Four Seasons Scottsdale

Four Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comFour Seasons Scottsdale  |  Scottsdale, United States  |  So the last night and day of my stay while in Phoenix/Scottsdale, I chose to spend it at on of my favorite hotel groups in the world, which never disappoints me, and on top of that was close to the pick up point of my Hot Air Ballooning experience I took the following morning, and offered the real Arizona experience I was looking to have before the end of my trip, away from the urban center of Phoenix/Scottsdale.  An area rich with Native American art and an equally impressive dining and nightlife scene. Even closer are the unique rock formations of Pinnacle Peak and the highly acclaimed golf mecca at Troon North.

Photos and Videos property and credits to CM by Carlos Melia / www.carlosmeliablog.com / www.carlosmelia.com. Full usage of this media is allowed only and exclusively when including full credits as mentioned above. Carlos MeliaLocated inn the high Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, only 40 minutes drive from downtown Phoenix/Scottsdale, is a place of western lore and cosmopolitan culture, a place of awe-inspiring beauty and spectacular golf, a place unlike any other.  Nestled into the foothills of Pinnacle Peak – amid towering, multi-armed saguaro cacti – the adobe casitas of Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona embody the desert’s magic through thoughtful design and the outstanding talent of regional artists and craftspeople.

Unfortunately I was there only for an overnight, as the saying goes …” Great things, come in small amounts…”. But since I got to awake quite early upon return from my tour and the time I had to head off to the airport, I got to explore and enjoy the resort, a lovely breakfast at their new Western Canteen PROOF and the comfort and views of my Premier King Casita Room. Step onto your private patio or balcony for dramatic views of serrated mountain peaks, the valley alive with sparkling city lights, the nature-inspired outdoor pool or the surrounding Sonoran Desert. Great open bathrooms to linger in the hot waters of a deep soaking tub, or reinvigorate with a brisk shower in the separate glass-enclosed stall. A double-sink vanity, L’Occitane bath products and separate WC add to the luxury of conveniences. Full complimentary WiFi access.

Four Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.com Four Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comFour Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comEmbark, like I did for my breakfast, on a culinary road trip, by Sous Chef Jesse Hansen through the main street of America at PROOF American Canteen, a restaurant that draws inspiration from the area’s history as a stagecoach hitching post, the frontier spirit of the Wild West and the days of Route 66. Stunning outdoors views of Pinnacle Peak. Featuring homestyle comfort fare sourced exclusively from the 50 states, this relaxed restaurant is a casual neighbourhood hang-out, perfect for an easy dinner, an evening with friends. A railroad track runs through the dining room, while televisions, games and a bustling bar bring buzzing energy to the restaurant on a nightly basis.
Four Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comFour Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comFour Seasons Scottsdale, is also home to the acclaimed Talavera Steakhouse. Whether you dine alfresco or indoors, take in dramatic vistas of the desert valley at Talavera, a modern take on the classic steakhouse. Menu focuses on locally and regionally sourced cuisine, emphasising prime cuts of meat, poultry and game from boutique purveyors, as well as a wide variety of seafood. To highlight the restaurant’s authenticity and sense of place, Executive Chef Mel Mecinas seeks out fresh heirloom tomatoes and vegetables from local farms, olive oil sourced from a nearby mill and Arizona ranch-raised meats

Four Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comOf all our complimentary Scottsdale resort services and amenities, this are perhaps their finest, 2 outdoor pools, 2 tennis courts, 24 hours state-of-the-art Fitness Center (including sauna, steam room, weight training, studio classes and personal trainers) once again featuring majestic views overlooking Pinnacle Peak. Four Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.com Four Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.com Four Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comFour Seasons Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comTiming was not on my side, therefore I was not able to experience their Spa Facilities, but I can share this with you: 14 treatment rooms, 10 massages, 9 body treatments, 8 facials, 6 spa packages and 5 signature treatments, all inspired by the spirit and the ingredients of the desert.
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Hot Air Ballooning at Sonoran Desert

Hot Air Ballooning at Sonoran Desert by www.carlosmeliablog.comHot Air Ballooning in Scottsdale Arizona  |  Scottsdale, Arizona  |  Today I crossed out of my Travel Bucket List, one of the items was ranking high, and this was Hot Air Ballooning. Early morning (5AM) pick up at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, to go chasing winds among other fellow tourist, to be able to make a reality our wish to fly. This was my second chance, during my week stay in Arizona. First one failed due to weather and winds conditions, reason why our pilot, Captain Patrick, decided to cancel the first flight, which made me feel very comfortable about safety. So after an hour of riding across the Sonoran Desert, looking for the perfect flying spot, we reached the area of Lake Pleasant and Wild Horse, within the region of Scottsdale, approximately 45 minutes away from the city of Phoenix. I will not bore you with much more details, and I will allow my photos and videos to document this spectacular, quite daunting, experience, which took me on a basket, along with other 15 people, to a maximum height of 9000 Feet (crazy and lots of adrenaline). The flight was of over 45 minutes, and upon landing we enjoyed a lovely champagne breakfast, for the official ceremony of Hot Air Ballooning graduation. Yet another certificate to add to my life travel and adventure around the world, along the Elephants Mahout Driver License, Tigers Up-Close Encounter among many others. If you are not too scared of heights, and do not mind an early morning, Hot Air Ballooning, is a life experience you must try. I chose Hot Air Expeditions for my flight, based in Phoenix. As I always say, when doing these types of activities, is ALWAYS very important to do exhaustive research on the provider you will book. Hope you enjoy how I have documented this spectacular experience. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Kayaking Salt River in Sonoran Desert

Kayaking Salt River in Sonoran Desert by www.carlosmeliablog.com Kayaking Salt River in Sonoran Desert  |  Phoenix, Arizona  |  This morning at 8AM I was picked up by John my expert outback guide by AOAArizona Outback Adventures, and we drove for almost 45 minutes East from Phoenix along McDowell and Superstition Mountains and the stream of the Salt River and the Sonoran Desert as the background, to reach Salt River Park, starting point of our Kayaking in Arizona experience.

Float down the Lower Salt River on a guided kayak tour or guided rafting trip and discover a scenic and relaxing desert oasis. While drifting on this class 1 river you are surrounded by spectacular, unobstructed 70-mile views into 4 different mountain ranges. Flowing from the mountains in Northern Arizona, the Salt River is captured by four dams and released for use by Phoenicians and farmers year-round.

A reliable source of water, the Salt River attracts a variety of wild life, making it common to enjoy close encounters with animals enjoying their natural habitat. Some favorites include; groups of wild horses ambling along the riverbanks, Great Blue Herons and the majestic Bald Eagle hunting for prey.

Kayaking Salt River in Sonoran Desert by www.carlosmeliablog.comSuch a relaxing and rewarding morning, learning about the Sonoran Desert, local native Americans, the desert ecosystem, while floating and paddling along the Salt River. Won’t take you longer than a full morning, and if you choose booking the option which includes transfers in/out, you will be back at your hotel before lunch, unless you really enjoy the outdoors and opt for the full day option. Josh, my guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I went for the private tour option, but prices for the regular tours start at USD 100 per person on. MUST Try. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommen

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