Summer Staycation Guide: Kids or no kids


by Tyson Milanovich

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Monday, May 21 at 1:21 PM

PHOENIX -- With temperatures soaring into triple digits and the school year coming to a close, it's summer vacation time for thousands of Arizona families.

While many will hit the road to try and beat the heat, Arizona's resorts and hotels have a wide variety of offerings.  This week, 3TV will take a closer look at where to stay and what to do.

Best Water Park: Arizona Grand Resort
Home of the largest water slide in Arizona, the Arizona Grand is an all-suite property that is perfect for families looking for an in-town getaway with some action packed water-themed fun. Rooms start this summer start at $149 and there is a $40 per night resort fee that includes entrance to the water park. However, if you do the math, it’s still a great value for a family of four if you compare it to the entrance fee at other local water parks – and it includes an overnight stay!
Honorable Mention:  Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak 
Best Resort Kids Program: Westin Kierland Resort
This resort focuses on families with their 900-ft lazy river, 110-ft water slide, a new wave pool coming in August and a Director of Fun whose sole job is to coordinate family fun! With rates starting at $159 there are endless opportunities for quality family time – and the Kid’s Club is a perfect option for parents looking for a brief reprieve.
Honorable Mention: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak
Best Place to Avoid Kids: The Boulders
Known as the “Grown-up Getaway” this resort has NO children’s programs. This is not to say that children are not welcome at the resort, but this is one place where the pool won’t be overrun with kids. Their summer rates begin on June 14 and start at $119, which is 70% off the peak season rates and is a great deal for the luxurious and newly-remodeled casitas. There are also great golf deals on their spectacular course and spa deals at their Golden Door Spa.
Honorable Mention:  Royal Palms, Hotel Valley Ho, The Saguaro 
Best Romantic Getaway: Royal Palms
Royal Palms actually trademarked the word “Romantication”. The setting alone sets the tone for a couple’s retreat and dinner at the famed T. Cook’s feeds all of the romantic senses. The staff can customize any stay with rose pedal turn-downs and other special touches for memory-making. Rooms start at $129, plus a resort fee and an additional $99 gets you dinner for two, a spa treatment or a cabana rental.
Honorable Mention:  Four Seasons Resort, Ritz Carlton
Hidden Gem: Hermosa Inn
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain in the heart of Paradise Valley, this hideaway offers 34 newly remodeled luxury casitas and the award-winning Lon’s restaurant. Rates this summer start at $129 and there is no hidden resort fee.
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Some information in this report was provided by the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association:
3TV Summer Staycation Guide:
Best water parks, pools, family fun, places to avoid kids
Tuesday: Iconic Arizona resorts, best places for out-of-town guests, best views
Wednesday: Best value, best VIP experience, best places for "foodies"
Thursday: Best out-of-town getaways, best in-town experience that feels out-of-town