Combine an astronaut-like spirit of exploration with the almost-lunar landscape of the Sonoran Desert and you get a space-themed, Outta This World summer at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Among the dozens of cool ideas to inspire your Arizona-sunny summer vacation, the hotel has some unbeatable offers available. Here is our list of the can't-miss things to do at The Princess this summer.
Space CadetsYour kids will love the VIP space cadet badge and sunglasses they receive at check-in, and you'll adore the $100 daily resort credit (and daily $10 local charitable donation) that's included in the Sip, Savor & Space Outta This World Summer Package. From the Space Force breakfast buffet and daily Space Camp activities to alien-invasion laser tag after the sun goes down, there's a whole galaxy of kids' activities to explore. The zero-gravity Alien Orb, weightless Lunar Leap and fun Moon Maze are among the highlights of the Area 51 play zone for little cosmonauts. You can even book a photo with Alex the Astronaut at the nearby Scottsdale Quarter shopping area.
Playcation CentralA family vacation at The Princess means you can play together all day long. Weekend mornings, you can enter Catch-and-Release Fishing Derbies on the Lagoon Lawn to win prizes. Trailblazers Kids Club & Family Recreation Center offers everything from basketball and table games to virtual reality and 3D simulators, along with daily Family Space Missions. Or you can practice your driving and putting at the Princess-adjacent Stadium or Champions golf courses, and improve your game with PGA Tour Academy lessons. The resort's dedicated golf concierge is your ticket to booking tee times and transportation to dozens of area courses.
Pool TimeWith six pool options, you might need to extend your stay to enjoy all of them. Choose from a white-sand beach, private cabana, rooftop pool plunge or floating bean bags for a day of fun. The Sonoran Splash pool has water slides and covered sandboxes for the kids, while the adults-only Sonoran Landing has plush day beds and hammocks plus 25-meter lane swimming. On weekends, the Last Funtier pool team brings games, music and other surprises to the pool deck.
Indulgent BrunchesWhether it's a shady mountain-view patio or cool indoor bliss that you seek, a leisurely weekend brunch is a royal ritual at The Princess. Early birds flock to Ironwood American Kitchen starting at 6:30 am. While favorites like the Ironwood Sammy, Farm Breakfast and apple-smoked pork burrito are organic and farm-fresh any day breakfast faves, a decadent donut wall is a brunch highlight. Late risers can brunch at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar until 4 pm, noshing on Pan-Latin chimichangas, churro French toast or "suviche" (the love child of sushi and ceviche).
Decadent DinnersYour family will enjoy the wide array of dining options at the Princess after a day of play. From a juicy ribeye or Wagyu steak to Australian lamb, Bourbon Steak specializes in wood-grilled meats and fresh seafood. Chef Michael Mina's signature lobster pot pie and black truffle mac and cheese shouldn't be missed. In the newly renovated casita setting of La Hacienda, your squad can snack on guacamole and chips, explore a tequila flight with guidance from the "Tequila Goddesses" or indulge in upscale versions of classics like slow-braised carnitas or barbecued sea bass.
Desert Nights: Family StyleAfter dark, the Sonoran Splash pool morphs into a Galactic Glo Party, including a playground of lasers, fog, strobe lights, LED hula hoops and techno beats by DJ Surround. On Fridays and Saturdays, G-rated family Dive-In Movies light up a giant inflatable screen at the Sunset Beach pool. And you shouldn't miss the fireworks on Saturday evenings! A Fairmont Scottsdale Princess summer classic, they can be seen from Sunset Beach, Princess Pool, Lagoon Lawn and probably even from outer space because they're so cosmically spectacular.
Desert Nights: Grown-up FunSundown Saturdays at the indoor/outdoor Plaza Bar are a chance to exhale and savor mixologist-crafted cocktails, craft beer, lovely wines by the glass and hand-rolled cigars for those who indulge. If you're hungry, try snacking on Plaza Bar menu favorites like a charcuterie board, crispy chicken sandwich or double stack burger. You and your honey can linger in a hot tub, celebrate with a Champagne toast or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment as part of the Couple's Celebration Package, which includes a $100 nightly spa or dining credit.
Escape to WellnessWhen you could use a massage and more, sink into an experience at what is often called one of the world's best retreats, Well & Being Spa. Select from dozens of massages, body wraps and facials, or choose oxygen treatments and such healing therapies as acupuncture, reflexology, craniosacral or myofascial treatments. Salon hair, nail and waxing services are also available. The spa menu also offers personal training, assisted stretching and even nutrition counseling. For no-decisions wellness, book a Live it Well Spa 3-Day Retreat that includes daily breakfast and treatments or a Well & Being Spa Relaxation package that includes a $200 spa credit with each night's stay.
Retail TherapyWhat's a vacation without a little shopping? Indulge with summer shopping essentials like pool gear at Reflections and fitness wear and body care at the Well & Being Lifestyle Boutique. Choose a special designer outfit at Anna J and check out the men's fashion at Maverick. Don't forget to pick up a few Southwestern-style souvenirs before treating your shopping squad with gelato at Provisions.
We hope to welcome you to everything summer has to offer at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. There's nothing quite like it!
Charlene Rooke is a food, drinks and travel writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She loves shopping in Old Scottsdale, especially at her favorite vintage fashion boutique.