Families looking for a sunny vacation where they can enjoy a stay at a beautiful luxury hotel and some adventures in the great outdoors will love taking a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. This destination promises gorgeous scenery and relaxation.
However, while you may have decided on Scottsdale for your next vacation, we understand how difficult it can be to find luxury resorts and hotels suitable for both adults and kids.
This is why we’ve combed through endless user reviews and hotel websites to come up with this definitive list of the eight best luxury hotels in Scottsdale for families!
- 1. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
- 2. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
- 3. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
- 4. JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
- 5. The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
- 6. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
- 7. The Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale
- 8. Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
1. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a favorite amongst families who value luxury and child-approved fun.
You and your family can spend an entire day of your trip simply exploring the swimming pools on the hotel’s premises, of which there are six.
Rent a private cabana for the day, or watch your kids splash around the white sand beach. Babies and toddlers will have fun in the wading pool, while older kids can take endless trips down the water slide.
This hotel understands how important water features are in beating the Arizona heat, and kids can enjoy playing with tools in the covered sandboxes.
Adults can take advantage of the abundant championship golf courses in the area, and the golf concierge can set up everything from private lessons to group golfing itineraries.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess knows how important it is for adults to get their alone time on vacations, which is why there is the onsite Trailblazers Kids Club and Trailblazers Rec center.
At the club, kids can enjoy activities like nature walks, fishing, solar oven s’more making, panning for gold, dodgeball, and so much more.
Best of all? Half days for up to three children at the Trailblazer’s family kids club are already included in your resort fee, and for only $15 more per child, lunch will be provided as well.
Kids under the age of 12 can participate in the daily kids club activities until 1 pm, so drop them off and head to the spa for a massage or acupuncture and then unwind in the rooftop spa pool before picking them back up for some family fun.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resides at 7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, and can be found online at their official website.
2. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
If you’ve ever stayed at a Four Seasons Resort, you know you can expect true luxury as a Gour Seasons guest. However, unlike many luxury hotels, the Four Seasons offers luxury amenities not just to adults but also to children.
Adults and children can enjoy the onsite sports amenities, including two tennis courts and two golf courses. Children under 15 can accompany a parent to either golf courses for free play or private lessons after 3 pm every day.
Not only is there a kids-only pool at the hotel, but your entire family can enjoy the bi-level main pool with regular and deluxe cabana rentals available that include amenities such as sunglasses, chilled towels, and complimentary iced tea.
If you’re hoping to get a little alone time apart from the kiddos, you can opt into the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, where your children can participate in scavenger hunts, take nature walks, play video games or read books, and so much more.
Enjoy a workout or participate in one of the fitness classes while they’re at camp, and then spend some relaxing time at the spa.
After you pick them up, consider heading over to Proof for some housemade ice cream or milkshakes.
No matter the age of your children, they’re sure to have a great time at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, but this luxury hotel is particularly accommodating to new parents, with luxurious amenities such as playpens, bottle warmers, and baby bouncers.
Consider using the hotel’s babysitting services to enjoy a date night at one of the hotel’s restaurants or enjoy a night on the town.
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North resides at 10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262, and can be found online at their official website.
3. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Westin Kierland offers fun in the sun for the whole family and ensures that everyone has enough to do, making it virtually impossible to be bored when staying at this luxury hotel.
For adults, the activities are endless, including a fitness center and golf course, while kids can enjoy fun in the sun at the Adventure Water Park.
The water park features a lazy river, a water slide over 100 feet long, and a FlowRider surfing simulator.
While the whole family can have fun at one of the pools, people can choose to rent a cabana or even a “private island” at the pool.
Parents can feel good knowing that their kids can opt into one of the many activities at the Westin Kierland Resort, including the Westin Family Kids Club.
The club includes chaperoned activities such as scavenger hunts and outdoor recreation and is available to children ages 4-12.
Or consider enjoying the beautiful natural areas surrounding the resort, and rent bicycles from the hotel concierge to have your own adventure.
Finish your day of adventure with some lawn games back at the resort and a family campfire and s’more making night.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa resides at 6902 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, and can be found online at their official website.
4. JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
North of Scottsdale is the remarkable JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. This luxury hotel has just about every amenity you could possibly think of.
Outdoor activities are a huge perk at the Desert Ridge Resort. In addition to the typical fitness center and classes, guests can utilize the golf course, tennis courts, or pickleball courts.
Families can also enjoy the sprawling grounds of the resort and rent bicycles from the concierge or request maps for the walking and jogging trails around the premice.
Families can stay in multiple rooms, or smaller families can consider a two queen room with a private patio and fire pit or a suite with an additional sofa bed.
The resort features five pools with cabana rentals and many water features that kids are sure to adore. In addition, there is a sprawling lazy river, two whirlpools, a kids’ splash pad, and a waterslide.
Children ages 4-12 can utilize the kids club (for an additional fee) at the Family Escape portion of the result and participate in activities such as crafts and games.
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa resides at 5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054, and can be found online at their official website.
5. The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The Phoenician is a stunning and expansive resort that is sure to deliver one of the most luxurious experiences imaginable.
As soon as you arrive at the Phoenician, every detail of your trip can be handled by the hotel’s capable staff, and if you’re in the market for activities, the concierge can fill you in on all the resort has to offer.
Children will have endless entertainment, and kids 5-12 can participate in the Funicians Kids Club, filling their days with fun activities.
Enjoy one of the several onsite pools, and watch your kids splash around at the Kids Zone, an expansive water park specifically designed with kids in mind.
Young children can enjoy the splash pad, falling water buckets, shooting spouts of water, and water spray guns, while children of all ages can have fun in the treehouse and swaying bridge. Children over 42” can go crazy on the twisting waterslide, nearly 200 feet long.
Adults can feel like kids again at any one of the resort’s many amenities, including an athletic club, movement studio, golf course, basketball courts, pickleball courts, tennis courts, and more.
Consider a relaxing spa treatment after a day of adventure followed by a dip in the rooftop spa pool.
The whole family can enjoy the Game Room, which includes 2,000+ square feet of video games, board games, arcade games, pool tables, and foosball tables.
Round your trip out with a walk around the resort property, and stop into any one of the onsite shops.
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale, resides at 6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, and can be found online at their official website.
6. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has taken seemingly every single detail into account when planning this luxury resort. As a result, it offers a fun and luxurious experience for the whole family.
If you’re looking for a place to unwind where you and your children can have different experiences that you’ll both enjoy, then look no further than the Scottsdale Resort & Spa.
The hotel offers camp Hyatt for full-day fun, and at only $15 per hour (including meals), it will teach your children about the cultural and natural surroundings of the Scottsdale area from nine until five every day.
Enjoy some fun outside while your kids are at camp at the fitness center, 27-hole golf course, tennis courts, or resort shops. You can also relax with a spa treatment or at one of the hotel’s eight restaurants.
Perhaps the hotel’s biggest draw is the incredible two-and-a-half acre water playground at the beach, including ten swimming pools, 45 waterfalls, 20 water fountains, a sand beach, and a 30-foot, 3-story, high-speed waterslide.
Enjoy the water features during the day and retreat back to your rooms at night, which range widely in size, and include multi-room suites perfect for families.
Feel free to bring the pups along as well, as the resort is pet friendly, and you and your pups are sure to have a fantastic time exploring the resort’s sprawling grounds and the mountains beyond.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch resides at 7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, and can be found online at their official website.
7. The Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale
The Westin Kierland Villas lies on the same incredible property as the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and is a mere ten-minute walk away.
The Villas feature even more luxury features and include amenities like fully-equipped kitchenettes and kitchens, in-unit washers and dryers, grilling areas, and large fire pits.
The Westin Kierland Villas would make an excellent choice for guests with larger families or multi-family vacations who enjoy a co-housing environment over renting multiple rooms or suites in the resort.
Best of all, guests at the Villas have access to the same hotel amenities that guests at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa have.
Adults can still utilize the fitness center, golf course, and spa while their kids enjoy their time participating in outdoor fun at the Westin Family Kids Club.
The whole family can have fun at any pool, including the water park, or enjoy the grounds on rented bicycles.
The Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale, resides at 15620 N Clubgate Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, and can be found online at their official website.
8. Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is located in southern Phoenix and is roughly a 20-minute drive to downtown Scottsdale. But this luxurious hotel is so much fun for the whole family that we just couldn’t keep it off the list.
Everything from the food to the spa to the accommodations is the absolute height of luxury, and the serene desert location is incredible.
Families can stay in multiple rooms or rent one of the hotel’s two or three-bedroom grand suites or even a villa for ample space.
The crown jewel of the entire list in terms of family fun is the Arizona Grand’s Oasis, a full-blown waterpark at which you and your kids are guaranteed to have a blast.
The park is seven acres of pools, hot tubs, and fun, including three giant water slides, an enormous wave pool, Wild Cat Springs for little ones, an active river, which is like a lazy river but mimics the rolling of an actual river and allows double innertubes, and more.
If you’re looking for a hotel in the Scottsdale area that will provide your family with a unique and memorable experience, then the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is the hotel for you!
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa resides at 8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85044, and can be found online at their official website.
Many travelers new to the Scottsdale area don’t realize how close this beautiful city is to Phoenix’s much larger metropolitan area.
This proximity allows guests the flexibility to fly into a major airport, makes traveling easy, and offers the opportunity to stay with your family in a luxury hotel that feels far more secluded and quiet.
Choosing the right luxury hotel for you and your kids shouldn’t be a stressful experience. Instead, it should incorporate the luxury and relaxation you’re looking for with the fun adventure your kids want out of a vacation.
Whether you want to prioritize a spa, a pool, or a golf course, this list has at least one luxury hotel that will meet your family’s needs.
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A seasoned traveller, Dad, and avid sports tourist, James foundered The Family Vacation Guide to share his expert vacation experiences- especially when it comes to being a travelling family man.
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