Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

I went to tour the Phoenician, in Feb. 2013. They just handed me a map and I walked around on my own.  The history is interesting. An artist, Jessie Evans, fell in love with the land up against Camelback mountain in the early 1900’s, built a small house for herself, bought 40 more acres and gave 12 of them to her son and daughter-in-law. They decided to build a unique adobe home that they eventually opened up to visitors. This home still stands on the grounds and was featured in the movie “Raising Arizona”.  Charles Keating, bought the land in 1985 and decided to fashion it into something rivaling grand European resorts. It now consists of 250 acres. He brought in white tiles from Italy, had ceilings etched with 24 karat gold. It is a 5 diamond resort. He brought in workers from Tonga to create the tropical landscape.  The serenity pool is tiled with mother of pearl from Italy. The pool renovations cost $1 million.

There are various sizes of rooms from 530 sq. feet to the Presidential suite within the hotel and is 4000 sq feet. Prices start at $199 per night and go into the thousands.  There is a resort, the Canyon Suites, within the resort that has it’s own pool and a chauffeur driven car for the use of the guests.

Activities include the Family activity center that includes a theater, a basketball court, foosball, video games, pool, etc.; 9 pools that include a river like pool that has several sections, a kid’s pool and water slide; hikes to Camelback mountain, a playground;  a Koi Fish feeding activity; lawn games, bikes, art tours, wine and cheese tasting; tennis courts and lessons; a 27 hole golf course and lessons; fitness center with classes and facilities; a salon; a 22,000 sq foot spa/salon that offers body and face treatments, body therapies, astrology, hypnotherapy, chakra balancing, tarot readings and even golf imagery for golfers I was glad to see the guided imagery on their menu as I have successfully used hypnotherapy and other mind/body therapies for use with golfers.

There are 8 food venues and 5 private dining rooms available. They offer facilities for weddings, business meetings and other events. Locals can purchase membership to the tennis courts and golf course.

The pictures show the resort at the base of the mountain; the river and pool; the fountains and rooms; the landscaping.

Cabanas by pool with lobby and rooms and mountain beyond Entrance Fountain in part of lake with rooms beyond One of the pools next to the necklace lake Part of the grounds

 

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