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We loved discovering the "new" luxury of The Phoenician in Scottsdale Arizona, A Luxury Co

The recently renovated Phoenician located at 6000 East Camelback Road, in Scottsdale, Arizona is luxury resort that offers visitors three distinctive choices of accommodations. The Phoenician Resort is comprised of The Phoenician, a luxurious hotel, The Canyon Suites, a boutique suite hotel, and The Phoenician Residences, private residential villas.

In 1985, Charles Keating envisioned building a European inspired resort using only the finest materials and craftmanship on at the base of Camelback Mountain. The resulting resort used imported Italian Marble, 24 karat gold etched ceilings, a mother of pearl swimming pool and eleven rare Steinway Pianos situated on lushly landscaped grounds. Mr. Keating purchased 250 acres to preserve the surroundings of this unique desert resort.

AAA Five Diamond Award and Four Star Forbes Travelguide

Now nearing the end of a three year renovation project there has been a major redesign of all the guestrooms and casitas including the complete remodel of The Canyon Suites, a AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star boutique hotel uniquely located within the Phoenician resort.

A full renovation of the main resort public areas was undertaken in 2017 with all 645 rooms (577 guestrooms, 64 suites and 4 presidential suites), lobby, pool complex, Thirsty Camel Lounge, Afternoon Tea room and The Shops undergoing a total makeover. All rooms, villas and residences are finished in contemporary southwestern design that accentuates the surrounding desert environment with fresh bright colors.

Guestrooms like this fantastic Grand Deluxe Room are a huge 600 square feet in size. This particular room also has a massive outdoor patio with a stunning view over the valley.

The Phoenician Athletic Club is a new 4,600 plus square foot fitness center and game room and includes tennis courts, a pickleball court and 2 basketball courts. The state of the art equipment on the second floor offers views of the Valley and Camelback Mountain. “Fitness on Demand” provides access to hundreds of virtual exercise classes.

Mother of Pearl Pool

The pool complex is on three levels and includes a family friendly area, an adult-only pool and cabanas, the famous hand-tiled Mother of Pearl pool and three separate recreational styled pools. There is also a kids area with slide, treehouse and splash pad.

Soon to be completed is the redesign of an 18-hole Phoenician Golf Club and the Phoenician Golf Clubhouse. Reopening in September 2018 will be the remodeled J&G Steakhouse.

The Phoenician Spa offers 24 treatment rooms, a Boutique, a Nail Lounge, a Dry Bar, rooftop pool, along with Tranquility Suites, guests can relax mind, body and soul with the full menu of services offered daily at this retreat. There is also a fitness center and Movement Studio including yoga, meditation and cardio classes.

The Phoenician Resort features a variety of dining options. Each of the culinary choices located throughout the resort is dedicated to unique, 5-star dining presentations.

Thirsty Camel Lounge

Thirsty Camel Lounge

Thirsty Camel Lounge

The Marketplace

Chef de Cuisine Tandy Peterson

Buttermilk Buns with Citrus Sea Salt Butter and Duck Fat Fig Butter

BBQ Beets with Mustard Greens, Chickpea, Smoked Onion Yogurt

Veal & Black Garlic Meatballs with Mozzarella, Tomato Jam, Arugula and Toast

Wild Mushroom Flatbread with Scallion, Apricot and Horseradish

Caramelized Cauliflower with Citrus, Calabrian Chile and Pinenuts

Crispy Potatoes with Chorizo, Horseradish, Tomato Brava Hot Sauce

Charred Hanger Steak with Wild Mushrooms, Pickled Blueberry and Sunflower Pesto

And for dessert - a deconstructed Apple Pie

Mowry & Cotton offers a spacious dining area with the luxury reflective of the Phoenician. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinners, desserts and drinks, Mowry & Cotton remembers the children with special Kids Menus for every dining experience. At Mowry & Cotton, guests can expect the unexpected.

Brunch favorites at Mowry & Cotton not found in other dining establishments include Caramelized Cauliflower, Mowry Monkey Bread, Avocado Benedict as well as fresh fruits, salads and other Mowry & Cotton culinary creations. The dishes are savory and imaginative.

On the dinner menu are Mowry & Cotton specialties that include, Roasted Spring Onion, West Coast Mussels, and Grilled Pheasant. Don’t forget desert at Mowry & Cotton with a Lemon Meringue, bread pudding, Espresso Martini, Coffee and Wine.

Wanda has been at The Phoenician Resort for 17 years!

Allen Comyns at the piano

At the Afternoon Tea Room you can enjoy a European tradition in the southwestern desert at Afternoon Tea. This tea room features the ambiance of visiting a friend’s home for tea in an English Cottage. Tea is served from 2:00-3:00 PM, reservations are required. You will experience the classic British tea afternoon delights with finger sandwiches, scones, preserves, pastries and a personalized blend of tea. Afternoon Tea is a must at least one afternoon while staying at the magnificent Phoenician Resort, world class luxury in the heart of the Arizona desert.

Ballroom and meeting space.

Do not miss the cactus garden. Over 250 varieties of cactus and succulents on 2 acres.

Thank you to Denise Seomin, Public Relations Director and all the hard working staff members who made our stay special – Christina who helped us with our check-in, Wanda in the Afternoon Tea Room, Nolan and Chef Tandy at Mowry and Cotton. We will see you again soon at the beautiful Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale Arizona because we had a great time!

Some photos courtesy of The Phoenician

Story by Daniel Dachille and Laine Page