Hotel & Resort Recommendations

Like you, when looking for a Resort or Hotel we head to one of the HUGE online reservation companies like Expedia or TripAdvisor.  We’ll read the reviews, try to figure out if it’s a good fit and hope when we get there that we made the right choice. 

If we’re lucky, someone we know may have stayed there before, lessening the guesswork.

Reviews often don’t tell the whole story.  Reviews often focus likes and dislikes, not the overall theme of the resort.  We wanted to change that. 

We don’t get anything from the listed resorts.

BELOW we’ve picked 5 Resorts/Hotels that best fit these 5 critical themes.

Awesome for Children

Arizona Grand Hotel and Spa

Awesome for Children – Arizona Grand Resort and Spa  (link to their website)

If you’re children (and you) enjoy romping around in the water, exploring, and LOVE water slides, NOTHING in Arizona comes close to the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa.

South Mountain Park is within walking distance, and offers miles and miles of incredible hiking trails.  If you’re up to it, you can hike to the top, which offers views of the Phoenix Valley found nowhere else.

NOTE:  Many of the slides and water features are shut down in the Winter, and reopens March 1st.

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY:  Nothing but great things to say about this resort.  Many describe the property as fun, comfortable and located in a great location.  Close to the airport, fantastic restaurants nearby and only 20 minutes from Scottsdale, AZ.

Private & Charming

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Private & Charming – Royal Palms Resort and Spa  (link to their website)

Imagine an Old World Tuscany Getaway right in the middle of Phoenix, AZ.  Literally, from the moment you enter this resort, you feel like you’ve traveling back in time.  The grounds are lush, and it’s easy to see that privacy is a top priority.

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY:  Many describe the property as fun, comfortable and located in a great spot.  Close to the airport, fantastic restaurants nearby and only 20 minutes from Scottsdale, AZ.

Luxury & Location

The Arizona Biltmore

Luxury and Location – Arizona Biltmore  (link to their website)

Frank Lloyd Wright inspired.

The Arizona Biltmore is close to several upscale shops, downtown Phoenix and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (hiking). 

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY:  Many of our Guests have stayed at Biltmore properties in the past, and simply can’t bring themselves to experiment elsewhere…lol.

Modern & Fun

Hotel Valley Ho and Spa

Modern and Fun – Hotel Valley Ho and Spa  (link to their website)

Looking for a resort that has a super cool atmosphere, but yet has all the modern luxury’s?  The Valley Ho tops our list because is delivers.  Plus, it’s close to the historic “Old Town Scottsdale”.  It’s literally right out the front door.

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY:  “Wow, what a awesome resort”, is the #1 reply we get.

Runner Up – Sorry, we came up empty…

Golf, Golf and Golf

The Boulders Resort and Spa

Golf, Golf and Golf – The Boulders Resort and Spa (link to their website)

The Boulders Resort and Spa in located in North Scottsdale in the middle of a boulder field.  While there are other resorts that have a “similar” setting (Four Seasons, Scottsdale comes to mind); no other Resort else exists combining the resort AND the golf courses within a boulder field.

Why golf, golf and gold for the description?  The Boulders Resort

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY:  Nothing but great things to say about this resort.  Many describe the property as fun, comfortable and located in a great location.  Close to the airport, fantastic restaurants nearby and only 20 minutes from Scottsdale, AZ.

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Helicopter Tour Option

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Our Advantage – We tailor your helicopter tour around your ground tour, MAXIMIZING your experience.

Our Approach – Todd setout to perfectly blend the ground tour with the helicopter adventure, making BOTH BETTER.  

We’ve discovered that by seeing the remote overlooks FIRST (East end of the National Park), it elevates your helicopter flight to yet another level.  Now when your Pilot points out a landmark below, we’ve already seen it from the ground.

We actually modify your ground tour to heighten your helicopter tour experience.  Rather than go into the Park through the busy South entrance, we’ll swing around the East entrance.  Starting at the East entrance allows us to start with the remote overlooks, ending at the Grand Canyon airport.

The Other Guys – The odds are someone in your mixed group isn’t doing the helicopter tour, tossing a wrench in everyone’s day.  You’ll be dropped off at the airport, while the rest go into the park.  Both groups end up waiting, wasting valuable time.

Sunset and Stargazing Option

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The National Park Service has announced that the Grand Canyon National Park has officially received its International Dark Sky Park certification. 

Our Approach – We adjust our pick-up time, so you leave later.   

SUMMER: From the Phoenix area, Approx. 1PM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 12:30AM return.  Sedona area, 3PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.  

WINTER:  From the Phoenix area, Approx. 11AM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 10:30PM return.  Sedona area, 1PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.  

todds amazing tours arizona toursDeparture times VARY throughout the year.  We will contact you by email with your actual departure time.

While there are several places to take in the dark, glowing sky, we focus on the more remote overlooks.  Typically, they’re less crowded.

While the entire Park is “Dark Sky” certified, we’ve found that the further away from the historic village, the better.  Many of the remote overlooks don’t have a light bulb within 20 miles.  However, it’s incredible the intense glow that can emanate from a cell phone… 

The remote overlooks offer seclusion, which is perfect for stargazing.

The Other Guys – Simply, most tour companies don’t offer a tour after dark.  Also, the mixed group tours depend on “seat volume”.  Simply, filling seats.  While AMAZING, most visitors want to go during the day.

Of course your family/group isn’t restrained by these limitations.