets on a much-needed trip to sunny Henderson, Nevada.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is your sanctuary on Lake Las Vegas, a hideaway spot from the stifling energy of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort is adorned with Moroccan accents fit for an authentic retreat. When you reserve your stay, expect nothing short of excellence. Tee up at the restored Reflection Bay Golf Club, or set your sights on a revitalizing session at g Aveda Spa Lago. Leave the spa glowing with tranquility and soak up the sunshine in the two-level pool. The resort also features the award-winning Marssa Steak & Sushi house, one of Lake Las Vegas’ most renowned dining destinations with courses curated by Chef Kazuki Tozawa. Other restaurants such as Taqueria Azul, Sandsa Bar & Grill and Rick’s Café offer an assortment of delectable Mexican cuisine, creative Mediterranean-American combinations and light fares that outdo casino grub any day of the week.
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Known as the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix is your destination for a blazing desert experience. Enriched with Native American culture, Phoenix offers access to The Grand Canyon, Sedona, Canal Walks, Melrose District and so much more. But what lies at the heart of this beaming city is a retreat into desert paradise, otherwise known as Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.
Secluded from the rest of Phoenix, this Native American-owned hotel draws influence from the heritage and culture of the Gila River and Indian community. Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass adds wonder to a sun-sational getaway with a scenic boat ride to Rawhide Ranch by way of the surrounding river. If you’re in search of a more grounding stay, buckle up for a saddle ride at the Koli Equestrian Center, or enjoy a day spent at Aji Spa. The on-site spa is unlike any other with its ode to tradition. The spa features an on-site café, steam castle and traditional pima dwelling at the Olsa Ki at Aji Spa. The resort is rounded out with a Forbes five-star, award-winning restaurant, Kai. The cuisine is influenced by Native American Pima and the Maricopa tribes. If casual is more your vibe, head to one of the four resort pools featuring poolside dining at Hanyo at the River. Don’t forget to wait 30 minutes before plunging into paradise with the thrilling 111-foot waterslide.
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Beware of Bigfoot’s sibling when you journey to Scottsdale, Arizona. A place where the Mogollon Monster creeps through the rocky terrain, this city is full of sweltering charm and fruitful desert life. The city is rich in foliage, offering fruit ripe enough for picking. And if you’re lucky, you can cool off from the sun with the official dessert of Scottsdale, ice cream made of prickly pears. What really sets this city apart is its standing record for holding the largest number of destination spas per capita.
Venture far into the desert at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Step on lush grounds complete with heated outdoor pools, garden terraces and desert trails for the curious traveler. The award-winning hotel invites you to enjoy a 32,000-square-foot spa, The Spa at Camelback Inn, in Arizona’s Paradise Valley. Indulge in specialty treatments in one of 32 treatment rooms and be good to yourself by taking an invigorating soak in the serene lap pool, free with purchase of any spa treatments. The resort also boasts the Camelback Golf Club featuring 36 holes, Southwestern and American dining, a well-appointed fitness center and horseback riding. What truly makes this desert oasis the place to be is the deluxe casitas featuring private pools, 24-hour room service and spectacular views of the mountains. Some casitas also offer the Camelback sun deck, two levels for a more secluded rest and multiple bedroom suites so you can head to Paradise Valley with those who matter most.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Tucson is home to a gorgeous assortment of unique desert plant and wildlife, with over 350 days of sunshine a year. When the sun goes down, locals retreat to the vibrant nightlife. And while there’s much to do in nature, Tucson is also home to museums, shopping, eclectic dining and more. But what truly matters here is the only destination on earth where the mighty Saguaro cacti grow, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.
A sanctuary awaits at this base camp nestled in between five gorgeous mountain ranges. Surrounded by 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a desert nirvana tempting with adventure. Pack your hiking boots and binoculars for an opportunity with the experts on the ranger-led tours of ancient Indian Petroglyphs. Be on the lookout for the unique wildlife that beckons your attention. For a less-active stay, all you need is a wide-brimmed hat and the strongest sunscreen to keep you protected under the Tucson sunshine. Relax by one of the three pools featuring poolside cabanas and a 235-foot waterslide. Golfers can also enjoy the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, or take a swing at The Gallery Golf Club, featuring two highly acclaimed courses designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman. When the sun sets on Tucson, treat your taste buds to Core Kitchen & Wine Bar, or craft a new skill when you take one of the mixology classes at IGNITE, the perfect way to set your fire ablaze in Tucson, Arizona.
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