Arizona Holidays

The South West’s desert hotspot

Arizona is a place that’s sure to capture your heart with its awe-inspiring desert vistas and cool downtown city vibes. Where huge open skies contrast against rugged outlines of mountains and silhouettes of the Saguaro cacti. Whether you’re seeking adventure in the great american outdoors or looking for relaxation -  you’ll find it all here.

Luxury Holidays in Arizona

From sunsets over the Sonoran Desert to towering cacti in the blazing sun, rugged mountain trails to modern city life in Phoenix, and the red rocks of the Grand Canyon to vast, still lakes - Arizona is unforgettable.

Things to do in Arizona

  • Lose yourself in culture and cuisine in Phoenix The state capital and the USA’s fifth largest city. Head Downtown for art galleries, live music, museums, coffee shops, and hundreds of indie restaurants. Or take a hike on one of the trails up Camelback Mountain, aptly named for its distinctive shape, with extraordinary Instagrammable views of the sprawling desert city from the summit. 
  • Luxury spas and shopping in Scottsdale A hotspot for spa-lovers, the luxury wellness resorts here are some of the best in the world, the perfect place to relax and indulge.  If shopping is more your thing then Scottsdale will certainly fill your cup (and probably your suitcase) with its Old Town boutiques, outdoor shopping malls and vintage markets. And there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too with covered park areas and splash pads perfect for cooling down, and impressive museums offering solace from the heat of the sun.
  • Foodies head South to Tucson A UNESCO City of Gastronomy, where you’ll find exceptional Sonoran-style Mexican food that celebrates the rich heritage of the area with authentic flavours and ingredients. A Spanish-influenced city with views of the mountains on every corner, visit one of the famous towering Sky Islands to experience dense, cool forests just an hour away from the heat of the desert.  Or imagine yourself on the set of an Old Western at the O.K Corrall in nearby Tombstone.

5 great reasons to holiday in Arizona

  • An outdoor playground - Arizona is a haven for outdoor lovers. From river rafting to paddleboarding, hiking to hot air ballooning, horse-riding to biking, it's a place to enjoy everything the great American outdoors has to offer. 
  • The ultimate USA road trip - Home to Route 66, the long straight roads of Monument Valley, the Apache Trail, and California to the west. A road trip through Arizona is like driving through a movie set. 
  • Dark skies - Great weather, clear night skies and minimal light pollution make Arizona one of the best places on earth for stargazing. Home to multiple Dark Sky Parks and Communities that are internationally recognised for their commitment to preserving and protecting the night skies.
  • Tribal history - Arizona is home to 22 American Indian Tribes, including the Navajo, Hopi, and Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. Visit indigenous communities that have lived in this part of the world for over 20,000 years and learn about their traditions, history and spiritual connection to the land.
  • Luxury resorts -  Arizona gets it right when it comes to luxury. With spa resorts, wellness retreats, and contemporary luxury hotels, alongside wineries and golf courses. Choose from a list of handpicked hotels with competitive rates and peerless recommendations based on our travel experts’ own experience. 

Weather in Arizona

With 300 days of sunshine a year, Arizona is a year-round holiday destination. And whilst images of barren red rock desert and cacti might lead you to believe otherwise, Arizona’s weather enjoys a mix of both hot and cold, with four defined seasons that match those in the UK. The summer sun is intense in desert regions, where temperatures can easily reach 40c or more during the day. But further North you’ll find more comfortable milder days and cooler nights. In the winter things get cold enough for snow up in the mountainous North, whereas the Southern cities enjoy sunny short-sleeve weather right through into the spring. 

Arizona Holidays 2023 / 2024

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Arizona

The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort

5* out of 5 stars

Contemporary and elegant, The Phoenician is an unforgettable Arizona luxury resort, designed for relaxation and recreation. Home to a championship golf course, world-class spa, and fine dining. 

5 nights Room Only including Iberia Airlines flights from £1,689 per person

Arizona

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa

4* out of 5 stars

Escape to a dreamy desert retreat where modern, elegant design meets Arizona's natural beauty - Andaz Scottsdale is a luxuriously stylish resort and spa with a focus on relaxation

5 nights Room Only including Iberia Airlines flights from £1,428 per person

Arizona

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

4.5* out of 5 stars

A luxe laid-back retreat at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Royal Palms Resort & Spa is a Spanish colonial gem with a tranquil Alvadora Spa, and exceptional Mediterranean dining.

5 nights Room Only including Finnair flights from £1,370 per person

Arizona

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

4* out of 5 stars

  • Complimentary Breakfast

5 nights Room Only including Finnair flights from £1,322 per person

Arizona

Hotel Valley Ho

4* out of 5 stars

Soak up the Arizona sun from your poolside cabana at this desert oasis where iconic 1950’s architecture meets attention to detail and retro-chic contemporary style. It’s cool Old Town Scottsdale at its best.

5 nights Room Only including Finnair flights from £1,495 per person

Arizona

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

5* out of 5 stars

Experience unparalleled luxury and desert beauty at Four Seasons Scottsdale - a serene, upscale resort set amidst the breathtaking natural landscapes of the Sonoran Desert.

5 nights Room Only including Finnair flights from £1,781 per person

Arizona

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

5* out of 5 stars

A desert paradise, with six pools, world-class dining, a championship golf course and a wealth of family-friendly activities. Indulge yourself at this luxury Scottsdale resort.

5 nights Room Only including Finnair flights from £1,694 per person

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Top Pick Hotels

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

5* out of 5 stars

A desert paradise, with six pools, world-class dining, a championship golf course and a wealth of family-friendly activities. Indulge yourself at this luxury Scottsdale resort.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

5* out of 5 stars

Experience unparalleled luxury and desert beauty at Four Seasons Scottsdale - a serene, upscale resort set amidst the breathtaking natural landscapes of the Sonoran Desert.

Hotel Valley Ho

4* out of 5 stars

Soak up the Arizona sun from your poolside cabana at this desert oasis where iconic 1950’s architecture meets attention to detail and retro-chic contemporary style. It’s cool Old Town Scottsdale at its best.

The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort

5* out of 5 stars

Contemporary and elegant, The Phoenician is an unforgettable Arizona luxury resort, designed for relaxation and recreation. Home to a championship golf course, world-class spa, and fine dining. 

Things to do in Arizona

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

Home to an inspiring collection of cacti, succulents, trees and flowers, Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Gardens brings to life the unique environment of deserts across the world for visitors of all ages. Take a leisurely stroll through six beautiful garden trails featuring over 50,000 different plants, from towering cacti, to bright wildflower blooms. Get up close to rare species in the butterfly hall. Dine at the award-winning restaurant. And, if you have time, be sure to take in one of the garden’s many inspirational events.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Magical and mysterious, the swirling patterns and ever changing shades of red, pink and orange in the slot canyons of Antelope Canyon are truly mesmerising. One of the most photographed locations in the world, watch as the sunlight streams through from above these towering sandstone sculptures. And with your local Navajo guide, take in the natural beauty of the canyon from low level walking trails ,or get adventurous as you clamber over boulders and climb ladders to explore these dramatic rock formations.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Get up close and personal with these iconic cacti, some up to 50 feet tall, and each one uniquely beautiful, in the Saguaro National Park. Split into two areas by the city of Tucson, the park is the only place in the world to see the protected Saguaros - a symbol of the American desert. Part of the most bio-diverse desert in North America, the park feels like the backdrop of a movie, and its diverse wildlife can be enjoyed through the many scenic drive routes, walking trails, visitor centres and picnic spots.

Historic Tombstone

Historic Tombstone

Travel back to the 1800’s in historic Tombstone, where the Wild West’s stories of cowboys and outlaws are brought to life amongst the perfectly preserved buildings of Allen Street. This small town in AZ known as The Town Too Tough To Die, and made famous by the gunfight at O.K Corral, Wyatt Earp and countless other shoot outs, is now a treasure trove of saloons, museums, stagecoach tours, live actors and reenactments, that transports you to the authentic Old West.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Arguably Americas’ most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings across the US, but this fascinating desert school, designed to blend in with the rugged mountainous landscape, and built by Wright himself in the 1930’s, is one of his most famous. A beautiful celebration of the Sonoran desert, take a guided tour of this inspiring World Heritage Site for an insightful understanding of American architecture and design, along with some pretty impressive photo opportunities.

Useful information

  • Local time GMT (-7)
  • Currency US Dollar
  • Language English
  • Location Southwestern USA
  • Flying time 10 hours & 55 minutes

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