REVIEW: The Phoenician

••• The Phoenician 

With acres of cream-colored marble, crystal chandeliers, and meticulous landscaping, The Phoenician was the Versailles of Scottsdale, the most formal of the city's famous resorts. Society ladies, with their perfect coifs and big rocks, took tea while a piano player tinkles in the background. 

In 2018 that setting changed when the 250-acre, 645-room luxury resort near Camelback Mountain completed the largest renovation project in the hotel's history.

It sought to adopt a more contemporary elegance, with a redesigned lobby, afternoon tea area and Thirsty Camel Lounge. The main pool area got additional deck space, new VIP seating and a reconception of the bar and grill.  The Centre for Well-being at The Phoenician also got a new name–The Phoenician–and a brand-new, three-story facility.

It has one of the best locations in town, 250 acres tucked right against the base of Camelback Mountain, the well-loved landmark that straddles both Phoenix and Scottsdale–perfect for hikers like me. Most of that acreage is taken up with 27 holes of golf, including a few holes on the mountain.​

First-Rate Staff at The Spa

Many resorts are known for the "fluff and buff" approach to massage, but here you will find veteran massage therapists with use a whole arsenal of techniques to unloosen chronically tight areas.he Centre for Well-Being will be replaced by The Phoenician Spa, a three-story facility that will feature a rooftop pool, 24 treatment rooms –including a couple’s VIP suite – a Drybar, full-service nail salon, fitness center with movement studio and personal training gym.

In the fitness center, you can get personal training sessions or take ballroom dance lessons (60-minutes for $125). And there are plenty of complimentary classes in Pilates, spinning, yoga and meditation. Every morning at 7 AM there's a property walk where you learn the property's history. Back at the spa, people with a metaphysical bent can get Tarot card readings  or hypnotherapy.