For a romantic and relaxing escape — complete with a side of wellness, exciting food and drink offerings, and stunning scenery — head straight to Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix. This nine-acre resort may be mere minutes Old Town Scottsdale, but its landscaped grounds and incredible design and architecture make it feel miles away. In fact, you may be tempted to stay on-property the entire time you're in town: and we don't blame you one bit. 

What You Need to Know 

The Look of Royal Palms Resort & Spa

With its striking Spanish Colonial architecture — and beautiful, colorful flowers adorning its facade — Royal Palms Resort & Spa looks like it’s been plucked straight out of Europe.

Step inside the historic property and you'll find a dark-hued lobby adjacent to a beautifully landscaped courtyard complete with an eye-catching fountain, plenty of seating, and lush greenery. The common spaces (both indoor and outdoor), sparkling pool area, and eateries also exude elegance — while the incredible Camelback Mountain vistas and towering cacti set the (picture-perfect) scene.

In terms of accommodations, travelers can select from 119 rooms, suites, casitas, and villas complete with lavish furnishings plus pristine views (either of the mountains or surrounding courtyards). Some are even equipped with deep soaking tubs, outdoor patios, and/or gas-burning fireplaces, which add an extra-romantic touch. 

The Vibe at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Royal Palms Resort & Spa is renowned for its intimate, tranquil ambiance. When they’re not lounging in their room, hitting up the spa, sipping margaritas by the pool, or out exploring Phoenix and Scottsdale, guests are often found relaxing in the courtyard or cozy outdoor seating nooks surrounded by flora. What's more, this nine-acre resort offers plenty of space to lounge out and unwind, so travelers will feel as if they (almost) have the whole place to themselves. 

Who Will Love Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Couples will adore the romantic ambiance here, while wellness seekers will appreciate the open-air Alvadora Spa. Those traveling with furry friends will also love it: This resort is pet-friendly.

Who Might Not Love Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Larger groups and families with younger children may opt for alternate accommodations. Also, those who love the feel of a traditional resort will want to stay elsewhere: While Royal Palms Resort & Spa has “resort” in its name, it truly feels like more of a boutique property. 

Best Amenity at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Alvadora Spa is a highlight for its rejuvenating treatments and services (consider a CBD massage or citrus pedicure), indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, and private pools. The main cabana-lined pool area, which is flanked by comfy chaise lounges, is also noteworthy.

We’d also be remiss not to mention the on-site T. Cook’s restaurant, which serves up mouthwatering Mediterranean fare in an elegant setting. Tip: Snag a table outdoors — and in the shade — to enjoy your meal with a side of Camelback Mountain views and colorful blooms.   

Money Matters

What’s Included at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Your stay includes access to the pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurants; mixology classes and fitness classes; house car service around the local area; a welcome beverage upon arrival; and a hiking kit (including a backpack, SPF, bottled water, and more). 

Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

The $35 nightly resort fee (excluding tax) covers all of the above perks. In-room amenities include mini-bars and coffee and tea. Valet parking is available for $37 per night (sans taxes). 

How to Get a Deal at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

If you can stand the scorching heat, plan to stay here during the summertime for the lowest rates. Also, check the special offers tab to view current promotions. World of Hyatt and AAA members — along with senior citizens and government and military personnel — are all privy to discounted rates.

Getting There

In The Neighborhood of Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Old Town Scottsdale and Fashion Square Mall — both of which are dotted with shops and restaurants — are about eight and five minutes away by car, respectively. Popular hiking trails and attractions like Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden, and the Phoenix Zoo are within a 15-minute drive of the resort. 

Nearest Airport to Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is about seven miles (approx. 15 minutes by car) from the property. 

Nearest Public Transportation to Royal Palms Resort & Spa

While there is no nearby public transportation near Royal Palms Resort & Spa, the property offers house car service to Scottsdale’s Fashion Square Mall and Old Town Scottsdale. Ubers and Lyfts are also readily available. 

The Bottom Line

For a luxe, centrally located stay near Phoenix and Scottsdale that’s sure to exude romance, Royal Palms Resort & Spa is by far your best bet.