The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North has topnotch qualities to recommend it: a stunning location amongst the cacti at the base of Scottsdale's Pinnacle Peak, beautiful Southwestern design throughout its public and private spaces, and an incredibly helpful, professional staff that makes you feel right at home. But for me, some of my favorite time during my visit was spent in my room or, as the resort calls it, my casita.
Let me begin with the bathtubs.
I admit to being partial to baths—for me, the best vacations include plenty of time spent in a deep-soaking tub with some lavender bath salts. At the Four Seasons, the oversized tub was incredibly comfy, the ideal end-of-day treat after hiking, biking and kayaking around the stunning Scottsdale landscape. In-room fireplaces are also a wonderful amenity, particularly as the temperature dips after sunset in the desert. It comes on with a flip of a switch (which made it easy to enjoy 20 minutes in the morning while sipping my coffee, and 40 minutes at the end of the day when I was winding down with a book).
The balconies were also a bonus, not only for view of the mountains and cactus, but also the comfy furniture and spaciousness, which makes it easy to host visitors for cocktails.
All that said, I did eventually leave my room and explore the rest of this contemporary Southwestern sleep. Inspired by the Sonoran Desert, the architecture is designed to blend in with the surroundings, with 25 adobe-style, casita buildings, between two- and three-stories. Overlooking the city of Scottsdale and the Valley of the Sun, the property sits adjacent to Pinnacle Peak Park and the northern portion of McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which makes it a fabulous home base for adventure activities including hiking, biking, kayaking and hot air ballooning.
There Four Seasons also includes two on-site tennis courts, two off-site golf courses where guests enjoy special privileges, and a good-size gym (12,000 square feet). Other on-site activities include guided hikes up Pinnacle Peak (get up early for to beat the heat) and star gazing in the evening.
The Four Seasons is a great choice for families. Guests between five and twelve-years old can join Kids for All Seasons, a supervised program with kid-friendly activities like swimming, crafts, and games. The resort has kid-friendly touches throughout, too, including child-sized teak lounge chairs poolside and nature walks and hikes that are easy for younger kids to enjoy with their parents.
When you're ready to unwind, head to the 12,000 square foot spa, which includes 14 treatment rooms and plenty of signature treatments to pick from (my favorites were the Sedona Earth Clay Body Mask and the Healing Hikers massage). The resort also offers a long list of fitness classes, including yoga, pilates, T'ai Chi, and water aerobics.
Food is also a big focal point, with three restaurants on-site including Talavera, where the menu is created from locally-sourced ingredients like Queen Creek olive oil; Mesa Farms goat cheese; Sunizona heirloom tomatoes; Mount Hope dried berries and Arizona grass-fed beef. Signature dishes include the 8-oz bacon-wrapped buffalo tenderloin and the Chilean sea bass, and be sure to save room for the delicious desserts, which can be paired with selections from the lengthy list of dessert wines and port.
End the evening with a nightcap and live music at Onyx Bar & Lounge, where you just might spot a nighthawk soaring through the evening air.
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