My family and I recently visited Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa over the weekend. The resort is located in the heart of Paradise Valley and is the picture-perfect getaway. The resort is styled to resemble Spain, and walking onto the property made me feel although I had left Arizona completely. Walking through the resort is literally breathtaking, quite possibly the most beautiful resort in Arizona. With its essence combining Spain and luxury, the resort also holds one of the most amazing views of the Camelback Mountains.
Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa features three pools, 23 cabanas, poolside dining service, and a view of the Camelback Mountains that will leave you staring. The Kasbah pool was my favorite, as its kid friendly. It features poolside cabanas with full service as well. We invited some of our friends to join us in the cabana. The cabana was misted, provided seating for up to six people, had full towel service, our own personal cabana attendant, and included poolside chips & Salsa and a fruit platter. I wish I had known about the cabanas at Omni as they would make for the perfect bridal/bachelorette get together. The poolside dining was also amazing. I would recommend the Buffalo Painkiller (a frozen goddess filled with RumHaven coconut rum, coconut milk, banana puree and nutmeg).
The resort also features several on site restaurants that make it so you never have to (or want to) leave the resort. My personal recommendation would be Taqueria Centro and their Baja Shrimp Tacos. Click here for menu. Oh and if you have kiddos, the kids meals are HUGE! I also loved the Crave Cafe. At the Crave Cafe they make full sized pizzas that you can take down to the pool, and they are only $10! Make sure to check them out!
While at the resort, I had the chance to visit the Joya Spa (the #1 spa in Arizona!). The spa features spa suites as well. The Grand Palace Suite is over 850 sq. feet of space including a king sized bed, treatment tables, a fireplace, flat screen television, private restroom and an infinity bath. The suite doors open to Joya Terrace that includes a rooftop pool with stunning views of Camelback Mountain. If you need a romantic getaway this is the most amazing set up I have ever seen! You can check out the luxury spa suites here.
Another fun things about the resort are their “X trees.” Back in the day, explorers used an X to mark where treasure was, indicating a place where true fantasies are realized. When you arrive at the Omni, make sure you look for the X, because they really do, mark the spot.
Overal, this resort was one of the most beautiful resorts I have ever been to. There was nothing I would not recommend here. If you need a romantic getaway away, a girls weekend, or even a family trip, I would hands down recommend Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa.
When I think of Arizona, I think of warm weather, wildflowers, breath taking sunsets and a desert filled with cacti and mountains. And I also think of pools, laying out and catching some rays and time outdoors with Charlie. To me, Arizona is the perfect place to spend time outside.
Charlie and I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Resort, El Conquistador located in Tucson Arizona. The hotel was a true desert oasis. The resort spans over 80 acres of desert and had amenities that will provide for an unforgettable vacation.
While at the resort, Charlie and I spent the majority of our time at the swimming pools. Charlie’s favorite pool was the kid pool (of course), it was private and quiet and had a zero edge entrance that Charlie loved to run in and out of. I like that the resort kept the kids pool away from the large pool, so that I did not feel like Charlie was being too loud when others were trying to relax.
My favorite pool was the main oasis pool, located in the middle of the resort, surrounded by grass and palms trees and accompanied by a poolside bar and grill. And let me tell you… the grill food is amazing! I would definitely recommend the burger, it was perfect. Tommy, the poolside server had the best customer service skills and was so friendly.
And if you are anything like me, then you like hot tubs. El Conquistador has a super secluded, private, and quiet hot tub located right next to an ice pool.
I loved that the entire time at the resort, I never had to leave. The resort had an on site gym (with treadmills that streamed Netflix…gasp!…), on site restaurants and even a full buffet style breakfast (that served Lox Bagels… my favorite!). They even served sunscreen, water and towels by the pool (for all you absent minded parents like myself).
Overall, the resort was beautiful, fun, and one for the books! Thank you El Conquistador for having us!
My family and I recently visited Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort and let me make this short and simple… you need to go and visit this historic hotel. Not only does it have fantastic history (like a Katharine Hepburn + Spencer Tracy suite that they actually stayed in! gasp…) but it has an infinity pool overlooking the Catalina mountains, an amazing restaurant on the resort, patios overlooking the desert sunset, jacuzzi hot tubs in the rooms, and spacious SPACIOUS rooms (with fireplaces). Everyone at the resort was so friendly and accommodating, especially Bones, props to him! He always greeted me by “Mrs Abbadessa” with the biggest smile on his face. I can not say enough good things about this resort!
Visit Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com
The food though…
We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Grill at Hacienda del Sol. The food was impeccable, the customer service exceeded expectations, and the views of the Catalina Mountains from the dining room was one for the books. Spencer, the server at the Grill and Jaime, the bartender were so friendly and made the dining experience even better.
For breakfast I had a Bloody Mary and the Smoked Salmon plate. I won’t lie, if Lox is on the menu, I’m ordering it. The Smoked Salmon plate is a Lox plate, with a petit baguette, chive cream cheese, red onion, tomato, capers and plenty of salmon to even have leftovers. I would definitely recommend.
For lunch, I ordered the Green Chile Cioppino. It had Mahi-Mahi, Mussels, Peruvian Potatoes, Green Chiles Tomato, and a Grilled Focaccia to top it off. The Mussels were absolutely to die for… I wanted an entire bowl of just mussels. I would definitely recommend.
For mid day snack, we ordered the Artisanal Cheese Plate. It was filled with Saint Andre, Spanish Manchego and Danish Blue House-made Jam, Marcona Almonds Marinated Olives, Fresh Berries Grilled Focaccia, and Hayden Mills Crackers. It was amazing! I would definitely recommend.
Dinner Recommendations: Fried Octopus and Scallops
Desert Recommendations: Carrot Three Way
Visit Hacienda del Sol The Grill here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com/dining/the-grill
The rooms were so spacious, clean, comfortable and the views out of the patio were amazing during sunsets. The resort is located in the foothills, but it seems like you are in another world in the middle of a desert. The entire resort is secluded, quiet, and super relaxing. There are no city lights or loud city noise.
Room Recommendation: #38 (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn suite)
And if the resort wasn’t enough for you, you can even visit the horses and go horseback riding. Visit them here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com/amenities/horseback-riding/
Whether needing a weekend away for a relaxing staycation or dropping in from out of town, us here at @babybums found the perfect boutique hotel to visit.
We had the pleasure of visiting a local boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Phoenix called FOUND:RE. When I walked into the lobby I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of the hotel. The vibe was modern, chic, and hip. I immediately felt as if I were visiting an art museum. I found myself surrounded by amazing arts of all kinds, created by local Phoenix artists. Charlie ran around screaming with joy… trying to touch everything. I immediately regretted not bringing my stroller to detain him.
The FOUND:RE private pool area was secluded, quiet, and ever so relaxing for a staycation. They even had poolside drink and food service which had me ordering cold brewed coffee all throughout the day.
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Remember the old days when you could call the front desk and set a wake up call? I remember my uncles playing tricks on my parents and waking them up at the crack of dawn… well no more wake up calls. No more phones actually. They have touch screen pads where you can request any service (including housekeeping, guest services, even room service!)
The room was spacious, modern, and appealing to the eye. The view of the city was impeccable and provided the best monsoon spectacle for the evening.
Book your room today here: https://www.foundrehotels.com/
Located in the FOUND:re hotel is the Match Restaurant and Cocktails. Offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner they also feature happy hour (with some rocking discounts on drinks and bar items) 7 days a week! The wood fired kitchen is sure to please any appetite.
Visit Match Restaurant here: https://www.matchphx.com/
See the Match Menu here: https://www.matchphx.com/menus/
Recommendation: Match Pizza. Made with prosciutto, bacon, parmesan cream, arugula and topped with truffle oil and a sunny side up egg this pizza was AMAZING.