Read on for all the highlights this season.
- Senna House, A Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, opened to the public Dec. 15, boasting six stories, 169 guest rooms, the rooftop Sonora Swim Club, and best-in-class views of the Valley’s mountain surroundings and Old Town Scottsdale. The hotel’s name comes from the Sonoran Desert’s Senna flower and is representative of the property’s desert-modern design. Senna House is the first hotel to open in Scottsdale’s Entertainment District since 2008.
- For a bachelor or bachelorette bash, no one throws a party like W Scottsdale. Try new day packages with bubbles and WET Deck pool passes, or rent AWAY Spa for a private party, if an exclusive event better suits the squad. The “Primp and Play” and “Groom’s Getaway” Spa After Dark options include a DJ, unlimited champagne, swag bags and more.
- With many missed milestones in recent years and two-thirds of Americans planning to “go big” on their next trip, ADERO Scottsdale is making the most of the warm summer months with a special buyout package for larger groups to get together. From wedding celebrations to family getaways, “ADERO All Yours” starts at $30,000 and allows guests to live in the lap of luxury while reveling in the setting of one of only 34 Dark Sky communities in the world.
- Perfect for the most intimate celebrations, Royal Palms’ Via Cappello dining service with customizable menus from the award-winning culinary team at T. Cook’s and romantic décor, is now being offered in-room. Then, couples can learn a skill together with new mixology classes at the Mix Up Bar. Bottoms up!
SPA + WELLNESS SCENE
- Since traveling can impact visitors’ dedication to fitness and wellness goals, Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town is helping guests stay on track by recently debuting a selection of wellness guestrooms geared toward the fitness-minded traveler, complete with leading equipment from Peloton and Therabody.
- In honor of Global Wellness Day on June 11, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is providing complimentary Lobo Fitness classes, “Create & Cultivate” activities focused on immersing participants in wellbeing through enriching experiences, and special dishes and beverages filled with antioxidants, superfoods, and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
- Overdue for a getaway and a good night’s sleep? The “Bubbles & No Sleep Troubles” package at Hotel Valley Ho is making counting sheep a breeze. It all starts with a luxurious soak enhanced with LUSH’s Sleepy Bubble Bar, before unwinding with “Sleep Meditations,” a book with easy-to-follow relaxation techniques designed to promote sleep. Then, pop on a Sleep, Plz. wellness patch, roll on Candier’s ‘Babygirl, Go To Sleep’ essential oil roller on pulse points, grab the velvet-lined flamingo eye mask and be ready to snooze in no time.
- In partnership with Scottsdale-based mediation center Abundant Space, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is now offering monthly full moon mediation classes in their new Desert Garden. Guests can join a 30-minute mediation session beginning at sunset, followed by guided breathwork, and finishing with a calming mediation session and healing Crystal Sound Bowls, under the full moon.
- Thanks to the slightly higher elevation, summer temperatures at the Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale remain 10-15 degrees cooler than other parts of the Valley, where guests can stroll paved paths along the golf course in the morning, watch sunsets on private patios in the evening, and enjoy Moonlight Bicycling Tours and Stargazing after dark.
THINGS TO DO
Thru June 19: Catch “Chihuly in the Desert” at Desert Botanical Garden and Taliesin West, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning, large-scale exhibition by Dale Chihuly, activated in two iconic Arizona locations, showcases the American glass sculptor’s masterpieces which draw on color and light from the surrounding desert.
Now through mid-June, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will bring its 2021–22 season to a close with an eclectic schedule of music, theater, dance, film, comedy and even a puppetry workshop. Concerts include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marc Cohn, Keb’ Mo’ and Colin Hay of Men at Work. Captivating theater productions include the forgotten story of Mozart’s composer sister, a one-man play about ice cream and the extinction of India’s vultures, and a nonverbal, kid-friendly story about one man and his friendship with a balloon.
View an exhibition of handmade, clay floral sculptures displayed among thousands of beautiful butterflies as part of “Art in Bloom” at Butterfly Wonderland. Capturing the movement of nature, these sculptures are handcrafted by local Phoenix artist Jim Holbert of 3BoxStudios specifically for Butterfly Wonderland and are free to see with admission.
Head indoors and beat the heat at The Musical Instrument Museum, with family-friendly events like “Musical Icons: Women in Jazz” June 11 and 12, and live music during the Summer Concert Series, running May 16 – Sept. 7.
Travelers can update their summer wardrobes at Arizona’s luxury retail destination, Scottsdale Fashion Square, which recently welcomed many new high-end retailers, including Dior, Alo Yoga and Cotton On. With 1.9 million square feet, and more than 200 shops and restaurants, the mall features over 40 of the world’s finest luxury and contemporary brands, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Jimmy Choo, Prada and Neiman Marcus. Shoppers can expect even more coveted brands in the coming months, such as Christian Louboutin, Polestar, and even Life Time Fitness.
SIP + SAVOR
- etta, led by two-time Michelin-starred Chef Danny Grant just opened at popular shopping, dining and entertainment center, Scottsdale Quarter, on April 6. Short for Henrietta, “etta” means “keeper of the hearth” in French, a nod to the wood-fired hearth at the center of etta’s menu options, like wood-fired pizzas and proteins, and house-made pastas.
- Citizen Public House’s new Zero-Proof cocktail menu skips the alcohol but not the fun – or the flavor. Using Seedlip Zero-Proof spirits, diners can sip inventive libations like the spicy Never Say Never, or the fresh and herbal Solitude.
- In March, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced Scottsdale-based restaurants Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers and Bourbon & Bones will open inside a location that has been a storied part of Chase Field since it opened in 1998. The stadium’s unique venue plans to begin welcoming guests this summer, seven days a week, for a distinctive experience at their Diamond Deck and suspended patio above left field.
- Clive Collective, a Scottsdale-based restaurant group, opened Cala at the new Senna House in January. Cala is an escape to the Mediterranean, serving farm-fresh coastal cuisine inspired by the flavors of Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco. Internationally known chef and Food Network personality, Beau MacMillan, serves as culinary director.
- Scottsdale Culinary Institute graduate and former Food Network “Chopped” champion Cory Oppold has announced a new Modern American restaurant, called Course, is coming to Scottsdale. Oppold plans to change the prix fixe, vegetable-driven, seasonal menu every two months, and create a minimalistic and approachable ambiance.
- Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley – a 215-room, 20-acre new-build slated to open this fall – will have it all; exemplary service, views of Camelback Mountain, modern and sleek interiors, a 16,000-square-foot spa and a prime location.
- In 2023, Caesars Entertainment Corporation will open Caesars Republic Scottsdale, its first non-gaming hotel in the United States. The 11-story glass structure will house 256 rooms, a bar and coffee shop, two signature restaurants from Chef Giada De Laurentiis, a rooftop pool, and a fitness center.
- Accor, in conjunction with Dakota Development and DESCO Arizona, will open SLS Scottsdale in June 2023, with 235 hotel rooms (30 luxury suites), two floors of entertainment space, plus on-property dining and a bar.