Inside the Incentive. A Focus on Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale is one of our favorite locations for group incentives and meetings. The weather is warm and dry, and the area offers an array of luxurious hotel venues, elegant art, fine-dining, adventurous outdoor activities, relaxing spas and amazing nature experiences. It’s a great option for a well-traveled corporate group.
Getting There is Easy
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, approximately 15 minutes from the city-center, offers nonstop service to over 100 cities worldwide. For corporate jet service, Scottsdale Airport offers top-tier amenities including two exceptional fixed-base operators (FBOs).
If your guests are more likely to drive to your upcoming event location, Scottsdale is easily accessible from six major cities and five states. So, get your playlist ready and start heading toward the Arizona border!
Resorts and Hotels
The Scottsdale area offers more than 70 meeting-friendly properties that range from award-winning resorts and stylish, urban hotels to limited-service accommodations that will maximize your budget. Scottsdale boasts that 24% of its resorts/hotels are rated as AAA 4- or 5-Diamond properties.
If you’re looking for a luxurious location for a small incentive group, we recommend the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. This property offers ultimate comforts within spacious casitas, suites, or Sanctuary’s exclusive villas, each offering the most spectacular views of the famed Paradise Valley. Refresh your spirit as you indulge in the award-winning cuisine of Food Network star and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. Relax your mind and reconnect with your soul at one of the top destination spas in the Continental U.S. and most award-winning luxury resorts in Scottsdale. This boutique property will not leave your guests wanting for anything with its high service to guest ratio.
For larger groups, we recommend the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This five-diamond property sits against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell mountains with over 750 rooms including 69 suites. Stay on property and dine at Bourbon Steak, a four-diamond steakhouse by the acclaimed Michael Mina. If you need an incentive location with substantial meeting space, this resort offers over 100,000 square feet of space to gather and connect your group.
For a trendier stay in Scottsdale, Hotel Valley Ho is all the rage. Focused on a younger, chic crowd, this retro and unique property is located in historic Old Town Scottsdale. The property boasts an outstanding spa, focused on transformational treatments and services, and is located just minutes from hundreds of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Built in 1956 and originally designed by Edward L. Varney, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, the property has been fully restored to its mid-century style glory. Hotel Valley Ho offers 33,000 square feet of meeting space and a stylish Sky Line Rooftop venue perfect for outdoor event views of the surrounding desert and mountains.
Scottsdale Meeting and Event Offsite Venues
From architectural masterpieces and high-tech museums, to Arabian horse ranches, sports stadiums and botanical gardens, Scottsdale boasts dozens of exceptional off-property venues that are ideal for creating unforgettable theme events, banquets, and galas. Below are a few unique venue concepts:
- The Desert Botanical Gardens
- Los Cedros USA
- Scottsdale Hangars
- Musical Instrument Museum
- Odysea Aquarium
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
- Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright)
Top Things to Do in Scottsdale
- Golf at one of the over 200 golf courses
- Hike in The Sonoran Desert
- Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
- Take a guided tour of the Desert Botanical Garden
- Shop or dine in Old Town Scottsdale
- Drive an off-road buggy through the desert
- Enjoy a world-renowned spa
- Float in a hot air balloon
- Dine in a four-diamond restaurant
Are you ready to treat your guests to an amazing Scottsdale experience? Great! We’ll get that cactus- flower martini ready for you! Let Blue Spark manage all of your event details, crafting incredible and exclusive local experiences for your group! Cheers to Scottsdale!
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