The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Arguably the most scenic resort in the Southwest, the Boulders is built to impress -- exceptional gym and spa; renowned golf courses; organic cuisine grown on the grounds; and casitas with wood-beamed ceilings. It's one of the best resorts in Phoenix.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Considered one of the top resorts in the Southwest for nearly a decade, the serene yet sceney Sanctuary continues to impress its high-profile guests with its cuisine, spa, and gorgeous suites. It's not perfect -- few resorts are -- but it undeniably has the most desirable location in Scottsdale, overlooking Praying Monk Rock and the desert, not suburban sprawl.
Montelucia Resort & Spa Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This Spanish villa-style property with great views of Camelback Mountain is one of Scottsdale's most luxurious desert retreats. The grounds feature pretty floral-lined walkways and arched entrances, and sophisticated rooms have lots of Spanish-inspired details, including dark woods and big mirrors. But all the extra fees can add up.
FireSky Resort And Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A middling motel in downtown Scottsdale turned boutique-style standout by the Kimpton Group, the FireSky "resort" offers something for everyone -- a sandy play space by the pool; free wine during happy hour; a cozy cocktail lounge; a small but sufficient spa; kid-friendly marshmallow roasts; the list goes on. It's crowded for a reason: value.