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Phoenix at The Phoenician

I recently returned form a wonderful trip to Phoenix, Arizona and had the chance to check out The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale. The location could not have been more perfect. Situated on Camelback Mountain, it is an easy drive to shopping areas and the Old Town.

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When first arriving, you are greeted by a winding entrance through the 250 acre property leading up the mountain. The golf course and casitas entice the view until you reach the main resort. You are greeted by the valet who escorts you into the main lobby with expansive views of the surrounding area from the balcony.

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All of the 538 rooms have been recently renovated to a calming contemporary style with large bathrooms containing both a separate tub and shower. Depending on your view from the balcony, you could have the pool view or the mountain view. Either are breathtaking.

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A local favorite dining option is at their J&G Steakhouse, an award-winning restaurant inspired by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It is perched atop the main building with again, expansive views of the destination. There are also private dining rooms available for groups and small functions.

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Further exploring the resort, we came across shops on site which included a cute little ice cream shop that served Sweet Republic Ice Cream, a local artisan creamery. Their custom “Phoenicain Crunch” was wonderful! They even can put together a picnic basket if you would prefer to enjoy the outdoors.

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Along the back of the property, there is a fantastic cactus garden. Guests can explore many of the different varieties of local flora and fauna as they walk the paths. There are guided tours if you would like a more in depth exploration but there are also signs by many of the cacti. One of the holes of the golf course will send the players through this area as well.

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Adjacent to the main property, there are also the Canyon Suites. This is an exclusive 60-room boutique hotel located at The Phoenician, providing guests with a Five-star experience from arrival to departure. There is private check-in and hotel amenities although you are also welcome to use the main resort areas as well. There are also great meeting spaces here overlooking the mountain. It is even possible to have the mountain lit if you are having an evening event. Guests also have the opportunity to test drive one of six available Porsche luxury vehicles for a period of time up to two hours.

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The golf course is a favorite, not just of travelers but locals as well. This championship course has 27 holes for the most discerning golfer. Views range from sweeping skyline to mountain landscape. Golf Digest has even ranked them in the top 75 courses in North America! Designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Homer Flint, The Phoenician’s three diverse nine-hole courses create 18-hole combinations for the challenge and fun any golf enthusiast will crave.

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Moving on to their spa…. “Absolutely Incredible” is the first term that comes to mind. With 24 treatment rooms and 22,000 square feet, this space is dedicated to a peaceful retreat for your mind, body and soul. Along with many, many treatment options, there is a guided meditation every day at noon in these unbelievably comfortable, leather gravity chairs. Unfortunately, I just missed this experience but did get a chance to experience their comfort.

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Last but certainly not least is the pool area. This large centerpiece of the resort has many different areas which makes it feel a bit like intimate spaces rather than one large swimming area. There is even a children’s splash pad complete with a water slide and cabanas for parents to relax in close proximity.

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Overall, this spectacular resort is truly an oasis in the Phoenix sun. From the newly renovated rooms to the plethora of resort amenities, this property has a bit of something for anyone’s enjoyment.

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<3 Secrets Aura Cozumel #Mexico

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I recently visited Secrets Aura in Cozumel, Mexico. The resort was absolutely amazing. We felt special just walking in the front door. As we were waiting for check-in, we were greeted with friendly smiles and a cool drink along with a cool cloth. After getting our room key, we were escorted to our swim out suite on the ground floor which opened up to the lazy river wondering the property.

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There was an Apple Vacations desk where we could book our tours right there in the lobby. It was nice to not have to plan all of that in advance if you didn’t want to.

I have to say that the staff was amazing. From the second day at the resort, the staff from the bartender to the waiter knew our names and treated us like good friends. They knew our breakfast preferences and even served us cheesecake on the beach. I had a neck pillow shaped like an elephant and our room service staff even made one of our towels shaped into another elephant and sat them together on the bed when we came back to the room later that night.

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The best evening of the trip was when my fiance booked a private dinner on the pier. We had a private waiter that evening and when dessert came, he proposed. Who wouldn’t say yes in such a magical place?

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We took a day trip to see the sights like the Mayan ruins, tequila factory and the lighthouse. You could climb to the top and see for miles down the coast. It was beautiful! There was a lunch break at a cute little shanty on the beach.

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Overall, the trip was amazing and I cannot wait to return! Here are some links below for more information.

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Unique Experience in Chilean Patagonia on Nomads of the Seas

 

Nomads of The Seas invites you to explore the unseen Chilean Patagonia on board our ship The Atmosphere form December 01st to December 08th. You will experience the thrill of soft outdoor activities such as trekking, jet boating, kayaking, rafting, etc.. in the midst of pristine and virgin surroundings. Yes, that is a helicopter landing on the ship and yes it is included in the price of your trip!

What’s Included:

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizers.
Open bar (except for special liquors).
All activities on board (sauna, hot tubs, lectures, etc.).
Double or single occupancy according to the requested reservation.
Daily fly fishing excursions as scheduled.
Daily whale watching and wildlife excursions as scheduled.
Complimentary in and out transfers while in Puerto Montt.

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