Summertime brings Family Fun at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
By Elizabeth Kang
Befitting to its name, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reins supreme when it comes to family friendly fun. Not only did this 5-star hotel treat us like royalty during our stay, but the affordable off-season summer-rates might tempt us to make this resort an annual summer tradition.
arrived at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess after a quick
1.5-hour-flight from the Bay Area (always appreciated when flying with the
young and oh-so-energetic.) After a 20-minute-ride to Scottsdale, we arrived at
the regal entrance of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
the moment we stepped inside the beautiful lobby, it became clear that both
kids and adults were in for a great time. The hotel is hosting a fun superhero
theme for the summer, and our kids were thrilled to pose with the in-costume
superhero characters who were greeting guests at check-in. There was a also a
free photo booth to create keepsake pictures, and even dress-up capes and masks
for children to take home.
with that fun, the resort had set up an impressively high (and complimentary)
zip-line so that little (and big) superheroes could test out their flying
skills. My child was super excited to try her first zip-line experience, which
I’m sure she’ll remember forever.
we didn’t use the onsite Trailblazers Kid’s Club during our visit, we
always appreciate the option to get in some adult time at the spa or adult pool
while our children are secure in a safe and fun environment. The kids’ club
program at the Fairmont Scottsdale is open to children ages 5-12 and includes a
stimulating day of games, swimming, and crafts.
more fun activity, families are welcome to borrow fishing poles at the kids’
club to fish the resort’s pond, (rafts and toys for the pool, basketballs and
other fun gear are also available to borrow.)
night we let the kids stay up past their bedtime to watch the weekly fireworks
show, which was a beautiful and exciting end to the evening.
pools at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess are where all of the action is
during the summer, and it’s definitely where we wanted to hang all day in the
100+ Arizona tempts. (Don’t let the hot weather dissuade you from visiting in
the Summer though, because the high temps were a non-issue in-between the
ultra-refreshing pools and powerful resort air conditioning.)
are six sparkling pools at the resort, each with a different vibe and scene.
For action-packed all-day fun, we headed over to the waterslides pool, which
offered two surprisingly fast waterslides, a DJ playing upbeat tunes, a fun foam
party, as well as various hosted games.
a quieter scene, we crossed over to the Sunset Pool, which is a huge, gorgeous
pool and bar with a white sand beach. Although the scene was less crowded,
there was still plenty going on to entertain all, especially at night when the
pool erected a giant blow-up movie screen for its “Dive-in” movie night. During
the day we enjoyed poolside service and watched a few little girls’ dreams come
true as they became certified mermaids during the “Mermaid Academy” training
have the option to sneak in some quiet time at the Adult Pool, where huge swan
floats drift lazily about, just begging for an Instagram-Worthy picture. There
are other, smaller pools peppered throughout the property, so there’s always a
refreshing pool nearby.
quality of dining options at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess are
impressive, to say the least. In fact, it became apparent that people from all
over the area travelled to the resort just to have dinner at one of its amazing
had an unforgettable meal at the renowned Michael Mina eatery Bourbon Steak,
where the kids were delighted at the gourmet french fry taster that swiftly
arrived on our table as a sort of cleverly-thought-out alternative to the usual
adults savored perfectly seared steaks and mouthwatering sides such as smokey
creamed spinach and horseradish mashed potatoes, while the kids enjoyed their
scratch-made mac & cheese and gourmet hot dog.
not-to-be-missed restaurant on the resort is the high-end La Hacienda,
which serves a lighter, more refined approach to Mexican-American fare. Don’t
miss the unique Margaritas and extensive tequila offerings, as well as the
freshly made guacamoles with various toppings, and the popular shrimp
enchiladas. Kids can enjoy their usual southwest favorites from the children’s
menu, such as quesadillas and tacos.
breakfast option we found ourselves returning to again and again was at Ironwood
American Kitchen, where the reasonably priced brunch buffet kept everyone
happy. Children were wowed by the donut wall display, while adults appreciated
the interesting twists on classics, such as a Carnitas Eggs Benedict and
Smoked Salmon Toast.
so much going on at the resort, we found ourselves too entertained to leave the
property, but there are some notable attractions and excursions worth
experiencing if your’e in the area long enough.
to the Fairmont Princess are two 18-hole championship golf courses, one of
which is home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Topgolf is a popular entertainment attraction for both kids and
adults, and only a 10-minute drive away.
Butterfly Wonderland is a must-visit for butterfly
lovers, and only a 15-minute drive. Right next-door more fun can be found at
the OdySea Aquarium.
The Challenger Space Center is roughly
35-minutes from the resort.
bit farther at over 2.5 hours away is Bearizona, a drive-through park
where visitors can get up close and personal with bears and other wildlife. Legoland
Discovery Center is approximately a 40-minutes drive.
Old-Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square
are both worthwhile shopping points of interest, and each roughly a 25-30
minute drive away. There are dozens of other museums, notable restaurant,
parks, shopping centers and other entertainment venues and experiences a short
drive from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
So if you’re looking for an extremely family friendly, upscale resort that won’t break the bank, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a wonderful option that we highly recommend.