Summer savings at Arizona resorts

Posted at 4:06 AM, Jun 09, 2016

It’s easy to bemoan triple-digit temperatures, but Arizona offers standout reasons to stick it out every summer.

For instance, this time of year provides the perfect opportunity for locals on a budget to stay in luxury at a AAA Five or Four Diamond property for a fraction of its peak-season price. With 70 properties and restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the available choices. The good news is that AAA travel experts have done the legwork and selected a few shining deals to consider for your summer staycation:

  • The Fairmount Scottsdale Princess (7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale):
    Summer will kick off Memorial Day weekend with the grand opening of the resort’s sixth and largest pool, Sunset Beach, with sand, a splash pad and cabanas. Guests can ride down 200-foot waterslides, go to a disco Techno Glo Party, watch Dive In movies or try out a 42-foot inflatable waterslide launcher. Fireworks will light up the sky every Saturday. Summer rates start at $169. AAA members get 10 percent off best available room rates, or with a two-night stay, members receive a one-time $50 food and beverage credit.
  • Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson): The resort’s Ventana Adventure package (June 1-Sept. 1) includes one $50 resort credit per stay (excludes golf) and a Passport book for discounts throughout the resort. More savings will include the “Stay Longer Save More” package, where 15 percent is knocked off the room rate for stays of two nights; 20 percent for three nights. Summer rates start at $129 per night.
  • The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort (6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale): The Phoenician again will feature its “Culinary Countdown,” which will include a $40 three-course menu at J&G Steakhouse; $30 Afternoon Tea menu on weekdays; and a $20 two-course menu at Relish Burger Bistro. At The Centre for Well-Being spa, anyone can purchase one treatment and receive a second of equal or lesser value for 50 percent off. Summer rates start at $169 a night.
  • Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa (5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Road, Chandler): Two VIP packages, “Sip, Soak & Splash,” will be offered with rates from $154 per night over Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends. The package includes four wristbands granting entry for two children and two adults into the resort’s soak and splash lawn. Guests will enjoy American Indian culturally themed programming, live poolside music, Cinema Splash, outdoor games and grill stations. Summer rates start at $89 per night plus.

Take advantage of AAA savings at AAA Diamond-rated hotels this summer. For a complete list of Four and Five Diamond properties across the state, visit