Friday, August 28, 2015

Scottsdale: A City for Lovers at Every Turn

Making a name for itself as a “LOVE” mecca, downtown Scottsdale is one of a handful of locations including New York City and Santa Fe that houses Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” sculpture ( The image, first created for a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1965, has become a symbol of pop culture with sculptures located across the world from Philadelphia to Shanghai, China.

Lovers of art and lovers in general should not miss Scottsdale ArtWalk (, a free event held every Thursday evening in downtown Scottsdale. Scottsdale’s finest art galleries open their doors to the public for a special nighttime viewing of their beautiful collections. While strolling along Main Street and Marshall Way, couples may encounter special cocktail receptions, artist appearances, or live music in the galleries. Scottsdale ArtWalk adds a special touch to any romantic getaway.

The Phoenician ( offers Tee Box dinners, an elegant sunset experience presented at iconic locations on the resort’s golf courses. Almost any request can be fulfilled, from arranging musical entertainment to creating a special gourmet dessert. Just before the day’s end, guests are escorted by golf carts out to the tee box to find their table perfectly set with fine china, crystal, linens and candles.

Spend an evening under the stars at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North ( with the Celestial Picnic program. Executive Chef Mel Mecinas customizes a gourmet meal for two based on the couple’s cravings and preferences, and he pairs it with a bottle of champagne or wine of their choice. Mecinas then packs the meal – with love, of course – in a deluxe basket with all of the traditional picnic trimmings and a constellation chart to navigate the night sky. Guests also can arrange for a stargazing session by professional astronomer, Richard Allen, and top off the evening with a couple’s massage on the terrace of their personal casita, beneath the moonlit, starry sky.

Planning a proposal? Put the arrangements in the capable hands of “engagement agents” at the Four Season Scottsdale’s LoveStruck proposal planning service. They will make sure the moment is flawless, creative and personalized, theming it to match each couple’s tastes. For the ultimate proposal, lovebirds can stay the night in the resort’s adults-only Hideaway romance building and enjoy a tasty “Love Potion” cocktail and other romantic in-room treats while relaxing in a deep-soaking bathtub.

Guests have whatever they want, whenever they want at the W Scottsdale ( The hotel’s Whenever/Whatever concierge service guarantees to make guests’ dreams come true by turning special occasions into unforgettable experiences. From the perfect marriage proposal that includes the couple’s special song, champagne and rose petals to a surprise anniversary celebration with a room filled from floor to ceiling with flowers, W Scottsdale can make it happen.

Slip away to another world at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch ( Guests experience a romantic sandolo (gondola-style boat) ride through the resort’s waterway as Gondoliers – decked head-to-toe in the traditional garb – serenade guests with traditional Italian songs. Afterward, couples settle in for a romantic evening in a private lakefront casita complete with a fireplace, wet bar, and Jacuzzi-style spa and deck. Looking to kick the romance up another notch? Guests can opt for the Palm Suite overlooking the lush lagoon, manicured lawns of the neighboring Gainey Ranch Golf Club, and purple mountain’s majesties of the McDowell Mountains.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa ( was named one of the “Top 50 Romantic Retreats” in the world by Travel + Leisure, and the resort even has a staff member dedicated to coaching the romantically challenged. Romance consultant Jenna Goss creates personalized experiences for guests in need of a loving getaway. From ordering flowers and making dinner reservations, to setting the stage for a dream proposal, Goss is the go-to lady for those seeking an unforgettable stay in a Mediterranean-inspired resort. Even the resort’s signature scent, neroli, which is derived from orange blossoms, represents joy, sensuality, weddings and romance.

For those seeking a weekend rendezvous with their partner, Royal Palms’ Royal Romance package provides all the pampering needed to give relationships a bit of added vigor. In addition to accommodations and a romantic in-room welcome amenity, couples enjoy dinner for two at the resort’s signature restaurant T. Cooks. After satiating their taste buds, they return to their room to find a rose pedal turndown.

The timelessness of the 12-million-year-old rocks surrounding the Boulders Resort & Spa ( can only be rivaled by the timelessness of love and romance. To honor this eternal existence, each private casita at Boulders is shaped into the natural terrain and grouped in clusters throughout the 1,300-acre property. Take advantage of the resort’s Love at the Boulders Package, which features luxurious, private casita accommodations, a chilled bottle of champagne, a fruit platter, a $100 food & beverage credit, and spa treatments in the Couples’ Sun Suite at The Spa at The Boulders. Or, couples looking for a place to say “I do” can exchange vows at the property’s Promise Rock wedding site for a fairytale desert wedding. Rich in history, this site home to an ancient fertility alter used by the Yavapai people as well as markings used for ceremonial purposes.

Influenced by the architecture and lifestyle of Andalusia in southern Spain with hints of Roman, Greek and Moorish design, the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia ( features the Alhambra walkway (modeled after the Alhambra in Granada, Spain), a wedding chapel representative of the ballroom at Hotel Cipriani in Venice, and tucked-away antiquities sourced from Spain. Joya Spa is the ultimate romantic getaway with a rooftop pool boasting uninhibited views of Camelback Mountain, a couple’s relaxation area and five spa suites – the most luxurious being the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace has a king-sized bed, fireplace, and private full restroom all bedecked with an ornate Moroccan design.

Experience Joya Spa’s speakeasy spin on romance with Puerta Privada – meaning ‘private door’ in Spanish. Couples get exclusive access to the renowned spa’s myriad offerings after hours. A butler guides significant others to a luxurious spa suite situated along the terrace, complete with private pool. The evening begins with a private performance by an acoustic guitarist, a couples massage, an astrology reading, and a custom dinner for two created by Executive Chef Michael Cairns.

Romance and relaxation come together in perfect harmony at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (, where couples can experience a 60- or 90-minute massage of their choice. Enjoy spa time together side-by-side in the luxurious couples’ suite, which features a specialty tub, private shower, bathroom and sitting area.

Laura McMurchie, VP of Communications
Phone: 480-429-2253 

Megan Neighbor, Director of Communications
Phone: 480-889-2716

Stephanie Pressler, Communications Manager
Phone: 480-889-2719

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |

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