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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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Luxury Upgrades in Paris, France

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Mandarin Oriental, Paris, recently awarded “Palace Distinction,” is a fashionable 138-room and -suite hotel set along renowned rue Saint-Honoré, around the corner from Place Vendôme. Accommodations feature sleek decor, Bang & Olufsen flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations. Enjoy the creative cuisine of renowned French Chef Thierry Marx at Camélia, where you can reserve a table in the garden during the summer months, or at the two-Michelin-star Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, where the chef presents both a gourmet and a sensory journey that is not to be missed. The signature Spa and pool offer the perfect setting for holistic healing.

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For 2016

    • Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking: Room to Room & Suite to Suite (Royale Suites excluded) Not applicable May 22-Jul 10/Sep 3-Oct 8 (during these periods, upgrades will be upon arrival if available)
    • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
    • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
    • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi for duration of stay
    • For stays of 2 nights or more: Complimentary one-way transfer for Suites with meet and greet service at the air bridge

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How To Feel Like A VIP On Vacation

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Traveline advisors  can often coordinate one-of-a-kind experiences for you as an actual traveler; look at some of these as examples. Below, from the September issue of Virtuoso Life, are even more examples of what exactly an advisor and their network of relationships can provide for you.

Watch a private opera performance at the Sistine Chapel. Besides the show, the guided, after-hours tour of Rome’s ornate icon can also include dinner in one of the Vatican’s neighboring frescoed rooms.

Shake hands with the Dalai Lama. The memorable meeting with His Holiness can be arranged for travelers interested in Buddhism and spirituality.

Tour Maui’s organic farms. Spend the morning at goat cheese and lavender farms, as well as an organic vodka distillery, along the slopes of Mount Haleakala.

Surf with a national champion. Hang ten in Sri Lanka with Tharanga Daminda, who will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Hikkaduwa Beach for a one-on-one lesson.

Make your own wine in Bordeaux. Create a custom-blended microvintage under the guidance of a specialist from one of the region’s top wineries.

See art come to life in Italy. Venture behind the counters of the botteghe (small workshops) in Florence’s Oltrarno district to watch artisans handcraft their silver, gold, and leather wares. “Not only does Florence have so much to offer, but from there you can take many easy and beautiful day trips to Cinque Terre, Chianti, and the ancient cities of Lucca and Pisa,” says Virtuoso travel advisor Andrea Malis of Tucson, AZ.

Photograph the northern lights with a professional. This guided photography expedition to some of Iceland’s most picturesque spots is suited to everyone, from amateur Instagrammers to aspiring Ansel Adamses.

Eat dinner on top of a volcano. You’ll work for your meal – it’s a 90-minute drive, then a two-hour hike up Bali’s Mount Batur. The payoff: Taking in sunset from the 5,633-foot summit. “This experience is great for couples and honeymooners,” says Paris-based Virtuoso advisor Myriam Guyon. “You’ll be alone with a spectacular view of the volcano and a private meal. That’s luxury! Wear good shoes and a light jacket; it can be chilly after sunset.”

… or on the Great Wall of China. The private feast is held along the wall’s Juyongguan Pass, outside Beijing.

Immerse yourself in Quechua culture in Cuzco, Peru. During a trip to the Andean village of Ccorca, guests learn from schoolchildren how to dye wool and bake traditional Incan bread.

Spot wildlife on private Tasmanian bushland. Keep an eye out for wallabies, wombats, and, if you’re lucky, Tasmanian devils.

Have a world-famous museum to yourself. A guided, pre-opening tour of New York’s American Museum of Natural History grants crowd-free access to its most popular exhibits. “After the museum, head to Sarabeth’s for lemon ricotta pancakes,” says NYC-based Virtuoso advisor Bobby Huebner.

Originally appeared in September 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life

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Enjoy Daily Breakfast Plus More in Cozumel!

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The Hotel Presidente InterContinental Cozumel

Situated on the idyllic island of Cozumel, this luxury hotel and spa offers half a mile of white sandy beach and Caribbean coastline. Swim, snorkel or scuba dive the crystal clear waters of the world’s second-largest coral reef, home to an array of colorful, indigenous fish. If relaxation is your aim, enjoy two outdoor pools, experience Mayan-inspired spa treatments in oceanfront huts or savor the menu and beach views at our open-air restaurant El Caribeño.

PACKAGE IS PER PERSON AND INCLUDES:

  • 5-night hotel accommodations in a Pool View room
  • Roundtrip transfers
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two
  • Early-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary piece of art upon arrival
  • Resort taxes

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Hanging Out in Huatulco, Mexico #travel

Nine bays, no limits.

Huatulco (wah-tool-co) is one of Mexico’s most relaxed tourist destinations, located on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast at the edge of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the state of Oaxaca. 22-miles of picturesque beaches dot the nearly virgin Pacific coastline while nine bays make Huatulco a watersports lover’s dream. Be sure to take a trip around Huatulco’s nine bays to discover the stunning surroundings, hidden beaches, and flora and fauna. Deluxe modern resorts are set amidst a natural unspoiled setting on Tangolunda Bay. Peaceful and romantic Conejos Bay offers golden sand beaches and sapphire waters. The hemisphere’s first eco-tourism resort, EarthCheck certification has been awarded to Huatulco for its high environmental standards.

Some of our favorite resorts

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Conejos Bay, with its golden sand, beautiful rock formations and sapphire waters, welcomes Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, a AAA 4 Diamond Award Winner and part of the Secrets brand, voted Best Hotel Chain by Apple Vacationers. This spectacular adults only (18+) resort is gently carved into the natural landscape to give all rooms a magnificent view. The exclusive amenities of Unlimited-Luxury® start with endless meals, snacks and premium beverages, pool and beach wait service, and 24-hour room and concierge service – all without the wristband that many resorts require. Suites offer a daily refreshed premium mini bar and spectacular views, while select accommodations provide a furnished patio, balcony, terrace Jacuzzi, or swim-out pool access. Enjoy unlimited activities, including windsurfing and snorkeling, and live nightly entertainment. Guests will indulge in some of the finest international fare at any of the seven gourmet á la carte restaurants, a buffet, and more – all without reservations. Enjoy nearby golf at Campo de Golf Tangolunda or pamper yourself at the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia with tranquil treatments.

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, perfectly placed on Tangolunda Bay, one of the largest and most beautiful bays, is a sanctuary of both leisure and adventure for families, couples, singles, and friends. Enjoy endless day and night activities and all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury where everything is included.

All rooms and suites boast amazing views, elegant design, and comfort. Amenities include a private terrace, satellite TV, DVD player, complimentary daily refreshed mini bar with soft drinks, juices, bottled water, and beer, 24-hour room service, and other lavish luxuries. Upgrade to a Preferred Club room and receive exceptional services and world-class amenities.

 

Quinta Real Huatulco

Bask in warmth and luxury in an exquisite Mexican atmosphere in beautiful Huatulco. Quinta Real Huatulco is located in Huatulco, Mexico, about 13 miles east of Bahias de Huatulco.

Double Moorish domed buildings mark this romantic and relaxing hotel. The small clusters of suites are integrated into the sloping hill near Tangolunda Bay and offer spectacular views of the Tangolunda Golf Course and Pacific Ocean.

Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco

Experience a spectacular vacation on a private beach on Tangolunda Bay. Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco is located in Huatulco, Mexico, about 14 miles east of Bahias de Huatulco International Airport.

One of the most exclusive resorts in the Bays of Huatulco, this shimmering sanctuary combines Mexican and Mediterranean architectural styles with 27 acres of gardens, fountains and waterfalls. Its unique, stacked design is submerged in a breathtaking natural setting, featuring a monumental, 120-meter length swimming pool, sculpted in front of the complex with a view over the Bay and endless crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort

Barcelo Huatulco Beach rests upon a shimmering beach at the head of Tangolunda Bay, the largest of the nine secluded bays of Huatulco. Built in a contemporary Mexican style, this is a prestigious resort in Huatulco, known for its luxury and green sustainability. A distinctive resort where you’ll enjoy a variety of land and water sports, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful grounds, the swimming pool, or just go for a stroll along the sapphire waves of the Pacific Ocean, as they are all just a few steps from your room.

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