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The Phoenician: Overview and Dining
Right on the border of Phoenix and Central Scottsdale, on the south side of Camelback Mountain, is a luxury resort rated by many as one of the finest resorts in Arizona.
The Phoenician sprawls across 250 acres, and you'll find that you have a choice of three distinct types of accommodations. In the main building you'll be closest to pools, restaurants and meeting rooms. Even the standard rooms are large and spacious, and are decorated in desert beiges and browns. A little farther from the crowd, the casitas provide doorstep parking and private entrances. Finally, the exclusive Canyon Suites are considered a separate boutique resort.
The seven pools are main attractions at The Phoenician. They include a 165-foot waterslide and the adorable Surge Splash Pad for the little ones.
Visitors and locals alike make The Phoenician a destination for distinctive dining. J & G Steakhouse opened in December 2008, having replaced the famous Mary Elaine's as the premier dining establishment at The Phoenician. Clearly the most popular tables are the ones closest to the glass and the spectacular view. The dining room is unpretentious and warm in colors; the mostly wooden floors, wooden tables, and easy listening background music makes J&G equally appropriate for a business or group dinner. For individuals, it is certainly possible to enjoy two entrees, a side to share, and two desserts, for example, for less than $100 per couple. The food is thoughtfully and attractively presented without being over-the-top. I am told that the chef places a priority upon sourcing his ingredients from locations — locally, nationally and internationally — where he can obtain fresh, high quality product. This restaurant features an à la carte menu. Although it is not extensive, I found several choices for each course that appealed to me.
This resort has another fine dining establishment, Il Terrazzo. A little more casual than J&G Steakhouse, you can enjoy breakfast and lunch at this comfortable eatery serving what they describe as "nouveau-Italian cuisine." Don't pass up the Italian Market Sunday Brunch! Il Terrazzo, as well as J&G, have two of the finest wine lists in the Valley, according to Wine Spectator.
What's not to love about a fine steak or a tasty shrimp risotto? If you want a great burger head over to the golf course and give Relish Burger Bistro a try. You might find your self dining there for lunch and dinner every day of your stay at The Phoenician.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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The Phoenician: Amenities and Activities
You have choices at The Phoenician. You can relax at the pools, absorb the luxury of the lobby and outdoor relaxation spaces, and enjoy fine dining. Or you can fill the days of your stay at The Phoenician with activities and pampering. Or all of the above!
Head over to the opposite side of the resort from the main lobby and you'll find The Centre for Well-Being Spa and Salon Mila. More than 20 private treatment rooms for massages and skin/body treatments along with steam rooms and a meditation atrium have earned this luxury resort spa accolades, including four stars from the Forbes Travel Guide. In that same general area you can use the top-of-the-line equipment 24/7 at the Fitness Center. Check out the schedule of daily fitness classes online. They are free if you have purchased a 50-minute spa treatment that day, or resort guests can pay a small fee for the class. Locals are invited to attend the classes for a fee. Reservations are required. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
On the northeast portion of the property tennis lovers will be spending their days on the ten courts offering three different playing surfaces. Your resort fee includes free use of a court for an hour along with equipment rental. The Tennis Garden is an active tennis club, where locals and juniors play, attend clinics, compete in tournaments and take lessons. Advance reservations are required at the tennis facility.
Sometimes you just want someone to explain something to you. At The Phoenician you can take a guided tour of the Cactus Garden, a self-guided audio tour of the art collection, or a guided golf cart tour of the area on the golf courses. Attend the daily fish feeding at the koi pond. If you are more of a doer than a listener, and especially if the kids are in tow, The Phoenician has you covered. Trapeze school is popular (on hiatus in summer). The Activity Center is where kids can watch movies, play games, and use the basketball court and playground.
Speaking of kids, the Funicians Club is indoors and air-conditioned, just down the hall from the main lobby. Designed for ages 5 - 12, there are organized activities, including crafts, interactive games, sports and activities (both indoors and out) every day. Half-day and full-day sessions are offered. Would you like a plush bunny with that? Yes, please!
An extraordinary experience awaits you at The Phoenician's Afternoon Tea. One of only a handful of places in the Valley of the Sun that offers this traditional English tradition, choose from the Full Tea, the Royal Tea or the Grand Royal Tea. I highly recommend this elegant adventure for a ladies day out, an afternoon family occasion, grandparents spending time with grandchildren, or just friends enjoying an afternoon together. Yes, men are welcome at the Lobby Tea Court! The Afternoon Tea experience even goes on the road during the Scottsdale Polo Championships each fall. It's a special ticket, and you can expect it to sell out early!
Golf at The Phoenician offers three unique Troon-managed nine-hole courses that have garnered awards and national acclaim. I include it on my list of some of the best golf courses in Scottsdale, Arizona.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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The Phoenician: Address, Map and What's Nearby
The Phoenician is less than ten miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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What's Near The Phoenician?
Scottsdale Fashion Square
Arizona's upscale indoor shopping mall.
At the same shopping mall, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square has 14 screens. Reserved seating and mobile ticketing are offered here.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Concerts, plays and other performances about three miles from the resort.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Art exhibits about three miles from the resort.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
One of the newest museums in Greater Phoenix is already winning awards for its collections, exhibitions and programming. About 2.5 miles from The Phoenician.
The Spring Training Home of the San Francisco Giants. Just over three miles from The Phoenician.
This central Phoenix mountain offers one of the most popular urban hikes, but it isn't necessarily for the novice. Beware of hiking Camelback in the summer. It will be hot, especially after you've been hiking for a while, and you'll need more water than you think. Better yet, if it's summer and you aren't used to climbing mountains in 100°F or higher temperatures, save this adventure for your next visit!
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At The Phoenician - Dining Al Fresco
If you are looking for a place to have a lovely meal in a peaceful, outdoor setting you might consider dining al fresco at Il Terrazzo at the Phoenician.
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At The Phoenician - Feed the Koi
This duck is either early or late for the daily koi feeding at The Phoenician!
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At The Phoenician - Great Pools
There is a pool for everyone at The Phoenician. There's even a fun splash pad!
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At The Phoenician - Relax in the Lobby
The lobby at The Phoenician is a great place to relax and enjoy the view.
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At The Phoenician - Flora and Fauna
Take either a guided tour or a self-paced walk through the cactus garden at The Phoenician. I addition to the desert plants which are labelled, you might see some of our desert critters, like rabbits, gambel quail, lizards and even snakes. Did you see a gila monster?
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At The Phoenician - Surge Splash Pad
The little ones (and big ones, too) will enjoy the colorful and fun Surge Splash Pad at The Phoenician. Watch out if you are standing under one of the buckets! If the toddlers bigger brothers or sisters are in the area, they'll enjoy the waterslide, too.
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At The Phoenician - The Funicians Club
There are plenty of activities for kids at The Phoenician, including half-day and full-day programs at The Funicians Club.
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At The Phoenician - Mother-of-Pearl Pool
The signature pool at The Phoenician's Oasis Pool Complex.
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At The Phoenician - Afternoon Tea
Take your time and enjoy several courses at Afternoon Tea at The Phoenician.
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