America is celebrating its birthday this month, but the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is feting its 30th birthday all summer long, with innovative attractions and activities through Labor Day.
Here’s a sneak peek.
Summer Splash Birthday Bash Activities
Cool pools are front and center and this AAA Five Diamond resort has six, from it largest and newest pool, Sunset Beach, with 830 tons of white sand, to the 200-foot twisting waterslides at Sonoran Splash. The Princess was the first Valley resort to debut dive-in movies and 30 years later, this family-favorite tradition continues. Over on Sunset Beach, Mermaid University splashes up fin-tastic fun for kids ages 7 to 12 with resident mermaid, Moon, and her sea sister, Misty Mermaid. Grown-ups can join the fun at the new Mermaids & Mai Tais class, offered the first Saturday of every month at Well & Being Spa’s rooftop pool. The new Funergy Team entertains with high-energy poolside games and music from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Other adult pools are more relaxing. At the concierge, kids can choose their favorite pair of sunglasses as a birthday gift from the giant birthday box at children’s check-in.
The Future is Now
The Princess is blasting fun into the future with Techno Glo pool parties with fog, lasers, LED hula hoops and DJ Splash. New this year are the interactive Techno-Bot siblings, Beta and Blast. Trailblazers Kids Club and Recreation Center is featuring a new BEAM interactive floor playground and virtual reality adventures. Guests can ride on a rollercoaster or glide above the clouds in an immersive, virtual reality 3-D simulator, which are complimentary at the Kids Club. Classic games, billiards, ping-pong, shuffle board and arts and crafts are also available in this family-friendly fun zone from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.
Fairmont Friends to Meet and Greet
Besides Beta and Blast, guests are greeted upon arrival by Bixby and Gibbs, the Princess’ adoring canine ambassadors. Another favorite friend is Cecil, the resort’s desert tortoise in his habitat near Canyon Lawn/La Hacienda. At the lagoons, nature walks and fishing derbies are fun with Ranger Rick, who introduces families to the flora and fauna of the Southwest. At the Feathered Friends of Fairmont Hawk Talk, guests can meet and learn about the resort’s resident hawks and falcons from expert handlers of Sonoran Desert Falconry.
Top Resort Experiences for Grown-Ups
Adults looking to relax and unwind can find sanctuary at Well & Being Spa with many rejuvenating treatments. Guests can also try the Float Fit paddleboard yoga at the rooftop pool. Golfers can play like a pro at the nearby TPC Scottsdale. Curated wine and spirit tastings are unique with resort experts such as the Tequila Goddess at La Hacienda, Rum Princesa at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or the wine sommelier at Bourbon Steak, with pairings to fresh summer menus by renowned chefs.
Celebrating Summer Holidays
Fireworks light up Saturday nights in the summer with extended displays on holiday weekends. Fourth of July Freedom Fest celebrates America, through July 4, with concerts on the Lagoon Lawn by the Spazmatics playing music of the 1980s (July 2); Drive, a contemporary country band, (July 3); and MJ Live, a Michael Jackson tribute band (July 4), along with parachutists and vintage air show (July 4). Then, as summer sails into the sunset, Fairmont Scottsdale’s Labor Day Dreamcation weekend (September 1 to September 4) waves bon voyage with a cruise ship theme, this year with Cuban flair including tastes of Havana poolside, cigar rolling and vintage cars on display.
The Summer Splash Birthday Bash Package starts from $169 per night with a $50 daily credit through September. Overnight stays with the resort fee of $30 also includes complimentary half-day admission to the Trailblazers Kids Club for up to three children ages 5-12.
Special $30 Summer Experiences
What would a birthday party be without gifts? Guests can take advantage of additional birthday offers such as discounted $30 upgrades per room category and signature experiences for only $30 at resort restaurants and Well & Being Spa to make their stay unforgettable and affordable. The celebratory specials include two Bloody Marys and Brazilian French Toast for brunch at Toro, a signature cocktail and watermelon guacamole at La Hacienda, a wagyu cheeseburger and beer at Bourbon Steak, Sundown Saturdays at The Plaza Bar with music and cocktail samplings or a shampoo/blow dry or express manicure at the spa. The TPC Scottsdale is offering a $30 weekday special for unlimited play all day on the Champions Course, Monday through Thursday until August (plus $2 basin fee and tax).
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, 480.585.4848, fairmont.com/Scottsdale.