By Elizabeth Kang

When you start planning the perfect Southwestern desert getaway, your first instinct may be to book a trip to warm up during the Fall or Winter months, but late Spring and Summer are also great times to visit picturesque Scottsdale, Arizona. There are some fantastic bargains to be had in the off season, even at five-star, high-end resorts such as the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. 

The Four Seasons Scottsdale is as luxurious and picturesque as ever in the warmer months, making it the perfect quick getaway for a pampering girls’ weekend, or much-needed romantic respite. And it’s only a two-hour plane ride from the Bay Area, so it’s an ideal option for families who wish to avoid the hassle of long plane flights. 

Whether you’re visiting with friends or you have the whole brood in tow, you can expect nothing less than the welcoming, polished, and flawless service that the Four Seasons Resorts are known for. Every need will be attended to, and every wish granted. Read on to discover the highlights of this stunning desert hideaway.

Bountiful Natural Beauty

Nestled in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak Park, the Five-Diamond Four Seasons Scottsdale pays high homage to its natural setting and heritage with traditional, yet modern adobe architecture set among iconic Saguaro Cacti and other remarkable desert flora and fauna. With the dramatic, jagged Pinnacle Peak summit as a backdrop, desert romance is elevated to a whole new level at this breathtaking oasis. 

The freestanding 210 adobe-style casitas blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings, in warm, vibrant desert-bloom-inspired colors of terra-cotta, beige, rust and sand. Inside each spacious guest room you’ll find your own cozy fireplace and private patio or balcony overlooking the extraordinary Sonoran Desert. A vibrant desert sunset is unmatched, and this resort’s blissful location makes for prime viewing. 

Amazing Onsite Amenities

That natural desert beauty provides a stunning backdrop while cooling off in the Four Season Scottsdale’s Saguaro Blossom Pool, a sparkling bi-level heated pool with shade cabanas and full poolside service. 

Break up your pool time with a soothing treatment at the onsite, award-winning Sonoran Spa. Couples and friends will enjoy the side-by-side couple’s massage, or perhaps the guest favorite, the Pinnacle Facial, a decadent face and body treatment using gold-infused sugar scrub and shimmer oil. Guests can also create their own body butter or essential oil polish at the Aroma Design Bar. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary steam room and sauna while visiting.

After reenergizing at the pool and spa, take advantage of the property’s well-equipped 24-hour fitness center, numerous fitness classes, and two pro-level tennis courts. 

Prime Outdoor Play

Four Seasons Scottsdale offers guided hikes, desert tours, and stargazing experiences, so there’s plenty of fun to be had outside of the resort, as well. 

Borrow a complimentary Mercedes-Benz house car (first-come, first-served) and take a day trip in style to check out breathtaking Sedona and other nearby points-of-interest.

Golf lovers will be giddy with the two legendary nearby courses, The Monument, and The Pinnacle. Both courses provide stunning scenery, with sweeping desert-vista views and jagged mountain peaks.

Like golf, mountain biking is also a popular activity in the region, and even first-timers can get in on the scenic fun with an experienced guide leading the trail. There are a few local companies that provide rentals, equipment and guided expertise, such as Arizona Outback Adventures

Delicious Culinary Delights 

Dining at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is a memorable treat, with options ranging from traditional Southwest and American comfort classics to contemporary high-end Spanish cuisine. 

Talavera is the go-to option for upscale cuisine, featuring a Latin-influenced steakhouse menu in a stunningly regal setting. The sophisticated restaurant boasts a large, elegant outdoor patio perched high above the ground — with breathtaking views. Enjoy a perfectly cooked steak, or the signature dish, De Mariscos — a rice dishmade with clams, mussels, lobster, Carabinero prawns.

Proof is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, or to simply sip on a single-barrel bourbon or glass of wine, while taking in the sunset from the outdoor patio. Its casual, yet contemporary ambiance is welcoming and lively. Enjoy a comforting plate of chicken & waffles or a refreshing Maine lobster roll.

Saguaro Blossom offers poolside dining with everyone’s favorites, with healthy fresh salads and ceviche, hearty juicy burgers & fries, and cooling ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Order a poolside cocktail or beer to enjoy on a lounge chair or shade cabana.

Onyx Bar & Lounge’s outdoor terrace is an ideal spot to watch the sunset or catch a soaring bird-of-prey, with handcrafted cocktail in-hand. The small plates are innovative and delicious, and the oysters are fresh. 

So Kid-Friendly! 

Four Seasons Scottsdale is extremely family friendly, with a kids’ pool, plenty of kid-friendly dining options, and many other perks for the pint-sized. Children ages four and under also eat free at any of the onsite restaurants. Take advantage of incredible Summer rates with the Very Important Kid Summer Special, which includes the complimentary Kids for All Seasons (a year-round kids’ camp program for children ages 5-12,) resort credits, complimentary in-room movie, snacks, and more! The package is valid June 1st through August 28, and starts at just $239 per night.