I know I'm a lucky woman. My husband rocks. If he were a shit I could complain about the fact that simple requests get lost in his gray matter. But he isn't a shit. And when a man leaves his worn out wife to sit in the pool while he trudges back to the room and then out to the car with our belongings in 110 degree heat, well, it would be wrong of her to complain that he forgot the camera in the bags that he moved to the car. So, I'm sorry that I don't have more pictures of the resort to share. But it is because I was busy relaxing and not following two steps behind saying, "Did you remember to bring the camera back?" So, instead of a stunning visual array of photos, I give you a few that I took the first day from our room, and not the ones that I might have taken from the pool and on the walk out to the car by the luxe fountains. Suffice it to say the resort is lovely and if you ever have the chance to partake of the place do it. Don't even hesitate. Pack your bags and go. Because you will love it and I just might come have a frozen drink with you.
Our room overlooked the "South Pool" and it is a lovely place. There are several other pools on the property, but this is my favorite. We've previously stayed in their "casitas" with a vacation home feel, along with a much more private pool (think MTV's Newlyweds visit to the same resort). But the benefit of seclusion does not outweigh the service at the bigger pools, particularly the South Pool.
Waitpeople stop by frequently to see if you need anything, and there is always iced water set up around the pool for quick self service. But for the simply inquiry, you will be brought a carafe of iced water with lemon slices & oodles of ice in plastic cups. There are floats for rent, but I find them unneeded, since around most of the pool there is the greatest "ledge" on which to plant your arse.
The laminated menus hang off the backs of the chaise lounges, and the prices are no worse than any resort we've been to. Ten dollar hamburgers, four dollar french fries (get them! get them!), eight dollar drinks. You know the drill. Some days you luck out and the staff make your stay particularly hospitable. Little things like cold hand towels - the exact opposite of hot towels in first class on an airline. Virgin blended drink samples. Chilled fresh fruit with tooth picks already in place. Niceties. I've never met a poolside hamburger I didn't like, and these didn't disappoint either. We got there later in the afternoon, but still enjoyed the sun and heat and cool pool. That's the nice thing about Arizona in the summer, a pool is welcome at any time of day or night. Time is irrelevant. Sure, it is HOT. Yes, you can burn the crap out of the bottom of your feet on hot pool decks. Come prepared, and learn to enjoy the pools like the locals. Lots of the resorts have started a Friday and/or Saturday night event that usually has a moniker like "Dive-In" movie night. They'll set up a large, high quality screen pool-side, with an excellent sound system, and then show a fun, family movie. Floats abound, and the pool is well lit. The Princess also does a BBQ so you can eat by the pool as the movie starts and then kick back & enjoy. The movie our night was Shark Tale which was visually stunning by the gorgeous pool at night. My pictures don't do it justice, but I've included them so that you get the idea.
I also have a habit of taking pictures of the room, but didn't really do a great job, mostly because the angle of the room was odd, so the perspective was off (notice guy watching ESPN on my anniversary?). I did grab a couple of the bathroom, because I love love love a great bathroom. This didn't disappoint. Shower with great pressure, good bath products, a wonderful DEEP tub, which was spotless (a must for me - I get squeamish otherwise) and included bath salts.
Want to know how many baths I took in my one evening stay? After a long day in the pool and before another very long day in the pool? One two three. Yep, three. My first since arriving in Arizona. Tubs at FIL's stink - no surprise, right? And I'm a tub gal. Ok, I just realized I lied. I took a bath at the Westin's spa here, but that was in the presence of an aesthetician, so I don't think that counts in quite the same way. So, I give you a few pictures of the bath for you to see.
On Sunday morning we ordered breakfast on the balcony. But, seriously folks, what Arizona resort doesn't have huevos rancheros on the room service menu? The biggest flaw of the entire stay, in my opinion. I settled on a bagel and blueberry smoothie. The bagel was great - H & H - but the smoothie wasn't so great. Hard to understand, if you knew how amazing every single other blended drink I had while ticking off dollars from the $100.00 food and beverage credit. The fact that the resort had their stuff together enough to send up my own personal toaster for the bagel (just in case!) made up for the one sub-par blueberry smoothie. Husband's Florentine eggs Benedict was a much better selection. I secretly was already thinking of a hamburger for lunch again, so I didn't really mind the light breakfast. What I did enjoy was the view (notice Camelback Mountain in the back ground) and then the company that we enjoyed when we had finished.
All in all a great 24 hours!