Phoenix: A Meetings Destination Unlike Any Other

Phoenix is blessed by the sheer beauty of its rugged mountain and desert landscape, with towering cacti and clear starry nights. What’s more, Phoenix offers attendees plenty to see and do, from spa treatments and championship golf, to outdoor adventures like horseback riding, hiking and hot air ballooning. The city offers easy air access, sun-drenched beauty, unmatched value and several noteworthy new resorts.

When it comes to getting here and getting around, few meeting and event destinations rival Phoenix for ease and convenience. The airport is served by 16 airlines with more than 1,200 daily flights. Sky Harbor is just four miles from downtown and 15 to 30 minutes from most area hotels and resorts.

Phoenix offers an amazing array of more than thirty resorts that pamper and delight attendees, with proximity to downtown’s vibrant, urban core.  Two of the area’s newest resorts are located at Camelback Mountain. They include the legendary Mountain Shadows, now wholly re-imagined after an infusion of $100 million, and the $75 million Andaz Scottsdale, whose casita-style bungalows are tucked away just outside Old Town Scottsdale.

On the south side of Camelback Mountain, the sophisticated five-diamond 250-acre Phoenician is celebrated for its desert landscape, golf and museum-quality collection of fine art and sculpture. The Phoenician is in the midst of an extensive renovation. The Main Building guest rooms, the renowned Canyon Suites, the resort’s signature public areas, including the main lobby, pool complex, spa and select dining venues are being refurbished. Down the road, the Mediterranean style Royal Palms Resort and Spa has recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation of its 119 guest rooms.

Just north of downtown Phoenix, the iconic Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, continues to impress with its luxury service and appointments, eight swimming pools, 22,000-square-foot spa and a recent $35 million facelift. Also north of town is the grand JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, noted for its expansive facilities, including more than three acres of swimming pools and the championship Wildfire Golf Club. Another favorite among golfers is the contemporary-style Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, whose features also include an Adventure Water Park.

The recently redesigned Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort offer all-suite accommodations plus a bevy of family-friendly recreational activities. South of Phoenix, the four-diamond Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass draws its inspiration from the area’s Pima and Maricopa Indian cultures, including at its five-diamond restaurant Kai whose Native American-inspired cuisine has earned national acclaim.

Every Phoenix area resort is distinguished by its own style and flavor, yet they all share a commitment to delivering a meeting experience rooted in service, attention to detail, first-rate facilities, Zagat-worthy restaurants and amenities such as native spa treatments and championship golf.


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