The Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto, for instance, buzzes with the tech-oriented entrepreneurial spirit of its surroundings. The Four Seasons Maui takes its cues from ocean breezes and the intoxicating scent of Plumeria. At the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, it's all about the desert panorama and a respect for the natural and awe-inspiring landscape.
Nestled high in the Sonoran Desert amongst the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the Four Seasons Scottsdale design is so harmonious with its natural surroundings that it is nearly camouflaged. It's as if the resort rose directly from the ground in perfect accord with native flora and fauna, just like the towering, multi-armed saguaro cacti that surround the property. The resort's slight elevation allows the drama and magic of the desert landscape to unfurl below – seen at its greatest advantage from the resort's Onyx Bar patio. The airy lobby greets guests with rich furnishings and textiles featuring Sonoran sunset colors. Exposed beams, terra cotta touches, and vivid paintings of agave and cacti line the walls. In the evenings, small, free-standing outdoor fireplaces light the walkways, scenting the air with a hint of mesquite.
210 beautifully appointed adobe style casitas blend nicely into the topography, each with terraces or patios that take full advantage of either Pinnacle Peak views or boulder-strewn mountains. Some rooms feature adobe-style gas fireplaces. Others feature private plunge pools. All include vibrant art, coffee makers, well-stocked mini-fridges, stone tiled bathrooms with deep tubs and separate showers, and luxuriant bath products.
Dining choices include: Talavera - a luxe, destination-level steakhouse that is as popular with locals as with resort guests, Proof Canteen, featuring American fare and craft cocktails in a fun and spirited setting, and Saguaro Blossom, a casual poolside spot. And there's the aforementioned Onyx Bar and its patio. You've not fully experienced the desert until you've watched the sun set over Pinnacle Peak while enjoying an Onyx Bar margarita (one of their many 4 – 6pm specially priced happy hour cocktails.) The restaurants and bar are overseen by Executive Chef Chuck Kazmer, a 25-year veteran of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, who frequents Scottsdale's farmers' markets in order to fully immerse himself in the local dining culture.
Those seeking activities will find much to do. Soak in the warm waters of the resort's three pools as attendants serve cool towels and otter pops. Work-out in the state-of-the-art fitness center. Hike – either on your own or with a naturalist – on the resort's own Pinnacle Peak trail. Explore the unimaginably clear night sky with the resort's star gazing program. Indulge in a desert-themed spa treatment, or relax with the unique Friday evening Wine & Unwind series (March 31, April 14, & May 26) that entails a 4pm outdoor yoga session suitable for all levels, accompanied by flamenco guitar music, and followed by a glass of red or white wine. Play a round on the celebrated Troon North golf course (resort guests receive preferred tee times). And finally, shoppers will find all they desire at the lobby gift shop, fabulously curated with boutique brand resort clothing, beauty products, books, and games for him, her, and child.
While Four Seasons Scottsdale is suitable for couples and families alike, parents seeking a bit of alone time will have no problem coaxing the kids to attend the year round ‘Kids For All Seasons' program, held 9am – 5pm daily. This complimentary supervised ‘club' for ages 5 – 12 features a movie theater, video game room, foosball, ping-pong, pool, leather couches, themed wall décor, arts and crafts, board games, and more – anything and everything to bring a smile to young faces. Which in turn brings a smile to adult faces. Those smiles are what vacation – specifically a Four Seasons vacation – is all about.
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North: 10600 E Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, AZ. (480) 515-5700
Visit website: http://www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale/