If you’ve invited a big crowd, the sprawling Fairmont Scottsdale Princess may be the right choice for you, especially if your crew includes more than a few families. The resort’s waterpark, with two watersides, and its own fishing pond are a favorite with kids. The golf course hosts Phoenix’s only PGA tournament, the Willow Stream Spa is top-notch, and star chefs have put their imprint on two popular restaurants, Richard Sandoval at La Hacienda, and Michael Mina at Bourbon Steak.
Photographers love it here, because there are so many venues, scattered with fountains, and fire pits, waterfalls and green areas. A favorite is the Fragrance Garden, with its abundance of sweet-smelling flowers. But if you are really going all out, the new Palomino Ballroom, with walls that open to make you feel as if you are outside, can host up to 1,680. As you would expect at a resort this size, there is a dedicated wedding team.
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This is the southwest, after all, and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess does have a contemporary Southwestern décor, so why not stage your reception at the on-property Crown P Corral. For a hundred people or more, the resort will set up a country and western extravaganza, with western-attired staff, country and western musicians, and a dance floor that will encourage even grandma to kick up her boots to the Cotton-eye Joe.