You know how much of a pain in the ass long distance flights can be. After you arrive at the airport, you have to get your car and find your hotel, all tired and feeling kind of dirty. So last time I flew from Vienna to Arizona (which means traveling for like almost a full day) I was really looking forward to spend some nights in a more or less luxurious resort. Just to relax, arrive, get accomodated to Arizona’s weather and temperature again (and the time zone!).
The resort I chose was the We-Ko-Pa Resort just 20 minutes away from the Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport. On the website it said it’s an AAA Four Diamond Resort and of course I was expecting a lot. Well, the rooms are spacious, clean and okay, but also a bit out of fashion. Luxury resorts in Europe do offer a bit more than that, but for the price (packages start around 139 USD/night) it was really okay. The bed was very comfy and the bathroom new.
I really loved the view from the balcony, because you can see the Four Peaks in the distance – the mountain range after the resort is named: We-Ko-Pa is Yavapai for Four Peaks. The desert landscape with all its Saguaros calms the mind, the resort is also located close to the Verde River and the iconic Red Mountains. If you want to, you can play golf at the resort or visit the resort’s casino. For the more active guests there’s Fort McDowell Adventures close by, where you can do things like hot air ballooning or horseback trail rides. They even pick you up from the hotel.
Unfortunatelly I can’t tell you about the adventures provided by them because somebody either at the resort or at Fort McDowell Adventures messed up my booking and I never got picked up. But you know – I don’t know who’s fault it was.
Instead I got a treatment at the Amethyst Spa. It was okay, but not the best I ever had. Even though I had asked the lady not to come too close to my lashes (fake, not a good idea to rub oil on them), she did so. But she was friendly and did her best, I assume. The service at the resort is really friendly and professional, I have to admit that. Not over-excited or top-of-the-notch-like, but enough.
Extraordinary was the dinner at one of the seven restaurants there: The award-winning Ahnala. The waiter was amongst the most attentative people I’ve ever met, the food not cheap but also not too expensive, just reasonable for the amazing quality they served. The food is a nice mixture beetween traditional dishes and modern cuisine, with an interesting twist and wonderful presentation.
So to come to an end: The resort is amazing for all those who plan a conference, want to play golf or relax for some days, but for my taste it’s not the perfect place for a staycation. The outdoor pool is nice, but small, and after a while you know it all and you’d want to drive down to Phoenix or Scottsdale anyway. And for that behalf you can find cheaper accomodation closer to where the life bustles.
10438 N Fort McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85264
Packages start at 139 USD/night.