August 15, 2017

Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids, An Incredible Desert Retreat You Will Never Forget

Nestled in the hills of north Scottsdale with spectacular views of Pinnacle Peak, the Four Seasons Scottsdale is an incredible desert oasis perfect for families to relax, play and connect.

I’m a huge Four Seasons fan, as their hospitality is absolutely unmatched by any another chain.  Every employee is incredibly friendly, many know your by name, and they go out of your way for you.  They remind me of the olden days of travel, when people dressed up to go on planes, and people were truly there to make each moment an experience to remember.

A few examples: head to the pool, and an attendant will help you find lounge chairs, put a special towel cover on it, bring you towels, water and an umbrella.  While lounging at the pool, people walk over with fresh fruit, ice cream, sorbet and other fresh treats.  Sunscreen, water, magazines and newspapers are complimentary, as are pool noodles and other pool toys.

In our hotel room, each kid had their own specially-sized robes along with fruit juice, chocolates and other treats.  And every Four Seasons we have stayed at has golf carts that can take you around the property at your leisure.  I first fell in love with the Four Seasons hotel group on our honeymoon in Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo.  On that trip brought us special desserts every night, fruit, wine, and drew us a special rose-petal bath with candles.

For couples to families, the Four Seasons is an incredible resort chain for high-end luxury experiences while you travel.


The Four Seasons Scottsdale is one of the most stunning properties I have ever stayed at in the world (and I’ve been to 42 countries!).  The entire property boasts gorgeous cacti like the majestic Saguaro, desert blooms with gorgeous purple and white flowers, and lush, desert greenery.

Just walking around the property you feel so far removed from your ordinary life, and almost like you stepped into a spiritual alternate universe filled with fresh air, meandering paths, incredible views of the valley and Pinnacle Peak, gorgeous adobo casitas and a luxurious pool play area.

The Four Seasons is situated about 30 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, in the Troon North area.  Phoenix in general feels wide open, without the burden of urban sprawl, large buildings everywhere and constant traffic, but North Scottsdale is even more relaxed.  It reminds me of a mini-Sedona, a spiritual and beautiful place.

It’s also about 10 degrees COOLER than the rest of Scottsdale due to it’s elevation, so we were fine going in early August.  It’s hot, for sure, but it’s a dry heat and not in any way intolerable.


The property features Adobo-style buildings with large rooms with outdoor sitting areas, oversized bathrooms with beautiful tiling, large tubs and two-person showers, huge closets (seriously you can fit a playpen in there!) and a sitting area in each room.

Our favorite part of the room was that everyone in our family could comfortably stay in one room.  We got a King Size Bed, and the couch folded out to a full-size bed.  The Four Seasons are known for their amazing beds, and this resort did not disappoint.  We slept wonderfully, and yes, my husband got stuck sleeping on the pull out couch with Harper, and even he slept well.

The large room is great for families so kids have enough space to play, the patios are great for a morning coffee or kids on their ipads before you feel like getting out of bed, and ours featured incredible views of the valley and sunsets each night.


Our favorite activity at any resort in swimming, and the Four Seasons Scottsdale has a huge pool area that is super family-friendly.  The kid’s pool is a graduated pool that goes about 2.5 feet deep max, so it’s perfect for little kids.  The pool lights up in the evening and is a gorgeous light show.  On the bottom of the pool are cute characters like turtles, fish and more, making it really fun and inviting for kids.

The main pool is huge and meanders around the pool deck.  It’s perfect to play in as it never gets more than about 5 to 6 feet deep, has these cool floats and noodles for anyone to use.

For adults there is a separate pool that does not allow anyone under 18, which is great if you want to get away from football throwing, marco-polo-playing families who make a lot of noise.  Sorry!

The Kid’s Pool

The Adult Pool

There’s also one of the biggest jacuzzis I have ever seen which is still nice to have, even in the warm desert.

The jacuzzi area

The Spa is currently under renovation, and services are done in individual casitas, which was fine by me!  I opted for a Hot Stone Massage, it just felt right being in the desert and all.  I have to be honest, it was the absolute best hot stone massage that I have ever had, and I LOVE hot stone massages.

She started me face up, which usually only happens when you are pregnant.  I prefer this method as you end face-done, focusing on my tightest areas, my shoulders neck.  Who doesn’t want to save the best parts for last?

There is also golf, incredible hikes, and other gorgeous outdoor adventures with amazing views.


The food at the Four Seasons Scottsdale was truly spectacular, and we ate almost every meal at Proof Canteen.  A Southwestern-Style innovative restaurant featuring comfy tables, shuffleboard, lots of activities for the kids, tv’s, a huge bar and outdoor seating, this restaurant has it all.  And the food, omg, the food!

Acai bowl for breakfast with a vanilla latte with almond mil

A gluten-free burger with an over-easy egg and side salad with pickled onions.

The food at the pool is equally delicious and inventive, along with amazing drinks served in pineapples.  Spealing of tropical drinks, every Thursday Proof Canteen serves up amazing drinks.

Ahi Poke Corn Tostadas (gluten free) by the pool

From Los Angeles, Scottsdale is less than an hour flight.  It’s an easy weekend away, but if you have time, I highly recommend staying as long as possible as you will leave refreshed, rejuvenated, and very very happy!

* This post is sponsored by the Four Seasons Scottsdale, however the views in this post are completely my own and based on my unique experiences at the resort.  Professional photos taken by Good Vibes Media.

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