Stern's Guide to the Greatest Resorts of the World, Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation, Stern's Guide to European Riverboats and Hotel Barges, and The Indispensable Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases--by Steven B. Stern (Sponsored by Stern's Travel Guides, Ltd.)
     
 
 
ARIZONA
FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS
 
Located 35 minutes from the Phoenix Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Scottsdale, this full-facility resort sits on 450 acres of desert property framed by the McDowall Mountains. The Mexican colonial style, four-story hotel building housing 507 oversized guest rooms (each no less than 525 square feet), the 68 825 square-foot villas, 119 725- to 850-square-foot casitas, 16 1,275 square-foot master suites and two 2,700 square-foot presidential suites are surrounded by waterfalls, fountains, ponds, court yards, flowers, palms and gardens. The convention facilities are diverse and impressive as well.
 
The resort boasts a full range of sport facilities including two large pools and a family-recreation area with water slides, private cabanas and shallow swimming areas for children; a tennis complex with seven courts, a pro shop and a 6,200-seat stadium, site of several classic tennis tournaments; two 18-hole tournament Player’ Club Golf courses designed by Moorish and Weiskopf; the 44,000-square-foot “Willow Stream Spa and Fitness Center”, one of the most imaginatively designed and exquisite facilities in the world; and throw-back fishing ,volley ball, badminton, croquet and putt-putt greens.
 
There are a variety of excellent restaurants including an upscale Mexican restaurant and the romantic Marquesa featuring imaginative Mediterranean cuisine with Spanish, French and Italian influences.
 

Strong Points: A truly full-facility, self-contained resort with a plethora of superb sport facilities and dining options ideal for couples, families, and business meetings.

 
 

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