This review of the Phoenician Residences is long overdue. My family and I stayed here the first week of August 2013. All the previous reviewers of this place appear to have stayed at The Phoenician hotel, not the Residences. Check-in was at the hotel. Our villa was not ready when we arrived. That was fine since it allowed us time to explore the lobby area and shops. Belinda at the front desk who checked us in was extremely helpful as this was our first time visiting the resort. She had asked if we were celebrating anything and I mentioned it was my wife's birthday.
Our villa 7705 was finally ready and we drove out to the enclave of villas near the entrance of the resort. When we walked through the front door, we were amazed. This was truly well-appointed accommodations with luxurious furnishings throughout. The villa was huge with 2 bedrooms (one of which was a master) and a den. It had 2 bathrooms, one shared for the secondary bedroom (queen bed)and den (sofa sleeper) and the other an ensuite bathroom off the master bedroom (king bed). The master bath had a large shower and separate soaking tub. The living room was spacious also containing a sofa sleeper. A total of eight could sleep comfortably in this villa. There was a large dining table for six. The gourmet kitchen had all the stainless steel appliances needed to create multi-course meals. There was also a handy washer and dryer off of the kitchen. In the garage was our very own 6-passenger club car that we used during our stay to travel throughout the entire resort. Off of the living room and the master bedroom was the backyard area and pool. Now, the website describes the pool as a plunge pool. When you think of a plunge pool you usually think of something barely larger than a hot tub and only a few feet deep. However, this was our own private pool deeper than 5 feet with a jacuzzi. We spent most of our mornings and evenings in the pool. Also in the back were different seating areas. There was a fire pit and a grill which we used a couple of times despite the Arizona heat. Shortly after we checked in, Belinda had sent my wife a plate of decadent chocolates and a short personal note wishing her a happy birthday. What an excellent touch!
As an added benefit we still had access to all the amenities that the Phoenician resort had to offer. The hotel had a number of pools. The water slide was fast, but seemed a bit too narrow for adults. Our kids enjoyed it though. We took advantage of the happy hour at the ice cream parlor and went there a number of times... Whoever thought of that is a genius. We mostly ate in the villa, but we did eat at Relish which was good. Our four nights at this oasis in the desert went by way too fast. We weren't able to visit this year, but hope to return in 2015!
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