To have fun my daughter’s faculty commencement in May, I wished to deal with her to a luxurious getaway with my sister. We initially eyed a spa weekend in Massachusetts or Pennsylvania, however received sticker shock from the costs, which averaged $2,000 per particular person for the weekend. My sister, a seasoned traveler, received an thought. If it was luxurious we craved, why not keep at an upscale resort in a spot that’s keen to draw vacationers in the summer time?
We selected an extended weekend in July at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows in Scottsdale, Ariz., the place the temperatures ranged from 90 to 110 levels. The resort’s “Heat It Up in Scottsdale” summer time package deal begins at $189 an evening and contains two cocktails per particular person per day, a waived resort price (often a $39-a-day cost), a full breakfast for every particular person, served till three p.m., and 25 p.c off spa providers. Compare that to peak season charges, which begin at $349 an evening, with none of the inclusions.
The 185-room resort, redeveloped in 2016, consists of beautiful, midcentury-modern, single-story bungalows with their very own entrances and patios. We upgraded to a 750-square-foot suite for $344 an evening, which, in our case, included two roomy bogs with 40-square-foot showers. The improve got here with a personal, poolside cabana with an opulent sofa, desk and chairs, a ceiling fan and a flat-screen tv. Other perks and facilities had been a “libation exploration” class, the place guests are instructed on the best way to make their favourite cocktails; a free early morning yoga class by the pool with Camelback Mountain as the backdrop, and complimentary do-it-yourself potato chips, sweets and salt water taffy in the room.
Vacationing in such a warmth takes strategic planning. We sometimes rose by 6 a.m. or so to hike in the close by mountains or sit poolside with our espresso. Afternoons had been spent in the pool, sipping cocktails whereas perched in comfortable floats. We discovered containers of ice water, together with sunscreen and aloe pump bottles, strategically positioned all through the resort. Besides cheaper charges, sweltering temperatures stored the crowds down; on a weekday, we had the big pool almost to ourselves.
The Andaz is one in all a number of desert locations providing a style of luxurious at discount charges in the summer time. Here’s a glimpse at just a few others.
The facilities: Stellar views of the McDowell Mountains and a tremendous water scene, which by itself is dazzling, present ample alternatives to remain cool. There are 10 swimming swimming pools — together with one for adults — 20 fountains, 45 waterfalls and a 30-foot, three-story, high-speed water slide, in addition to a man-made seashore with a 5,000-square-foot sandy seashore space. For $15 an hour per little one, youngsters ages three to 12 can attend the resort’s activity-filled Camp Hyatt. There’s additionally a spa, a golf course and eight eating places.
The deal: With “Summer Made Simple,” children 12 and under get a free dinner each day from the children’s menu in two of the restaurants, as long as at least one adult is paying for a full-price meal. Children 18 and under play one round of golf free per day with a paying adult. Rates start at $139 per night, not including the $40-plus tax resort fee, which covers self-parking and bicycle rentals. Peak season rates start at $450 a night.
Beating the heat: The resort offers several poolside activities, including watermelon-eating contests, inner tube races and water balloon tosses. There’s also nightly live entertainment when the sun goes down.
The amenities: Situated in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona is a premier wellness spa. The all-inclusive resort, where no tipping is allowed, features casita-style accommodations. There are more than 120 complimentary wellness activities, lectures and fitness classes weekly, along with three pools and 24-hour access to a newly renovated Body Mindfulness Fitness Center.
The deal: Summer rates start at $399 per person per night, compared to $699 in the winter. Rates include: a $175 nightly resort credit per person that can be used toward spa services; classes like beekeeping and cooking or private sessions for services like personalized nutrition counseling; fitness classes; all meals, as well as snacks, smoothies and nonalcoholic beverages; and shared shuttle transfers from Tucson International Airport.
Beating the heat: Most of the outdoor programs take place early in the morning. Miraval hosts a series of full moon programs each summer, including Celestial Yoga and Twilight Zipline.
Palm Springs, Calif.
The amenities: Opened in November 2017, The Rowan is the first new hotel built in downtown Palm Springs in decades and, at seven stories, the tallest. Each of the 153 rooms have either views of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains or private outdoor terraces. There’s a rooftop pool with a bar, and custom-designed bikes available for guests to borrow. An evening social hour offers free beer and wine. Access to hiking trails are right in the hotel’s backyard.
The deal: The Rowan offers a global summer sale: Rates start at $147 a night for midweek stays (compared to $289 during high season), and at $225 for weekends (compared to $289 during high season). Its “100 days of Rosé” package, offered for stays through Sept. 20 to those 21 and over, includes two cans of rosé a day and a 2 p.m. late checkout. Rates start at $200 a night, compared to $289 for the high season rate.
Beating the heat: Guests can watch the summer’s meteor showers from the hotel rooftop.
Las Vegas, Nev.
The amenities: Though it’s on the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Four Seasons has a nonsmoking, nongaming atmosphere in a resort setting. In addition to the resort’s private pool, guests can use the pool complex at the adjacent Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Guests also have access via a “secret” door to the casino-level entrance at Mandalay Bay.
The deal: Summer rates start at $220 per night versus $300 during peak season. Guests can also book the “Experience More” package, with rates starting at $280 per night, based on a two-night stay. This includes a $100 hotel credit that can be used for the spa or to book a private poolside cabana. Deals can be found here.
Beating the heat: The resort offers complimentary amenities poolside, including Evian spritzes, chilled fruit and oshibori towels.
Los Cabos, Mexico
The amenities: Situated on Cabo’s coastline, this resort aims to provide the quintessential luxury experience. There are 84 accommodations, including 12 beach villas. Five dining venues specialize in different types of dining experiences, including a teppanyaki ice-cream bar and a tequila-and-ceviche bar. A new 5,000-square-foot pool with a view of the sea has a swim-up bar.
The deals: Guests who stay three nights can receive the fourth night free. An ocean-view junior suite is $674 a night, compared to $1,125 in the winter. The “More Rosewood” offer includes breakfast for two daily and an in-room tequila welcome.
Beating the heat: A team of pool butlers are available to massage your feet, clean your sunglasses, mist you with cold Evian spray to keep you cool and bring you complimentary seasonal Popsicles, sorbets and lemonade. A floating breakfast tray allows you to eat breakfast in the pool.
Indian Wells, Calif.
Amenities: Nestled against the Santa Rosa Mountains in the greater Palm Springs area, this is an 11-acre resort with its own citrus and herb garden that the chef uses to prepare food. There are three pools. Complimentary yoga sessions are held every Saturday morning.
The deal: The resort has a variety of vacation specials, including “Summer Chill” where you stay two nights and get the third night free. Summer rates start at $109 a night, plus a $35 resort fee; the starting rate at peak season is $211. Kids eat free all summer. For “Kick Off Summer,” you can stay three nights and get a $100 resort credit for use in the Citrus & Palm restaurant, Tavern or Well Spa. Offers can be found here.
Beating the heat: The Starlight Sip & Swim is a cabana rental program from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of summer. It includes a pitcher of sangria or margaritas. Cost is $100. Guests can also watch complimentary movies on Friday and Saturday at dusk.