The questions pour in as soon as the calendar flips to May, when temperatures creep past 100 degrees and summer-vacation season is in sight.
“What are the best resort deals this year?”
Deal is a relative term, of course. Travelers who crave luxury, exclusivity and over-the-top pampering don’t flinch at payingÂ $250 or more a night at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain or Canyon Suites at The Phoenician on a sweltering summer weekend becauseÂ that’s a fraction of the price tourists pay in March.
But ifÂ yourÂ budget is tight or you want to check out a few resorts this summer, it’s all about finding the cheapest rates.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a new this year: the cheapest summer getaways in metro Phoenix. TheseÂ are resorts (and a couple of hip hotels) with rates starting at $100 or less a night between late May and Labor Day. (One starting rate is $129 but it comes with so many perks that it’s the best deal of the summer for bargain hunters.)
Tips for bargain hunters
â¢Â These deals are starting rates and generally won’t be available every night or during busy periods includingÂ holiday weekends. The lowest rates are generally found for weekday stays.
â¢Â Resort fees, which run $25 to $30 a night at many resorts,Â taxes and other charges are extra. See a roundup of resort fees at Valley hotels here.
â¢Â Can’t find a deal you like? Keep an eye out for localÂ bargainsÂ on Travelzoo,Â Groupon, Living Social and your favorite resort’s Facebook page throughout the summer.
â¢Â August deals are especially plentiful because Arizona students returnÂ to school in early August.
â¢ Â If your budget is flexible, check out these 26 deals at a variety of price points.
1.Â The Wigwam: $89
Scene: Family-friendly resortÂ in Litchfield Park with a rich history and a bundle of poolside activities, golf and spa treatments. You don’t stay in a room, you stay in a casita.
Details:Â 623-935-3811,Â wigwamarizona.com.Â Book the Spring FlingÂ package by June 30Â for $89 rates Sundays through Thursdays all summer.Â The corporate/promotion code is SFSJ17.
2.Â The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch: $99
Scene:Â The tucked-away resort, formerly known as the Scottsdale Resort & Conference before a recent $10 million makeover, is centrally located and has a lively weekend pool scene with movies and live music. This year’s movie theme: rock ‘n’ roll with features including “The Buddy Holly Story” and “Walk the Line.”
Details: 480-991-9000,Â thescottsdaleresort.com. The corporate/promotion code is DDFLT7.
3.Â Clarendon Hotel: $79
Scene:Â Hip hotel in midtown Phoenix with a lively pool complex, rooftop deck, wine…