While most of the country is craving warmer weather after a particularly rough winter, triple-digit summer heat waves in Phoenix are the other extreme. Of course, that means big savings at the area's many resorts. Considering the area boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year and 40 luxury properties, you may never want to leave. And, with these deep discounts, you may never have to... at least until fall.
"Aloha Summer" at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Enjoy a cultural mash-up as this resort channels a Hawaiian vibe this summer along with a traditional Scottish vibe. Island-style fun includes two-for-one rides on the Kierland FlowRider, a wave simulator where guests can body- or boogie-board. And as the sun sets, enjoy traditional bagpipes around a fire pit, or visit the newly launched Scotch Library, which features 150 offerings imported from Scotland’s whiskey regions. There are even Scotch Library Ambassadors on hand for insight and recommendations. But the resort’s signature restaurant, deseo, is not to be outdone, presenting Nuevo Latino cuisine. Rates from $149 per night with a $50 dining credit. (High season rates average $449/night.)
"Sip, Savor & Splash" at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
A AAA Five-Diamond property, this desert oasis boasts five pools, two TPC golf courses, and fishing lagoons – for starters. Melt away any lingering post-winter blues at the luxurious Willow Stream Spa, where you can enjoy a traditional massage or create your own “fusion experience” with an aerial hammock or ripsurfer yoga class. At the pool, guests can stay cool with the help of dedicated Pool Experience Coordinators, who bring icy drinks and afternoon snacks. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the desert sky lights up with weekend fireworks. Packages begin at $169 per night and include a $50 daily credit for dining, spa, tennis, kids club, or the zip line. (High season rates average $299-$499, plus daily resort fee.)
"Summer Flashback" at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Spanning more than 27 acres, Squaw Peak Resort is the perfect family-friendly destination, packed with activities for all ages. As a part of this summer’s flashback-themed programming, guests can celebrate bygone days with a “dive-in” movie, hoedowns with live music, and campfire s’mores. Coyote Camp offers hands-on activities that celebrate Arizona’s folklore for children 4-12, while grownups can enjoy the lazy river or shopping at Rodeo Drive. At the end of the day, the all-suite property offers plenty of room to spread out, including villa-style accommodations with private sun decks. Rates from $109/night. (High season rates average $200/night.)