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Scottsdale, Arizona is home to a diverse selection of hotels and resorts ranging from hip hotels to large luxury resorts. Many resorts offer world class golf and luxury spa services as well as a host of outdoor activities.

Low average annual rainfall in this part of the world means that you will not lose any of your precious vacation days to bad weather. Rates at all of the hotels and resorts vary tremendously according to the season. The best rates can be found in the summer months but the temperatures might be a bit high if you you are looking to spend all of your time on the golf course.

With 200 golf courses, over 60 resorts and more than 12,000 hotel rooms, Scottsdale is a major golf vacation destination. Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport is just 10 miles Southwest of downtown. Sky Harbor International Airport offers over 1,300 daily flights to and from more than 105 cities. From the airport you can reach your resort by taxi, resort shuttle, rental car or limousine.

It's always nice to have your own rental car but in this case you can certainly avoid the extra expense if you are content to enjoy your vacation from within the boundaries of your resort. With only seven inches of rainfall per year, you only need to worry about the heat. The best value deals can be found in the late spring or late summer.

»Five Diamond Vacation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Five Diamond Vacation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is among the top luxury resorts in the area. An ideal break for anyone looking to transition seamlessly from the golf course to the spa and on to dinner at one of the resort's four award-winning restaurants.

The Fairmont's Leisure Services team can act as your personal golf concierge and cater to the needs of even the most demanding golf vacationers. The Willow Stream Spa has a waterfall treatment area and a rooftop pool just for adults. If you are a die-hard spa fan then don't miss the 120 minute Havaupai Falls Rejuvenation spa treatment. Rates at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess can be as low as $159 in the summer.

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»Tranquility at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Tranquility at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn

JW Marriott's Camelback Inn was originally built in 1936 and the resort's motto is "Where Time Stands Still." Living up to its motto, the resort does its best to make you wish that time would stand still and that your vacation would never have to end.

Set on 125 acres, the JW Marriott Camelback Inn offers Pueblo-style casita-guestrooms and seven suites with private pools. 36 holes of champioship golf are just a short shuttle ride away at the Camelback Golf Club. The Spa at Camelback Inn offers massages, body treatments and salon services.

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»FireSky Resort and Spa

FireSky Resort and Spa

FireSky Resort and Spa is a boutique hotel with 204 guestrooms. The resort is centrally located in the heart of Scottsdale near Fashion Square.

The hotel has two pools, including a fun sandy beach pool. There is a full service spa, an Italian restaurant, and over 14,000 square-feet of meeting space.

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»Luxury Golf and Spa Vacation at the Boulders

Luxury Golf and Spa Vacation at the Boulders

Retreat to the lavish casitas at the Boulders Resort and let your stress melt away.

Head to the hotel spa for your choice of soothing treatments or test your golfing skills at one of the resort's two championship golf courses. The Boulders frequently offers a great selection of vacation packages that range from $119 per night and up.

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»Family Vacation at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

Family Vacation at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa has a wealth of family vacation activities that are sure to keep the entire family entertained for your entire vacation. The Kierland Mining Co. is where guests will find the Kierland's FUN Team and resort ambassadors.

The Westin Kids club is open year round for children ages 4-12. There are also 5-Day Digital Kids held every summer that teach kids a variety of computer video techniques. When the kids want to get out and play, they can attend the Westin's Adventure Water Park and try the Kierland Flow Rider.

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»Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

With 492 rooms set on 27 acres, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa offers guests exceptional views of the McDowell Mountains.

Get in 18 holes at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club and then take the family to the Hyatt's amazing water playground. The family pool area is spread over 2.5 acres and has undergone an extensive $4 million dollar renovation.

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»Resort Vacation at the Phoenician

Resort Vacation at the Phoenician

The Phoencian Resort offers something for everyone. The resort offers guests a choice of 643 rooms, 119 casitas, 62 luxury suites and 4 presidential suites, so no matter what your accomodation preference, you will find it at the Phoenician.

Don't worry about the heat - The Phoenician has nine pools to cool you off. The kids have the option to be entertained on their family vacation by the staff at the Funician Kids Club. The kids' program is available for children ages 5-12 and includes outdoor sports, boardgames, arts & crafts and more. While the kids are away, Mom and Dad can rejuvenate at the resort's 22,000 square-foot spa. Before you book, be sure to look at teh Phoenician's special packages.

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»Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho

The Hotel Valley Ho is a playful boutique hotel located in downtown Scottsdale. The seven story hotel has an eclectic collection of bright colorful rooms and suites. The open design of the Studio Guest Rooms has a Philippe Stark bathtub steps from the bed and television. Guests reserve poolside cabanas for up to 12 people before they arrive to ensure you have all the space and service you want as you spend your day lounging by the pool.

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8 Great Scottsdale Resorts