Adobe-style relaxation in the Sonoran Desert
Fantastic for golfers with access to two championship courses
Great family-friendly option with dedicated children's pool and Kids for All Seasons club
Direct flights to Phoenix and only a 45-minute transfer time makes it an ideal week long escape
Superb desert adventures and scenery on your doorstep
Spring is the best time to visit Phoenix. Summer may be vacation season, but temperatures reach or exceed 40°C degree with high humidity. In Spring, especially late March and April, daytime temperatures tend to be in a comfortable 20-30°C range. Everything's in bloom and the weather is at its best. Autumn is also a good time to visit. Late September through mid-November often has pleasant days and cool nights.
Kids will love the new sweet and ice cream bar at Proof restaurant.
Kids will love the new sweet and ice cream bar at Proof restaurant.
Take the 90-minute round trip trail up to Pinnacle Peak for stunning desert views.
Take the 90-minute round trip trail up to Pinnacle Peak for stunning desert views.
Perched above the Arizona desert north of sun-drenched Scottsdale and next to legendary Troon North golf course, the Four Seasons is both a family-friendly resort and a superb place to unwind, with some of the most lavish facilities in the Southwest.
Situated high in the cool foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the Four Seasons Scottsdale is the perfect place to relax among gorgeous scenery, play some seriously challenging golf or explore the surrounding desert. The resort consists of spacious Southwestern-style casitas and suites that are scattered across a boulder-strewn hillside, and ideally situated for easy access to a variety of desert activities and attractions, including hiking, biking, off-road Jeep and Hummer tours and much more.
The casitas and suites are adobe-style, and some of the most luxurious in Arizona, and are extremely spacious, with custom-made furnishings, many sourced from Mexican artisans, and handmade art by the Huichol Indians. Patio doors open to a private landscaped terrace or balcony and magnificent desert views.
Each room has a "beehive" gas-burning fireplace, individually controlled air conditioning and a generously proportioned bathroom with deep soaking tub and separate glass-enclosed shower, while the technology is suitably contemporary. Most suites have telescopes for watching the extraordinary desert night sky, private plunge pools, and outdoor showers.
Service is first rate and the atmosphere friendly and relaxed, and the resort plays host to a number of fun programmes such as cooking in the kitchen with hotel chef Mel Mecinas and poolside margarita-mixing lessons. You can drop your kids off at Kids for All Seasons, secure in the knowledge that they will be kept busy in the games room, on the tennis courts, or at the ping-pong table.
Sweeping desert views and the freshest seasonal cuisine characterize the cuisine at either Talavera, a modern take on a steakhouse, or at the new relaxed Proof restaurant with its modern casual cuisine served indoors or on the terrace, with a focus on American flavours shaped by the piquant flavours of the Southwest
Guests of the Four Seasons Resort enjoy special privileges at both The Pinnacle and The Monument championship golf courses at Troon North Golf Club, as well as guest privileges at the Troon North Clubhouse, and the course regularly features as one of the top courses in North America. If this is too much like hard work, the resort offers a superb spa with a range of desert-inspired treatments and delightful poolside relaxation.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North encompasses 210 generously sized guest rooms, including 22 suites, in 25 mostly one or two storey adobe casitas. Patio doors open to a private landscaped terrace or balcony with some offering magnificent desert views. Capturing the vibrant tones of the desert in bloom and the purples, pinks and oranges of a Sonoran sunset, interiors feature custom furnishings – many sourced from Mexican artisans – and handmade art by Huichol Indians.
Each room has a generously proportioned bathroom with deep soaking tub and separate shower, gas-burning fireplace, flat-screen television, docking station, internet access and an electronic private bar. There is also the option to reside in a "green room" in support of sustainability.
These rooms feature one king-sized bed with the option of a sofabed, one rollaway bed or crib, full bathroom, patio or balcony and views of the jagged mountain peaks, boulder, valley, lagoon-style pool or the Sonoran Desert. There are 35 of these rooms located on the ground, 2nd and 3rd floors and each measures 500 sq ft. There is also an accessible option for this room.
These rooms feature one king-sized bed or two double beds with the option of a sofabed, one rollaway bed or crib, full bathroom, patio or balcony and views of the jagged mountain peaks the Sonoran Desert. There are 87 of these rooms located on the ground to 3rd floors and each measures 500 sq ft. There is also an accessible option for this room.
These rooms feature one king-sized bed with the option of a sofabed, one rollaway bed or crib, full bathroom, patio or balcony and views of the Sonoran Desert landscape or the foothills of Crescent Butte Mountain. There are 45 of these rooms located on the ground and 2nd floors and each measures 480 sq ft. These rooms are also available in an accessible option.
These rooms feature one king-sized bed with the option of a sofabed, one rollaway bed or crib, full bathroom, patio and views of the Sonoran Desert. There are 16 of these rooms located on the ground floor and each measures 480 sq ft.
These suites feature two king-sized beds with the option of three rollaway beds, three full bathrooms (two with garden showers and guest powder room with shower), extensive patios, heated plunge pool, outdoor fireplace, four fireplaces inside, telescope, food preparation area, dining area and living room with generous seating. Delight in views of Crescent Butte Mountain. This one of a kind 3,000 sq ft suite is located in a private building on elevated ground and features hues of red, orange, pink, purple and indigo.
These rooms feature one king-sized bed or two double beds with the option of a queen sofabed, one rollaway bed or crib, full bathroom, plus guest powder room with shower, patio, heated plunge pool, living area with fireplace, telescope and views of the Sonoran Desert and mountains. There are 6 of these suites located on the ground floor, furnished with shades of poppy, tan, rust and sunflower and each measures 1000 sq ft.
These suites feature two king-sized beds with the option of two rollaway beds and crib, two full bathrooms, plus guest powder room with shower, three patios, heated plunge pool, outdoor fireplace, telescope, dining for eight, wood-beamed living area and views of the boulder formations, Troon Mountain and lagoon-style pool. There are 3 of these suites located in a private building decorated in a warm combination of red, orange, pink, purple and indigo and each measuring 2,000 sq ft.
These rooms feature one king-sized bed or two double beds with the option of a queen sofabed, one rollaway bed or crib, full bathroom, plus guest powder room with shower, patios, heated plunge pool, outdoor fireplace, telescope, living area, private bar and views of the pool or Pinnacle Peak. There are nine of these rooms located on the ground floor and each measures 1,000 sq ft and are decorated with inviting shades of poppy, tan, rust and sunflower. There is also an accessible option for this suite option.
This suites feature one king-sized bed with the option of a sofabed, one rollaway bed and crib, full bathroom, plus guest powder room with shower and living area with gas fireplace. Whilst views of the jagged mountain peaks are outside the suite inside is furnished with rich earthy tones. This suite is located on the ground floor and measures 900 sq ft.
These suites feature one king-sized bed with the option of a sofabed and crib, full bathroom plus guest powder room with shower, patios off the bedroom and living room, private bar and views of the mountains and a welcoming decor themed around a rich and vibrant palette. There are 2 of these suites located on the 2nd floor and each measures 900 sq ft.
The Four Seasons Scottsdale go out of their way to make young guests feel welcome. The resourceful Concierge is always close at hand to make reservations for a family dinner, offer suggestions for family outings and with a little notice, help arrange a babysitter. The hotel also features a kids' Concierge, and offers movie nights, cooking classes and other desert adventures for children.
Items such as baby toiletries, cribs, strollers, high chairs, bottles, bottle warmers and playpens are also available.
Sweeping desert views and the freshest seasonal cuisine, with a focus on flavours of the Southwest, are the trademarks of dining at Four Seasons Scottsdale. Bold restaurant interiors blend seamlessly into al fresco dining, with misting systems to gently cool the desert air.
Talavera introduces a modern take on the classic steakhouse, Proof specialises in regional cuisine influenced by the flavours of Mexico and Arizona's Sonora Desert, whilst the Saguros Blossom offers light poolside fare with glorious desert views and is open from sunrise through sunset.
There is also the Onyx Bar & Lounge serving small plates and fresh, sweet and savoury cocktail combinations.
The 6,000 square foot pool is surrounded by sun loungers and luxurious poolside cabanas for sun shade and there is a separate adult whirlpool and children's pool.
A refuge of head-to-toe pampering, the Spa features a range of skin and body treatments – including scrubs, wraps, facials and massages – inspired by the spirit and ingredients of the desert.
For more active guests, there are two on-site tennis courts and tournament facilities also are available, as is group or private instruction. The Fitness Centre includes an exercise room "spinning" bikes, men's and women's locker rooms, sauna and steam rooms.
Four Seasons Scottsdale offers a myriad of activities from guided hikes to nearby Pinnacle Peak, stargazing, wine tasting, fitness classes and more. Venture out into the desert on a guided Jeep tour, take a hot air balloon ride, or go on a biking adventure.
Guests of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North enjoy special privileges at both The Pinnacle and The Monument championship golf courses at Troon North Golf Club, as well as guest privileges at the Troon North Clubhouse.
For the children there is table football, pool and ping-pong tables, a movie theatre with leather recliners, a Lego table and Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.
Despite the name the resort is situated about 30 minutes' drive out of Scottsdale. The resort seems to cater for both families and couples in typical Four Seasons style benefitting from exceptional service and a well recommended children's club. The dcor features rustic touches which are not typically associated with the brand but in keeping with the local culture and area. Due to the large nature of the resort there is enough to keep me occupied without going into Scottsdale itself, its the perfect stop off for a couple of days, if I was looking to stay longer I would consider combining this resort with one of the options in the towns such as the Bespoke Inn or Andaz to enjoy the best of both worlds.
I visited the Four Seasons at Troon North on my third day in Scottsdale. I had already been captivated by the area, having spent the day before on the Apache Trail, learning about the fascinating Native American history of this often overlooked and fascinating part of America's wild west. It got me to thinking what a fantastic stand alone destination it could be for our guests. Just a 9 hour direct flight into Phoenix and then under 45 minutes transfer brings you into the heart of this living, breathing desert. Surrounded by giant cacti straight out of a western movie and dramatic desert rock formations that frame the landscape, you are in no doubt of where you are. In the heart of this sandy yet surprisingly lush environment sits the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North. Designed to immerse itself into the desert background it is surprisingly attractive despite the slightly "Flintstonesque" environment. The lobby is filled with a warm feel and bright colours, a not to the Native American culture that runs through the hotel. You are in no doubt that you are in a holiday type oasis here, the feel is relaxed and friendly and even though I was only visiting for a couple of hours I felt immediately at ease and very welcome. There are 201 rooms and suites in total, kept in a surprisingly compact area yet still giving a feeling of space. The centre of the hotel is the main pool, surrounded by comfy sunbeds and complimentary cabanas (first come first served) and just up a small level a dedicated children's pool complete with child size sunbeds and table and chairs for the little ones to splash around and enjoy. This is all part of the family friendliness of the Four Seasons, it also comes complete with the Kids for All Seasons children's club as well.
Over lunch I enjoy families dining together at the hotel's Proof restaurant. Relaxed and informal, the food is good and the prices reasonable. We pass the ice cream and sweet station on the way out and my inner child is crying out to stay a little longer.
In short, the Four Seasons really has it all. Head off to the desert for a unique and fun family holiday with stunning national parks and desert scenery close by or add a few days here on to a longer itinerary or road trip. This part of the US was made for the road trip, jump in your car and head into the wild west sunset!
Explore the Sonoran Desert on foot with a private guide for an unforgettable excursion amongst a unique wild west landscape. Get up close and personal with the flora and fauna and discover the geology and history of this fascinating area.
Guided kayaking tours along the Lower Salt River allow for perfect wildlife viewing and relaxing on the water under the Arizona sunshine. The river provides a welcome oasis from the heat and vastness of the desert, attracting a great variety of animals.
from £2500 pp
inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
from £3700 pp
inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
Immersed in desert scenery, the Resort sits close to downtown Scottsdale, an area rich with Native American art and an equally impressive dining and nightlife scene. Even closer are the unique rock formations of Pinnacle Peak and the highly acclaimed golf mecca at Troon North.
11-hour direct flight to Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport, which is a 40-minute drive from the hotel.
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