The desert landscapes of Arizona give way to a lush oasis at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa, an exquisite experience with a hint of adventure.
Travelers to Arizona often come with images of vast deserts and craggy orange canyons in their minds. The sheer lusciousness of the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, therefore, comes as a surprise. Luxurious to a fault and equipped with 744 suites and villas that offer visitors respite from the desert, the resort is a feast for the senses.
There’s a reason the resort’s name contains the word “grand”. Its location is nothing short of astounding, sprawling over 7 acres at the foot of the 17,000 acre behemoth of the South Mountain Preserve, which has the distinction of being the biggest municipal park on earth.
Voted the best staycation location in Arizona in 2014, the resort is visually stunning, with painstakingly manicured lawns, stately venues and a pool equipped with plush tropical cabanas. World-class facilities make the resort not just a beautiful place to stay but also one you’ll literally not want to leave, not even to dine or play a round of golf.
One highlight is the exquisite spa, with its menu of divine massage, facial and body treatments. The resort is also home to one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country, where enthusiasts are privy to stunning views of the surrounding desert, as well as the Oasis Water Park, an attraction in itself with an 8-storey slide and a wave pool.
Arizona Grand Resort and Spa specializes in luxury villa accommodation, and the one, two and three bedroom villas certainly do not disappoint. All bedrooms in the spacious villas are designed to provide spectacular golf, mountain or city views. Little touches such as luxury bathtubs and 42 inch flat screen TVs ensure guests never lack any of the creature comforts that make a stay unforgettable.
In addition, every unit comes complete with a living room, each equipped with a private balcony and flat screen TV, as well as a full-service kitchen with a cosy breakfast nook. While the villas can do no wrong, it’s waking up to such amazing views that really makes staying at the Arizona Grand an experience to remember.
The various eateries available on the property make the Arizona Grand Resort a great dining location. Oasis Bar & Grill is a family favorite, serving up hearty burgers and fresh salads in the heart of the water theme park. The lobby bar, Rustler’s Rooste is a free-standing restaurant located on the hill overlooking the Grand and is a popular gathering place for locals and hotel guests alike and famed for its inviting Old West atmosphere.
The Lobby Grill is the Arizona Grand’s newest eatery and, judging by its popularity, one of its best. Wood-fired pizzas and juicy steaks can be enjoyed while enjoying scenic views of the golf course and the surrounding mountains.
Level of exigency
We’ve stayed at lots of properties, but this was one place where the level of service really stood out. The grandeur of the resort isn’t to be taken at face value. The service is wonderful and more than matches the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa’s impressive appearance.
A remarkable attention to detail, the utmost professionalism and a seemingly never-ending wellspring of graciousness put guests at the resort in good hands. Any issues we faced were attended to not only promptly and politely but also extremely knowledgeably, and staff were warm without being obtrusive.
Stay from Nov. 29th to Dec. 5th 2014
Arizona Grand Resort and Spa is the only AAA Four Diamond all-suite resort in Arizona, with one, two and three bedroom suites and villas available for rent. We stayed in the villa suite starting from $449USD/ night.