In all my USA travels, I can’t say that I’ve ever found a more stunning and beautifully designed desert hotel than the Four Seasons Scottsdale in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. I love the desert, and FSScottsdale made sure to bring on the eclectic and earthy flare in the most sophisticated of ways. Even in your room, you never felt that you were anywhere but the calm and peaceful desert, this is definitely a hotel for those who love nature and the wild. Tucked away from the city of Scottsdale, you’d never know that you’re just thirty minutes away from the bustling city.
Waking up to a bountiful breakfast on the patio at sunrise was perfect. Watching the sun creep up over the cacti and hearing the early morning bird songs, no motor or human sounds around, I loved that. What’s even better is that they’re a pet-friendly resort! Which means, I was able to bring my feline companion, Kishmere, along with me. They made sure to set up a litter box and food/water dishes, which was such a nice touch that most hotels do not provide. And let’s be honest, what animal doesn’t want to explore the beauty of the Arizona desert?! The fireplace in the room was icing on the cake. Did I say cake? Their complementary buttercream maple cupcakes and Arizona iced tea upon arrival was so delicious, I had to hold myself back…
The food was divine, especially in their Proof restaurant where eclectic dishes really made for a delicious experience. Everything from the pool to the spa to the outdoor terraces and paved hiking path to the striking Pinnacle Peak and of course, let us not forget to mention the incredible star gazing, wow! I was pleasantly surprised with the kindness and hospitable staff, even when it came to my cat, they really did everything in their power to provide the best experience.
The overall rating that I gave the Four Seasons Scottsdale is an 8/10.
What I loved: Wonderful staff, high end cuisine, pet-friendly, beautiful decor, amazing and fun activities, pristine location.
What Set It Back: A bit more dedication to sustainability.
Overall: Don’t look any further for an authentic, desert experience than FS Scottsdale!
What makes a sustainable or regenerative hotel? A reverse osmosis water system, farm to table produce, supporting local dairy and meat farmers, engaging with local non-profit or community organization endeavors to address an issue within the country or community, energy efficient lighting, low pressure water systems, recycling, employing locals and offering fair and equal pay, replanting what was lost during the construction, use of biofuel (for boats), engaging guests in local cultural experiences and making them aware of environmental and cultural needs, LEED Certification, educating staff on importance of sustainability (turning off lights, observing for wasteful practices, etc.), reducing bathroom amenities waste (using bamboo toothbrushes instead, locally made/organic soap, shampoo and conditioner that help the environment), the list goes on.