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January 7, 2019updated Jun 19, 2020

Sponsored: The Ultimate Guide to Scottsdale

By Elite Traveler

Even when you have a great life, sometimes it can start to feel mundane. And it’s then that you need a little break from the everyday, a palate cleanser for the soul. Whether you’re looking to unplug or get charged up, Scottsdale offers an escape filled with stunning Sonoran Desert beauty and bespoke experiences like these that will leave you feeling effortlessly revitalized.

Stay in Style

The Villa Retreat at the Boulders Resort and Spa combines the luxury of a presidential suite with the privacy and comfort of an estate home. Breathtaking Sonoran Desert views take center stage throughout the spacious interiors, while a negative-edge pool and private patios create a true desert oasis outdoors. Guests of the Villa Retreat enjoy valet and butler service, in-house concierge staff, optional private chef and on-property helicopter access.

Dine Under the Stars

Tucked away from the city lights, against a backdrop of stately saguaros and a fiery Sonoran Desert sunset, is where you’ll enjoy a chef-driven gourmet dinner with Cloth & Flame. Every detail is customizable, from the menu selections and wine pairings to the desert-inspired table settings and softly glowing twinkle lights strung overhead. Cue the shooting stars.

Discover Mid-Century Modern Masterpieces

Get an insider’s look at the area’s most striking examples of mid-century modern architecture on a private excursion with Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours. Your tour, guided by local expert Ace Bailey, begins with a Magical History Tour of Old Town Scottsdale’s legendary Hotel Valley Ho. Other notable stops on this six-hour architectural adventure include Price House, the largest private home built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona.

Play Where the Pros Play

TPC Scottsdale

Perhaps best known as the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale is maintained to PGA TOUR-quality standards year-round. Tune up your swing with resident pro Rob Rashell, then take to the course with an experienced forecaddie who will share the ins and outs of every hole, including the infamously rowdy 16th. After your round, enjoy Pan-Latin cuisine and samplings from the Valley of the Sun’s largest rum selection at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar.

Explore the Grand Canyon

Westwind Air Service’s seasonal Scenic & One-Day Whitewater Tour is the ultimate Grand Canyon adventure. After a narrated flight from the Scottsdale area to Peach Springs on the Canyon’s West Rim, you’ll board a pontoon boat for a ride on the mighty Colorado River through rapids and smooth water. A hike to Travertine Falls, helicopter ride out of the Canyon and scenic return flight to Scottsdale round out this full day of adventure.

When you’re ready for an escape that’s equal parts exploration and indulgence, visit and start planning your bespoke Scottsdale getaway.

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