Five Diamonds in a History of Gold and Crystal
by James Edward Orr
THE TITLE OF “PRINCESS” LIKELY ELICITS FOND MEMORIES of Star Wars and cinnabons, or the late Diana, or even saving Lady Toadstool in Super Mario Brothers circa 1984! Well, in Arizonan the natives and the world over associate the word with the Five Diamond Resort in North Scottsdale. This iconic resort plays host to some of the country’s biggest events including the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the esteemed TPC of Scottsdale. That’s the Tournament Players Club for those of you that don’t know. AZSAL Media is a very proud supporter of the WMPO every year!
The Waste Management Phoenix Open trophy. Made with handcrafted Waterford Crystal

That being said, AZSAL is honored to spotlight the very resort that boasts its Five Diamond “bling”—an accolade that only a few other properties share in the entire state. My entourage included my boxer Kima (that’s the four-footed kind) and 10-year-old boy. Indeed folks, every Fairmont property in the world is pet friendly and kid friendly too. Kudos to Nick for giving us an outstanding first impression—certainly the perfect fit for his job. His valet crew immediately greeted us with the kind of gravitas that made us feel like the only people, or party, to arrive on the property. The reception desk even gave us a dog bone at check-in! Can we get a “ruff ruff”.

After getting settled in, the AZSAL crew was delighted to tour the 65-acre property, becoming acquainted with the incredible amenities including five pools, a stellar waterpark, five restaurants, an award-winning spa and so much more. On our stroll of the distinctive Spanish Colonial architecture and landscape, the amazing up-keep of the property caught our eye at every glimpse. The grounds are lush and diverse, from lagoons, to cactus gardens, fragrance gardens and a flowered “living wall” in the main plaza. On our stroll the distinct architecture, landscape and amazing up-keep of the property caught our eye at every glimpse. “We have crews working around the clock to make sure everything on the property matches the high standards of our guests,” said Erin Stewart, our media resort guide. “Our guests want an award winning experience, and we’re happy to provide that.”


The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess boasts many fabulous award winning food and beverage options. Just to name a few Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, a AAA Four Diamond-rated premier steakhouse serves up choice cuts of beef, chicken and fish all cooked over seasoned wood-fueled flames. Ironwood American Kitchen overlooks one of the many spectacular pools and offers wood-fired favorites in a family friendly atmosphere. Another exceptional dining option offered by the Fairmont Princess is La Hacienda, created by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval. Anyone who grew up in Phoenix or spent a significant amount of time in the Valley of the Sun knows what good Mexican food is. The best spots, with the best chefs are all on Arizonan’s mental speed dial. When AZSAL learned that Arizona Business Magazine rated La Hacienda as the best Mexican food in the state we had to give it a shot. The verdict? Put this restaurant on your bucket list! La Hacienda is, hands down, the Valley’s magnum opus of Mexican-inspired dining. As far as drinks go, cast aside adages about tequila being the drink that ruins the night. The master barkeeps at La Hacienda have access to only the highest quality tequila and seem to possess Stephen Hawking like knowledge of the spirit. We tried the ‘Snake Bite Flight’. The offering is a trio of sotol, mescal and tequila, three of the five spirits of Mexico all served on a plate with a little friend, a diamondback rattler! Don’t worry, folks, the snake doesn’t bite. To start any meal at La Hacienda it is considered blasphemous not to savor at least one of three uniquely delicious guacamole appetizers made tableside. The avocados are so fresh you swear they grew them in the kitchen. Mix in pomegranate, mango, and crab or go wild ‘n out with bacon or green chile and tomato to conjure the perfect start to an exquisite meal.


• The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess neighbors TPC Scottsdale, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open
• The Princess has five pools, two Jacuzzis, two 200-foot water slides and countless cabanas
• The resort was built in 1987 and remodeled in 2012
• Guests can reel in catfish, bluegill or tilapia year-round or take advantage of catch and release fishing derbies with Ranger Rick on weekends throughout the summer
• The Well & Being Spa has a makeup bar where guests can get dolled-up by professional makeup artists
• The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is one of four AAA Five-Diamond resorts in Arizona
• In 2013, the resort completed a $60 million renovation project that added 52,331 square-feet of meeting space, and remodeled each of its 120 luxurious Casitas
• The renovation continues with the addition of 102 guest rooms, three luxury suites, a new pool, Great Lawn and a new Western town called Copper Canyon coming in 2016
• Self and Valet parking are available for guests of the hotel, and for local residents, valet is complimentary with a restaurant-validated ticket

Patrons can’t go wrong with the dinner menu at La Hacienda. From world-class enchiladas to sea scallops and back around no matter what the palate desires, dinner will knock socks off. And while the meal will be astonishingly good, dessert will be even better. Make no mistake; the Mexican coffee at La Hacienda is a magic show. Everyone in the restaurant put their forks down to watch our server, Miguel, throw a column of fire into the air as he coated our drink ware with spices before adding a tequila liqueur (yes a tequila liqueur) and just the right amount of whipped cream to make coffee royalty. AZSAL also had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the recently opened Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar at TPC Scottsdale—yet, another culinary gem, by celebrated Chef Richard Sandoval, known for his very unique fusions of many genres of tasty fare. Toro, overlooking the acclaimed eighteenth hole of the TPC, packs a punch of fantastically crafted food. And with an added bonus to this memorable fine dining experience, is their signature copious rum selection. With 111 different types of rum we were all pleasantly teased with the selections from Melissa, Toro’s sommelier of the beverage—or Bacardiologist. Melissa’s selections made for a great pairing, complimenting each of our dishes.


The Phoenix heat is legendary. Anyone living here during June, July, and August would rather put their head in an oven than spend one minute in the sun. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess flips that notion right on its noggin with five gorgeous swimming pools, two spacious Jacuzzis, the Well & Being Spa and a host of special summer events that will keep visitors cool no matter what the thermometer reads. The South Pool, overlooking the fifth tee box, provides a relaxing and family-friendly atmosphere with nine cabanas as well as lunch and afternoon beverage service. Looking to get a workout in? The East Pool has lap lanes, perfect for quick and fun exercise. Did we mention that the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess was kid-friendly? The Sonoran Splash Pool will keep the little trouble makers occupied with two 200foot water slides and a zero-entry deck area, ideal for little explorers that might not have their sea legs yet. And if it’s time to put the little tykes to bed, the Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa’s adult-only rooftop will help you relax with dedicated lounge chair seating, misting systems and cocktails from Quench Rooftop Pool Bar. Everyone has a different idea when they think of the word “Princess,” but everyone that has stayed at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess knows what its like to be treated as hotel royalty. From the spacious and contemporary rooms, to the once-in-a-lifetime dining, to gorgeous pools and world-class golf, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the crown jewel of the desert.

Address: 7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Phone: (480) 585-4848


• The SplashRider X-treme is a rolling water ball for both kids and adults that operates on weekends at the Sonoran Splash Pool
• Disco down the slides at the Techno Glo Party at Sonoran Splash pool complete with black lights, lasers, fog, LED hula hooping, glow-in-the-dark bubbles, drinks and pulsating techno music from DJ Splash Rock from 8-10 PM Friday and Saturday Nights all summer long
• Dive in Movies, sponsored by cox communications, turns a dip in the pool into a big-screen summer-blockbuster
• Resort guests can soar at speed 25 mph, 240-feet across
the lagoons on The Zipper, a 37-foot-high zip line
available weekends all summer long
• Ranger Rick helps guests cast a reel for bluegill at the
fishing derbies and leads nature walks to observe any of the waterfowl who make the lagoons their home. Guests can also visit the resident desert tortoise, Cecil
• Water balloon battles take place all summer and include large, custom-made launchers. Perfect for kids
• Trailblazers is a fun-filled program for ages 5-12 where kids pan for real gold, learn to solar cook, play sports, and swim
• Enjoy Fireworks at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess every Saturday night at 9 pm, all summer long through Labor Day weekend


architectural photography
• Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, January 24 – 31, 2016. The official resort of the Scottsdale Barrett- Jackson Collector Car Auction, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located just 2.5 miles from WestWorld – the auction venue
• Management Phoenix Open, February 1 – 7, 2016. Stay just steps from the famed TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course at the official resort of the Waste Management Phoenix Open
• Arabian Horse Show, February 11-21, 2016. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the official resort of the 61st Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, the largest of its kind in the world with over 2,400 of the finest Arabian and Half-Arabian horses, trainers and breeders competing for a chance to win more than 600 colorful classes
• Nightmare on Princess Drive. Enjoy the Princess’ annual Halloween bash at the Plaza Bar. Specialty cocktails, live music and the ever-popular costume contest set the stage for a spooktacular night.
• Thanksgiving Celebrations. Gather family and friends to give thanks and celebrate this joyous holiday at the Princess. From brunch to dinner they offer a variety of specialty dining experiences for all ages and tastes to enjoy
• Christmas at the Princess, November 19-New Year’s Day. Join the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for their annual Christmas at the Princess Tree-Lighting ceremony. Festivities include, a visit from Santa Claus, strolling carolers, spiced cider and cookies, the opening of their 6,000 square-foot Desert Ice Skating Rink and the light- ing of a four-story, musically animated Christmas tree with 67,000 LED lights. Additionally, the resort will have 2.5 million Lagoon Lights guests can see from the Princess Express train that offers nightly rides

AZSAL Magazine would like to thank Valerie Lee, Erin Stewart and the entire property staff, for the hospitality!