Nestled at the northern tip of Scottsdale, beside Troon North golf course and in the shadow of Pinnacle Peak, the 40 acre Four Seasons Resort feels like an opulent oasis within the Sonoran desert.
Accommodation consists of low-rise casitas and suites, perfectly blending into its habitat rather than fighting against it. The décor throughout also embraces local cultures, a mix of desert influenced natural hues and Native American artworks and embroideries.
Our ground floor Desert Garden Casita, which can comfortably slept two adults and two children, was spacious and secluded, with a private patio opening onto wilderness and an obstructed view of Pinnacle Peak (perfect for a room service breakfast). The bathroom was vast, with double sinks, shower, bath and separate loo.
Under 18s stay for free when sharing a room with parents, but if you’d rather more room (or have a bigger brood), spacious suites in a variety of formats (each with a personal plunge pool and telescope) are available.
Attention to detail is the hallmark of this hotel – and this consideration extends to even the youngest of guests, who will be thrilled to find their names spelled out with letter sponges beside the bathtub.
A full childproofing service is offered, with everything from corner guards for tables and cabinets to elephant tap covers to prevent scalding. All the essential baby kit can be preordered too (as well as nappies to save vital luggage space). Our favourite was the camp bed complete with tent for a ready made den.
The Kids For All Seasons club accepts children aged 5-12 years daily, with small charges for lunch and certain activities. The clubhouse is a child’s dream, with a cinema, video game rooms, a Lego wall, giant chess and all sorts of toys. The KFAS team offers a varied programme of indoor and outdoor activities, such as crafts and scavenger hunts, as well as supervised pool sessions. The weekly movie night, complete with popcorn, gives parents the chance to dine alone.
THINGS TO DO
Kick back and relax would be our advice! The heated split level pool (open 24 hours a day) at the resort’s heart is one of the most beautiful we’ve had the pleasure to laze beside, with chic orange and yellow cabanas offering shade should you need it. The neighbouring children’s pool offers mini versions of the same cabanas and loungers, all safely gated for your piece of mind.
With an eight hour time difference to the UK, sleep might not come naturally, so embrace the jetlag, strap on your trainers and take an early morning wander along the resort’s short nature trail, before trekking to the top of Pinnacle Peak with the locals. The views and wildlife will make the early start worth it - we spotted a rather rowdy group of roadrunners (though sadly no Wile E Cayote), along with quail and unidentified lizards, not to mention endless species of cacti.
Guided tours with a park ranger are also available, along with stargazing evening with an astronomer, while the resort concierge can arrange anything from a cowboy experience day, to mountain biking, tennis, or tickets for Scottsdale’s multitude of museums and attractions.
No visit is complete without a predinner sundowner on the Onyx Bar terrace while the little ones play tag on the lawn. We guarantee that desert sunset will be the best you’ve ever seen, or your money back.
All three restaurants on site – Talavera, Proof and poolside Saguaro Blossom - welcome younger diners (with under fours eating for free).
Our preference for eating en famille was Proof (open breakfast through to dinner), thanks to its laidback vibe (dine in the bustling canteen or out on the balcony) and menu of American homestyle classics with a twist using ingredients sourced from all 50 states. Children can enjoy a special TV dinner menu served on melamine plates.
Highlights had to be a starter of fried green tomatoes with a crab remoulade and the pork tenderloin with collard greens, along with the We Have The Best Burger (bold claim but not far off). A word of warning though – be sure to tune into American English when ordering, or you’ll be enjoying crisps rather than chips with your patty… (They were still delicious however!)
As with most American dining spots, the portions were ample, but we found space to try the brilliant dessert menu of floats, sundaes and shakes, with the cherry coke float (spiked for the adults) voted our winner.
For more information and rates, visit www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale. To find out more about Scottsdale holidays, visit www.experiencescottsdale.com
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