Andaz Scottsdale Resort: Rugged Arizona refinement

The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa takes design cues from its desert setting and Southwestern art.

The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa takes design cues from its desert setting and Southwestern art.
The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa takes design cues from its desert setting and Southwestern art.

Palm trees and pines tower over the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa grounds, framing views of the property's famous neighbor: rugged, rust-hued Camelback Mountain. Situated on 23 sunny acres, the urban sanctuary feels surprisingly quiet given its convenient setting just off buzzy North Scottsdale Road.

In designing the 14th location of its locally-influenced hotel brand, Andaz capitalized on the region's rich artistic and architectural heritage. Midcentury structures feature retro-chic fixtures, bold colors and thoughtful accents by members of the nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound. Artists from the creative community, which is one mile away, hold on-site workshops through the resort's artist-in-residence program. Travelers can also arrange Cattle Track trips to see more.

Andaz Scottsdale guests check in via iPad at the Guest House, the resort's midcentury modern hub. Southwestern textiles, vibrant fiber-art installations, vintage items and sleek furnishings outfit the glass-walled, communal lounge space. Outside, guests socialize around shaded patio tables and fire pits.

Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen occupies one end of the Guest House building. Former Park Hyatt New York chef Adam Sheff oversees the regionally-focused culinary program here, employing plancha techniques to create playful Sonoran dishes — think grilled meats and charred corn served with aioli and cotija cheese. The cocktail bar offers views of the exhibition kitchen, where a chef's table welcomes small groups.

From there, walking paths wind out to bungalows clustered across the property. The 201 standard and suite accommodations have front-patio seating (some offer private back terraces, as well) plus bathrooms with skylights and two-person showers. Throughout the airy, spacious rooms, patterned pillows and prints by Cattle Track artists contrast with crisp blonde wood and classic leather elements. Snacks and nonalcoholic drinks in the minibars are available at no charge.

At the far edge of the property, the Retreat serves corporate groups and wedding parties with a secluded cluster of guestrooms plus a private pool and lawn. The Foundry Ballroom and several adjacent studios accommodate groups, as well. Additional open-air venues are landscaped with flowers, saguaros and citrus trees.

The surrounding landscape also shapes treatments at the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary, where the Prickly Pear Body Therapy, Cactus and Apple Stem Cell Facial and various massages draw on desert elements. Views from the serene spa pool extend toward Camelback Mountain. Expect a livelier scene at the resort's centrally located Turquoise Pool. Chaise lounges and shaded daybeds line the sundeck, and bar staffers serve up playful snacks and frosty cocktails such as the Daily Delighter that's free for adults when the bar opens.

It's just two miles from the Andaz campus to Fashion Square and the cafes and galleries of Old Town Scottsdale. During a recent hosted stay, I hailed a ride on the property's complimentary chauffeured Tesla. As we cruised south on North Scottsdale Road, a member of the resort team recommended his favorite local breweries, bistros and neighborhood haunts.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa rates start at $459 in peak season and $149 in the summer. Visit


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