Diamonds in the dunes? They really do exist. Case in point: the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, a jewel in Arizona's Sonoran Desert.
"In the Scottsdale area, you just can't stay any closer to the desert than at this beautiful resort northeast of Fountain Hills," Frommer's says.
Native American décor reminds guests of its location on Yavapai Nation land, while top-rate amenities helped earn the property AAA Four Diamond status. In the 246 guest rooms, guests can expect complimentary wireless Internet access, flat-screen TVs, and large windows overlooking the mountains, golf course, or the heated outdoor pool.
Stay for one night in a Deluxe Room, including two steak and egg breakfasts at Fort McDowell Casino, a 20-percent discount on spa services, and complimentary valet parking ($99).
Golfers can tee off on one of the emerald greens at the resort's We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, home of two championship courses, a deluxe practice facility, and a full-service clubhouse; gamblers can win precious treasure of their own playing the slot machines, Keno, bingo, cards, and blackjack at the adjacent Fort McDowell Casino; and adventurers can hit the dusty trails of Camelback Mountain or go kayaking on the Verde River beneath sapphire skies with Fort McDowell Adventures.
In addition to a 24-hour fitness center, Amethyst Spa offers a variety of treatments, from a traditional hot stone massage to an Amethyst Facial, which incorporates locally mined gems to restore radiance.
In the evening, bold Native American and Mexican flavors reign at Ahnala Restaurant & Lounge, where favorites include the Mexican prawns with a tequila-lime glaze and the seared diver scallops with vanilla-poblano risotto. Just be sure to order a couple of sides, such as the crisp potato pancake or roasted corn mashed potatoes, because at this desert paradise all that glitters really is gold.
PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON June 2, 2020
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Radisson Fort McDowell Resort
A One-Night Stay for Two in a Deluxe Room, Two Steak and Egg Breakfasts at Fort McDowell Casino, and 20% Discount on Spa Services
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