Summer's back (with a vengeance), and as some of us may have two months of freedom while others are stuck waiting for the weekend, most everyone is looking for an opportunity to get away.
But instead of spending the big bucks on traveling out of town, why not consider a good old fashioned staycation? It'll save you the hassle of airport security, economy rental cars, and unspoken obligatory souvenirs for friends and family.
Best of all, we've already done the research for you.
This Scottsdale resort is an ideal staycation destination offering golf packages, spa treatments, and extensive pool amenities (ahem, lazy river). And with the lack of tourist attractions in the vicinity, the resort is more suited as a go-to spot for locals than out-of- town guests.
"10 for $10" Celebration Package -- In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Westin Kierland lets you take your pick from any of the following services for each night of your stay: - $10 Signature Manicure at Agave, the Arizona Spa - $10 Signature Pedicure at Agave, the Arizona Spa - $10 Round of Golf at Kierland Golf Club - $10 Organic Spray Tan (25-minute) at Agave, the Arizona Spa - $10 Bubbles n' Brunch for Two at Nellie Cashman's (Sundays only) - $10 Kid's Club (full day session with lunch) for one child - $10 Tasting at Deseo or Nellie Cashman's: choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert - $10 Pool Eats at J. Swilling's Pool Bar & Grill: two appetizers and two main dishes - $10 for $60 shopping credit at Kierland Golf Club Pro Shop or Agave Spa boutique - $10 room amenity: Signature Fruit Basket with Wine and Cheese
Make reservations by calling 480-624-1202 (or toll-free: 800-354-5892) or by visiting the Westin Kierland website.
4. Royal Palms
For those seeking a more upscale local getaway, the Royal Palms has you covered. Featuring luxury accommodations, fine-dining at T.Cook's, and first-class spa treatments, the Royal Palms is close enough to home, while still being a far cry from your daily life.
99 Dates of Hot Rates- - Book an estate room starting at $129 per night when combined with one of their other summer specials: • $99 T. Cook's Dinner for two • $99 Alvadora Spa Treatment • $99 Cabana Rental
Stay, Dine and Unwind -- Purchase two nights and receive a $50 Alvadora Spa credit and a $50 T. Cook's credit.
Make reservations by calling 800-672-6011 or visiting the Royal Palms website.
The newly renovated Saguaro in Old Town Scottsdale, is an ideal staycation spot for museum-goes and clubbers alike. Walking distance to just about anything in the historic Scottsdale area, the Saguaro gives hotel guests the option of venturing out to sample the art, food, shopping and nightlife of Scottsdale without the hassle of finding elusive Old Town parking.
Hot List Package -- Starts at $199 and includes a hot stone massage for two and two hot Hemingway drinks with your stay.
Seven Nights for $700 - Starts at $700 and includes the following in your seven-day stay: • Early check-in • Welcome Sangria • Upgraded room • No Resort Fee • Breakfast Buffet for 2 (daily) • Poolside Sleigh Bed (daily) • Late Checkout
Make reservations by calling 877-808-2440 or by visiting the Saguaro Scottsdale website.
The retro-revived Valley Ho in Scottsdale is a historic retreat for those who like to sit poolside in style. Guests can enjoy classic cocktails at Café Zuzu, pampering services at the VH Spa, and summer-long events and entertainment at the OH pool.
Take it Off Package - Guests receive a nightly $50 resort credit to use at Café ZuZu, OH Pool, VH Spa, as well as room service, bike rentals, and the hotel boutique.
Buy Three, Get the Fourth Free. - When you stay for three consecutive nights, the following fourth night is free. Simple as that.
Make reservations by calling 480-248-2000 or 866-882-4484 or by visiting the Hotel Valley Ho website.
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Hotel Palomar is the newest addition to downtown Phoenix's CityScape. The contemporary boutique hotel features a third-story pool and lounge that looks out onto the downtown skyline, the highly anticipated Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, and pet-friendly amenities. And as a bonus, you may even be the first person to use the room. Germaphobes, rejoice.
Grand Opening Promotion -- Includes deluxe accommodations, nightly $25 dining credit, free access to Gold's Gym, and daily coffee and tea service as well as a wine reception in the evenings. Mention rate code "SP1."
Summer at Kimpton Package - Deluxe accommodations come with a nightly $25 dinning (and drinking) credit -- all for only $10 more than whatever the best available rate is. Ask for the rate "SUMMR."
Make reservations by calling 877-488-1908 or visiting the Hotel Palomar website.