On the Horizon in Arizona

The 492-room Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch is the place to book people with pets. A new 4Paws pet-friendly policy at the resort provides a luxurious alternative to boarding and pet sitters.

Upon arrival, guests are given a special welcome letter from Uno, the resort’s 4Paws Pet Ambassador. Then in the guestroom the pet amenities start to stack up. For dogs, that means all-natural gourmet treats, a squeaky toy, suggested walking routes, park locations, directions to the “dog park,” and a whole lot more. The nightly non-refundable rate for this service is $50. (Pets weighing more than 40 pounds are admitted at the discretion of the resort). Reservations for pets must be made in advance. Meanwhile, the resort and spa is undergoing a $50 million expansion and renovation that should be complete late this year. Rates in late spring and summer start at $199 per night.

Coming later this year is the 250-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, in northwest Tucson—expected to be the hotel company’s largest golf and spa resort. It will feature two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, with a 50,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse and 36 holes within an expansive master-planned community in the high Sonoran Desert. Four restaurants, a 17,000-sq.-ft. spa, and views of the Tortolita Mountains contribute to the experience. Rates are not yet set. From Dec. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2010, the resort will offer a Fairways and Greens package starting at $529 per night. The package includes overnight accommodations in a deluxe guestroom, executive suite or club level room; a complete American breakfast for two in the restaurant, or served in-room; two 18-hole rounds of golf daily, including a golf cart, club storage, use of practice facility and tax and required forecaddie from the Ritz-Carlton Caddie Concierge program.

Meanwhile, the Scottsdale area’s first Ritz-Carlton broke ground in Paradise Valley in January on 105 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain. The Ritz-CarltoN, Paradise Valley is expected to have 225 rooms, 100 villas, 46 estate homes and 15 one-acre estate home sites that will be serviced and branded by the Ritz-Carlton when completed in fall 2010. Connected to the site will be the high-end retail offerings at The Palmeraie with 112 retailers including Hermes, plus celebrity chef-driven restaurants and a proposed Edition hotel, the new boutique hotel brand by Ian Schrager and Marriott International—to be among the first to debut worldwide.

hot deals for summer Downtown Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho has a So Summer package that starts at $149 per night and includes a toast to the season with a free celebratory drink upon arrival, plus 10 percent off the first VH Spa visit, 20 percent off dinner at Trader Vic’s and a Westcor shopping book with more than $700 in discounts and VIP line passes to Scottsdale nightclubs. Kids will love the dive-in movies on Fridays. The package runs Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North has summer specials running June 1 to Sept. 13 that include the Bed & Breakfast package with luxurious casita accommodations and complimentary breakfast at the onsite Crescent Moon restaurant starting at $225 per night. Also offered is the Sonoran Desert getaway that gives away a complimentary third night with two paid nights. Seasonal rates start at $195 per night.

The Chaparral Suites Resort Scottsdale’s Caribbean Summer package makes a good fit for families and starts at $99 per night. Accommodations are in a 2-room suite, and the rate comes with full breakfast. Guests get a summer gift bag with a weekend stay.