Luxury holidays in Scottsdale

Once just a suburb of Phoenix, Scottsdale has now emerged as the metropolis’s hip younger sibling with a desert-mod style that’s all its own. There are top restaurants, great shopping and Old Town has dozens of art galleries, ranging from historic American-Indian weavings to contemporary sculptures. A playground for wealthy retirees and vacationing sunseekers, the city teems with classic cars, luxury boutiques and palatial homes (to see one of the best examples of iconic local architecture, visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's former winter home). And, although there’s plenty to see and do around town, the most popular activity is teeing off at one of the more than 200 golf courses around town.

When to go

Scottsdale sees over 300 days of sunshine each year, so pick your desired temperature and plan accordingly. Snowbirds like the perfect winter daytime temperatures, which hover around 21 degrees celcius, though desert nights can drop to just above freezing. Summers are dry, but exceptionally hot, and can reach up to 46 degrees.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the most convenient for Scottsdale; just a 20-minute drive from the city centre. There are direct flights from London, Los Angeles, New York and other cities.
  • Automobiles

    A car is highly advisable, whether you drive to town or pick up a rental car at the airport. Most notable places tend to be within driving distance, rather than walking distance, and there is ample parking around town.