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The Perfect Escape from Winter in the Midwest

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Set amidst flowering cactus, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is the ideal winter getaway. The warm Arizona sun will melt away any thoughts of winter weather as you enjoy our spectacular 2 ½ acre “water playground” complete with a three-story waterslide and white sand beach. More fun is to be had at the family pool with a game of water volleyball or basketball, splash pad, and Family Fun Zone with games like outdoor ping pong, miniature golf and a rock climbing wall. Adults appreciate their own spot for warming in the Arizona sun at the “adult only” pool, a quiet oasis with a backdrop of the Cascade Waterfall and views of the mountains. A day in a poolside cabana creates a private retreat for your personal time.

There are so many other activities to keep you outdoors and learning about the Sonoran Desert. Tee up for 27 holes of championship golf, take to the courts for world-class tennis and explore miles of bicycling and jogging trails. Visit our Native American Learning Center and take advantage of “Experiential Vacations,” destination specific activities for children, families and adults. Off-property, you can view the beauty of the Sonoran Desert from aloft in a hot air balloon, a rugged journey on a desert Jeep adventure or on horseback. There are so many fun and memorable ways to experience our desert surroundings.

Winter features a variety of resort activities and programs for all ages from kids’ Mermaid Classes, Junior Golf Clinics, Native American Dance performances, Arizona Birds of Prey presentations to Mixology Classes, Dive-In Movies, S’mores ‘n Storytelling and so much more! You won’t want to miss the signature events hosted in the Valley of the Sun including the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Heard Museum’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and everyone’s favorite…Spring Training Baseball!

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When the time comes for dining and enjoying evening entertainment, options abound at five distinctively different restaurants. Energized by the delicious aromas and activity coming from its open kitchen, families can relax in SWB, a casual southwest bistro, offering wood-fired specialties featuring the flavors of the Americas. Here they can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch indoors or out overlooking Fountain Court and mountain views.

Cross over the bridge and through a courtyard to find the vibrant, convivial setting of Alto ristorante e bar. This comfortable Italian restaurant offers fresh and flavorful dishes with an emphasis on “the season.” Alto features its unique Formaggio & Salumi Cellar, a collection of Italy’s best artisanal cheeses and meats. An award-winning selection of wines from around the world, with an emphasis on Italy, is cradled on two wine walls. Dinner is served both indoors and alfresco nestled around terrace fire pits, creating a very inviting atmosphere. The evening is complete with a gondola ride along the resort’s waterways serenaded by a singing gondolier. Overlooking cascading fountains and glowing fireplaces, cap off your evening in the casual sophistication of Center Stage Bar where you can unwind to the nightly entertainment. From soulful vocals and urban acoustic to edgy folk, there is something to please everyone.

Not to forget Noh for your traditional sushi and sashimi fix or our 24 hour Canyon Market featuring Starbuck’s Coffee, ice cream, sandwiches, salads and daily offerings along with fun and unique retail.

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Carved out of the serene beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is Spa Avania, the first complete spa experience choreographed to the science of time. Reflecting balance and harmony, it provides a total immersion experience based on the five spa elements deemed most essential to the body’s changing rhythms and requirements. These include customized treatments, mineral water therapy, music styling, natural light and the antioxidant benefits of fine teas. There are two new experiences that are not to be missed, as they are unique in the destination. The Himalayan Salt Room offers many benefits, which include boosting your immune system, enhancing your breathing and improving overall wellness. “The Wave” combines elements of music, waves and vibration to give you the perfect calming massage. It provides the ultimate relaxation, leaving you feeling stress-free and rejuvenated.” Spa Avania is a comfortable secluded setting where you can enjoy the beauty of the spa’s signature French Celtic Mineral Pool, lotus pond and the grandeur of Camelback Mountain.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, the perfect winter escape.

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