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9 Reasons to Stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

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I had always dreamed of staying at a Four Seasons. I have known forever about their incredible amenities for children, like goodie bags at check-in and kid-sized bathrobes. I'd read that this luxury brand provides the ultimate in customer service and attention to detail. But, I'd never gotten the chance to experience one of their properties…until my recent stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale. Are you dreaming of a stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with kids? Here's what to expect.

9 Reasons to Stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids ~ Where to Stay with Kids in Arizona

1. Desert Beauty

Tucked away in North Scottsdale next to Pinnacle Peak Park, the Four Seasons is where to go to escape it all. Even though I live in Scottsdale and regularly hike its plentiful trails, the exquisite landscape at this resort made me fall in love with desert beauty all over again. My family lives less than 30 minutes from this hotel but we felt worlds away from the stresses of our daily lives here. Don't think the desert is pretty? I defy you to say that after a stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale.

Beautiful grounds at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

Beautiful grounds at Four Seasons Scottsdale (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Pampered Pool Time

Four Seasons Scottsdale features three pools – one for tots, one for all ages, and one just for grown-ups. Plus, there's a whirlpool for soaking. Plan to spend a lot of your time at these watery desert oases during your stay. You never know when someone will stop by with complimentary homemade chocolate dipped granola bar bites, frozen grapes, or strawberry smoothies. Need ice water, sunscreen or a magazine? Just ask! Pool service from Saguaro Blossom restaurant is served to your lounge chair and can be charged to your room. And, in the summer on weekends, the resort plays family-friendly movies poolside so you can float while you watch.

Family pool at Four Seasons Scottsdale

Family pool at Four Seasons Scottsdale (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

What better way to relax than by floating around a pool, tropical bevvie in hand? I'll tell you! Get a private poolside cabana, that's how! Deluxe Cabanas come with a bar filled with waters, sodas and iced teas. You'll also get fresh fruits, an Arizona Mai Tai (adults-only!), selection of board games and reading materials, and more. You can even watch the game (or whatever you like) on a 40-inch flatscreen TV. Standard Cabanas are complimentary and available on a first-come basis.

If you want to nab lounge chairs and don't want to pony up the extra bucks for Luxury Cabana, your best bet is to hit the pools first thing in the morning. Seats fill up fast. If you want to grab a spot later in the day, find a pool host to help you. You can add your name to the list and they'll hook you up once space becomes available.

Free smoothie, anyone? at Four Season Scottsdale with Kids

Free smoothie, anyone? (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Incredible Restaurants and Bars

Although I enjoyed pretty much everything about our stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale, I loved the food the most. In fact, I now have a new favorite restaurant in my hometown: Proof, whose theme is an all-American road trip into the historic days of Route 66. An indoor shuffleboard table will keep kids busy while parents sip cocktails on the patio. They're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Children's menus are available at all Four Seasons Scottsdale restaurants ~ What kid could resist these M&M pancakes from Proof?

What kid could resist these M&M pancakes from Proof? (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

On weekends, Proof boasts an impressive brunch buffet with omelet station, or you can order off the daily breakfast menu. Choose from innovative items like Cowboy Benedict with house made Spam and country gravy, or a Pineapple Upside Down Parfait with caramelized pineapple, stewed cherries, granola and vanilla yogurt.

House Smoked New York Strip with spring mushrooms, peas, morel cream, cipollini onions, and steak fries at Proof ~ Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

House Smoked New York Strip with spring mushrooms, peas, morel cream, cipollini onions, and steak fries at Proof (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

In the evenings, Proof offers a set menu plus a seasonal menu with a theme. (It was all about peaches during our visit.) My son declared his cheeseburger the best he's ever eaten, and that's saying a lot coming from this carnivore. Everyone's food was plate-licking good. (Don't worry, we didn't.) We enjoyed the food and the views of Pinnacle Peak Mountain so much, that we invited my parents to join us for a second night here. My House-Smoked New York Strip was just slightly better than the next night's Shrimp and Grits. But everyone declared the appetizer Pretzel Knots with Spicy Cheese Sauce the winner.

Proof's Pretzel Knots at Four Seasons Scottsdale

Do your table a favor and order Proof's Pretzel Knots! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

An old-fashioned soda jerk station at Proof will entice all ages with its array of candy toppings and homemade ice creams. Even though you will likely be stuffed from your meal, try-oh-try to save room for dessert. My son happily slurped up his Cereal Milkshake ~ made with Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, vanilla ice cream and milk. Meanwhile, weekly pie selections will tempt even the most stoic of eaters.

Fish tacos at Saguaro Blossom ~ Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

Fish tacos at Saguaro Blossom (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The most affordable restaurant at Four Seasons Scottsdale, the poolside Saguaro Blossom, is open for lunch and appetizers 11 am to 5 pm daily. Think light, simple fare like salads and fish tacos.

Cute bento box-style kids' lunches at Saguaro Blossom at Four Seasons Scottsdale with kids

Cute bento box-style kids' lunch at Saguaro Blossom (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

We didn't get a chance to sample the offerings at Talavera, the resort's dinner-only fine dining modern steakhouse. We did, however, make a point to get drinks and take in the gorgeous sunset views at the Onyx Bar & Lounge. Here you can order small hot and cold bites, plus more substantial Talavera dishes. Live music rotates Friday and Saturday nights between Onyx and Proof. Since Four Seasons is renowned for being family-friendly, of course children's menus are available at all their restaurants.

View of Pinnacle Peak in the distance and a wedding below from Onyx Bar & Lounge at Four Seasons Scottsdale with kids

View of Pinnacle Peak in the distance and a wedding below from Onyx Bar & Lounge (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Of course, you could always just stay in and order from the extensive room service menu as well. If you're in a hurry, check out their 20 Minute Menu for quick items. You can even order a Brown Bag Lunch if you want to eat your meal mid-hike.

Who needs to dine out with a view like this from your room? Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

Who needs to dine out with a view like this from your room? (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Hiking, Tennis, Golf & More

After all that eating, you're going to want to work off your vacation calories. Plan to take a hike during your stay. You can drive over to nearby Pinnacle Peak Park or ask the concierge for easy hiking directions to the park. If going with the kids, I suggest you drive or they might burn out before you even reach the mountain. Be sure to bring bottled water for everyone and wear sun hats and sunblock. If visiting in the summer, you'll need to get up early in the morning to enjoy your hike before temperatures rise to 100+ degrees. You can also take a complimentary guided hike.

View of Pinnacle Peak Mountain during a hike from Four Seasons Scottsdale

View of Pinnacle Peak Mountain during a hike from Four Seasons Scottsdale (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

There are two tennis courts at Four Seasons Scottsdale, as well as group and individual lessons available for a fee. Balls and racquets are free, though.

Golfers rejoice, for it only takes five minutes to reach the links from this resort. Guests are provided special access to the Troon North Golf Club and its par-71 course.

The air-conditioned fitness center may be calling your name if it's too hot to exercise outdoors during your stay. There's all sorts of modern equipment to choose from plus free weights. For an additional fee, take a class like yoga, Zumba or T'ai Chi. Bottled water, sports drinks and fresh fruit are available for the taking. Forgot your gym clothes and shoes? You can borrow them at no extra charge!

I didn't golf or play tennis...but I did hit up the Fitness Center at Four Seasons Scottsdale

I didn't golf or play tennis…but I did hit up the Fitness Center at Four Seasons Scottsdale (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Kids for All Seasons Kids Club

Seeing is believing! Take a tour of the Kids for All Seasons at Scottsdale Four Seasons, with my daughter acting as guide in the video below. My tween thought she was too cool for a kids club until she saw this amazing place. Children ages 5 to 12 can play here. Younger children are welcome, too, with a parent or guardian to supervise. What's more, all of this is provided for free to hotel guests.

6. Cushy Accommodations

No matter the size of your family, you're sure to find some configuration of rooms that will be comfortable and accommodating at Four Seasons Scottsdale. Casitas are standard luxury hotel rooms. Plus there are one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. Our connecting Casitas were perfect for a family of four, with two queen beds in one room for the kids and a king-sized bed in the other room for mom and dad. Both featured plush sitting areas, spacious bathrooms, inviting patios, outdoor wood fireplaces, and mini fridges.

Our connecting room casitas and patio view at Four Seasons Scottsdale with kids

Our connecting room casitas and patio view at Four Seasons Scottsdale (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

7. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

The upscale Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale was smaller than expected with some guests standing in the relaxation room as they waited for their treatments on the particularly busy day that I visited. Although I was surprised by the lack of a spa pool at this caliber of a resort, there was a sauna and steam room, and all of the accoutrements you'd need to pretty up. Most importantly, my massage was fabulous. Choose from their menu of massages, body treatments, facials and salon services. Additionally, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale offers treatments just for teens and kids. I bet they'll love the Bubbly Yummy Pedicure with tootsies soaked in bubbly water, nails trimmed and filed, and then painted in a silly style.

Infused water and cold towels at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North

Infused water and cold towels at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

8. Amenities Just for Kids

For children visiting the Valley of the Sun, Four Seasons Scottsdale offers complimentary childproofing items, high chairs, bottle warmers, and playpens…all at no additional charge. You can even ask for baby powder, baby oil, mild soap, diapers and bottles if you left them behind.

Although my kids are no longer wee enough to need any of these goodies, we did find two adorable kid-sized bathrobes in the closet. Upon check-in, my kids (ages 9 and 12) received a scavenger hunt sheet. After gathering stamps from designated stations from around the resort, they were each treated to a scoop of ice cream at Proof. Pretty sweet!

In addition to the Kids for All Seasons programming available during the day, if you would like a babysitter one night while at Four Seasons Scottsdale (perhaps for dinner at Talavera), they'll hook you up with a sitter within 24 hours notice. (You have to pay the sitter, of course.)

Desert Beauty at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

Desert Beauty at Four Seasons Scottsdale (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

9. Attention to Details & Surprising Value

After all of these years dreaming of staying at a Four Seasons Resort, my wish finally came true. Not only did Four Seasons Scottsdale meet my high expectations, but also it exceeded them. It's expensive, yes. But I was blown away by how many perks are included with a stay at this hotel. From free bottled waters doled out nightly room to room, to poolside treats, and even kids club attendance…those fees typically add up quickly during a family vacation. And, the service? It was impeccable. I don't think I met one employee who was anything but polite and accommodating. Now I can't help but dream about which Four Seasons my family should visit next!

Read additional reviews of Four Seasons Scottsdale on TripAdvisor now.

What would you like best about staying at Four Seasons Scottsdale with kids? Do you have any questions about this resort? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: My family's accommodations, my spa treatment, and some of our meals were hosted by Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North. I did not receive any other compensation related to this story but this post does includes affiliate links.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, “The Travel Mamas’ Guide,” she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the “Today” show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. This place is looking amazing and the food looks delicious. I would love to explore the place once.

  2. I have to say, the most impressive thing about this resort was the service. While at the pool I made a comment about how I wish we had something (it was trivial…I can’t even remember what it was) and a server overheard me. He came up and said he’d check. Even after I explained it wasn’t necessary he insisted and followed through. At the restaurants they go out of their way to make you happy. I don’t know if this particular Four Seasons just has really good management and training or if this is a common theme at all their establishments, but Scottsdale represented the brand exceptionally well.

  3. That is such a gorgeous hotel! The food looks amazing, and the grounds are immaculate. I would love to stay there on any trip to Scottsdale.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      It’s such a lovely desert getaway. I hope you can visit this Four Seasons someday, Stacie!

  4. That sounds like the ultimate family vacation. The food looks and sounds amazing, activities for everyone and so much attention to the kids. I would love to take some of those awesome hikes.

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    I think I would love the pampered pool time or the spa the most. I think my kids would be all about hanging out by the pool!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      My husband played with the kids, searching for the diving toys we brought and I got to float around paging through a magazine. It really was heavenly!

  6. I know where I’m staying if we ever get to Scottsdale! The food looks great, the room looks cozy, the views are spectacular. The Four Seasons sure knows how to treat their guests right

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Indeed they do. Keep in mind, we had two connecting casitas. But really, a family of four could fit into one casita with two queen beds.

  7. This place looks so amazing! I have never stayed at a Four Seasons but I would love to stay here so I could experience the amazing amenities that you did! I love that they have everything for families, that makes it so much better that the kids can be occupied.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      At some nice hotels, you feel awkward with your kids. Not so at Four Seasons Scottsdale – it’s such a great place for families!

  8. I could definitely do with this kind of getaway. The restaurants sound amazing. Being able to do some hiking out there would be super nice too.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Go for the hike and then you won’t feel guilty eating all of their delicious food! :-)-

  9. Can I live here forever? It looks heavenly, from the rooms to the hotel grounds. There are plenty of activities as well, it’s just pure awesome and I’m sure the kids will love it here too.

  10. What a great place to stay with the family! It looks so relaxing! Would love to be here. 😀

  11. Gorgeous! I want to stay there just to eat! I’d love to bring the family to Scottsdale and check out the local sites, and of course stay at the Four Seasons!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Seriously, the food is soooo gooood! Guess where I want to go for my birthday dinner next month?!

  12. Wow the food looks amazing! I would love to stay if we are ever in Socttsdale! Looks great!

  13. Arizona is such a gorgeous state. Scottsdale is one of our favorite areas to visit when we do.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I didn’t appreciate the desert’s beauty when I lived in Arizona as a kid. I moved away for 19 years and now that I’m back, I definitely appreciate the landscape more.

  14. Oh wow, this place sounds like the bomb! My girl would definitely love to stay here.

  15. There are plenty of activities to keep each kid busy! I love when places like this offer so much to keep them occupied.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      There was just enough activity for us to stay busy without feeling rushed…just perfect!

  16. Arizona has been on my bucket list too log! I need to visit the Four Seasons! What views and the amenities are amazing!

  17. Our Family World says:

    We have always wanted to visit Arizona. Its been in our bucket list this year, however, we got a little side-tracked. Hopefully we could still push through before year-end. Four Seasons in Scottsdale looks like a great place for a vacation.

  18. The places looks like amazing. The food looks amazing. I would love to stay if we are in Socttsdale. Thanks for sharing.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Kirti – We just went back this weekend to have dinner again at Proof at Four Seasons Scottsdale…soooooo gooood! I hope you can visit this incredible resort someday!

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