Picturesque, peaceful, and perfect, this desert resort is an oasis for families.
The community of Scottsdale, Arizona has so much to offer family visitors. There’s an abundance of golf courses, area attractions, A-list shopping, acclaimed restaurants, and amazing weather (at least 9 months of the year). Major League Baseball hosts spring training in the Arizona Valley, making spring an optimal time to visit. With that being said, you really can’t go wrong venturing to Scottsdale year-round; during the summer, if you can brave the 100-plus-degree days, you’ll be able to experience five-star resorts at two-star pricing. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is a serene escape, easily accessible to day trips to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and more… that is, if you can tear yourself away!
Where to stay?
I’ll be upfront; I live in Scottsdale. I count my lucky stars that I call this peaceful place home. My family is surrounded by the finest resorts and spas, giving us staycation options galore. However, the place we find ourselves returning to over and over again is the esteemed Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, a most accommodating escape for families.
The resort is nestled at the foothills of Pinnacle Peak and surrounded by stunning Saguaro cacti and desert landscape. Whether you’re visiting from afar or staycationing, you really feel luxurious isolation here.
The property décor is contemporary Desert Southwest - light, bright, and earthy. Upon arrival, you’re greeted with top notch service; the staff is warm and wonderful. Room choices vary. Standard rooms are quite spacious, featuring views, balconies or patios, lush bedding, fireplaces, and well-equipped bathrooms. But if you’re traveling with the family, I’d recommend opting for a suite or casita, featuring a private Jacuzzi, hammocks and extra living space. My sons were greeted with ready-to-go cribs, making life easy for me and my husband. Oh, and my boys loved the welcome cookies in the room, while my hubby and I enjoyed the welcome wine.
KidTripster Tip: You don’t need to bring the kitchen sink when visiting Troon North! You’ll have complimentary use of high chairs, bottle warmers, and playpens, in addition to child-sized robes and kid-approved toiletries.
KidTripster Tip: Ask for a complimentary room upgrade. It never hurts!
What to do?
You really can visit the Troon North and not leave. There’s so much to do, while still feeling relaxed.
Wake up early to hike Pinnacle Peak, a good activity especially for older kids. The resort offers guided tours. Wear workout gear and prep to really experience desert vegetation. (Skip the hike during the summer months; it’s way too hot!) The resort can also book excursions, like an aerial and cycle tour of nearby Sedona.
My kids spent a whole day in the large, heated kids’ pool with plenty of pool toys to choose from. I’ll actually never forget our pool day, as it was the first time my 3-year old confidently kicked on his own! He was so proud of himself, even while wearing floaties. There are two other pools at the resort: a big one for everyone and an adult-only pool.
KidTripster Tip: While luxury cabanas are available for an extra fee, try snagging one of the standard cabanas in the morning. And everyone can enjoy the daily (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) amenities like smoothies, healthy juices, fresh fruit, frozen treats, and chilled towels.
Kids For All Seasons in the resort’s version of day camp. Kids (ages 5-12) can drop in for an hour or a whole day! They’ll be totally engaged with nature walks, games, crafts, cooking classes, video games, and more. And it’s absolutely free to guests! Children under five can also participate as long as a parent accompanies them. For teens, there’s a hangout, just for them.
The pool and day camp likely will leave your kids exhausted, so head to the spa for some adult pampering. The spa is very nice, and the one-hour massage hit the spot. Or opt for the spa’s signature Cocoa Mole Energizing Wrap or warm golf ball massage.
Speaking of golf, take the complimentary shuttle to the adjacent Troon North Golf Club with its two 18-hole courses, Monument and Pinnacle. Here golf can be a family affair with juniors playing for free after 3.pm. There’s also complimentary instructions for kids, when playing with a paying adult. Or enjoy complimentary tennis back at the resort.
And every Thursday night, don’t miss stargazing led by a professional astronomer, right at the resort!
What I really appreciate about Troon North is the seasonal events for families from summer poolside movies with themed buffets to Cookies with Claus over the holidays.
KidTripster Tip: Try to plan your trip around upcoming on-site events. These extras will make your stay even more memorable.
Where to eat?
There are two main restaurants on the property.
Proof, An American Cantina is an excellent choice for families. The ambiance is welcoming and comfortable with great views and amazing food, even though my kids eat mac and cheese no matter where we go! The restaurant plans special menus for the holidays, like a Forth of July cookout.
KidTripster Tip: During the summer, ice cream treats at Proof's old-fashioned soda jerk counter are half off, as if you needed a reason to treat yourself to ice cream!
And then there’s Talavera. If you can spend a kids-free night, this romantic restaurant offers diners the best views in the valley. And yes, the food is to die for; can you say “lobster mac and cheese?” It’s a splurge but worth the money. If you do decide to take the kids, they eat free (age 4 and under).
KidTripster Tip: The resort can arrange babysitting; just ask in advance.
KidTripster Tip: The resort hosts complimentary tastings every week: brews on Friday evenings, wine on Saturday evenings, and margarita demonstrations on Sundays at the poolside cafe, Saguaro Blossom.
Prices vary, depending on the season and room choice. During the spring, a deluxe casita could run you around $479/night; during the summer, that same suite prices at $159/night. Check the resort’s website for regular promotions.
Four Season Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is located about 40 minutes north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Know that the resort offers a limited number of Mercedes Benz on the property for guests to use during their stay, making visiting area attractions that much easier.
For KidTripster’s other Top 9 Family-Friendly Stays in Phoenix-Scottsdale, click here.
For KidTripster’s Top 10 Family-Friendly Plays in Phoenix-Scottsdale, click here.
For KidTripster’s Top 10 Family-Friendly Eats in Phoenix-Scottsdale, click here.
Nadine Bubeck is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based mom of two young boys, who spends a lot of time in southern California. She’s a former television anchor turned all-things-mama. Read her blog, buy her book or shop her apparel line, Mama B. Designs. Use coupon code KIDTRIPSTER for discount.