7 Top Arizona Resort Pools for Locals Staycation
In the mood for a staycation? If you're feeling the need to kick back and relax by the pool without dealing with airport lines and flight times, you're in luck, because our great state is filled with gorgeous resorts with even more gorgeous pools. Whether you're heading to Flagstaff or Tucson, Scottsdale or Sedona, you'll find a resort with the pool of your dreams. From the luxurious to the quirky, here are a few of our favorite places to take a well-deserved break!
For a luxurious interpretation of the Old West, head down to the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Set in the foothills just north of Tucson, this stunning ranch offers historic grandeur with a southwestern flair, complete with fine dining, a day spa, botanical gardens and a full menu of activities such as hiking and horseback riding. Set aside time to relax by one of the resort's two pools. The Sunset pool, long favored by celebrity guests, offers stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and poolside food and drink service. The negative-edge Catalina pool also provides mountain views and food and beverage service. Both offer hot tubs for added relaxation.
Love that mid-century modern, retro vibe? Then book a stay at the Hotel Valley Ho! Since it opened its doors in 1956, this downtown Scottsdale institution has long attracted the hip and stylish. Designed by minimalist architect Edward Varney, the Valley Ho's guest list included luminaries such as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bing Crosby and Tony Curtis. An extensive renovation a few years ago brought back the star-studded glamor, and it's easy to imagine yourself hanging with these iconic stars at the Hotel Valley Ho's two pools. The serene OHasis pool is perfect for laps or lounging under the palms, with cocktails and food at hand. The more lively OH pool offers live music, colorful cabanas, and cocktails.
If you're in the mood for pampering, reserve some pool time at The Phoenician. Claim your spot alongside one of the resort's eight pools, complete with shady cabanas and views of Camelback Mountain. In between spa treatments and poolside dining, take a minute to appreciate the stunning mother-of-pearl tile work throughout. If you stay over on a Saturday, don't miss The Phoenician's "Dive In Movie" series with featured films shown while you swim.
For modern style and amazing city views, you can't beat the Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Oh, and did we mention the rooftop pool? In the heart of the city next to the shopping, dining and entertainment at the CityScape complex, you'll find a boutique hotel with an upscale vibe. Here, you'll find spacious guest rooms featuring soaking tubs and yoga mats, complimentary cocktails in the lobby, and an amazing rooftop pool and sun deck. Enjoy the sweeping 360-degree views, cabanas, and food and drinks from the Lustre Rooftop Bar. It's not hard to see why this hip spot made USA Today's "Best Hotels" list in 2015.
If you're staycationing with the kids (or you're young at heart) don't miss out on the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa's Oasis Water Park. Voted one of the country's best water parks by the Travel Channel, this fun attraction offers seven acres of watery recreation. Slide down an eight-story water pipe, ride on the lazy river, practice surfing in the wave pool, or watch the kids go crazy in the Wild Cat Springs spray park. Spend the evening in the 25-person Caliente hot tub or lounging in your private cabana.
Escape to higher elevations and enjoy the pool at the Wyndham Flagstaff Resort. Tucked away in charming Flagstaff and surrounded by the scenic San Francisco Peaks, this inviting resort offers private balconies in every room. After a round of miniature golf or ping pong, head over to the heated outdoor pool and hot tub to relax among the pines. Enjoy drinks and food from the outdoor grill and snack bar while swimming. This family-friendly resort also offers the Bear Paw Station pool for the little ones.
Nestled in the spectacular red rock formations lies L'Auberge de Sedona. This uber-luxurious resort offers the ultimate in relaxation, with a full-service spa, fine dining and a lovely pool. Surrounded by carefully maintained native plants and trees, this quiet retreat offers a swimming experience free from harsh chemicals. Heated year-round, the outdoor pool and hot tub invites you to unwind in peace. During summer, a poolside service of cocktails and light snacks is available.
No matter which resort you choose, take full advantage of Arizona's sunny, warm days and mild nights. With so many stunning resort pools from which to choose, the hardest thing about your next staycation will simply be deciding where to go!