A super-sized desert escape
The largest upscale hotel in Arizona, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa sprawls across more than 300 acres in the Sonoran Desert, with 950 rooms surrounded by golf courses with panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains. Besides attractively landscaped grounds filled with palm trees, this oversized resort offers so many activities and amenities that you won’t want to leave the property. Take a swing at the two championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo. Then relax at Revive Spa, which offers a full menu of treatments along with a fitness center, Spa Bistro and separate swimming pool with cabanas. You’ll also have access to a tennis center, a kids' center and meeting facilities with more than 200,000 square feet of space.
But you’ll probably want to spend most of your time at the pool area. There are four different pools, each with its own theme, including a kid-friendly option with a lazy river and water slide, and the Wildfire pool featuring a waterfall lit with flames at night. When you get hungry, you won’t want for choices. The resort has eight different restaurants that range from casual to fine dining. Try Roy’s for famed chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Asian-fusion cuisine, or Meritage Steakhouse at Wildfire Golf Club for a juicy steak that you can enjoy in front of an outdoor fire pit.