My family and I enjoyed our first vacation to Arizona during the last week of July. I also wanted to be able to tour a resort in the States for Dream Makers Vacation Services in order to assist clients looking for a getaway in the States. The vacation was fantastic from start to finish and I can’t say enough about Phoenix and its surrounding areas.
Arrival: We flew non-stop on Southwest airlines out of Philadelphia. Southwest is one of the only carriers that fly non-stop out of Philadelphia. The plane left on time and arrived 20 minutes early at Phoenix’s airport. From there we picked up our rental car and headed on our way to our resort. The Phoenix airport is laid out very well and there is staff everywhere to help you if needed. I would fly in and out of this airport again without any hesitation.
Resort: We stayed at the Carefree Resort and Villas located in Carefree, Arizona. The resort is located 35 miles north of the Phoenix Airport and just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. We chose this resort because of its location (the mountain scenery is awe-inspiring) and the value that the resort had to offer in the summer months.
Accommodations: Our room…well suite of choice was the Two Bedroom Grand Villa Suite. It was simply the best accommodations I have ever stayed in during a vacation or any other time away from home. Upon walking into the suite you will be completely blown away with the size, layout, and overall aesthetics of this suite. The suite itself is over 2200 square feet! Yes, 2200 square feet. This suite could rival many houses that people live in on a daily basis! It features 2 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. The bathrooms are fantastic, featuring granite countertops with dual sinks, spa tubs, and separate walk in shower. There is a full living room which featured an adobe style fireplace, sofa, and 2 plush oversized chairs. The dining room in the suite is also great. The large table sits under 2 sky lights and the natural light that shines down into the dining area is wonderful. The full kitchen in the two bedroom grand villa suite is also a sight to behold. It boasts granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances (all of which are “full size” appliances), double sinks and service ware for 6 people. All of the rooms (bed, living room, and kitchen) are large and spacious. Closet space is abundant everywhere with the bedrooms having large walk-in closets to hold just about everything needed. Finally, both bedrooms have a large balcony (or patio) with the master bedroom sharing the deck (or patio) with the living room. The deck provided amazing views of the mountainside and beautiful landscape of Arizona. One important item to note…being as we travelled during the hottest time of the year in Arizona, air conditioning was very important. The central air conditioning worked flawlessly in the suite and we never had an issue maintaining a comfortable environment during our stay.
Amenities: Carefree Resort and Villas has 2 large pools with each having its own hot tub as well. One of these pools is located in the Villa section, providing anyone that is staying in the Villa section a pool very close to their suite. The resort also has tennis courts, activities desk, onsite glass studio, fitness center, a luxurious spa, cooking classes, campfire storytelling, 2 restaurants, and 1 café. There is plenty to do if you choose to stay at the resort everyday…there is no way you will be bored at Carefree Resort and Villas!
Staff: The staff at Carefree Resort and Villas is top notch! Every staff member I encountered always had a smile and a pleasant greeting. The staff was always asking about how we were and if there was anything we needed during our vacation. They were approachable, cordial, genuine, and a pure joy at this resort! Two staff members worthy of extra praise are Yvonne in the reservations department and Karima who worked at the front desk. Every time I spoke to Yvonne, her level of customer service and friendly nature was outstanding. Karima was simply amazing! She went out of her way to provide amazing customer service. No request was too big or too small for her to personally handle. Her overall knowledge of Arizona was fantastic and her recommendations enhanced our vacation even more. She always had a smile on her face and was quick to offer assistance whenever requested. Both of these women are true assets at this resort and I hope you get the pleasure of meeting both of them when you vacation there!
Excursions: While in Arizona my family and I were able to enjoy various day trips that took us throughout Phoenix and its surrounding areas. We enjoyed the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Gardens, a wonderful water park, and an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game. Finally, we booked an awesome Gold Mine Tour through Rackensack Canyon Tours. I cannot recommend this tour enough! It was one of our highlights while vacationing in Arizona. The tour was fantastic, from start to finish. Our guide was great and this tour should not be missed if you are vacationing in Arizona.
Final thoughts: Our time spent in Arizona was nothing short of fantastic! Carefree Resort and Villas is a great place to stay while staying in Phoenix and/or its surrounding areas. The resort has plenty to do, staff is very accommodating, and the villas are spectacular. You will not be disappointed if you have the pleasure of staying at this wonderful resort and I am sure the staff will impress you as they did my family. I highly recommend spending some time at this resort and look forward to sending my clients here to experience this amazing resort!
If you have questions please do not hesitate to ask.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carefree Resort has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation of all meeting space, public areas, resort guest rooms, Lariat Restaurant and Lounge and launched the all new Sonoran Suites, a boutique experience within the Resort. Experience authentic Arizona, located amidst high Sonoran Desert natural preserves 1.5 miles north of Scottsdale. The Resort grounds are filled with towering 20' Saguaro, giant Ocotillo, desert wildflowers, and Prickly Pear Cactus. Reserve one of our Villas, if you are looking extra space and want the comforts of home. Equipped with a full kitchen, dining room, and living room and are available with one or two bedrooms. Our friendly staff can arrange popular destination activities such as scooter rentals, bike rentals, golf, desert jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, and other adventures. The Resort features a five treatment room Spa with full spa and hair salon services, five lighted Tennis Courts, two heated swimming pools, and a complete Fitness Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carefree Hotel Carefree
- Carefree Resort And Conference Center