Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Scottsdale Fairmont Princess

Scottsdale is full of magnificent resorts.  These resorts are architecturally interesting, have world-class golf, have great spas, restaurants, and shopping, and they are positioned to take advantage of the warm desert climate.   Often the resorts offer experiences like cook-outs in the desert or jeep tours through the desert, or as we call it "four wheel driving."  

For the next few days I am going to take you on a tour of the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Resort and Spa.  This photo is of the grand outside entrance lined with date palm trees.

For more information, click Scottsdale Fairmont. 

19 comments:

april said...

OH, palmtrees. That looks like a dream to us here. But today - finally - it's sunny (but rather cold).

Mo said...

I love spas. This one looks like a pretty cool place to be pampered

Jarart said...

Palm trees and sky with puffy clouds....beautiful.

Olivier said...

j'ai jamais vu d'aussi grands palmiers de ma vie, ils sont immenses..............
I have never seen such big palms of my life, they are huge ...........

Lois said...

It's so pretty! I love the palm trees!

Vogon Poet said...

It is really a grand entrance, and I like the idea of the cook-outs in the desert...

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Olivier,
Regarding your comment about the size of the palms, you should realize that these palms were large when they were planted at the resort. Most resorts want tall palm trees when the resorts open, not baby palms that will take years to grow.

When they build new resorts and new shopping centers in Scottsdale, they will usually lift the palms into place by crane, and sometimes even by helicopter in order to plant tall palm trees.

You can see the same thing even for houses. If you look at the masthead photo for Julie's Scottsdale Daily Photo site, you will see mature palm trees silhouetted agaist an Arizona sunrise. That photo was taken from Julie's front door. The houses are less than 10 years old and the palms were planted when the houses were built. Those palm trees were obviously planted as tall, mature trees.

Sharon said...

I've stayed at this one for a conference and the rooms are gorgeous!

JM said...

This really looks nice! Apart from the water I can feel a desert atmosphere.

glenda said...

I'm ready for a couple of spa days and this is just beautiful.

Clueless in Boston said...

I've stayed at one of those resorts for a vacation, oops I mean conference, and it was wonderful. Can't wait to see more of the Fairmont.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sure looks very inviting! I don't know why, but I always think date palms are magical. Maybe I associate them with the Arabian Nights. ;-)

Saretta said...

Nice entrance! Is it terribly expensive?

Nancy said...

Can I go to the resort with you please? I need a spa day.

Jacob said...

Scottsdale has changed considerably since we lived there...I can remember a few resorts, but I'm amazed at the numbers of those and the art galleries, etc.

I think we're going to have to trip through there again one of these days.

magiceye said...

looks lovely
seems exciting!

Marie said...

Oh Julie, you live in a dreamland. I love your country but I have never been to Arizona. My friend Geneviève used to go every year but she won't go this year, which makes her very sad.

roentarre said...

Holiday resorts are really my cup of tea!

alice said...

Palmtrees, desert and warmth all over the year... so far from my own universe! I've always been wondering how do you manage with water...

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