Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa Review - 12 Reasons It Tops the Family Friendly Luxury List

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The Sonoran Desert has a beauty all its own and, with the McDowell Mountains as a stunning backdrop, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is great for vacationers to experience what the American Southwest offers.

In addition to Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and award-winning service, the following is a rundown of 12 particularly notable family-oriented aspects of the property that make it perfectly suited for multi-generational families of all ages.

  1. 1.The 30-foot, three-story, high-speed waterslide. Kids would unanimously agree this is the coolest feature at the resort. It’s certainly the crowning glory of the Hyatt Regency's newly renovated Water Playground. This tubular slide zooms swimmers through triple turns at speeds up to 25 miles per hour! Overall, the $4 million, 2.5 acre Water Playground complex includes 10 swimming pools. One pool  features a real sand beach, 20 fountains and a whopping 45 waterfalls—not to mention private cabanas and alfresco dining at the poolside H2Oasis restaurant. 

  1. 2.Camp Hyatt Kachina and the Lost Dutchman's Playground. Here,kids ages three to twelve can enjoy crafts and activities that immerse them in the Southwestern experience, such as making Indian headbands and pinch pots; hearing tales told by cowboy storytellers; learning about local culture, geography and indigenous plants and animals; or splashing around in the Water Playground.

  1. 3.Gondola Boat Rides. An authentically handcrafted Italian Gondola in the middle of the desert? You bet! Enjoy a classical Italian serenade performed by professional Gondoliers as your family cruises the waters of the resort's seven-acre lake. It's a wonderful way to wind down amid the glow of a Sonoran desert sunset. Kids aged three and under cruise free while kids ages four through twelve cost just $5.

 

  1. 4.Gratis golf! It’s never too early to get the kids out on the green to cultivate golf skills—or just have a giggle or three. At the award-winning Gainey Ranch Golf Club, children fifteen and under staying at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa play free with a paying adult. This is a can't-miss opportunity for golf lovers as this 27-hole championship golf course is among the top rated in the country, and is only accessible to private club members and resort guests.
  2. 5.Activities aplenty. Here families can have some unplugged fun together in a variety of ways, day or night. There are four lighted tennis courts to enjoy (with available professional instruction if needed), and leisure bicycles are also available. For the fitness-minded family, there are miles of jogging trails as well as a fully equipped StayFit gym. The Spa Avania beckons those ages sixteen and above to come in and get pampered with a full spectrum of treatments to choose from. 

  1. 6.Cultural immersion. A very cool aspect of this property is its Native American Learning Center, which provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Southwestern Native Americans. Guests are given unique access to masterworks of native artists in both traditional and experimental media, exhibits and a reference library. Through foods, entertainment, art, landscaping and personal interactions with Hyatt staff, guests gain a better understanding of the history of our destination. What’s more, every Friday at 5pm guests can attend a performance of traditional Native American hoop dancing known as, "the dance of life," an interpretation of many plants and animals meaningful to Native American culture.

 

  1. 7.Sweet suites. While the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa offers a wide variety of rooms for any size family and budget among the nearly 500 available in total, the Casita Suites are one especially ideal option for families. Located along the resort's waterways, the casitas are available with up to four bedroom configurations and feature separate sitting and dining areas, a wood-burning fireplace and a rooftop deck.
  2. Also incredible for families are the Paolo Soleri and Karl May Signature Suites, each available as one or two bedroom options, that are designed to look and feel like a private residence. A large living and dining area, wet bar and dining table with six armchairs help foster this effect. Family creature comforts abound, and include Hyatt Grand Beds, Wi-Fi Internet access, refrigerator, 37” flat screen TV and an iHome stereo with iPod docking station.
  3. 8.Hypoallergenic room options. Created with allergy sufferers in mind, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa offers PURE hypoallergenic rooms that are installed and maintained by PURE Solutions NA. These specialty rooms adhere to strict cleanliness protocols that reduce potential irritants and airborne particles.

 

  1. 9.A baby bounty lightens the load. Available to guests with small children is the Hyatt's Babies Travel Lite program through which diapers, formula, food and other infant provisions are delivered directly to your Hyatt Hotel room so you can skip the bulky baggage! Instead, order from over 1,500 name brand baby products, including a large selection of organics, that’ll be in your room awaiting your arrival.

  1. 10.Regency Club Lounge. Guests staying in Regency Club-level rooms enjoy exclusive access to the Regency Club Lounge—a great place to mix and mingle with other guests, or just enjoy an air conditioned respite from the desert heat. The club has its own personal concierge who’s there to ensure your needs and wants are attended to. Each day the Club Lounge serves a European-style breakfast, a variety of snacks and evening hors d'oeuvres. Cocktail service is also available at reduced pricing.
  2. The Regency Club is well appointed and overlooks a pretty lagoon. The space has a private indoor-outdoor terrace, gazebo and lush gardens, and is a great location to take a load off.

 

  1. 11.Dining to-die-for. While there are no less than eight places to eat and imbibeatthe Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, serving everything from Starbucks to sushi, my personal favorite place to eat on-site is SWB, a modern Southwestern bistro that offers creative regional “food with flare”—some of which is cooked in wood-fired ovens. While there is no kids' menu, SWB does offer smaller portions of select à la carte items at half price for kids twelve and under. Whatever you do, don’t miss the eatery’s signature lime and cilantro-infused guacamole that’s prepared table-side.
  2. My entrée pick? The Grilled Pork Chop accompanied by a bacon jalapeño jam and buttered hominy grits with a side order of Green Chili and Oaxaca Cheese Cornbread. You’re welcome.

 

  1. 12.Pet privileges. With the Hyatt Regency's 4Paws pet program, even four-legged family members are welcome. Doggie amenities such as beds, toys, food and water dishes (with a floor mat) are included to help make your pet's stay an enjoyable one.

Believe it or not, these are just some of the many things that make the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch a great option for family travel. Here you’ll experience authentic hospitality and rampant recreation that’ll make those smiles stick. What more can you ask for?

Fun fact: Where now stands Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, once was Gainey Ranch—home to champion Arabian horses.


"The Luxe List" Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions can be seen at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

***Some or all of the accommodations, experiences, items and/or services detailed are provided at no cost to accommodate reviews, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

Republished by permission of and provided to Haute-Lifestyle.com by author.

All Hyatt Regency Resort images owned by and used courtesy of Hyatt Regency Resort Scottsdale.

All culinary images and hypoallergenic accommodations image owned by and used courtesy of The Luxe List.

Haute Tease

  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Davos, Greta Thunberg, Impeachment Arguments, Auschwitz, Jim Lehrer, Election 2020

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Trump has apparently resigned his inability to control the impeachment hearings and has decided to adopt a business as usual attitude, appearing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as his impeachment trial begins.

     
  • Notorious Cold Blooded Killer to Face Murder Charges

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Juan Elias Carlos, 21, a pint sized killing machine, has been returned to the United States to face murder charges in the execution style deaths of his former lover and her two year old son.

     
  • Valentine’s Day Gift Guide - For the Romantic, Lover, Friend and the Hopeful

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Valentine's Day the first holiday after the New Year that revives retailers, as the expected revenue tops $18Billion annually, with a burst of gift giving as the world succumbs to romantic fantasies, warm feelings of amour, roses, chocolates and love.

     
  • Don’t Let Go Review – Mind Bending Psychological Thriller Delivers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Don’t Let Go, from Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures, brings to the screen a psychological drama, set in contemporary Los Angeles, as a detective receives the chance to stop the murder of his niece.

     
  • Money News: DOW, North American Markets Up; London, France and Asian Market All Up; Germany Closes Down

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, managing to keep the bear market at bay, rode the bull for another week and closed the trading week up with double digit gains as the upswing carried over into North American Markets, London and Asian which all closed up.

     
  • Celeb Photos: Premieres and Parties at the Annual Austin Film & Music Festival

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Hollywood event company A-List Communications wrapped its annual premiere program of film events at its popular Arts & Cinema Centre with sponsors Maestro Dobel Tequila and Blue Moon Brewing at Basecamp and Summit venues located at 120 West 5th Street in Austin, TX.

     
  • Golden Globe Photos: SELMA Earns Two Oscar Noms; Student Screening Initiative Continues to Gain Momentum

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    An additional 12 locations, bringing the total to 17 additional cities after New York City, have joined the growing movement lead by African-American business leaders to raise funds for students across the country to see the Academy Award®-nominated film "SELMA," expanding the first-of-its-kind campaign to 25 locations nationwide. 

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Emma Donoghue, Screenwriter for Critically Acclaimed ROOM, Discusses Bestselling Novel and Film

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    ROOM, from FilmNation Entertainment and A24, after winning the People’s Choice Award at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival opened in select cities with critics everywhere continuing to fan the Awards season buzz for its weighty and honest portrayals.

     
  • Mackenzie Lueck, Murdered Utah University Student, Slut Shamed

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Days after the charred remains of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck were found in Logan Canyon, 85 miles from the alleged murder scene, internet trollers have slut shamed the El Segundo native over her social media postings.

     
  • Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security Secretary, Headlines Espionage Expert Panel

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The National Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.,  during the 2010 SALT film junket, hosted a panel of espionage experts featuring Director of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former U.S. Intelligence officer and Middle East Counterterrorism Expert, Melissa Mahle, Kirk Whitworth, Director of Communications and Analysis under the Bush Administration and Operative and former KGB General Oleg Kalugin.

     
  • Missing El Segundo Resident Mackenzie Lueck Murdered; Suspect Arrested

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Mackenzie Lueck, 23, a Salt Lake City, Utah college student, who went missing after returning to the area following her grandmother's funeral in El Segundo, CA., has been declared dead after charred remains were discovered in the suspect's yard.

     
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice Ignites at World Premiere

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the newest film from the collaborating team of Nic Cage, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jon Turtletaub, held its World Premiere at the historic New Amsterdam Theater located at the cross roads of the World, Times Square New York, New York.

     
  • Driver Charged in New Hampshire Motorcycle Carnage

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The driver of the pickup truck, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, that inadvertently caused a devastating collision Friday evening in New Hampshire killing seven members of a Marine Jarheads MC Motorcycle club, has been charged with seven counts of negligent homicide.

     
  • America Under Siege: One Week, Three Mass Shootings, Two Dozen Dead

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A lone gunman walked into a Walmart in El Paso Texas, and systematically shot, without provocation or warning, nearly 50 shoppers, killing 20 and injuring more than 26. It was the third mass shooting in America this week alone.

     
  • Smoked Burgers & BBQ To Be the First to Launch All-You-Can-Eat BBQ On The Las Vegas Strip

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will become the first restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip to serve All-You-Can-Eat BBQ available every day starting at 11:30 a.m. in celebration of National BBQ Month.