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Create New Traditions at Your Best Family Reunion Yet

Families come in many shapes and sizes, and they mean something different to all of us. As each year passes, it seems our families spread farther and farther apart across long distances, making it a challenge to stay in touch and up-to-date with everyone’s lives. We rely on video calls, holiday cards and social media posts for connectivity, but secretly long for a chance to share a meal, go on an adventure, or simply create memories together once again. We miss out on many celebrations and simple moments alike just by living apart.

An amazing vacation is the best way to celebrate all of life’s special occasions, and a great way to make new memories with those you love. There is nothing like traveling together and exploring the world to build unbreakable bonds, and it’s the shared history of these moments that becomes your personal story. Family reunions are about more than simply getting together for getting together’s sake. It’s about creating lasting memories, preserving family history, honoring traditions and cheersing to connectedness. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will help you create memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Planning a family reunion with your entire extended family can seem like a daunting task, but whether it’s a simple afternoon or a weeklong getaway, the Princess is here to help every step of the way. 

“Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

The best events start with a well-thought out and organized plan – but you don’t have to do it alone! No, you don’t need to delegate to Aunt Sally who always has a few too many opinions, instead you can opt for the help of one of our many seasoned event professionals and our dedicated team of Celebration Concierges who will make sure no detail gets left behind.  Whether your event is for 30 or 300, no reunion is too large or too small for our team. Let us help you select the best spaces across our 65-acre resort to host your gatherings and create an itinerary to elevate your moments. Don’t let the granular details get in the way of making memories; alleviate your stress by relying on our team. 

In addition to reserving a private space to watch the family slideshow of pictures “through the years” and making private dining reservations, you’ll want to select a place act as “home base” for the relatives. Here your family can enjoy quality time together chatting and sharing stories, celebrating any major milestones that were missed over the years, and welcoming new members to the family. Many of our rooms at the resort connect to a centralized “parlor” that can create a multi-room suite, and allow for endless entertaining and relaxation. And with 750 rooms, there is also a space for every budget—from a private and luxurious escape in our new, bespoke Privado Villas to the plush comfort of a standard Fairmont room. We also take great pride in being an ADA-compliant hotel, and are pleased to offer our guests a comfortable getaway with a variety of accessible accommodations and experiences. Your family is welcome here!

“You shouldn’t wait for other people to make special things happen. You have to create your own memories.” – Heidi Klum

Parties may come and go, but the memories you’ll make with a Celebration Vacation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will last a lifetime. It’s not just about the celebration; it’s about the experience. And Scottsdale is a mecca of activities and experiences for all—no matter the kind of traveler you or your family are! When planning your activities, be sure to consider variety in your offerings, and the Princess has many different experiences at-hand. Whether you wish to do every activity together, or encourage the cousins to have their own sky diving adventure to strengthen their bonds while the other relatives reminisce over a great bottle of wine at Bourbon Steak’s bar, you can make sure everyone’s definition of “fun” is being met.

  • Wine and dine the foodies in family at our five delicious signature resort restaurants that will keep taste buds engaged as you enjoy various cuisines from famed celebrity chefs, or organize an immersive cooking class taught by our creative culinary minds. You only live once! Lick the bowl! 
  • Don’t crash the party – be the party and soak up the sun (or enjoy the cool comfort of the shade) at the six sparkling pools. Lounge the day away in pure comfort and treat yourself and your loved ones to an afternoon under the palms at our desert escape.
  • Play like the pros and spring for 18 holes on TPC Scottsdale’s famed Stadium course, the host of PGA Tour’s WM Phoenix Open, or one of the 200 other immaculately managed golf courses in Scottsdale
  • Life is a gift. Bask in it! Let us create the ultimate day of nourishment for the mind, body and soul spent relaxing with a bevy of luxurious treatments at the 44,000 sq. foot Well & Being Spa. Take it to the next level and bring the whole family for a personalized Spa’rty including a 60 min. treatment, gourmet spa lunch, and many more perks.
  • Seeking a little retail therapy? Enjoy the five shops on property that showcase many local items as well as sought-after designer pieces you won’t find elsewhere.  
  • Adventure awaits! Elevate your Arizona vacation with our Celebrations Concierges, who can help arrange tailored-to-you bucket list adventures like airplane excursions to see the Grand Canyon, a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon expedition, a Wild West Jeep tour, or a nighttime ATV trip to take in the magic of the Sonoran Stars. 

At the Princess, we can lead you to extraordinary places with specially arranged day trips in Arizona, and much, much more – all you need to do is ask. 

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Here at the Princess our motto is “yes is the answer; what is the question?” Want matching family T-shirts, arrival activities and in-room amenities (think chocolate-covered strawberries dressed up as cow skulls), a family-themed scavenger hunt, rooms decorated with balloons, family pictures and commemorative favors? If you have something special in mind that we haven’t already thought up, we are happy to put our minds together to deliver the perfect event with the help of our Celebration Concierges. 

A family reunion is all about maximizing precious time. Set aside some time this year to reunite with those you love, preserve family history and traditions, and pass it all to the younger generations to carry on the legacy. A great way to keep track of important memories while on your family retreat is to utilize social media as a family album of sorts. All family members will be able to peruse the hashtag at their leisure, and it will be a great place to look back on all the precious time spent with loved ones #AtThePrincess.

This year, take the opportunity to hug your loved ones once again, as you reunite for a celebration to remember.  Whether you are the family that gets together once every 10 years or once every six months, we encourage you to get away and celebrate everything. Let the celebration vacation planning begin!

Celebrate with us, and cherish every moment!