Scottsdale, AZ Resort

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North's new fitness center and spa

The best place to unwind at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is the new fitness center and spa—all 12,000 square feet of it. After all, the resort, which opened in Scottsdale a year and a half ago, takes its spa very seriously, with treatments ranging from reiki and shiatsu to aromatherapy facials and hot-stone massages. The real reasons to come to this oasis, however, are the exceptional food and service.

There's casual fare on the terrace at the Crescent Moon. And then there's refined, memorable American food at The Acacia. Chef Daniel Mules, under the direction of executive chef Michael Goodman, a Four Seasons veteran, has put just the right combinations together: sautéed foie gras glazed with a pear-and-port-wine reduction; chile-cured duck breast with pan-fried squash risotto; a curried-pumpkin-and-lobster soup.

As for the rooms, the 22 suites are huge and luxuriously appointed with down duvets, Frette linens, commodious Southwestern-style furniture; some have private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and kiva fireplaces. The most captivating views are from the Kiva, Sedona, and Reata Pass suites, which face Crescent Butte, where you can scope out desert flowers, wildlife, or constellations through the telescopes provided.

A big draw: The resort boasts priority access to two Weiskopf & Moorish-designed, top Arizona golf courses, The Pinnacle and The Monument. $500-$4,000. 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255; 480-515-5700;

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