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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.


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.

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A SPA-TACULAR DEAL at Couples Resorts

Enjoy a complimentary treatment every day at Couples Tower Isle in the Oasis Spa when you book by July 31, 2012. In addition, receive savings up to 52% off published rates. Our Spa-tacular promotion rates are reflected in the all-inclusive rates below. (3 night minimum stay, rates are quoted per couple/per night in US dollars. All service charges, taxes, gratuities are included.)

Book by July 31, 2012; Travel between August 1  – October 31, 2012

  • Participating Resort: Couples Tower Isle
  • Participating categories: All except Deluxe Garden
  • One complimentary spa treatment per room per day (maximum daily value = $100),  not cumulative
  • 3 night minimum stay
  • Spa credit is not valid on day of arrival or departure
  • Rate code G12H will display when booking online
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Last Minute Europe Specials

Turn an ordinary weekend getaway into a custom-designed personal travel experience, thanks to our expert knowledge and these value-packed, last-minute vacations around the world. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated city hotel, a dreamy swath of white-sand beach or a classic cruise to historic European capitals, we have the exclusive bonuses that will make this a most memorable vacation, from beginning to end. Call today for the best rates and availability.

Virtuoso® is a network of the world’s finest travel agencies with knowledgeable advisors who draw upon first-hand experience to craft the perfect vacation for you. Virtuoso affiliated travel advisors have global connections with the best hotels, cruise lines, airlines and tour companies. This means access to exclusive travel offers that you can’t get on your own, along with your best value for the money. That’s the Virtuoso difference.

We have an incredible collection of last minute vacations in Europe. Take a look and see where your dreams will take you!

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VIP Viewing of Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee with 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences – one of the closest five-star properties to the palace. The package includes tickets to the Official Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3, 2012, where you’ll be seated front and center on the Thames to watch the excitement; Royal Afternoon Tea; and official Jubilee gift. Virtuoso rates FROM GBP 1,149 (approx. $1,854) for a two-night stay, double occupancy. Available June 2 – 5, 2012.

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Authentic Spain, with First-Class Rail Travel
Gaze at Gaudi masterpieces in Barcelona, savor tapas and the chic social scene of Madrid and get into Flamenco in Seville. Avanti Destinations immerses independent travelers in the life, music and art that define this romantic country. This eight-night tour includes a $100 discount per couple, private tours of each city, first-class rail travel, breakfast daily and more. Virtuoso rates FROM $2,135 per person. Available through July 30, 2012.

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The Essence of the Eternal City at 10% Savings
For the most enlightening experience of Rome, use an expert, English-speaking tour guide from Carey, Italy, backed by 80 years of service and reliability. Virtuoso guests are entitled to a 10% discount on any vehicle for this personal eight-hour exploration of the Eternal City; drivers greet you at your hotel in Rome and attend to every detail of your trip. Virtuoso rates FROM EUR 1,240 (approx. $1,637) per tour for two passengers. Available through July 31, 2012.

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Venetian Vacation: 1 Night Free!
Classic Vacations has chosen Luna Hotel Baglioni for this three-night escape in the most romantic of cities, Venice. Here, just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco and near historic and artistic attractions, you’ll enjoy a complimentary third night, breakfast daily, late checkout and one three-course dinner for two at Canova. Virtuoso rates FROM $859 per person for three nights. Available through December 31, 2012; book by December 28, 2012.

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Wine & Food Cruise in Northern Europe
Join brilliant mixologist Simon Ford of Pernod Ricard on this 11-night sailing from Stockholm to London with Crystal Cruises. You’ll enjoy two overnights in St. Petersburg and visit Berlin, all the while enjoying Ford’s much-lauded libations, as well as a cocktail party and a shipboard credit. Virtuoso fares FROM $4,230 per person if you book by June 30, 2012. Crystal Symphony departs August 14, 2012.

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Cortesin Dreams
An hour’s drive from Gibraltar and Malaga, Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa offers a sublimely sybaritic experience that has won countless awards in recent years. Choose an exquisite suite, with far-reaching views of the Andalusian Mountains and amenities reminiscent of a grand mansion. Stop into the Blue Bar for a vast selection of Spanish tapas. Contact your Virtuoso travel advisor for best available rates. Available May, June, July & September 2012.

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50% Off Second Room at Bordeaux Beauty
Facing Bordeaux’s impressive Grande Theatre and inside the Golden Triangle – a famed pedestrian shopping area – the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa surrounds its guests with world-class hospitality, and comfortable accommodations. Receive your second room in the same room category at half the price – perfect for your whole family! Also enjoy daily breakfast for two, and more. Virtuoso rates FROM EUR 450 (approx. $594) per room. Available July 1 – August 31, 2012.

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Haven at Sea, with $50 Shipboard Credit
Guests are raving about The Haven, Norwegian Cruise Line‘s exclusive private enclave of Suites and Villas, complete with butler service and inspired amenities. Receive a $50 shipboard credit, a complimentary bottle of wine, reserved seating at award-winning shows, priority tendering and more on this Western Mediterranean voyage. Virtuoso fares FROM $2,649 per person. Norwegian Epic departs June 10; July 1, 29; August 12, 2012. Book by June 1, 2012.

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Glories of Greece: 2-for-1 Fares!
Delve into the beauty and intrigue of the Greek Isles, Turkey and the Dalmatian Coast with Oceania Cruises – special incentives include 2-for-1 cruise fares, free airfare, $3,000 savings per stateroom, 2-for-1 deposits and pre-paid gratuities. Relish the comfortable luxury of your brand-new ship, Riviera, as she takes in the marvels of the region. Virtuoso Ocean View fares FROM $3,937 per person. Ten-day cruise departs August 3, 2012; book by June 30, 2012.

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Black Sea & Crimean Coasts: $75 Shipboard Credit
Escape completely for 12 sunny days and starry nights with Princess Cruises® as Pacific Princess® makes her way from Athens to Venice, with stops along the Black Sea and Crimean Coast, as well as an overnight stay in Istanbul. Your fare includes entertainment, all meals and a $75 shipboard credit to use as you wish. Virtuoso Balcony fares FROM $2,375 per person. Departs November 8, 2012.

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Black Sea Adventure with Virtuoso Voyager Club®
Sail from Athens to Istanbul with Regent Seven Seas Cruises and get gifted with bonuses aplenty: 2-for-1 fares and 2-for-1 reduced deposits, savings of $1,600 per suite, free roundtrip air, free unlimited shore excursions and so much more. Plus, you’ll enjoy a Virtuoso Voyager Club® reception and private shore event. Virtuoso fares FROM $8,499 per person. Seven Seas Mariner departs July 3, 2012. Book by May 31, 2012 for reduced deposits.

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$1,000 Shipboard Credit in Northern Europe
Sumptuous and stylish best defines your all-inclusive Silversea Cruise experience. En route from Copenhagen to London with Virtuoso Voyager Club®, you’ll spend several days in St. Petersburg and Hamburg, with stops in other historic ports along the way. Your fare includes airfare, an exclusive shore event and a $1,000 shipboard credit per suite. Virtuoso fares FROM $7,999 per person. Silver Cloud departs July 10, 2012.

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Tambo del Inka chosen as the Best Hotel in South America

Effortlessly capture the magic of a land alive with ancient traditions. This is the only hotel in Urubamba with a private train station to Machu Picchu, we go to every length to ensure an indelible stay, offering refined dining, a therapeutic spa, and premier fitness center, along with an emerald lagoon and blooming riverside gardens.

According to TripAdvisor –  Lima, January 19th 2012 – TripAdvisor, the most influential travel site, just announced the Traveller’s Choice Awards for 2012 and Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, was chosen as the Best Hotel in South America and the Nineth Best Around the World. This distinction is based on comments written by demanding travelers on the TripAdvisor website.

Last year, Tambo del Inka was designated one of the best Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Central and South America, a. It ranked seventh on the “Travellers’ Choice Awards 2011” in the Relaxation/Spa Hotel category.

In December 2010, Tambo del Inka obtained its LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), issued by the U.S. Green Building Council. This international certificate is given to buildings in recognition that their design and construction are aimed at environmental sustainability, such as water and energy saving, and every aspect therein is rigorously audited by third parties. Furthermore, it just so happens that Tambo del Inka is the first hotel in Peru to receive this important certification and the second in South America.

Virtuoso Exclusive Benifits:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily buffet breakfast is already included in rates
  • One Thermal Water Circuit Therapy for two per stay (value US$100)

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

Ideally situated on the picturesque palm-studded, sugar white Playa Bavaro beach on the eastern coastline of the Dominican Republic, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers adults all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury®.

Guests will immediately be embraced within an extraordinary environment where luxury illuminates every detail and our high level of personal service is unmatched. To ensure your romantic escape is everything you’ve imagined, every detail of your stay will be flawlessly provided and superbly attended to. From the fine quality linens to the daily refreshed mini bar and the unlimited premium brand beverages to the pool and beach wait service. You’ll be immersed within a world of stunning architectural design coupled with resplendent views of the lush gardens, crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and dazzling swimming pools.

Punta Cana, named one of the Top Destinations in Mexico & the Caribbean by the 2011 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, is a tropical getaway featuring miles of palm-studded white sand beach and crystal-clear waters.

This tranquil, romantic haven in Playa Bavaro is like nothing else you’ve ever experienced before.

What’s Included

Guests will be treated to elite services, superior accommodations and a wide array of amenities with all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury®.

Take a dip in our free form swimming pool. Order a refreshing cocktail – Our pool and beach wait staff is at your beck and call. Practice your two-step with our complimentary dance lessons. Get your heart rate going at our full-service fitness center. Enjoy a live performance at the indoor theater. It’s all this and more at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana.

  • Welcome cocktail and cool towel
  • No wristbands
  • 24-hour concierge and front desk service
  • 24-hour Unlimited-Luxury® room service
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • Unlimited premium and domestic brand beverages
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day – boasting 10 restaurants and 14 bars including lobby, piano, music lounge and sports bars.
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • An expansive free form swimming pool woven throughout the property showcasing picturesque garden and ocean views
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Outdoor whirlpool
  • Swim-up pool bar
  • Non-motorized water sports including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, beach and pool volleyball
  • Daily activities including water aerobics, billiards, and dance lessons, just to name a few!
  • Two clay tennis courts
  • Nighttime entertainment including live performances and shows
  • Indoor theater
  • Fitness Center & cardio-conditioning facility – providing a full range of weights, treadmills, lifecycles, step machines and cross trainer
  • All taxes and gratuities

Live like Royalty

All 373 spacious guest rooms and suites reflect a modern, Caribbean-inspired décor with a wealth of luxury furnishings and amenities. Beginning in your room, guests will find a solitude they desire and the level of luxury they require.

With an exterior Jacuzzi, 24-hour room service, plush bathrobes and slippers, Secrets Royal Beach provides all the necessities to ensure your home away from home has everything you’ve ever imagined and more. Your very own haven awaits at Secrets Royal Beach.

Unlimited-Luxury® – A new and better way to have it all.

All guestrooms offer the following:

  • A king or two double beds
  • 24-hour room service
  • Furnished balcony or terrace with exterior Jacuzzi
  • Air conditioning with in-room climate control
  • Ceiling fan
  • Nightly turn down service
  • Full marble bathroom and shower with double sink
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Daily refreshed minibar with beer, soda, juice and soft drinks
  • Radio alarm clock
  • Flat screen TV
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Electronic in-room safe
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Work desk
  • Magnetic key door locks
  • Wireless internet access*
  • All guestrooms and suites are non-smoking.

*Available at an additional cost.

Dining & Drinks

We offer a variety of cuisine to suit any discerning palate from gourmet fresh seafood to Pan-Asian delicacies. Our chefs use only the freshest local ingredients and the finest imported delicacies to make every meal a true culinary experience. Plus, no reservations are ever needed. Room service is available to your room 24 hours a day.

For an especially intimate evening, request a meal privately served by the sea.*

*Available for an extra fee. Must be booked in advance through the concierge.

Featured Restaurants

La Riviera

  • A buffet-style restaurant serving a variety of local and international cuisine, featuring spectacular ocean views
  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dress Code: Casual

Seaside Grill

  • Authentic à la carte restaurant serving grill specialties in a seaside setting
  • Open for dinner only
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegance


  • Fresh gourmet seafood in an elegant atmosphere.
  • Open for dinner only
  • Dress code: Formal

Additionally, guests may enjoy gourmet dining at Now Larimar Punta Cana:

Carnival International Cafe

  • Main buffet restaurant featuring a variety of local and international cuisine
  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dress Code: Casual


  • An outdoor buffet restaurant serving grilled favorites
  • Open for lunch and dinner
  • Dress Code: Casual


  • A menu serving a variety of gourmet à la carte Italian specialties
  • Open for dinner only
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegance


  • Enjoy gourmet à la carte French cuisine in an elegant atmosphere
  • Open for dinner only
  • Dress code: Resort Formal


  • Enjoy Pan-Asian cuisine featuring Tepanyaki tables in an elegant atmosphere
  • Open for dinner only
  • Dress code: Casual Elegance

Bluewater Grill

  • Enjoy grilled specialties in a seaside setting.
  • Open for dinner only
  • Dress code: Casual Elegance

Barefoot Grill

  • Delicious burgers and hot dogs served beachside
  • Open during the day

Please note, each restaurant rotates being open throughout the week. Please check with restaurant for specific operating times.

The Art of Pampering

Enter our world-class Spa… An alluring world of transcendent comforts.

Every treatment blends the traditional with the innovative to promote optimal health and well-being. Whether you prefer a rejuvenating facial or relaxing massage, we offer a variety of spa treatments to choose from. Our expert staff will provide you with an elite level of service to ensure your every need is personally cared for.

Secrets Spa by Pevonia*

The newly renovated Secrets Spa by Pevonia is 17,000 square feet with 18 treatment rooms including special areas for couples with hydro massage showers and tubs. A relaxation room offers guests a calming ambiance and brides can now prepare for that special day with a magnificent wedding powder room. A hair salon offers manicures and pedicures as well as haircut and styling services. If you prefer the heat, we have a Swedish sauna and mixed steam room.

Our state-of-the-art gym facility has an indoor aerobic stretching area with bicycles, treadmills and elliptical machines. A spectacular outdoor common area offers a yoga area and hydration center. Cool off with our outdoor rain showers or plunge pool as part of the Hydrotherapy circuit. The sounds of the waterfall pools will be sure to relax you while you lay back in the Jacuzzi.

*Additional costs apply

Tee off in Paradise.

A perfect getaway to the wonderful Playa Bavaro is just not complete without teeing off for a round of tantalizing golf. Secrets Royal Beach is surrounded by some of the most extraordinary golf courses in the world, all featuring stunning views of lush vegetation, sugar-white beach or the azure Caribbean Sea.

Punta Blanca Golf Club

Designed by Nick Price, the Punta Blanca Golf Course is an ideally situated, inland course to provide an exciting game for golfers of all skill levels. The course was strategically designed around natural wetlands featuring wide fairways and large bunkers.

Rate: $95 USD per person

Rate Includes:

  • Tee times from 7:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Air-conditioned roundtrip transportation
  • Golf cart
  • Practice balls
  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks

Club rentals, golf lesions and non-players are an additional charge.*

Cocotal Golf & Country Club

Six-time Spanish Champion Jose “Pepe” designed the Cocotal Golf & Country Club following the natural terrain on what was once a coconut plantation. Strategically placed trees, bunkers, mounds and gently rolling terrain provide well-defined fairways and greens for golfers of all ability levels.

Rate: $125 USD + $20 USD (tax) per person. Minimum 2 players.

Rate includes:

  • Air-conditioned roundtrip transportation
  • Greens fees and guaranteed tee-off times
  • Golf cart
  • Use of driving range plus bucket of balls
  • Bottle of water
  • Caddy is optional and is an additional charge
  • Available: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday

*Pricing and availability are subject to change at anytime. Please contact the concierge for more information.

Other nearby golf courses:

  • 18-hole golf course “La Cana” located 25 minutes away from Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana
  • 18-hole golf course “Catalonia Caribe Golf Club” and 9-hole course “Catalonia Cabeza de Toro” located 5 minutes from Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

So Many Ways to Play

From dazzling days to evenings of magic – do it all or nothing at all. There are so many different ways to play. Float around in the expansive, free form swimming pool or catch some rays on a chaise lounge by the pool.

Secrets Royal Beach offers a variety of beach, land and water activities each day including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, beach volleyball, tennis, basketball, Spanish lessons, dance lessons, water aerobics, billiards, big screen movies on the beach, bowling* and more.

When night falls guests are treated to an array of nightly entertainment options. Catch a live performance at the indoor theater. Try your luck at the on-site Casino. Take part in the weekly theme nights by the pool or beach. Head over to Now Larimar and grab a cocktail and watch the game at Scores Sports Bar or dance the night away at Eclipse Night Club.

Caribbean Oasis*

Want the best spot on the beach? Reserve a bali bed and enjoy a day full of pampering with personalized attention and service. Beverages, food, towels and more served to you bed-side.

  • Private Butler attending to your every need throughout the day
  • Refreshing cool towels
  • Natural juices, coffee and tea
  • Unlimited premium brand beverages including champagne
  • Menu with a selection of gourmet choices for breakfast and lunch
  • Appetizers and snacks served throughout the day

Horseback riding, fishing, golfing and more are all available nearby at an additional cost.

Nearby attractions include:

  • Historic Altos de Chavon
  • Higuey
  • Saona Island
  • Catalina Island
  • La Romana

*Available at an additional charge. Must be arranged with the concierge in advance.