When it comes to planning a Vitamin-D-filled holiday in the Grand Canyon State, those who opt for Tucson – Arizona’s second city – will be rewarded with dramatic mountains peppered with Saguaro cacti, peaceful environs and a downtown brimming with young energy, thanks to a large student population at the University of Arizona. It may be hard to leave the resort premises at all with so many on-site amenities in the form of golf courses, tennis courts, pools and spas – capped off with epic desert sunsets, perhaps best enjoyed with a margarita in hand. Read on for the best resorts in Tucson, bookable on Culture Trip.
In the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, this resort in Tucson has all the signature amenities that Westin fans expect, plus a whole slew of family-friendly perks. Gather together at the many outdoor pools – including one with a waterslide. When it’s time for some quiet time, mom and dad can leave their little ones at the kids’ club while they enjoy the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, body wraps, scrubs and couples’ massages at the spa, plus tennis courts, a fitness center and Olympic-sized pool with lap lanes. Head to the Contigo Latin Kitchen for flavors from Cuba, Spain and Mexico, where you can sample spicy grilled octopus and grass-fed churrasco – or sip an artisanal cocktail at the AZuL lounge.
Originally a residence from 1912, this hacienda-style resort is a longtime favorite thanks to spacious rooms and suites bedecked with Southwestern artwork and textiles; nab the Stargazer Spa Suite for the outdoor hot tub. There are activities aplenty with three outdoor pools (including a lap pool), horseback riding, tennis, volleyball, basketball, yoga classes, spa treatments and close proximity to hiking trails. Check out the resort’s four gardens, including one that provides ingredients for two restaurants: fine-dining Arizona flavors at Gold, plus a casual option serving comfort food, accompanied by live dance music on weekends. A free shuttle connects you to downtown Tucson.
Poker and blackjack enthusiasts will appreciate the casino at this Tucson resort in the desert, run by the Pascua Yaqui tribe. But there are other draws to staying here, such as the golf course, Desert Heat body packages at the Hiapsi Spa and an outdoor live entertainment venue attracting the likes of Earth, Wind and Fire and David Osmond. You can also relax by the pool in your own private cabana. Rooms come with Egyptian cotton linens and Keurig coffeemakers, while dining options include a dozen cafes and restaurants; try the homemade pastas made from the White Sonora wheat of the Yaqui lands at Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano.
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