A thank you to The Scott Resort & Spa for providing my family with a one-night staycation. All opinions expressed are my own.
As soon as I stepped into the lush grounds of the new Scott Resort & Spa, the traffic on Scottsdale Rd and the liveliness of Old Town became a blur. I was instantly transported into staycation mode. Rooms with balconies framed the interior of the resort, which centers around lush greenery and walkways, two large pools and a beach (yep a beach). Although The Scott Resort & Spa occupies the old Firesky resort space, it has a charm and character uniquely its own. With plans for a complete renovation over the next year, guests will enjoy an open-air lobby and restaurant, plus redesigned rooms- all with a breezy, easy, Central America-meets-Caribbean vibe. The renovations did not hamper our stay and made us even more excited to come back in the future!
We arrived at our pool view room and the kids immediately ran to the balcony to marvel at the resort’s beach while I checked out our room. Being a parent with kids means that I never travel light, so I was grateful that our room was spacious with a balcony and two chairs for the kids to relax on, plus a bathroom big enough for one than one person. I’m a product junkie and was pleased to see that The Scott supplied Lather products in the guest rooms and boasts a Jurlique Spa.
The sounds of the poolside DJ were calling us over. As we were getting ready to hit the pool, the Food & Beverage Director, Jackson, stopped by with a welcome tray showcasing a sampling of The Scott’s beverages and baked goods: hand-crafted cinnamon chocolate milk, Press Coffee cold brew, and house made caramel chocolate chip cookies along with sunglasses and water bottles to take to the pool. In addition to being a huge Press Coffee fan, it was nice to see that they were serving local products. Jackson shared that he has been working on a number of hand-crafted cocktail and non-alcoholic beverage offerings for the resort’s beverage menu and we couldn’t wait to try them!
The pool was filled with a mix of families, friends, and couples all enjoying the sounds of the DJ who played a festive and fun mix of music that wasn’t overpowering.
The kids loved the beach and I liked that it was shallow enough for my non-swimming 4-year-old to wade in. The beach turned into a pool, so we were able to swim around and enjoy the best of of both worlds. The Acqua Pool Bar looked great and had plenty of kid-friendly options for my picky eaters, while the craft cocktail offerings were inventive and refreshing. Lunch arrived and we were blown away. This was not your typical hotel food! The quality was evident. The kids’ Crispy Chicken Nuggets were hand-cut and hand-breaded with a house-made seasoning. My husband and I had to stop ourselves from stealing them from our kiddos! Our server was extremely helpful and knew a ton about the menu. In fact, all of the staff at the resort were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Best of all, they appeared genuinely excited for the new menu, ambiance, and look of The Scott. If you’re looking for just a day at the pool, The Scott offers a daycation option that includes access to the pool and a room for the day!
The kids declared this the best staycation ever, having so much fun during our day at the pool that they were almost asleep by dinner time. We’re fortunate that grandma and grandpa live nearby and were able to take the kids to their house for a sleepover so that my husband and I could enjoy dinner at The Scott Grill and the rest of the staycation. After the amazing poolside lunch we were looking forward to dining at the resort restaurant and The Scott Grill did not disappoint! The menu is varied, from flatbreads to burgers to sandwiches to fine dining entrees, all with a modern twist. Part of the fun was that many of the items were deconstructed, like the Grilled Little Romaines and the Peach Cobbler. We loved the Scallion Ashed Tuna and it was fun to see the house made twists the chef creates from traditional recipes. We didn’t see a lot of people dining at the restaurant, so we’re hoping word gets out that The Scott Grill is right up to par with any of the restaurants in Old Town. We saw families dining and inquired about a kids menu. Our server, Will, told us that The Scott Grill not only offers a kids menu for family-friendly dining, but is also able to accommodate food allergies and other dietary needs. Will took great care of us and didn’t steer us wrong with his recommendations for the Brown Butter Sea Scallops and Duroc Dry Aged Pork Chop that we enjoyed for entrees.
After dinner, we walked around the resort and noticed plenty of families still at the pool. The resort pool is open until midnight for those that love late night swimming. There’s plenty of outdoor seating areas to relax, a fire-pit for cooler weather, and a beautiful, spacious outdoor lounge space. Strolling through the resort was relaxing and serene. You’d never know that Old Town night life was less than a mile away! The resort offers a complimentary shuttle to Old Town Scottsdale for shopping and dining trips, but we had no desire to leave! Everything we needed for a perfect staycation was right there at The Scott Resort and Spa.
The next morning we enjoyed yet another delicious meal- this time a hearty vegetable frittata and plenty of fresh fruit. I sipped some coffee in the outdoor lounge space and felt genuinely refreshed and rejuvenated… the sign of a successful staycation!