Staycation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort With Kids
Living in the Greater Phoenix area means that there are many different family-friendly resorts that are perfect for a Summer Staycation. This year might be a little different than others, but local resorts are making some accommodations to still allow families the chance to sneak away for a few days and enjoy the Arizona summer sun!
A staycation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort with kids is one of our favorites! The Princess is located in North Scottsdale and the beautiful resort grounds, lush lagoon, and variety of pools make it a great spot for families, girl’s weekends, or a romantic getaway- in fact, I have done all three there!
There are two great deals going on right now! The first is 40% off the best daily rate with waived resort fees- this goes on through the end of June for Arizona residents.
And the Sip, Savor, and Splash deal offers waived resorts fees and $100 daily resort credit and is valid through September 7th!
Typically, each summer at the Princess has a unique summer theme with a lot of activities geared towards families and adults. As of right now, The Princess has adjusted and limited summer programming and group events, but will still be celebrating the best they can. The resort plans on offering welcome beverages in the lobby upon arrival and having fireworks every Saturday night starting July 4th.
The resort will still have 4th of July patriotic demonstrations, but more details about that will come closer to the event, dependent on recommendations at that time. Expanded offerings will be announced on social media depending on what the Governor allows during Phase II and Phase III of reopening.
Even without special programming, there is a lot to do at the Princess! The resort offers six different pools, each with unique offerings.
The Sonoran Splash pool offers a zero-depth entry for the little ones to splash around in and has two 200-foot twisting water slides. There is a large sand area with toys off to the side of the pool for the kids to play in (this area may be limited this summer). The pool is known for night-time DJ dance parties for the kids and pool-side games and concerts.
The Sonoran Landing Adult-Only pool is located adjacent to the family pool and is a great place for couples or friends who are enjoying a child-free staycation.
The Sunset Beach pool is located across the resort and features 9,000 square feet of soft white sand, a gorgeous fire pit in the center of the pool, a splash pad for kids, as well as beach chairs, lounge chairs, and even covered couches. This pool features a walk-up bar area to hang out in. Typically mermaid adventures and dive-in movies happen at this pool, and it makes a great viewing spot for fireworks!
The Princess Pool was renovated last summer and we have yet to visit this pool! It’s centrally located in the resort and offers a beautiful view of the lagoon and golf course. There is an oversized hot tub available at this pool!
The Well & Being Rooftop Pool is an adult-only pool located on top of the Well & Being spa and is only available to those having a spa treatment or who have access to a spa day pass (complimentary if staying in a Gold room but an extra fee if staying in a regular room). If you have a chance, the spa is absolutely luxurious and well worth taking a break from kiddos and relaxing. I haven’t ever had a spa treatment there, but I get a day pass just to enjoy the rooftop pool and additional amenities such as the whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and aromatherapy room.
The five pools listed above all offer poolside dining and beverage service!
The Casita pool is located in the Casita area of the hotel and is smaller, but has a hot tub available for use. I have yet to visit this pool, but as of right now, it has not been reopened for visitors staying at the resort!
Besides just the pools there are quite a few other places to explore! There is a desert tortoise enclosure, a fishing lagoon (you can rent supplies there), and a small playground (off to the side of the Sonoran Splash Pool). There is a family reaction center that offers a Kids Camp and then a place to hang out as a family in the afternoon- this has not been reopened, but will hopefully reopen with Phase II or III. There are also various dining opportunities. You can eat poolside or in one of four restaurants.
The American Ironwood Kitchen is casual family-friendly food with an amazing breakfast buffet on the weekends- obviously dependent on reopening plans. The other three are a bit more upscale, but still kid-friendly- La Hacienda (Mexican), Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar (Pan-Latin), and Bourbon Steak (steakhouse).
It is always smart to make a reservation ahead of time for one of these spots because they fill fast! Room-service is always an option as well. For the summer, these locations are planning on allowing social distancing dine-in as well as take-out. There are several off-site dining options that are all about 5 minutes away, including a Whole Foods, where we go to stock up on some snacks and essentials.
As far as rooms, there are a few things to note- the standard rooms and Sunset Beach rooms only have a shower and do not have a bathtub- they also do not have a fridge or microwave, but I believe you can request a fridge to be brought to your room (I did when I was still pumping breast milk). The main difference between the Sunset Beach rooms and the standard rooms is that the Sunset Beach rooms will be near the Sunset Beach pool- and there is also a row of rooms that face the Sunset Beach!
The Fairmont Gold suites and Casita suites are larger and more equipped for families (couches, oversize bathtubs, and separate showers). The added benefit is the separate parking lot for both of these areas (although parking is an additional fee for all rooms except the Gold suites). The Gold suites offer a small fridge, but I believe you would still need to request one in the Casitas.
The Fairmont Gold rooms are a bit of an extra cost, but they include access to the Gold Lounge which has continental breakfast, drinks/coffee all day, and evening appetizers following by a light dessert. It’s always a fun experience, but the Gold rooms are off on one side of the resort and a bit of a walk!
As far as sanitation, the Princess is being extra cautious by sanitizing everything and keeping people distanced. The restaurants are open, but have spread out seating and the pools will be that way also. You can visit their website to read more about the offerings!
If this isn’t the year that your family wants to do a summer staycation, definitely keep it in mind for the future, as the Princess plans to continue their tradition of making summer extra fun for families once it is safe to be in larger groups again. In the previous years, the Princess offered quite a few expanded programming for kids during the summer, with last year being the really fun Superhero Summer and the year before being the Best Summer Ever.
From mermaid encounters to foam parties, meet and greets with some of the best superheroes, poolside dance parties, games, and dive-in movies, there was stuff for kids to do all day. We have made it a tradition to go to the Freedom Fest that happens over the 4th of July! Last year there were three nights of concerts, fireworks, an air show, and paratroopers all celebrating this American holiday! This year will be a bit scaled-down, but memories can still be made. A staycation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with kids is definitely one to repeat every year!
Looking for other activity ideas in Scottsdale? Check out this awesome list with indoor and outdoor ideas!