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Why to Stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

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Looking for a kid friendly resort in Arizona? Families seeking pampering, delicious food, outdoor activities, and gorgeous desert scenery will love Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North. Discover what to expect during a stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with kids in this comprehensive review!

Beautiful grounds at Four Seasons Scottsdale

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

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.

Swimming at Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Swimming at Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort & Spa (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Pampered Pool Time

Four Seasons Scottsdale features three pools — a shallow children’s pool, a family pool, and a pool 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.

Poolside smoothies at Four Seasons Scottsdale

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

Poolside Service

At Four Seasons Scottsdale, 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, too. And, in the summer on weekends, the resort plays family-friendly movies poolside so you can float while you watch.

Shallow Children's Pool at Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon

Shallow Children’s Pool (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Cabanas

What better way to relax than by floating around a pool, tropical beverage in hand? I’ll tell you! Pony up for a private poolside cabana, that’s how! Luxury Cabanas come with a bar filled with waters, sodas and iced teas. You’ll also get fresh fruits, an Arizona Mai Tai for adults, a selection of board games, reading materials and more. You can even watch the game (or whatever you like) on a 40-inch flatscreen TV. You can also reserve a Standard Cabana with less bells and whistles, but a smaller price tag.

If you want to nab lounge chairs and don’t want to pony up the extra bucks for a 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.

Proof Restaurant Four Seasons Scottsdale

Proof Restaurant (Photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale)

3. Incredible Restaurants and Bars

Although I enjoyed pretty much everything about our stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale, I loved the food the most of all. Everyone’s food was plate-licking good. (Don’t worry, we didn’t.)

Proof

In fact, I now have a new favorite restaurant in my hometown: Proof. The theme here 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.

M&M pancakes for kids at Proof

M&M pancakes for kids at Proof Restaurant (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, for a sweet treat, get the Pineapple Upside Down Parfait with caramelized pineapple, stewed cherries, granola and vanilla yogurt.

Steak at Proof Restaurant Scottsdale

House-Smoked New York Strip Steak 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. We enjoyed the food and the views of Pinnacle Peak Mountain so much — 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. Meanwhile, everyone declared the appetizer Pretzel Knots with Spicy Cheese Sauce the winner.

Pretzel knots at Proof, 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. Additionally, weekly pie selections will tempt even the most stoic of eaters.

Fish tacos at Saguaro Blossom

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

Saguaro Blossom

The most affordable restaurant at Four Seasons Scottsdale is the poolside Saguaro Blossom. It’s 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

Bento box-style kids’ lunch at Saguaro Blossom (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Talavera Steakhouse and Onyx Bar & Lounge

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 kid friendly, of course children’s menus are available at all their restaurants.

View of wedding and Pinnacle Peak in the distance from Onyx at Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort

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

Room Service

Of course, you could always stay in and order from the extensive room service menu. If you’re in a hurry, then check out their 20 Minute Menu for quick items. You can even order a Brown Bag Lunch if you want to take your meal along on a desert hike.

Room service with a desert view at Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Room service with a desert view (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Outdoor Play and Exercise Options

After all that eating, you’re going to want to work off your vacation calories. Thankfully, there are lots of exercise options at Four Seasons Scottsdale.

Hiking

I highly recommend hiking through the Sonoran Desert during your resort stay. You can drive to nearby Pinnacle Peak Park or ask the concierge for easy hiking directions to the trail head. If going with the kids, then I suggest driving because they might burn out before they even reach the mountain. You can also attend a complimentary guided hike.

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.

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)

Tennis

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.

Tennis courts at Four Seasons Scottsdale

Tennis courts at Four Seasons Scottsdale (Photo from FourSeasons.com)

Golf

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.

Troon North Golf Club

Troon North Golf Club (Photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale)

Fitness Center

The air-conditioned fitness center may be calling your name if it’s too hot to exercise outdoors. Choose from all sorts of modern equipment plus free weights. 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! For an additional fee, take a class like yoga, Zumba or T’ai Chi.

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

Fitness Center at Four Seasons Scottsdale (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Kids for All Seasons Kids Club

Take a tour of the Kids for All Seasons at Scottsdale Four Seasons, with my tween 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. Luxury 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 plus 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 a resort of this caliber, 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, this kid friend resort in Arizona offers complimentary childproofing items, high chairs, bottle warmers, and playpens…all at no additional charge. You can even ask for 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 at night, 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 Troon North

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

9. Attention to Details and Surprising Value

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 heard 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 stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North. After all 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 bottled waters doled out nightly direct to our room, to poolside treats, and even kids club attendance…those fees typically add up quickly during a family vacation but they were all provided free of charge at this hotel.

As for 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!

Headed to Arizona? Be sure to take a look at this list of fun things to do in Scottsdale with kids! For more on Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North, read additional reviews of this kid friendly resort in Arizona on Hotels.com now!

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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. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

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. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    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. melissa chapman says

    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. Kelly || Food, Fun & Faraway Places says

    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. Carol Cassara says

    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. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

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

  11. Sarah H @ The Outside Family says

    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. Louise Bishop says

    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. Angela Milnes says

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

  15. Sheena Tatum says

    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. Myrah Duque says

    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. kirti thakur says

    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!

  19. Jody Robbins says

    I have always, always wanted to stay here! I heard they have fantastic rates in summer when it’s hella hot there. I’d love to go then and get some back to school shopping in. Love the idea of the shuffle board table!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Four Seasons Scottsdale is such an amazing resort. They really think of everything and do so much to welcome families. Why can’t more restaurants have shuffle board tables?!

  20. Lisa Goodmurphy says

    I want to plan a stay at a fabulous resort so badly right now and this one looks incredible! We looked at it when my daughter was a toddler but decided the Hyatt Gainey Ranch might be more kid-friendly. We had a great time but I think I need a return trip to Scottsdale to finally stay at the Four Seasons!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Four Seasons is one of the most kid-friendly resort brands out there! I can’t recommend this hotel enough. I hope you can experience Four Seasons Scottsdale someday…and let me know when you’re in town so I can pop by to say hi!

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