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    • Summer Splash Birthday Bash

      4TH OF JULY FREEDOM FEST AT THE PRINCESS

      Star-Spangled Spectacular: 4th Of July Freedom Fest At The Princess

      - Vintage Air Show, Concerts and Vacation Packages Benefitting Military Families –

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2017) – The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess unfurling its 7th annual 4th of July Freedom Fest, featuring a vintage air show, three tribute band concerts, five nights of fireworks, all-American fare, military tributes and poolside fun, with vacation packages benefitting military families, June 30-July 4, 2017.  While celebrating America’s birthday, the Princess is also celebrating its 30th birthday with the Summer Splash Birthday Bash every summer weekend through Labor Day.

      Saluting Heroes & Vintage Air Shows

      Saluting America’s heroes, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will host a vintage air show July 4, where 30 vintage military aircraft that flew in World War II, Korea and in Vietnam will fly over the resort, piloted by retired veterans. The air show concludes with a military parachutist from the All Veterans Parachute Team soaring through the skies and landing with American and military flags. Miniature flags will be provided to guests on the ground to cheer on the crews. At the Trailblazers Kids Club, veterans will meet with kid campers.

      Fairmont Freedom Fest Tribute Concerts & Fireworks
      Revelers can dance and celebrate with live music under the stars at the Princess Lagoon Lawn. The Freedom Fest tribute concerts, with a patriotic introduction and fireworks intermission, are complimentary for overnight guests or those dining in La Hacienda, Bourbon Steak, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or Ironwood American Kitchen.     

      Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1
      9 pm:         Fireworks Show

      Sunday, July 2
      7:30 pm      Concert seating on the Lagoon Lawn for hotel & restaurant guests Kids Pre-Show with Grammy award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
      8 pm           Presentation of the Colors and All Veterans Parachute Team Jump
      8:30 pm      The Spazmatics - As self-proclaimed “nerds who rock,” this ‘80s New Wave cover band of geeks are high-energy and sure to “blind you with science” and make you party like it’s “1999,” when, really, it was more like 1982.
      9 pm           Fireworks Intermission
      9:15 pm      Spazmatics concert resumes

      Monday, July 3
      7:30 pm      Concert seating on the Lagoon Lawn for hotel & restaurant guests Kids Pre-Show with Grammy award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
      8 pm          Presentation of the Colors and All Veterans Parachute Team Jump
      8:30 pm      Drive - This versatile county music band plays modern country and honky-tonk classics, leading the crowd to line dance along the way.
      9 pm          Fireworks Intermission
      9:15 pm      Drive concert resumes

      Tuesday, July 4
      4:45 pm      Vintage Air Show, best viewed from Princess Pool & Lagoons
      7:30 pm      Concert seating on the Lagoon Lawn for hotel & restaurant guests Kids Pre-Show with Grammy award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
      8 pm          Presentation of the Colors and All Veterans Parachute Jump
      8:30 pm      MJ Live - This Michael Jackson tribute band captures the electricity of the legendary superstar singing all the hits, with moonwalking moves and lighting effects sure to be a “Thriller.”
      9 pm          Fireworks Intermission
      9:15 pm      MJ Live concert resumes

      Patriotic, Poolside!

      Celebrating America, poolside is the place to be. Sunset Beach is the resort’s newest and largest pool, a 7,000 sq. ft. paradise at the Princess with 830 tons of soft, chilled white sand, splash pad, glamorous cabanas and swimming with mermaids. At the 6,000 square-foot Sonoran Splash pool complex, families can have a ball racing down 200-foot waterslides, while the Funergy Team is on deck leading games with music from DJ Splash.

      Red, white and blue frozen drinks and watermelon eating contests round-out the fun. At night, the Sonoran Splash pool transforms into the Techno Glo Party, with fog, lasers and LED hula hoopers. Not to miss are the resort’s newest friends and robot siblings, Techno-Bots Beta and Blast, who are celebrating the resort’s 30th birthday, blasting into the future.

      4th of July Vacation Packages

      The summer’s popular Summer Splash Birthday Bash Package includes a $50 daily resort credit that can be applied toward spa, dining or Trailblazer’s Kids Club. During the 4th of July Freedom Fest, this vacation package starts from $199, plus taxes, parking and a daily $30 resort fee.

      New this year is the 4th of July Freedom Fest VIP Gold Package, offering a more exclusive experience and especially ideal for couples. This package includes luxury accommodations in Fairmont Gold, along with a red, white and blue welcome amenity including fruit flavored waters, complimentary daily breakfast and afternoon hors d’oeuvres in the Fairmont Gold Lounge and reserved VIP seating at the Freedom Fest concerts.  This package is offered July 2-4, 2017 and starts from $314 per night plus parking and daily resort fee.

      Freedom Fest Benefits Military Families

      A portion of the proceeds from Fairmont’s 4th of July Freedom Fest will benefit Friends of Freedom, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting veterans, active duty service members and their families.

      For reservations, please call (480) 585-4848, toll-free at (866) 540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com.

      The 4th of July Freedom Fest is one of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ signature “Legacy Events,” a series of annual special events for the local community and resort guests including Christmas at the Princess, Summer at the Princess, Labor Day Dreamcation and Bunnyland at Easter brunch.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms, including 102 newly-opened rooms, six heated swimming pools featuring the new Sunset Beach, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.

       

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl.  The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.

       

       

      For further information contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR

      Director of Public Relations

      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Direct Line: 480-585-2706

      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Summer Splash 30th Birthday Bash

      SUMMER SPLASH 30TH BIRTHDAY BASH

      It’s Summer Splash 30th Birthday Bash At The Princess

      -Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Celebrates the Past 30 Years, Blasting Into the Next-

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2017)  The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is celebrating its past 30 years and the next with its Summer Splash Birthday Bash, a cool mix of throw-back, decade-themed pool parties, combined with all-new experiences, making this the play-cation destination every weekend through Labor Day.

      Summer Splash Birthday Bash Activities
      Cool pools are front and center and this AAA Five Diamond resort has six, from it largest and newest pool - Sunset Beach - with 830 tons of white sand, to the 200-foot twisting waterslides at Sonoran Splash. The Princess was the first Valley resort to debut Dive In movies and 30 years later, this family-favorite tradition continues. Over on Sunset Beach, Mermaid University is back splashing up fin-tastic fun for kids ages 7-12 with resident mermaid, Moon, and her sea sister, Misty Mermaid. New this summer, grown-ups can join the fun at the Mermaids & Mai Tai’s class, offered the first Saturday of every month at Well & Being Spa’s rooftop pool.  The new Funergy Team entertains with high-energy poolside games and music from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s, while other pools are more relaxing for adults. At the Concierge, kids can choose their favorite pair of sunglasses as a birthday gift from the giant birthday box at children’s check-in.

      The Future is Now
      The Princess is blasting fun into the future with Techno Glo pool parties with fog, lasers, LED hula hoops and DJ Splash, and new this year are the interactive Techno-Bot siblings, Beta and Blast. Trailblazers Kids Club and Recreation Center is featuring a new BEAM interactive floor playground and virtual reality adventures. Guests can ride on a roller coaster or glide above the clouds in an immersive, virtual reality 3D simulator, which are complimentary at the Kids Club. Classic games, billiards, ping-pong, shuffle board and arts and crafts are also available in this family-friendly fun zone on Friday and Saturdays from 5pm – 9pm.

      More Fairmont Friends to Meet and Greet
      Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the resort’s new Techno-Bot siblings, Beta and Blast, along with Bixby and Gibbs, the Princess’ adoring canine ambassadors. Another favorite friend is Cecil, the resort’s desert tortoise in his habitat near Canyon Lawn/La Hacienda. At the lagoons, nature walks and fishing derbies are fun with Ranger Rick, who introduces families to the flora and fauna of the Southwest.  At the Feathered Friends of Fairmont Hawk Talk, guests can meet and learn about the resort’s resident hawks and falcons from expert handlers of Sonoran Desert Falconry.

      Top Resort Experiences for Grown-Ups
      Adults looking to relax and unwind can find sanctuary at Well & Being Spa with a number of rejuvenating treatments or try something new like Float Fit paddleboard yoga at the rooftop pool.  Golfers can play like a pro at the TPC Scottsdale in the resort’s own backyard. Curated wine and spirit tastings are unique with resort experts such as the Tequila Goddess at La Hacienda, Rum Princesa at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or the wine sommelier at Bourbon Steak, with pairings to fresh summer menus by renowned chefs.

      Celebrating Summer Holidays
      Fireworks light up every Saturday night all summer long with extended displays on holiday weekends.  Fourth of July Freedom Fest celebrates America, June 30-July 4, with concerts on the Lagoon Lawn by the Spazmatics playing music of the ‘80s (July 2), Drive a contemporary country band (July 3) and MJ Live, a Michael Jackson tribute band (July 4), along with parachutists and vintage air show (July 4). Then, as summer sails into the sunset, Fairmont Scottsdale’s Labor Day Dreamcation weekend (September 1-4) waves bon voyage with a cruise ship theme, this year with Cuban flair including tastes of Havana poolside, cigar rolling and vintage cars on display.

      Vacation Values
      The Summer Splash Birthday Bash Package starts from $169 per night with a $50 daily credit now through September 4, 2017. Overnight stays with the resort fee of $30 also includes complimentary half-day admission to the Trailblazers Kids Club for up to three children ages 5-12.

      Special $30 Summer Experiences
      What would a birthday party be without gifts? Guests can take advantage of additional birthday offers such as discounted $30 upgrades per room category and signature experiences for only $30 at resort restaurants and Well & Being Spa to make their stay unforgettable and affordable. The celebratory specials include two Bloody Marys and Brazilian French Toast for brunch at Toro, a signature cocktail and watermelon guacamole at La Hacienda, a wagyu cheeseburger and beer at Bourbon Steak, Sundown Saturdays at The Plaza Bar with music and cocktail samplings or a shampoo/blow dry or express manicure at the spa.  The TPC Scottsdale is offering a $30 weekday special for unlimited play all day on the Champions Course, Monday – Thursday through August (plus $2 basin fee and tax).

      30 Years, 30 Nights Giveaway
      All summer long, guests can submit their favorite photo moments from the Princess over the last 30 years – the older, the better - to win a one-night stay including a $100 resort credit. 30 winners will be selected after Labor Day for a future stay through the end of 2018 (blackout dates apply).

      For details, please call 480-585-4848, toll-free (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com.  The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl.

      About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
      Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,500 of the finest private homes around the globe.

      For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

      For further information contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Kentucky Derby

      KENTUCKY DERBY LAWN PARTY

      Celebrate 143rd 'Run for the Roses' at Bourbon Steak's Kentucky Derby Lawn Party

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 21, 2017) – “The most exciting two minutes in sports” will be celebrated in grand Southern style at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with a Kentucky Derby brunch and lawn party, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017.

      Inspired by “Millionaire’s Row” at Churchill Downs, each guest will enjoy the traditions of the Derby atmosphere, including frosty mint juleps, live blues music, Bulleit Bourbon tastings and activities on the “Winner’s Circle” lawn.

      Executive Chef Jeremy McMillan’s brunch menu is filled with Southern flair, featuring Kentucky Derby hot browns, Benedictine dip, pickled shrimp toasts, sweet tea brined fried chicken, buttermilk oyster sliders, house-smoked Andouille sausage, Kentucky burgoo, beef tenderloin skewers with Henry Bain sauce, beer cheese and pimento cheese. Sweet sensations include chess pie, red velvet cupcakes, bourbon bars and Derby pie. The brunch includes a commemorative Kentucky Derby glass and three complimentary cocktails. Race-watchers can also get in the spirit by enjoying a classic mint julep prepared with Bourbon Steak’s exclusive Bulleit 10-year bourbon.

      Derby fans cheer on their favorites during the world’s premier horse-racing event on plasma screens indoors and out, with complete Derby coverage from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and the estimated race time at 3:34 p.m., Arizona time. There will also be a sing-a-long of “My Old Kentucky Home” just before the post parade.

      Since the Derby is just as much about fashion as it is horse racing, women of grace and taste are encouraged to complete their Derby look with their most stylish hats, while dapper gents might sport seersucker, both with a chance to win prizes from an esteemed panel of judges. Prizes include dinner for two in Bourbon Steak and a weekend getaway to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

      Outside on the “Winner’s Circle” lawn, guests can pose for a “selfie” with a thoroughbred race horse, enjoy a spring day on Bourbon Steak’s patio or play horseshoes and other lawn games. For horsepower of a different kind, BMW of North Scottsdale will have the latest models available for test drives.

      Bourbon Steak’s Kentucky Derby Brunch is $109 per person, plus tax and service charge. Reservations are suggested by calling 480.585.2694. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

      Bourbon Steak, A Michael Mina Restaurant, is located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 East Princess Drive and valet parking is complimentary with restaurant validation.

      For further information contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Easter 2017

      DON'T BE LATE: FOR EASTER BUNNYLAND WONDERLAND

      Easter at the Princess

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 17, 2017) Welcoming spring, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is celebrating Easter with an exquisite brunch featuring cuisine from four different restaurants, Easter egg hunts and Bunnyland activities for the whole family, April 16, 2017. The events and décor will be inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with Mad Tea Party touches, Alice, the Hatter, the White Rabbit and talking flowers in the garden.

      Four Restaurants, One Spectacular Brunch
      For a fantastic Easter brunch, chefs from Fairmont Scottsdale’s four distinctive restaurants are coming together to create one elaborate culinary feast at the AAA Five Diamond resort. The brunch features popular selections from Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Ironwood American Kitchen and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, accompanied by decadent desserts from the resort’s pastry shop.
      Easter Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Palomino Ballroom. The price is $95 for adults or $40 for children ages 6 – 12, plus tax and gratuities. Children 5 and younger dine for free with the purchase of an adult brunch. Brunch reservations are required and can be made by calling 480-585-2694.

      Easter Egg Hunts
      For hotel and brunch guests, complimentary Easter egg hunts will take place on the hour, 10 a.m. to
      4 p.m. on Sunset Lawn.

      Bunnyland
      After brunch, guests visit Bunnyland, a Wonderland of family activities. The fun includes rides on the Bunny Express train, performances by the high-energy comedic acrobatic jugglers, Something Ridiculous, magic shows by Craig Davis, a petting zoo, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, a bounce house slide and appearances by Alice and her Wonderland friends.

      Eggs-ceptional Photo Ops for the Family
      Brunch guests also receive a complimentary photo with the Easter Bunny and families can have their photo taken at the Mad Hatter Tea Party table.

      Media Relations Contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • South Pool

      TELLING STORIES

      A News Round Up from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Well & Being Spa
      Capturing the essence and elegance of its surroundings, the 44,000 square-foot spa is a luxurious retreat. From its distinctive design with river-rocked tile, Sedona sandstone interiors and waterfalls inspired by the Grand Canyon’s Havasupai Falls to the serenity of soothing treatments, Well & Being Spa offers an unparalleled experience inspiring greater vitality. The spa’s “Live It Well” programs utilize Wellness Coaches who create a customized blueprint for fitness and nutrition, combined with pampering and advanced skincare. Innovative offerings include aerial hammock yoga, the BodPod body composition assessment, Intraceuticals facials and the Havasupai Falls body treatment, plus a eucalyptus inhalation room atrium café, boutique, salon, therapeutic waterfall grotto and scenic rooftop pool. Coming this spring: aqua float yoga, wall yoga and singing bowl sound therapy.

      Aromatherapy Blending Bar
      At Well & Being Spa, create your own customized essential oils, scrub or lotion at the Aromatherapy Blending Bar by Body Bliss, a product line from Sedona, Ariz.  Estheticians use an iPad to ask a series of questions, or by your birth date, to create a custom blend which can be used in a service, taken home or as a special gift. The price is $35 for the 15-minute session with full-sized product.

      Winter Warm Up Vacation Package
      Trade in the snowflakes and warm up to winter at the Princess. Need suggestions? Indulge in a hot stone massage at Well & Being Spa, warm up your golf swing and play like at pro at the TPC Scottsdale, feel the warmth of dining al fresco or explore the sunshine of Scottsdale and the scenic Sonoran Desert via bike, hike or luxury auto rental. The package includes overnight accommodations, a $100 daily resort credit and two fireside cocktails. Rates start from $429 per night through March 31, 2017.

      Roll Out the Barrels
      At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a variety of cocktail curators offer unique tasting experiences.  At La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, savor any one of the 240 types of tequila, presented by Tequila Goddess Katie Schnurr. Schnurr is certified by the Tequila Regulatory Council in Mexico and hand-selected a barrel exclusive to La Hacienda, the double-barrel reposado by Herradura. A must-try is the Snake Bite Flight, with a sample of sotol, mescal and tequila on a plate with a decorative rattlesnake head and tail.  At Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, there is a Wine Spectator awarded wine collection, along with a unique tableside absinthe presentation and an exclusive barrel of 10-Year Bulleit bourbon from Kentucky, personally chosen by Bourbon Steak’s General Manager Andrew McLaughlin and resort Cocktail Curator Matthew Doerr. At Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval at the TPC Scottsdale, guests can try any of more than 150 types of rum presented by a Rum Princesa.

      Golden Friends of Fairmont
      Known for thoughtful and welcoming service, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offers resident hotel dogs known as Canine Ambassadors at select hotels. Travelers missing their own furry friends can meet the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ four-legged colleagues: Bixby, a yellow Labrador retriever and his pal Gibbs, a red golden retriever. Both are trained service dogs and can be found in the lobby greeting guests daily. A new book, “The Golden Friends of Fairmont: The Adventures of Bixby and Gibbs” detailing their fun around the resort was just published.  For hotel guests traveling with their dogs, the resort’s Posh Paws program gives pooches the “ruff” life with a special amenity including a plush pet bed, food and water bowls, toy, treat and Pet in Residence door hanger. The price is $25 per night with no weight limit on the dog. The Concierge Desk also provides a special pet check-in with dog treats and recommendations for dog parks, animal clinics and local pet-friendly hikes.

      A Beach in Arizona: Resort Completes Expansion Featuring Sunset Beach
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess completed its latest expansion phase by opening an additional 102 new guest rooms bringing the total to 750, along with Sunset Beach pool, the adjacent Sunset Lawn and new Western town event venue Copper Canyon. The new luxury rooms feature spacious floor plans, contemporary Southwest-designed furnishings, custom art pieces and louvered sliding doors inviting the Arizona outdoors inside. Sunset Beach is the sixth and largest of the resort’s pools at 7,000 sq. ft., with zero-depth entry, a splash pad and 830 tons of fluffy, cool white sand. A new group venue, Sunset Lawn is a large, landscaped grass area offering 35,000 sq. ft. of space for outdoor dining events, receptions and creative team building experiences. The Princess’ 1880s Western town has also been relocated, expanded and re-named Copper Canyon for group events. This brings the resort’s total indoor/outdoor meeting space to 316,000 sq. ft.

      Princess Reigns: 30th Anniversary Summer Celebration
      From Memorial Day to Labor Day, this AAA Five Diamond play-cation paradise is celebrating the past 30 years and the next! Summer weekends include cool rides down waterslides, disco Techno Glo pool parties with futuristic robots, Dive In movies, the Splashrider X-treme ride, virtual reality roller coasters, Mermaid University and lagoon fishing and nature walks with Ranger Rick. After dinner, fireworks light up the sky every Saturday night. The 4tho of July Freedom Fest and Labor Day Dreamcation weekends have even more themed festivities. Early bird vacation specials start at $130 per night, with $30 room upgrades.

      Christmas at the Princess
      From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, this enchanting hotel glistens with holiday splendor featuring a four-story musical tree that plays 17 songs to 70,000 synchronized lights, plus a Desert Ice Skating Rink (made of real ice), S’mores Land with the Polar Ice Glide, 3 million dazzling Lagoon Lights, Santa in his Secret Headquarters and holiday characters such as Peppermint Penguin, Christmas Princess Noel, Graham the s’more, Shivers the yeti and Selfie Elfie. The Lagoon Lights feature beautiful swans floating on the water, Santa fishing, a rocking horse, a menorah, dreidels, Nessie the Loch Ness monster, a mermaid, pirate ship and 280 sparkling trees including a candy cane forest, and an infinity tunnel with each LED bulb capable of 256 million color combinations.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms, including 69 Fairmont Gold rooms and suites, six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar also by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic fire pit patios.

      Media Relations Contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Christmas at the Princess

      FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE’S CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESS:

      MORE MERRY, MORE ICE, MORE MAGICAL LIGHTS

      The 7th Annual Celebration Brings the North Pole to Fairmont Scottsdale

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (November 7, 2016) – As one of the best and brightest places to celebrate the holiday season, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is set to be more spectacular than ever. This AAA Five Diamond resort transforms into a winter wonderland in the desert during its annual Christmas at the Princess festival, November 22, 2016 – January 1, 2017, glistening with a four-story musical tree, Desert Ice Rink, Princess Express Trains, Lagoon Lights, plus new holiday characters, shows and attractions including Santa’s Secret Headquarters. Here are highlights of the six-week celebration:

      • Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 22, 2016
      Pre-show family holiday entertainment begins in The Enchanted Plaza at 5:30 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. with musical performances and the Scottsdale Christian Academy “Rockettes.” The Desert Ice Skating Rink, Lagoon Lights, Princess Express Train and all other attractions open that evening. The tree lighting event is open to the public and admission/self-parking that evening is complimentary; the rides and attractions are priced a la carte.

      • New Holiday Characters
      New holiday friends checking-in to the resort are the lovely Princess Angelica, a huggable yeti named Shivers and the lovable, squishable Graham, a walking s’more. All will join the resort’s other Christmas characters Peppermint Penguin, Selfie Elfie and Princess Noel, each bringing their own special charm from the North Pole.

      • New Animated “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Video Show
      A new high-definition animated video show tells the story of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” projected against the resort’s façade. This five-minute show plays on the hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly in the Enchanted Plaza.

      • New Santa’s Secret Headquarters
      Santa spends time in his new Secret Headquarters mapping his flight plans, time zones and toys, where the young and young-at-heart can have their photo taken with him nightly throughout the season. With Santa’s busy schedule, appointments for photos are recommended and can be made online. Various photo packages are available.

      • New Paw-sitively Christmas – November 27 & December 11
      Guests can bring their pets to Santa’s Secret Headquarters to have their photo taken with Santa from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. and appointments are available online. Here, Bixby & Gibbs, the resort’s canine ambassadors will be releasing their first book “The Golden Friends of Fairmont: The Adventures of Bixby & Gibbs” with a reading by the author Carole Gurule and paw-tographs by the pups.

      • New Santa Cares Photo Experience – December 4
      Santa’s Secret Headquarters welcomes children with all spectrums of special needs to a photo environment supportive of their sensory, physical and developmental needs. The event will take place prior to public hours from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., in a comforting, physically accommodating setting designed to lessen behavioral triggers associated with this bustling time of year. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made online. With the purchase of a photo package, the family also receives four complimentary photo greeting cards.

      • New at S’mores Land - Polar Glide Ice Slide
      At S’mores Land, families can visit the s’mores-loving character Graham in his new home, roast marshmallows around the campfire, take an icy slide down the Polar Glide take a whirl on the Christmas Carousel.

      • Enchanted Plaza Musical Tree
      Specially-designed for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the resort’s Christmas tree has 70,000 LED lights that “twinkle and dance” to 17 new holiday songs in Princess Plaza, appropriately named Enchanted Plaza for the holidays. The musical tree plays from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly throughout the season while the lit palm trees lining the plaza are synchronized to complement the tree’s music. During the day, this stunning four-story tree is a visual experience, with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a five-foot snowflake tree topper.

      • Desert Ice Skating Rink
      Made with real ice and surrounded by picturesque saguaros, skaters experience magical snowfalls in the warmth of Arizona. The 6,000 square-foot rink is open to the public nightly throughout the festival. The price is $20 per person and $5 for skate rental. For the ultimate experience, luxury rink-side fire pit tables with s’mores and blankets are available for evening sessions and include valet parking. For reservations and price information, please call (480) 513-6014 or email SCP.MagicMemories@Fairmont.com.

      • Lagoon Lights
      With the addition of 800,000 lights this season, the resort shines with 3 million LEDs. Visitors enter the festivities through a 17-foot long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors from special RGB LED bulbs, capable of 256 million color combinations. They can then stroll or ride the Princess Express Train through the majestic Lagoon Lights, a lit fantasy land to see graceful swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate ship, a whale, mermaid, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster, 14-foot poinsettias, rocking horse, a candy cane forest and more.
      Throughout the resort, 200 trees are wrapped in lights, many draped with icicles and snowflakes. Visitors will also see a 20-foot snowman, elves peeking around trees, a giant walk-through ornament as well as families of singing trees, singing snowmen and singing reindeer.
       
      Guests will also see glowing butterflies and hibiscus in Ironwood Circle near the Sonoran Landing Pool and lit reindeer on the forest lawn by Bourbon Steak.

      • Princess Express Trains
      Guests may board a Princess Express Train nightly for a ride around the Lagoon Lights. The resort now has two trains and the depot is located near La Hacienda Trellis. Overnight hotel guests receive an express boarding pass and non-hotel guests require general festival wristbands to ride.

      • Nativity Garden Light Show
      The resort’s Fragrance Garden becomes the Nativity Garden, where an 88-foot-long narrated Nativity light and music show tells the story of Christmas. Seating is provided for the 10-minute program. Shows begin at 5 p.m. and occur every 10 minutes until 9 p.m., nightly throughout the festival.

      • Menorah Lighting
      A nightly menorah lighting with latkes and applesauce takes place in the resort lobby through Hanukkah, 5:30 p.m., December 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017. To celebrate, the Lagoon Lights also features a 25-foot menorah, a 4-foot dreidel and 4-foot gelt.

      • The Ice Den Scottsdale Presents “Magical Moments on Ice”
      Guests will enjoy watching skaters of all ages from the Ice Den showcasing their talents to holiday music at the Princess’ Desert Ice Rink. The shows feature members of the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona who compete from regional to international levels. The performances are choreographed by the Ice Den skating staff and are sanctioned by the Coyotes Skating Club and U.S. Figure Skating. Shows are the evenings of November 22 & 29 and December 5, 6, 12 & 13, 2016.

      • Arizona Coyotes Fan Nights at Desert Ice
      For hockey fans, the Arizona Coyotes’ mascot Howler and the team’s Paw Patrol mix and mingle with skaters on select evenings at Desert Ice throughout the Christmas at the Princess season. Please visit the resort’s website for dates.

      • Memorable Dining Experiences
      Memorable dining experiences range from Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak (where kids 12 and under eat free) to Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar and La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, with special seasonal menus, Thanksgiving and Christmas ballroom brunches and New Year’s Eve festivities.

      • Breakfast with Santa & Friends – December 10
      Not to miss is a wonderful and whimsical pajama party breakfast with Santa and his Fairmont friends Princesses Noel and Angelica, Peppermint Penguin, Shivers the Yeti, Selfie Elfie and Graham thes’more, plus DJ Jingle, reindeer games, photos with Santa, a special daytime skating session and access to S’mores Land is available for breakfast attendees. $60 Adults; $45 Children ages 3-12; Children two and under eat free. Reservations are required.

      • Kringle’s Korner & Holiday Shopping
      The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle’s Korner is a charming boutique offering wintery wear such as hats, scarves, mittens and pajamas, along with seasonal décor, hand-painted collectible ornaments, keepsake snow globes, Princess Express train whistles, blinking novelty items, Selfie Elfie and Elf on the Shelf toys and gourmet chocolates. The resort is the perfect place for holiday shopping with unique items in the men’s Maverick store, Anna J women’s boutique or health and beauty items at Well & Being Spa’s Community Market. Complimentary gift wrapping is available on orders of $200 or more.

      • Let It Glow at Well & Being Spa
      Sparkling at the spa, holiday pampering includes Mistle-Toe Pedicures, Peppermint Manicures, Hot Toddy for the Body treatments and creating customized moisturizers and scrubs at the Sugar ‘n’ Spice Aromatherapy Blending Bar. Spa-goers can spend the day relaxing with full use of the facilities, including the exercise classes, steam room, Swiss shower, whirlpool rooftop pool and waterfall grotto.

      • Toy Donation Drop-Off
      The tree lighting ceremony kicks off Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ toy drive for Child Crisis Arizona. The resort is a drop-off location November 22 - December 20, 2016. Anyone wishing to make a donation can pull right up to the front drive/porte-cochere, where a bellman is happy to assist.

      • Admission & Parking
      Christmas at the Princess is open to the public. General admission is complimentary for hotel guests who also receive express VIP access to the rides and attractions. General admission/parking for non-hotel guests is $35 for self-parking for up to six people and $55 for valet without dining. Valet/general admission is complimentary when dining at any of the resort restaurants (Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Ironwood American Kitchen or Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar) with a $75 spend. General admission includes access to Enchanted Plaza with the four-story musical tree, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” video show, a walk-through experience of 3 million Lagoon Lights and the Nativity Garden. To ride all of the attractions including the Princess Express Trains, Polar Glide and the Christmas Carousel require a $10 wristband per person (or discounted to $5 with a parking voucher). Skating, photos with Santa, shopping, dining and spa are priced separately.

      • Season of Giving Package Benefiting Cox Charities/Child Crisis Arizona
      The Season of Giving package includes overnight accommodations with a $50 daily resort credit and express VIP access to the rides. The best part is $10 from each package will benefit the Child Crisis Arizona through Cox Charities. Prices start from $199 per room, per night, plus taxes and a $30 resort fee.

      Other popular holiday vacation packages include the Sip, Savor & Celebrate with a $100 daily resort credit starting from $219 per room, per night and the Family Celebration package, starts from $229 with 50 percent off a second room. All packages are subject to availability.

      For more information on “Christmas at the Princess,” please call (480) 585-4848, toll-free (866) 540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.
       
      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl.

      About Fairmont

      Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary col lection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,600 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more    information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

      Media Relations Contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

      Memorable Dining Experiences

    • Halloween Party

      NIGHTMARE ON PRINCESS DRIVE HALLOWEEN PARTY

      Quarantined: The Zombie Apocalypse at the ‘Nightmare on Princess Drive’ –7th Annual Halloween Party at the Fairmont Scottsdale

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 4, 2016) – Peering through the murky fog, zombies are slowly inching closer and closer … to taking over the “Nightmare on Princess Drive” as it returns to The Plaza Bar, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016. This indoor/outdoor nightspot, in the plaza of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, is the perfect place to enjoy fall weather and a ghostly, glamorous Halloween bash.

      This year’s supernatural theme is “Quarantined: The Zombie Apocalypse,” where the walking dead are invading The Plaza Bar, quarantined by a chain link fence, caution tape, flickering lights, zombie warning signs and overgrown vines; party-goers enter at their own risk. DJ Pulse will mix the best lounge and dance music, setting the stage for wandering corpses and a Halloween costume contest at the bewitching hour of midnight with prizes.

      Zombies will serve enticing concoctions ($14) including:

      • Corpse Reviver #2 - Made with equal parts ¾ oz. gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc and lime juice. To make at home, combine all ingredients and shake well. Double strain in to a martini glass that has an absinthe rinse. Garnish with a lemon peel.
      • Creepy Nights - Made with 1 ½ oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. lemon juice, ¾ oz. of red wine and ½ oz. of simple syrup. Combine all ingredients except red wine and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and pour red wine to float on top.

      Admission to the party is complimentary.  Ghouls can R.I.P. and comfort with a reserved table and bottle service by calling 480-585-2694. The Plaza Bar opens at 7 p.m., with the party starting in at 9 pm, and is located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale. For more information or room reservations, please dial 480-585-4848 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl.  The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.

      For further information, contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • jesse by buoy

      LABOR DAY DREAMCATION

      Set sail on a Labor Day Dreamcation - A Caribbean cruise themed weekend at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.(July 21, 2016) – When the last days of summer sail into the sunset, vacationers can wave bon voyage aboard the S.S. Princess, a.k.a. the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, during the resort’s 6th Annual Labor Day Dreamcation weekend, September 2–5, 2016. This AAA Five Diamond resort, known for creating unique experiences for the whole family, is having fun with a Caribbean cruise ship theme - from pirates and mermaids on the white sands of its new Sunset Beach pool - to limbo on the Lido Deck, Calypso music and fireworks lighting up the night.  

      Labor Day Dreamcation weekend begins as landlubbers are greeted at the front drive/ship dock by valets in sailor hats. Guests then embark the gangway to the lobby, where they may take a complimentary photo with a life buoy and a digitally super-imposed cruise ship or Caribbean island in the background.

      Outside, the Fairmont Fun Team has a full itinerary of shore excursions such as swimming with Moon Mermaid at the new Mermaid University, becoming a pirate in Swashbuckler Academy, fishing derbies with Ranger Rick, watermelon eating contests or diving for lost treasure. For the adults, sipping a Bermuda banana hurricane cocktail and listening to the sounds of a steel drummer adds to the island paradise. Grown-ups may also sample rare Caribbean rums at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or have a poolside hair Quench treatment from Well & Being Spa.

      As night falls, the Sonoran Splash pool complex takes a twist with the Techno Glo Party, a thrill ride down the water slides with black lights, lasers, fog and the hottest hits played by DJ Splash, along with LED hula hoopers and the Splash Rider X-treme water ride.

      Another summer must is a Dive-In movie: shown on a 37-foot screen at Sunset Beach, this is a great place for families to watch a flick, relaxing in the cool sand or in the water on their favorite floatie.

      Also in this paradise of Dreamcation weekend, love birds mayrenew their vows with the resort’s very own Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services, who also is an ordained minister. After the ceremony, the couple is toasted with champagne and then whisked away on a decorated golf cart cruise around the resort. Overnight guests who would like to reserve a complimentary vow renewal ceremony should contact thePrincess’ Concierge Desk at 480-585-4848, Ext. 7244.

      As the final farewell to a spectacular summer, fireworks light up the sky over the TPC Scottsdale at 9 p.m., Friday–Sunday nights, September 2-4, 2016. Labor Day Dreamcation weekend rates start at $209 per night for the Sip, Savor & Sand package which includes a $50 daily credit for dining, spa or the Trailblazers Kids Club. As an added bonus, guests may lounge a little longer with a complimentary late check-out of 4 p.m. on Monday, September 5, 2016.

      To make room or dining reservations for the Dream-cation getaway over Labor Day weekend or for more information, please call (480) 585-4848, toll-free at (866) 540-4495 or visitscottsdaleprincess.com. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.

      For further information contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • THANKSGIVING AT THE PRINCESS

      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Presents a Cornucopia of Dining Options This Thanksgiving

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 26, 2015) – Families can enjoy the tradition of gathering together to give thanks in luxury at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where award-winning chefs and an expert staff attend to every detail for brunch, a delectable dinner or a weekend getaway. Celebrating Thanksgiving, families can also enjoy the Christmas at the Princess festival, which will be underway.

      Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch

      Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Palomino Ballroom

      Four dynamic restaurants and five talented chefs come together for one spectacular Thanksgiving feast held in the Palomino Ballroom. Chefs from Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Ironwood American Kitchen and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar each bring their culinary talents to the brunch so every member of the family can enjoy their favorites. Selections include carved turkey, build-your-own mac and cheese, cowboy benedict, brioche French toast and malted Belgian waffles, pescado al la talla, slow smoked and roasted prime beef brisket, sushi rolls, fine meats, cheeses and accoutrements. The Pastry Shop will present 14 signature desserts such as chocolate ganache banana tart, dulce de leche cheese cake, chocolate chip pecan pie, passion fruit pineapple tiramisu cups and traditional pumpkin pie. Kids and families will have fun from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with arts and crafts, giant teepee decorating, bingo for prizes, hula hooping games, giant bubble making and a special appearance by Gobbles the Turkey. Trailblazers Kids Club, the hotel day camp for guests ages 5-12, will also have a variety of fun adventures as well.

      Thanksgiving Day Brunch welcomes hotel guests and Valley residents alike with seatings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, November 26. The price is $95 for adults, $40 for children ages 6 – 12 and children 5 and under dine for free with the purchase of an adult brunch. Tax and gratuities are additional. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480-585-2694.

      Thanksgiving Evening Dinner Offerings

      Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak – By Chef Jeremy McMillan
      Bourbon Steak will offer a choice of their regular a la carte menu or a three-course prix fixe menu: For starters, a butternut squash soup ($15), an entrée of Heritage turkey roulade featuring turkey breast with chestnut stuffing, sweet potato galette, roasted Brussels sprouts and sage gravy ($40) and a pumpkin dessert with fall spices ($10). Dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

      La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval – By Chef Forest Hamrick
      La Hacienda is offering a special Thanksgiving dish of pavo en mole rojo featuring roasted turkey breast in traditional mole with sweet corn tamal casserole, crema mashed potatoes and braised green beans ($36). Thanksgiving dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. In addition to the special entree, the regular dining menu will also be available.

      Ironwood American Kitchen – By Chef William Schultz
      The Ironwood American Kitchen will offer a limited a la carte dinner menu along with three tantalizing entrée specials: salt crusted prime rib (8 oz. $20 / 16 oz. $30), beer battered fish and chips ($19) and chicken pot pie ($18). Dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

      Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval – By Chef Forest Hamrick
      Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar located at TPC Scottsdale overlooking the 18th green offers its regular dinner menu along with a holiday entrée of adobo turkey roulade with Peruvian stuffing, pumpkin puree and haricots verts with toasted almonds ($36). Dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

      Also Around Thanksgiving:

      “Christmas at the Princess” Festival
      From November 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016, this enchanted resort glistens with holiday splendor featuring a four-story musical tree, the Desert Ice Skating Rink made with real ice, Princess Express Train, 2.8 million dazzling Lagoon Lights, a magical snowfall, Christmas Carousel, Santa in his workshop nightly and new characters such as Peppermint Penguin, Christmas Princess Noel and Selfie Elfie. Along the Princess’ Lagoon, visitors can stroll or take the train under lit archways to see beautiful swans floating on the water, 14-foot poinsettias, a pirate ship, rocking horse, a menorah, dreidels, swans, Nessie the Loch Ness monster, Santa fishing and 200 sparkling trees including a candy cane forest and new infinity tunnel.

      “Christmas at the Princess” is open to the public. Admission is complimentary for hotel guests. Entrance fee/parking for non-hotel guests is $30 for self-parking with up to 10 people per vehicle or $40 for valet after 4 p.m. without dining. Valet/entry for local residents is complimentary when dining at any of the resort restaurants. For complete details, please visit scottsdaleprincess.com.

      The Plaza Bar is the place for another holiday tradition: going out on Thanksgiving Eve. This nightspot is ideal for a cool fall evening outside on the couches by the fire pits at the base of the four-story Christmas tree on the plaza. Starting at 5 p.m., The Plaza Bar is open nightly with seasonal hand-crafted cocktails.

      Black Friday Shopping!
      The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle’s Korner is a charming boutique offering wintery wear along with seasonal décor, hand-painted collectible ornaments, new keepsake snow globes, Princess Express train whistles, blinking novelty items and gourmet chocolates. The resort is the perfect place for holiday shopping with unique items for men in Maverick, ANNA J women’s boutique, authentically local offerings in Provisions and health and beauty items at Well & Being Spa’s Community Market.

      Holiday Room Reservations

      • The “Sip, Savor & Sunset” Package is available starting at $299 per night plus taxes and $29 daily resort fee based on availability and includes a $100 daily dining credit.
      • The Magic Memories Holiday Package includes overnight accommodations, a skating session with skate rental for two adults and two children and express VIP access to the Princess Express Train. The best part is $10 from each package will benefit the Boys & Girls Club through Cox Charities. Prices start from $274 per night, plus taxes and a $29 resort fee. Second rooms on this package may be booked at 50 percent off, not including the amenities listed above. This package is based upon availability November 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016.

      For dinner or room reservations, dial (480) 585-4848, toll-free (866) 540-4495 or for more information, please visit scottsdaleprincess.com. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale. 

      Media Relations Contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

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      FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION

      Adding 102 Guest Rooms in 2016

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 2015) – The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a distinctive AAA Five Diamond Southwest resort in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, has announced its next phase of expansion. This award-winning resort currently features 648 guest rooms, and in the summer of 2016, will open an additional 102 new guest rooms for a total of 750. This expansion includes three luxury suites, a new pool, Great Lawn and new Western town event venue. The project, which broke ground in June 2015 on the west side of the property, is being constructed where the tennis courts were previously located. Working on the project are the resort’s original architects, Allen + Philp, along with contractor Balfour Beatty and designers, Whitespace Interiors.

      The new guest room design will be consistent with the resort’s contemporary, Southwest décor reflecting its Sonoran Desert location. All rooms will feature patios or balconies with louvered sliding doors to encourage guests to enjoy the Scottsdale indoor/outdoor living experience.

      An exciting element of the resort’s expansion is the addition of a new feature pool, Sunset Beach, which will be the largest of the six pools at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The new 7,000 square-foot pool will have a zero-depth entry with an expansive white sand beach and splash pad water experience. The new pool is designed to be a playful, new venue for group events while providing a fun setting for leisure guests to enjoy Scottsdale’s year round sunny climate in comfort.

      “I have a vision of guests checking-in at the resort…then kicking off their shoes, rolling up their pant legs and wading in from the sand beach with beverage in hand.  The only thing we didn’t have that may be on your travel checklist was a beach…now you can check that off too,” said Jack Miller, general manager at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

      In addition, the Princess’ 1880s Western town is being relocated and expanded with new facilities for private events that can accommodate large groups. Re-named Copper Canyon, the town will have two saloons, an outdoor stage and dance floor, a blacksmith shop, a jail that guests can be “locked up” in, as well as building facades that give the spirit of the Old West with a sheriff’s office, a general store and the undertaker.  Copper Canyon will open for private events in October 2015.

      The expansion also includes the unveiling of a new group event venue, the Great Lawn, a 35,000 square-foot landscaped grass area on the west side of the resort. The Great Lawn will accommodate 1,500 guests for dinner seating or 2,000 guests for a reception, as well as offering new space for team building experiences and creative break-out sessions. 

      The added number of guest rooms, a sixth feature pool, the Great Lawn and expanded Western town will enable the resort to welcome more guests and accommodate larger conferences, housing all of their meeting needs. The addition of the Great Lawn and new feature pool brings the number of outdoor event venues to more than 20 unique locations for 10 to 1,200 people.

      The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess expansion began in June 2015 and will be completed by May 2016, with guest rooms being bookable by July 1, 2016.  Guests and groups in the resort during the build-out are not expected to be impacted, as work is located on the West Side of the resort, not adjacent to current guest rooms, meeting space or outlets. 

      Recent Improvements at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Recent renovations underscore the resort’s owners, Strategic Hotels and Resorts, commitment to the continual evolution of the 27-year-old Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, keeping the property vibrant with contemporary enhancements which complement the resort’s iconic status. This commitment to excellence is evidenced by recent 2014 improvements, including the remodeling of the resort’s Casitas and the launch of its new Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course clubhouse, as well as a five-year renovation and expansion project that concluded in 2013.     

      • Most recently, the remodeling of 120 Casitas included replacement of all furniture and decor. These sought-after luxury accommodations are more secluded and residential in style and are particularly ideal for executive meetings, group VIPs and long-term guests. Three types of Casitas include the Casita Signature room at 700 square feet; the Casita Suite with a separate living room and 1 or 2-bedrooms at 850 square feet and two new Casita Hospitality Suites at 1,150 square feet, with a kitchen, executive boardroom table, queen-size Murphy bed and fire pit patio. The new décor, much hand-crafted in Arizona, is modern Southwest with neutral desert colors.  All Casitas have private covered patios or balconies, many with views of the TPC Scottsdale, desert and lagoons.
      • The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess recently introduced Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval at the TPC Scottsdale clubhouse.  The name Toro, meaning “bull” in Spanish and “tuna belly” in Japanese, sets the stage for specialties spiced with Pan Latin flair.  Overlooking the 18th green of the celebrated and newly renovated TPC Stadium Course, the restaurant has a suviche bar (sushi and ceviche), wok dishes, small plates for sharing, grilled entrees and an impressive selection of 111 types of rum. The restaurant’s décor is warm, yet industrial, combining rustic and modern finishes and the perfect patio for enjoying Scottsdale weather.
      • In 2013, the Princess completed a five-year, $60 million renovation project that brought many new features, including the Palomino Conference Center, adding 52,331 square feet of indoor meeting space anchored by the new 23,000-square-foot Palomino Ballroom. The new $20 million conference center gives the resort a total of 156,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, making it the largest meetings resort in the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts portfolio worldwide. The resort also introduced the innovative Well & Being Spa concept, added a lower patio and fire pit area to Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak; created a “living wall” on the resort’s façade; updated the retail and coffee market; launched a new three-meal restaurant concept, Ironwood American Kitchen and gave the Princess a “new dress,” painting the exterior’s sunset pink to a fresh, more contemporary look of off-white, with slate and gray trim.

      Media Relations Contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • TORO LATIN RESTAURANT & RUM BAR

      The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Introduces Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar at the TPC Scottsdale

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (February 17, 2015) – The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has introduced its latest culinary achievement: Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, which opened on December 5, 2014. The name Toro, meaning “bull” in Spanish and “tuna belly” in Japanese, sets the stage for specialties spiced with Pan Latin flair. Overlooking the 18th green of the celebrated TPC Stadium Course, the restaurant has a suviche bar (sushi and ceviche), wok dishes, small plates for sharing, grilled entrees and an impressive selection of 151 types of rum, plus sugar cane spirits and Latin wines, and live entertainment and brunch on weekends. Located at the newly-renovated TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, the restaurant is open to the public, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

      This new restaurant concept comes from acclaimed chef-restaurateur Richard Sandoval, recognized as the “Father of modern Mexican cuisine,” who has an international collection of 35 Latin American-inspired restaurants around the globe. This is the Fairmont Scottsdale’s second collaboration with Sandoval which began with La Hacienda where Chef de Cuisine Forest Hamrick oversees the daily operation of both restaurants. At Toro, he masterfully melds Pan Latin cuisine, one of the top cuisines in the world known for its unique flavor profiles, taking inspiration from all of Latin America, particularly with South American, Japanese Peruvian (Nikkei) and Chinese Peruvian (Chifa) influences. The Toro experience is much like the Latin culture in being lively, interactive and approachable in sharing small plates in a casually sophisticated and vibrant setting.

      This menu ranges from corn empanadas and Catalonia cocas-style flatbreads, to achiote barbecue Atlantic salmon, Mexican campfire whole snapper and the Wagyu skirt steak.

      Popular side dishes include the chipotle pork belly mac ‘n’ cheese, Yuca fries with mojo sauce and a grilled avocado with sweet corn pico de gallo. Golfers coming off the course may also enjoy a twist on their favorite post-play sandwiches, such as the Cubano carnitas or the Toro Toro burger with crispy bacon, chipotle mayo and avocado.

      The suviche bar is an energetic setting where chefs skillfully prepare sushi and ceviche dishes such as hamachi tiradito, the angry tuna roll, shrimp and tuna Nikkei ceviche and smoked swordfish dip with pickled chiles.

      For dessert, the choices are refreshing as they are decadent, including the Suspiro Limena, a classic Lima dish made with Peruvian caramel, vanilla bean, honey meringue and seasonal fruit.  Also delightful is the avocado panna cotta, a combination of crème fraiche ice cream, dark almond cookie crumble, rosemary jelly, dark chocolate truffle and rum-roasted pecans.

      While the cuisine is a flavorful journey throughout Latin America, Toro’s cocktail program is a fun and fascinating expedition of rum. The Rum Princesa offers the largest selection in Arizona with 151 types of rum, featuring rum flights and a rum punch daily. A not-to-miss experience is the tableside presentation of Princesa de Fuega, similar to the TiPunch tradition found in Barbados and Martinique, made with rhum agricole, a pure sugar cane product similar to cachaca in Brazil. This cocktail ceremony cleanses the glass of “evil spirits” with fire, sweetens “the future” with cinnamon sugar then muddles the zest of lime with a swizzle stick. Other signature cocktails include the Toro Toro made with Smith & Cross, lime juice, simple syrup, cilantro, pineapple, ginger puree and garnished with a sugar cane stick; the Running with the Bull, made with Sammy Hagar’s Beach Rum, fresh lime juice and Torres Spanish orange liqueur, or the Princess Manhattan, made with Zaya 12-year reserve, Noilly Prat sweet vermouth, orange bitters and a raw sugar cube, garnished with a maraschino cherry and an orange swath.

      The restaurant’s décor is warm, yet industrial, combining rustic and modern finishes and the perfect patio for enjoying Scottsdale weather. For the interior design elements, raw materials were used to create layers of texture such as blackened steel metal panels on the bar wall and fireplace, cowhide ottomans in the lounge area with 24 rum lockers made from distressed wood and chicken wire, giving a unique backdrop. Adjacent to this is a modern art display of two Texas longhorns, four steel horn and five deer horns. The focal point of the interior is the spacious open bar that seats 38, with high-beamed ceilings and clusters of hanging exposed light bulbs, inspired by Arizona’s starlit skies.

      The restaurant and clubhouse also offers private dining options such as the new Thunderbird Room, named for The Thunderbirds, the civic organization who hosts the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament. Outside, the star of the show is the spectacular view of scenic McDowell Mountains and the famed 18th hole of the TPC Stadium Course, where guests can relax in any of the new couch and table seating areas with fireplaces to watch the sunset and golfers sink their last putt of the day.

      Toro’s sister restaurants by Sandoval are in Hong Kong, Belgrade, Serbia and Tokyo. Toro at the TPC Scottsdale is located at 17020 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale and is open to the public for breakfast ($7-$10) lunch ($8-$34) and dinner ($11-$40) 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily.  For more information on this or other Fairmont Scottsdale Princess restaurants, please call 480-585-4848 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

      Media Relations Contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

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