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Turn up the heat this summer with family-friendly packages at premier Valley resorts.


The Phoenician

Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician provides a sun-soaked oasis for those looking to escape the dry desert heat of summer. Also the perfect place to experience family-friendly luxury, the resort is offering summer stay packages from May 25-September 7. Spend the day cooling off poolside at one of its seven glistening pools, including the famed Mother-of-Pearl Pool—an absolute gem of aquatic satisfaction that you just have to dive into to believe. For those looking for a little more adventure during their stay, a monumental 165-foot water slide stands towering over the expansive grounds for a pulse-racing thrill that is sure to leave even the most daring speechless. Waterpark meets resort with the family-friendly SURGE Splash Pad, where small children can make big waves with all-day entertainment. There are giant blue and red buckets of water overhead, beckoning guests as they topple over, drenching all those in their path, —a sure way to beat the heat— while misting turtles and giant cannons provide a carnival-like atmosphere to cool off in. While the kids enjoy the bounty of aquatic entertainment on offer, parents can relax in one of the resort’s spacious private poolside cabanas while listening to the cascading waterfalls and soaking in all the tranquil, tropical scenery. After a day spent in the sun, unwind and satisfy your appetite with one of The Phoenician’s premier dining offers, part of their Summer Culinary Countdown. Satisfy those mid-day cravings at Relish Burger Bistro, or enjoy a sumptuous 3-course dinner at J&G Steakhouse and Il Terazzo to get you fueled up; for at night is when the real party starts. As the sky turns dark and the stars start to appear, the pool areas light up with Glo-at-the-Pho neon pool parties and spectacular dive-in movies. If planning to stay for the Fourth of July, come prepared to experience a weekend of star-spangled festivities presented by Infiniti on Camelback. Start off the weekend with stargazing and s’mores while listening to a live performance by the band Young Country, then be dazzled by a stunning display of fireworks on the Casita Lawn. Celebrate the Fourth with a spectacular indoor carnival, where colorful lights set the scene for an amazingly fun-filled night of face painting, games, a mechanical bull and the famous Shock Wave Obstacle Course. A summer stay at The Phoenician will certainly have you coming back for more.

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

A true desert gem, the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is offering a sizzling summer stay package sure to heat things up for the season. The Summer All-Inclusive Package, which runs from May 23-September 7, offers an experience unlike any other with a delectable breakfast spread, lunch and dinner for two at one of the resort’s famed culinary hotspots, and special a la carte spa treatments. Providing a host of memorable activities for all ages, the resort brings out summer’s best with a harmonious combination of fun and relaxation. Spend the day lounging poolside while sipping on refreshing drinks and noshing on favorite foods, all hand-delivered right to you, while the kids live up the summer dream with the resort’s 92-foot waterslide and Splash Cinema, which screens family-friendly movies. And the fun doesn’t stop at the pool; dry off and cool down with an assortment of signature activities that will bring the whole family together in pure summer bliss. Try your hand on the putting green for “glow-in-the-dark” golf at night, become a tennis star at the Kids Summer Tennis Camp and a world-class chef during the salsa making demos, or simply savor the sweet flavors of freshly roasted s’mores on the picturesque Squaw Peak Lawn as the sun sets. Also on the menu for summer are the resort’s signature culinary experiences, including summer wine pairings at Wright’s Restaurant, monthly Beer Dinners at Frank & Albert’s and Summer Tea served in the elegant Tea Lounge.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

It will be a star-spangled soiree all summer long at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort as families from both near and far head to the southwest to experience the resort’s Great American Summer Package running May 26-September 8. Tucked away at the base of the Phoenix Mountain Reserve, this renowned all-suite resort offers the perfect combination of luxury and family-friendly activities. Its expansive four-acre water park paradise, featuring a slippery waterslide and sport pool, provides day-long entertainment for the kids, while parents have the chance to relax and unwind on the serene lazy river or indulge in one of the Tocasierra Spa’s American-inspired treatments. Weekends are the prime time to come for a visit at the Pointe Hilton, where a rotating line-up of classic themed activities await. Get ready to make waves during their fun-filled Beach Party, channel the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands during a Poolside Luau, turn-up the juke box and lace up your saddle shoes for a traditional 1950s Sock Hop, or get lost in the magic and mystery of a Summer Carnival during these one-of-a-kind weekends. If spending the holidays at the Pointe Hilton—Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day—this summer, prepare to be immersed in all things red, white and blue for special Holiday BBQs that recall all the freedom and carefree joy of the season.