Escape to the Princess

I find it difficult to imagine a better place to “escape” than the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. I am not speaking of just a physical escape; rather a complete experience of refreshment, renewal and relaxation.

The anticipation of a great adventure was in full bloom as my sisters, my mother and I arrived at the hotel, took leave of our cab, and entered the enchantment
that is the Fairmont Princess. The 36-acre resort is set against the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains. This sprawling resort still has what it takes to wow guests twenty years after its opening in 1987. Mexican Colonial-style architecture relies on sun-washed stone, fountains, waterfalls, palms and cottonwoods to create an ambiance that is both elegant and relaxed. Fun seekers of all ages will enjoy the water park, boasting two 200-foot water slides. Seven tennis courts, a
tennis club, and a 5,000-seat stadium accommodate top tournaments. All this, in addition to a world-class spa. It truly is an oasis in the midst of the desert.

After arriving, we were escorted to our suite, where we found a blend of Mediterranean design with Southwestern accents. Spacious and comfortable, the accommodations had a fantastic view, a sunken tub, and a large balcony. One of my favorite things about the room were the thick window shades, which completely blocked the sun, allowing Yours Truly to sleep in as late as needed.

After getting settled, my sisters and I decided to go poolside. The sun was exquisitely hot. We found ourselves gazing at the pool, soft music playing in the background, when my sister exclaimed, “This is Princess Living!”

The next day, we visited the Princess’ luxurious Willow Stream Spa, a world-class 44,000 square foot spa, magnificent from the moment you open the door. The decor is made of natural elements such as cedar wood art and sandstone flooring. As we entered, the smell of a warmly-glowing golden teak candle overwhelmed
us, complimenting the Zen music playing softly in the background. Within minutes of arrival, I was lulled into relaxation.

“Find Your Energy” this is the stated goal of the Willow spa, accomplished through everything from Pilates and Yoga Classes to all sorts of body treatments. The rooftop swimming pool is an oasis of comfort, and includes a meditation garden complete with a 25-foot waterfall, which provides a sports-like massage when a guest climbs in and lets the water flow over her body.

I treated myself to the Desert Moonlight massage. Treatment rooms with private outdoor patios were adjacent to the falls, allowing us to relax to the sound of falling water while a therapist’s soothing hands worked their magic. True to its name, the Desert Moonlight massage took place under the stars. Nearby, we heard the water fall and smelled the earth cooling. After the hour-long massage, I took an exhilarating swim in the adult-only rooftop pool under the stars.
I was the only person on the roof top. Better than chocolate! It was simply the best escape experience that this mother of two could have imagined.

I floated out of the spa renewed, re-energized, and with a sense of (oh yeah baby) energy found!

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
www.fairmont.com/scottsdale

Robin Lucas