The best part of vacation for my almost 5 year old is, hands down, always the resort. He loves the pool and getting to have a “sleep over” with mom and dad. This summer we decided to stay close to home and planned an Arizona staycation at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. We loved exploring our city and escaping from our busy routine, without having to go very far.
This resort is gorgeous, everything so well manicured. Our deluxe room had a balcony that overlooked the beautiful golf course, an incredible view! Our two double beds were the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept on. The separate tub and shower was much appreciated, especially with small children. The bath robe was also a nice amenity that most resorts don’t offer.
From the minute we arrived, The Westin Kierland went above and beyond to make sure that our family was having FUN. In fact, they have an entire FUN team dedicated to planning fun activities at the resort. The FUN team left personalized messages on our mirrors, fun beach themed toys and cookies with milk for the kids. Logan kept asking me how they knew that he was coming and it definitely made us all feel special.
Once we got settled into our room, Logan and I checked in at the Kierland Mining Company and receive The Compass. The Compass is a scavenger hunt booklet and at each stop in the book they receive a stamp. Once the book is complete, they can trade it in for special pins that match each location on the scavenger hunt. It was a fun way to explore the resort and Logan was really into it. Some of the stops included making s’mores and participating in a family FUN activity, like the water balloon toss we were part of.
I was impressed with how many family friendly activities there were to do. S’mores making, sunset bagpipes and a nightly patriotic light show were just a few of the fun activities that made us with we could extend our stay! We also spent a lot of our time enjoying the Adventure Water Park, home of the surf simulator: The Kierland FlowRider. With our kids not being quite old enough for the FloweRider, we spent most of our time in the 900-foot-long lazy river and 110-foot waterslide. Guests can reserve a cabana or there is also a reserved seating area with a cooler, table and personal storage safe. We liked having a safe to store our personal items, like our wallets and phones.
The Westin Kierland offers several dining options. We tried Nellie Cashman’s for dinner and breakfast, both experiences were great! We recommend the Arizona Stir Fry for dinner and the kids likes the pasta dish off the kids menu! Looking for something a little more fancy, drop the kiddos off at the Kids Club for a pajama party and dine at deseo. Our youngest is too young for the Kids Club, but we look forward to returning and trying out deseo.
Looking for something fun to do over the 4th of July weekend? The Westin Kierland will be celebrating with snow, ice and plenty of cool treats as it presents the Fourth of July Big Chill.
Activities for Resort guests will include:
• The Whiteout – The Resort will host a mid-morning snowfall with six tons of snow for kids of all ages to enjoy on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5.
• The Polar Pool – Temperatures will drop at the Adventure Pool as 800 pounds of ice are dropped into the pool on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
• The Chill Zone – Guests will be invited to head indoors to the Chill Zone ballroom for showings of the animated big-screen favorites, Ice Age and Happy Feet, as well as savoring icy cold treats.
Activities Open to the Public:
• Glacier Glide – On the evenings of July 3 and July 4, Resort guests and local residents can enjoy a cool spin around the Resort’s synthetic ice rink overlooking the golf course. Skate rentals are $10 for Resort guests and $20 for non-Resort guests.
• Star-Spangled Sundown – Celebrate Independence Day with Star-Spangled Sundown, a 3-D PaintScaping show in which the 11-story Resort walls come alive with all-American imagery paired with patriotic music. Shows are held at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. nightly through July 5 in the Dreamweavers Canyon.