Scottsdale, Arizona is a perfect destination for a girl’s trip. My MSU college friends and I planned a 3-night getaway at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort. On the agenda…great food, great shopping, relaxation and lots of laughter. Easy enough, right?!
The Phoenix airport is approximately 15 minutes from the hotel. Uber is the easiest way to get to the resort and fairly priced. We used Uber throughout our stay and it was easily available. We usually waited less than 10 minutes to be picked up.
The property itself is enormous. We were lucky enough to stay in the main building. However, if you stayed in any of the other buildings, there are golf carts or cars to move you around the property. We took a golf cart to the athletic center. Super easy.
Great for cocktails and the sunset. Gorgeous views, fireplaces and just a cool vibe.
Great indoor vibe for cocktails.
4500 sq. ft. makes this one of the nicest workout facilities I’ve seen at a hotel. Amazing views of the property. Want to do a class? They have a room with on-demand fitness. You choose the workout and duration you desire and the class begins on a large screen tv. So cool!
There are several pools throughout. We found ourselves at the adults-only pool, as we were officially “moms off duty”. Great drinks and lunch. Try the salmon kabobs, delicious!
Our daily coffees were purchased here. Lots of options for quick bites too.
The one thing I wish we had done. The spa is really pricey, but looks fabulous! We had a group of 7, so last minute spa appointments were out of the question. If this is something you are interested in, advance bookings are necessary.
A luxury shopping, dining and entertainment district. They have stores like Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Gucci.
An outdoor mall with stores like including Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, Madewell, Sur La Table, Tommy Bahama.
The FOOD! I loved every meal. So many amazing options in Scottsdale. We ate at each of the restaurants below. The Henry, however was by far our favorite! We really wanted a second meal at The Henry…but all of our meals were delicious, restaurants had great atmospheres and of course, the company I was with was the best part 🙂
Go for Brunch! Live DJ made it so much fun.
Go for lunch. We ate just before shopping.
Tip: Purchase a $5 backpack from the hotel concierge. The backpack included 3 bottles of water for each of us, a first aid kit including a comb if we were to touch a cactus. If you know me, I was a little freaked out! I then thought about spiders, snakes, etc…but in reality, the hike is difficult and just watching where you step has your entire focus. You don’t have time to think about spiders and snakes, LOL!
We started at Cholla Trail and made it to the helicopter pad…the rest of the way up the mountain was much steeper, I was good where I was. The whole hike took approx. 2.5 hours and was tough, but worth the amazing scenery and bucket list item checked off!
The Phoenician is a Marriott property. Although I didn’t use points for the stay, I earned 6 points/$1 spent when I used my Marriott Amex card. Travel credit card points add up fast. Same concept with my plane ticket. My friends were flying American, which I don’t typically fly…therefore, I used my Chase Sapphire Reserve and earned 3 points/$1 spent on the airline tickets. As I always say, spend intently. Know which card makes sense for which purchase…always adding points for future vacations!
Now…go book a girls’ trip to Scottsdale!
*some photos are courtesy of the property.
Tiffany is truly a credit card point guru. She was very patient and helped my husband and I navigate our credit card point game.
WE’VE SAT ON THOUSANDS OF POINTS FOR YEARS WITH NO CLUE HOW TO REALLY USE THEM. TIFFANY COACHED US HOW TO COMBINE OUR POINTS, TRANSFER POINTS AND ADD MORE POINTS THROUGH CREDIT CARD SIGN-ON BONUSES. AWESOME SERVICE.
WE OWN A SMALL BUSINESS AND HAVE ALWAYS WRITTEN CHECKS OR USED OUR DEBIT CARD EARNING ZERO TRAVEL REWARDS. WE’VE CHANGED OUR WHOLE WAY OF MANAGING MONEY AND ARE ON OUR WAY TO A FREE LUXURY VACATION THANKS TO TIFFANY.
TIFFANY HELPED MY HUSBAND AND I EARN A VACATION TO CROATIA BY USING SPECIFIC TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS ON OUR DAUGHTER’S WEDDING. WE HAD PLANNED TO WRITE CHECKS TO ALL OF THE VENDORS, SO GLAD WE MADE A 1:1 COACHING CALL.
WITH TIFFANY’S GUIDANCE, we EARNED 400,000 CREDIT CARD POINTS BUT WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW BEST TO USE THEM. WE HIRED HER TO PLAN OUR TRIP USING A COMBINATION OF POINTS, MILES AND CASH (CREDIT CARD). HIRING HER WAS THE BEST MONEY I’VE EVER SPENT. SHE WENT WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND. PARIS HERE WE COME.