There’s a lot to love about vacation rentals, especially when traveling with a group: space for everyone, fully stocked kitchens, even backyard hangouts. But the flip side to not staying in a traditional hotel is you miss out on amenities like housekeeping, on-site restaurants, swimming pools, golf courses, and more. The good news is at these nine Arizona resorts, you can experience the best of both worlds.
The Coziness of home with Luxurious Amenities
The Boulders Bring the whole family to the villas and haciendas at The Boulders in Cave Creek, where one- to five-bedroom getaways mean there’s room for even distant cousins. Stay a while – each villa and hacienda offer well-equipped kitchens, fully stocked laundry rooms, private patios with gas grills and access to all resort amenities.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess There are 750 guest rooms at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, but the one- to three-bedroom suites and Privado Villas are best for the home-away-from-home experience. Pick a multi-bedroom suite with a shared lounge area and wet bar; check in to a room and check out the Princess Pool from your private patio; or, stay in a Privado Villa to access exclusive grounds and a Privado-only pool.
Lodge at Ventana Canyon Every room at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon is made for spreading out. Ranging from 800 to 1,500 square feet, each of the Lodge’s 50 suites include kitchenettes, and many include private balconies with views of the Catalina Mountains or sparkling Tucson below. Away from your room, enjoy two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, two pools, a restaurant and more.
Mountain Shadows Get all the benefits of Mountain Shadows’ ultra-modern Paradise Valley resort – including room service, and fitness center and putting-green access – while making yourself at home. The Residences range from studio to three-bedrooms, all with in-unit laundry, full kitchens and private outdoor spaces. The ultimate is the penthouse with a theater room, a two-person Jacuzzi in the primary bathroom and retractable floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Camelback Mountain.
The Phoenician Casitas and the Canyon Suites at The Phoenician in Phoenix come with lots of space to entertain or say, enough distance so you can chat with mom while your toddler naps in a different room. Casitas give you all the Phoenician’s benefits, including doorstep parking, patios and grassy outdoor spaces. Canyon Suites have all that and more: ambassador services and priority reservations for things like golf and spa services, as well as access to all the other amenities of the Valley’s only Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond hotel.
Junipine Resort The creek homes at Junipine Resort among Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon feel like cozy, enjoyed-for-generations family cabins – without the upkeep. Each sleeps up to six people and includes a living area with wood-burning fireplaces and daily firewood, fully equipped kitchens and wrap-around decks to gaze out at Sedona’s gorgeous red rocks (extra perk: some come with hot tubs).
Cabins on Strawberry Hill Balance alone time and family time at the Cabins on Strawberry Hill, where one- and two-bedroom cabins are perfect for bigger family reunions and get-togethers. Gather in shared common areas like grassy lawns for games of tag and fire pits for sundown s’mores – all beneath the pine trees of Strawberry in north-central Arizona's Mogollon Rim.
La Posada Lodge & Casitas Out of town relatives? Give them an authentic Arizona experience at La Posada Lodge & Casitas in Tucson, a Southwest, hacienda-esque boutique hotel complete with leather and wood furnishings and colorfully tiled decor. A dozen casitas include private outdoor spaces and kitchenettes for meal prep. Or, head to the on-site GRINGO grill + cantina for meals made from locally sourced ingredients.
Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villas Room to play, room to work and, of course, room to sleep. Suites, condos and villas at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villas prove that bigger is better and more is merrier. Suites include separate living areas and direct access to the pool, while villas and casitas upgrade the experience with private patios, wet bars, baby grand pianos, libraries, even exclusive pools.
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Ivy Morris has lived in Tucson for the past five years. If you happen to sit next to her at a bar and mention you're from out of town, prepare for recommendations on where to eat and what to do.