What are five things I should know about The Phoenician?

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The Phoenician is a luxurious Scottsdale resort that caters to your every need. While this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel likely has every amenity your heart desires — plus some items you haven’t realized you need — here are five things you should know to get the most out of your stay.

1. It’s a pretty big property. At 250 acres, The Phoenician is a sprawling resort. There are eight pools, 10 restaurants and lounges, a spa, a golf course, 11 tennis courts, a two-acre cactus garden and access to Camelback Mountain — not to mention the hotel space. While most things are clustered fairly close together, give yourself plenty of time to stroll from place to place — or, even better, schedule a golf cart ride. The staff is more than happy to drive you around the property.

2. Resort pricing. A Four-Star resort, The Phoenician isn’t for the faint of wallet. Burgers from Relish Bistro are $16 while a 25-minute massage from The Centre for Well-Being starts at $90. Although the prices are a bit steep, this Scottsdale resort is splurge-worthy.

3. Accommodating staff. It’s not often that you witness service so attentive and detailed that it leaves you dumbfounded; yet, it happens at this luxury hotel on a daily basis. Free golf cart rides from passing staff members, encouraged off-menu ordering, late night and early morning in-room massages — they all make the service a standout in our book. But the fact that it’s all done with a smile and genuine warmth makes it so much more noteworthy.

4. Be prepared for the weather. The Phoenix/Scottsdale climate ranges from warm to hot for most of the year. This is the time to slather on the sunscreen and carry a water bottle everywhere you go. Wide brim hats are encouraged. Even in winter, the days can easily reach 80 degrees. But just as it can be warm, desert nights can be cool, and a light jacket is a must.

5. Cactus bites back. It’s a fact that every Phoenician has discovered at one point or another — no matter how small the spines, that innocent-looking cactus will leave your skin smarting. With a two-acre cactus garden and a smattering of native plants around the property, you may be tempted to touch that seemingly smooth cactus skin. Let us save you the trouble — don’t. 

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