There are many wonderful resorts in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, that feature their own unique waterpark-like amenities including luxurious pools, lazy rivers, and even water slides.
Locals looking for a way to enjoy a "staycation" or travelers who want to vacation in style and comfort will enjoy these resorts and attractions. While the kids have a blast on a lazy river, adults can hang at the pool bar or enjoy a relaxing massage. There's even Kids Clubs, summer camps, and evening programs for kids so the adults can get away for a little longer if they want.
With some of the highest rated resorts located in the Valley of the Sun, you can enjoy all the amenities of both luxury resorts and amusement parks. All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. Verify directly with the resort which features and amenities are open during the non-summer months.
Also be sure to check for summer vacation packages to further cut down on your vacation costs—many of these resorts feature special rates even during the busy season.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in North Scottsdale invites families to take a break from the summer doldrums at Sonoran Splash, the resort's 6,000 square-foot water oasis.
There are two 200-foot waterslides, pop-jet fountains, cabanas, and games poolside. Sonoran Splash is one of two pool areas that offer cabanas for rental, each including a flat-screen TV, sofas, reserved chaise lounges, a refrigerator, and refreshments.
Resort guests can watch “Dive-In” movies that are offered on weekend nights, and fireworks light up the sky every Saturday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For the little ones, there is a zero-entry deck area as well as a large sandbox complete with beach toys to keep them entertained.
Arizona Grand Resort
The Arizona Grand Resort in South Phoenix prides itself on having Arizona's largest private resort water park, The Oasis Water Park, seven acres of water recreation. The eight-story tall Slide Canyon Tower with three slides, the gigantic 10,000-square-foot Oasis Wave Pool, and the winding Zuni Active River where you float on double inner tubes are major attractions at this resort.
The Oasis also features the Wild Cat Springs, an 800-square-foot play area with a water deck for toddlers and non-swimmers. Please note that you must be at least 48" tall to ride Oasis Water Park slides, and you must be staying at the resort to enjoy the Oasis Water Park. Additionally, the Oasis Water Park is typically closed from early September through early February.
On Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer you can also be entertained by the resort's own Arizona Grand Jam Dancers, partake in themed dinner buffets, or enjoy family feature-length dive-in movies.
When you aren't floating, splashing or boogie boarding, you can also visit the Arizona Grand Resort's 20,000-square-foot, full-service Arizona Grand Spa & Athletic Center, tee it up at the Arizona Grand Golf Course, or choose from seven dining options including pizza, Mexican food, and steaks. Nearby, you can head to the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium.
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Located in North Phoenix right near the border of Scottsdale, the JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers four unique pool options and two spas within the main pool complex. Additionally, you can grab a complimentary inner tube at the Lazy River and Waterslide located on the eastern end of the main pool complex.
With 1,600 linear feet of meandering channels, the Lazy River features underwater jets so you can sit in your inner tube and enjoy the cool, relaxing ride. For something faster-paced, hit the Lazy River's water slide. Also, you can't miss the Wildfire Pool with the grand Wildfire water feature in the center. With an average depth of 3.5 feet, this pool appears is the second largest of the five pool options, and the Lazy River is the largest.
The Sidewinder Pool reflects its serpentine namesake. Resting between the Wildfire Pool and Lazy River, this pool is narrow with an average depth of 3.5 feet. With an umbrella of tropical palms above, the Mesa Pool is between the Wildfire Pool and Dancing Fountains and is ideal for families.
When you aren't splashing about at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, you can enjoy walking trails (early in the morning during the summer months), the Tennis Center, bicycle rentals, workshops, or Segway tours. You'll also want to spend an afternoon at the nearby Musical Instrument Museum or go shopping at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
The Wigwam Resort isn't technically in either Scottsdale or Phoenix, but it is the only upscale resort on the west side of town, making it convenient to many venues like Phoenix International Raceway for NASCAR racing, the University of Phoenix Stadium for football and major trade shows, and the Gila River Arena for hockey and concerts. Located in Litchfield Park, The Wigwam is just southwest of Phoenix.
The beauty of having three pools at The Wigwam is that you can have quiet pool time, separated from the more exciting water experience. From the 25-foot tower with two twisting water slides to the romantic, tucked-away Oasis Pool, there is a refreshing place just right for everyone.
The Wigwam also offers Camp Wigwam, a full-service seasonal activities program for children where kids learn about local Arizona history, tour native plants and cactus, craft fanciful creations, and traverse scenic trails. There is also a small play-scape, and children can enjoy the resort's water features that include the water slide and dancing water fountain. Other activities include pool games, swimming, nature hikes, tennis tournaments, golf games, and volleyball.
Finally, if the summer heat doesn't bother you, try out The Wigwam's three 18-hole championship golf courses, two of which were designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. On summer evenings, you might get an opportunity to enjoy seasonal concerts on the lawn, summertime Dive-In Movies by the main pool, and wonderful brunches.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch is a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of its many special features is that there are plenty of summer water activities, just like going to a water park. Spread over the two and a half acres of the resort property, the water playground includes 10 pools offering a variety of experiences for guests of all ages.
Kids over 42 inches tall can enjoy the three-story waterslide that emerges from the clock tower and spirals into an eight-foot-deep pool. Others can swim through a Grecian-style water temple to play a game of water volleyball or enjoy a Jacuzzi-style spa or cold plunge. Here, you'll find more than 40 waterspouts raining down into the pools and spas and the deck to keep sunbathers cool. The aqueduct connects six of the pools so you can easily walk from one to another. The 12-foot high glass crystal column fountains are dramatically lit at night, and in 2013 the resort introduced a new 30-foot, three-story tall waterslide.
For a quieter experience, you can try the 4,400 square foot adult-only pool, with the cascading waters of the Big Gun, a 20-foot high “thunder fall” that flows through an opening in a reflecting pool down to the swimmers below. There are also softer cascades that trickle over a three-level fall and several “pools for two” that let you feel as though you are in your own private water escape.
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch has a sandy beach that's known as the largest white sand beach in the area. Kids can build a sand castle, then cool off in the adjacent beach pool, and Wi-Fi service is available at the pool areas.
Camp Hyatt Kachina lets your child explore the flora, fauna, culture, and geography of the area with games and activities intermingled with learning experiences. Crafts, games in the water park, listening to cowboy storytellers, scavenger hunts, contests, learning about desert creatures are all part of the camp experience. Camp Hyatt Kachina is open to all children ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 12 and is offered daily, year-round.
Additionally, golfers have a championship 27-hole course to challenge them, and adventurers will want to check out the various off-road experiences in the Sonoran Desert. In the summer, you should check the schedule for free weekend Dive-In Movies, free golf for kids, and free beach and pool activities.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is located in Central Phoenix, and there are nearly four acres of pools at the Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch including a Lazy River for casual tubing and relaxing, as well as a waterslide for a little more excitement.
You must be 42 inches tall to use the waterslide, and, of course, you must be staying at the resort in order to enjoy Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch. Additionally, you'll experience the old west at this resort, from Tombstone, an Old West theme town on the resort property, to the barbecue and casual western atmosphere of the Hole-in-the-Wall.
When you aren't cooling off at the pools, you can tee it up at Lookout Mountain Golf Club or relax at the Tocasierra Spa and Salon. All the rooms at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort are suites, even the standard room, so you can also just enjoy staying in your luxury accommodations. Check the schedule for evening Dive-In Movies, games, and Coyote Camp for the kids.
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale not only offers wonderful dining opportunities, a luxurious spa, and upscale accommodations but also an Adventure Water Park featuring a Lazy River, a 110-foot water slide, and the Kierland Flowrider 403.
You can grab a board and ride the waves at the Flowrider or enjoy quiet time in the adult-only pool. The kids can participate in the Family FUN Program with age-appropriate activities for toddlers through 17-year-olds. There are also unique offerings for the entire family, so whether you want to get away from the kids for a day or spend your time bonding over fun activities, the Westin Kierland Resort offers plenty of opportunities for adventure.
If you're staying for a week, there are also special kid camps where your children can meet other resort guests and learn all about Arizona. Since the Westin Kierland Resort is also a pet-friendly resort, you can also find luxury accommodations and amenities for your dog or cat.
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The Arizona Biltmore is a Waldorf Astoria Resort located in Phoenix that offers unique rooms—incluidng stylish resort villas and suites with mountain views overlooking the city—as well as an outdoor oasis pool complex.
Three pools combine to create one spectacular pool at the Arizona Biltmore, featuring a 92-foot-long water slide, swim-up bar, and private cabanas with full bath, refrigerator, phone, TV, robes, lounge chairs, and cooling misters.
Summer guests enjoy “Splash Cinema” Dive-in Movies shown on a screen suspended between palm trees watched from inner-tubes in the pool. There are also special events and activities scheduled throughout the year, but you should check ahead to verify dates before booking your stay here.
The Oasis Pool Complex is home to seven pools, a jacuzzi, and a 165-foot waterslide. The Phoenician pool complex also features SURGE, an interactive “spray ground” for children and their parents. Located on the upper west level of the Oasis Pool Complex, the splash pad is vibrantly designed with make-believe palm trees, turtles, ladybugs, and other kid-friendly elements, all of which serve as charming water features.
If you're considering staying at the Phoenician, there are a number of amenities including luxury dining establishments and a private spa. The resort also hosts a number of major events throughout the year, so be on the lookout for special occasions and celebrations in 2018.