WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Duffers will be transfixed by the emerald green fairways of Arizona’s only PGA Tour property, the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. The hotel’s “golf concierge” can also arrange tee times and transportation to TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course and the Grayhawk Golf Club. Non-golfers can explore hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails in the Sonoran Desert.
DESIGN NOTES: The lobby here resembles a Spanish Colonial reception hall reimagined by a 21st-century tech geek. Traditional flourishes are augmented by such futuristic add-ons as a webcam-fed mural that shows the real-time comings and goings of the hotel’s tanned, fit guests.
CLAIM TO FAME: Celebrity sightings are commonplace around these parts: Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Andre Agassi, Cindy Crawford, etc. Tim Tebow was reportedly spotted rejuvenating at the hotel’s Willow Stream spa recently.
HOT DISH: La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval serves up a wonderful dish called tacos de langosta, three dainty but delectable shells stuffed with lobster, black beans and chile de árbol sauce. For pyrotechnic accompaniment, waiters prepare a variety of flaming dessert coffees tableside.