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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LEARN TO PLAY GOLF OR IMPROVE YOUR GAME WHILE STAYING AT HOTEL FINCA CORTESIN
“Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game´s two ultimate adversaries; the course and yourself. Don´t be too proud to take Lessons. I´m not”
NICKLAUS ACADEMY 60 MINUTES PRIVATE LESSON
During the 60 minutes Private Lesson at Nicklaus Academy, every golfer from beginners to professionals will choose the aspect of their game which they want to improve. Using the Jack Nicklaus Coaching Studio technology, students will have their swing professionally analyzed and then given advice on corrections. The use of Drills and Training Aids will help you to understand how to improve your swing. Video Analysis will be emailed; so that the student can return home and continue to improve their game.
TAYLOR MADE 60 MINUTES FITTING EXPERIENCE
Nicklaus Academy is a TAYLOR MADE Official Fitting Centre. Using the latest software and Flightscope Kudu technology will help us to determine the ideal club for each player. Students will leave with the perfect set of clubs designed specifically for them.
GOLF COURSE 120 MINUTES EXPERIENCE
A player is only as good as his game, and for many golfers getting on the course doesn’t happen as often as they would like. That’s why the 120 minutes Golf Course Experience gives golfers the opportunity to perfect their swing and showcase their honed skills from the Nicklaus Academy. Playing will be at the incredible Finca Cortesin Golf Course, site of Volvo Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The Golf Course it’s a course to remember and will challenge every student regardless their level. Greenfee and Buggy is included.
All options also include:
From 2 nights (request more if necessary) in the selected suite category based in double occupancy
Fresh Fruit and Premium Water in your suite
Welcome Golf Pack at your room; 2 Finca Cortesin Caps and some tees
Complimentary WI- FI connection
Daily Breakfast at our Restaurant
Access to our Finca Cortesin Beach Club operation during the summer season (aprox. 6 months per year) with Shuttle from and to the beach club included
Access to our 2.200m2 Spa
Lessons are calculated for 2 people.
In addition, All 2015 Traveline Guests Receive:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
In partnership with the one of the leading player management companies, we are able to offer you the rare opportunity to mingle with the pro’s during the week of the Masters.
Including luxury private accommodation within the player management compound (where some of the players themselves will be staying), a season badge to attend the Masters, daily transfers, a fully catered breakfast and dinner which includes fine wines and Champagne, this is truly an ‘inside-the-ropes’ experience that you will never forget!
Seven nights’ accommodation in your own room in a shared private house within Willow Creek Subdivision (walking distance to Augusta National)
Season Badge for the Masters (Thursday – Sunday inclusive)
Return transfers from either Atlanta or Augusta airport, plus daily transfers to Augusta National
Use of the player management ‘Host’ house for breakfast and dinner each day
Professionally catered breakfast and dinner each day at the player management host house
All beverages including champagne and fine wines
Your house stocked with food and beverages
Services of Elysian Golf and player management staff in Augusta
Elysian Golf specialises in delivering “golfing dreams” for individuals, small groups and corporate clients. Elysian Golf provides access to the golf tour professionals and legends of the game, to exclusive golfing locations including many of the world’s top “members-only” courses and to “inside the ropes” experiences at the major championships. Clients of Elysian Golf have: – played golfing legends including Sir Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Sandy Lyle, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam – been invited to play in the Gary Player Invitational matches at Champions Retreat, Augusta, Georgia and Wentworth, England – played on many of the top courses around the world, including The Old Course at St Andrews, Gleneagles, Turnberry, Muirfield, Trump International, Sunningdale, Lahinch, Portmarnock, Ballybunion, Champions Retreat, Augusta Country Club and other iconic courses in the area, Pebble Beach and many others – enjoyed VIP hospitality at The Masters and The Open – stayed in private houses close to courses hosting major championsips in the USA and Europe, with full maid service, butlers and chefs – enjoyed chauffeur-driven limos, helicopter transfers, malt whisky tastings, 5* hotel accommodation, Michelin star dinners and much more. Experiences can be based on packages shown on the Virtuoso site or completely bespoke.
Make your vacation unforgettable by choosing from great golf resorts vacations. Many golf enthusiasts agree that there is no greater experience than waking up in a tropical paradise overlooking a cool blue ocean and walking right out onto the golf course. These all-inclusive vacation packages include stays at some of the top ocean-front hotels in the world, including luxury resorts in places like the Caribbean, Puerto Vallarta and Hawaii. In addition to enjoying the beach and luxury amenities, you can also enjoy quality golfing at championship golf courses. Our all-inclusive golf packages add unforgettable golf experiences, with discounted or free greens fees, to your vacation getaway. Plan to book a seven-night stay to get the best deals available. There’s plenty to do on a golf vacation, which often includes multiple top of the line golf courses, in addition to swimming, tennis, fine dining, and just relaxing on the beach. The week will fly by before you know it and you’ll already be thinking about booking your next getaway, so start by booking your all-inclusive vacation at one of our luxury golf resorts right now.
Come to Jamaica and Feel All Right!
Nothing is a problem on this island paradise where reggae, romance and the Caribbean sun come together. Accommodations range from charming inns to luxurious resorts. Pioneers of the all-inclusive vacation concept, you won’t find an island that does it better. Jamaica is the birthplace of Belafonte’s calypso and Bob Marley’s reggae, and home to many celebrated music festivals. Wherever you go in Jamaica, the friendly smiles of its people and the natural beauty of the island will keep you coming back.
With its own international airport, Montego Bay is ideal for those who are limited to a short stay. Discover a variety of amazing beaches, a bustling town and many sites including the Rosehall Great House.
Ocho Rios is particularly known for its spectacular waterfalls, sprawling beaches, tropical gardens and fern gullies. For a memorable adventure, climb the 700-foot cascading waterfalls of Dunns River Falls.
The “Capital of Casual”, Negril is at the western tip of the island and is known for its amazing sunsets and gorgeous Seven Mile Beach.
Runaway Bay (so called because slaves once used this area as an escape route) is a short distance west of Ocho Rios and home to several resorts. Visit the Seville Great House and Nine Miles, birthplace of Bob Marley.
On the north coast between Montego Bay and Runaway Bay, Falmouth and Braco are growing resort areas offering a variety of popular hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
GOLF: GUEST WILL ENJOY 1 FREE ROUND OF GOLF PER PERSON, PER STAY, FOR STAYS OF 4 NIGHTS OR LESS & TWO FREE ROUNDS OF GOLF PER PERSON, PER STAY, FOR STAYS OF 5 NIGHTS OR MORE. LOCATED AT THE CINNAMON HILL GOLF COURSE AT ROSE HALL. RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. This Adult-Only hotel, where the minimum age to stay is 18 years, is our finest All Inclusive hotel in Jamaica, offering the premier component of our Grand collection. 2 pools on site: 1 lake pool with swim up bar and 1 activity pool. Also available at this hotel (at a charge): shops, Internet, beauty salon and a spa specialized in couples treatments and massages. In addition, guests enjoy full access to both neighboring hotels within the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach & Spa Resort complex.
Includes one complimentary round of golf per person per stay for 3-4 nights and two rounds of golf for 5 night stays or longer. Free golf applies at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course at Rose Hall and includes transportation to and from the course, green fees, golf cart, driving range + food and beverages. Caddy fee of $20.00 per person is mandatory.
FREE GOLF: UNLIMITED GREENS FEES AT ON-SITE GOLF COURSE (CADDIE MANDATORY-FEE) AND VIDEO ASSISTED GOLF ACADEMY. EXTRA VALUE: SCUBA, WATERSKIING AND VALET SERVICE. Runaway Bay – This golf resort is situated on one and a half miles of the best beach on the north shore of Jamaica. Romantic yet playful, this property boasts 22 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and an 18-hole championship golf course. For adults, singles or couples, 14 and over. 238 air-conditioned rooms and suites.
EXTRA VALUE: UNLIMITED GREENS FEES AT LOCAL GOLF COURSE (TERANSFERS INCLUDED; CADDIE MANDATORY; FEE). CATAMARAN CRUISE, SHUTTLE TO MARGARITAVILLE NIGHTCLUB AND SHOPPING EXCURSION TO DOWNTOWN NEGRIL. From the laid-back charm of the swim-up bar to the intoxicating allure of an in-suite Jacuzzi, there’s just something about Couples Negril that says chic. Everything sems to be synchronized here… even our hammocks, shaded by lush palm tress, seem to sway harmoniously with the gentle sounds of the sea. The turquoise blue waters beckon as the powdery white sand offers an easy road to the Caribbean Sea. At Couples Negril, style surrounds and infuses everything in sight.
Defined by imaginative, artistic features and possessing a beautiful balance of elegant and eclectic, Couples Negril encompasses 18 acres of luxury, personality and pleasure.
EXTRA VALUE: UNLIMITED GREENS FEES AT LOCAL GOLF COURSE (TRANSFERS INCLUDED; CADDIE MANDATORY-FEE). SHUTTLE TO MARGARITAVILLE NIGHTCLUB, DUNN’S RIVER FALLS TOUR AND SHOPPING SHUTTLE TO DOWNTOWN OCHO RIOS. Nestled in the heart of Ocho Rios, within walking distance of many of the great attractions that this bustling town has to offer, the Couples Sans Souci Resort is an oceanfront oasis of peace and tranquility. It provides a truly unique Jamaican experience for families and couples alike who wish to see more of Jamaica than the confines of an All Inclusive resort. Guests enjoy Ocho Rios and sample the local fare and lifestyle. Come back and sunbathe on the sand or relax poolside then enjoy the spectacular view from your private balcony overlooking the crystal blue Caribbean.
EXTRA VALUE: UNLIMITED GREENS FEES AT LOCAL GOLF COURSE TERANSFERS INCLUDED; CADDIE MANDATORY; FEE). CATAMARAN CRUISE, SHUTTLE TO MARGARITAVILLE NIGHTCLUB AND SHOPPING EXCURSION TO DOWNTOWN NEGRIL. Couples Swept Away offers the intimacy of a private villa and the romantic ambiance of a tropical hideaway. Mind and body are soothed by the warm waters and even warmer welcome you will find here. From scuba diving and sailing to spa treatments and yoga, this is an environment that will restore, refresh and invigorate. This all-inclusive experience includes unlimited meals, unlimited premium brand drinks, a wonderful fruit and veggie bar and an endless array of land-sports, water sports and off-site excursions. There are ten lighted tennis courts, a 10-acre sports and fitness complex, and 7 miles of a soft white sand beach awaiting your footprints.
EXTRA VALUE: UNLIMITED GREENS FEES AT LOCAL GOLF COURSE TRANSFERS INCLUDED; CADDIE MANDATORY-FEE). SHUTTLE TO MARGARITAVILLE NIGHTCLUB, DUNN’S RIVER FALLS TOUR AND SHOPPING SHUTTLE TO DOWNTOWN OCHO RIOS. Jamaica’s original all-inclusive resort, Couples Tower Isle (formerly Couples Ocho Rios), captures the essence of Old Jamaica charm mixed with breath- taking beauty. The hotel itself stands impressive as its white exterior is beautifully contrasted by all of nature’s gifts. The ambiance combines the allure of a 50’s Hollywood hangout with a preserved feeling of lush tropical splendors. Our white powdery sand beach is awaiting your footprints. Our fresh-water pool overlooking the sea is ready to refresh you. At Couples Tower Isle, it’s all about you and the simple ways we can please you. Enjoy gourmet meals (including specialty dining), 24-hour food service, unlimited premium brand beverages at at one of our 4 bars, all land and water- sports activities and a variety of off-site excursions. It’s your vacation and it needs to be special. It’s our pleasure to make it happen.