Written by Jennifer Howard, editor of Bungalow 1
“The West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale is the number one destination for outdoor adventure, dining, art galleries, events, museums, dining, spas and more. With over 330 days of sunshine per year, Scottsdale is home to annual events such as the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction. Whether your ideal itinerary includes adventure, arts, pampering or exciting year-round events, you will be surrounded by the unique beauty of the Southwest at an average temperature of 70 degrees.
Explore our two-day Romance Retreat at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, with memorable offerings both on and off property.
Experience the Art of Breakfast at Prado, and savor home-made breakfast breads, locally made sausages, imported Spanish cheeses and live action stations. Order a hand-crafted bloody mary or mimosa to kick off your day.
After breakfast, head out to Old Town Scottsdale, less than ten miles from the resort. The Old Town, also known as Downtown, district offers boutique shopping featuring souvenirs, jewelry and art with a Southwestern flair. Be sure to experience The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Situated on a twenty-one acre, beautifully landscaped park, SMoCA presents the best of contemporary art, architecture and design from around the world and around the corner. Nine to twelve exhibitions per year rotate continually so that you will always experience the most current works of art.
Spend the afternoon on the Scottsdale Wine Trail. This popular destination is comprised of five Arizona wineries: LDV Winery, Carlson Creek, Aridus Wine Company, Su Vino Winery and Salvatore Vineyards. All of the wineries produce award-winning wines that are available for tasting and purchase at unique tasting rooms in the heart of Scottsdale’s entertainment district.
Partake in the Spanish tradition of Tapas at Prado. Take a seat and allow our Chef de Cuisine to tend the flame as you prepare yourself for a steady stream of wood-fired meats, marinated vegetables, Spanish cheeses, mixed olives and breads in our perfectly paired charcuterie. Pair with wines from around the world, classic cocktails or signature sangria. Thursday – Saturday evening, enjoy live music from local artists performing eclectic jazz and contemporary numbers with a modern upbeat feel.
For an even more intimate dining experience and full dinner menu, head to Prado and ask to be seated at a cozy table beside the fireplace. This is the perfect location to dine alfresco and observe the changing color of Camelback Mountain at sunset. Experience the unique flavor and heritage of Spain’s Andalusian region, while enjoying the finest and freshest local ingredients from Arizona’s vast farming community. Favorites such as the Rioja Braised Beef and Roasted Sea Bass are paired with fine wines or signature sangria.
Take an after dinner stroll around the manicured grounds to discover the Legends of the Destination. Explore unique and beautiful artifacts and antiquities that communicate the storied history of Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.
Begin the day with Joya Flow Yoga or Ride & Shine Cycle in our breathtaking indoor / outdoor workout space at Joya Fitness.
After you have enjoyed your morning fitness class, stop by Crave Café for fresh-roasted coffee, espresso and a variety of fresh-squeezed juices along with empanadas, breakfast pastries and homemade frozen Spanish custard to go with the morning paper.
Late morning / early afternoon is the perfect time to soak up beautiful surroundings at the adults-only Oasis Pool. Reminiscent of a Mediterranean seaside resort, enveloped by towering palms and citrus trees, each pool offers stunning views of Camelback Mountain. For ultimate privacy, service and custom amenities, book a private poolside cabana.
After your time soaking up the sun, allow yourselves to be transported to the Moroccan deserts and Andalusian villages of Southern Spain, as you experience complete relaxation at Joya Spa. Before your treatment begins, unwind in the sauna, steam room, whirlpool and cold deluge. Meet in a private spa suite for two and indulge in a luxurious couples massage. Guests favorites include The Joya Signature Massage with the Moroccan inspired Joyambrosia argon oil blend of essential oils, flower and gem essences. The Arnica Hot Towel Massage is also a must try as it incorporates extracts of arnica, sage, lavender and spearmint to relieve stressed muscles. After your treatment, relax together in the whisper lounge or on Joya Terrace, the open-air oasis offered exclusively to spa guests.
Experience the one and only Sorso Wine Room. Sorso has been touted as a favorite in Scottsdale. Enjoy varietals, blends and bubbles by the glass. Contemporary and comfortable Sorso offers a tantalizing list of wine and sparkling wine, selected from a cellar of more than 150 bottles. Taste your way through vintages, varietals and regions by self-selecting a full pour, a taste or a sip (“sorso” is Italian for “sip”). Also enjoy a variety of unique craft beers as well as a full lunch and dinner menu created with enticing fresh ingredients.
A romantic afternoon or evening will always include award-winning craft chocolate and champagne. Following dinner, head over to Zak’s Chocolate, an artisan chocolate shop. Enjoy a craft chocolate tasting/demonstration or chocolate making experience, followed by a short walk to Bubbles Champagne Bar. Bubbles offers a selection of Brut, Brut Rose, Blanc-de-Blancs and Blanc-de-Noirs.
If You Have More Time
Surprise your other half with a 1-1.5 hour hot air balloon ride over Arizona’s pristine desert at sunset. Your experience includes a professional photographer on site, pre-flight gourmet cookies and coffee, post-flight sparkling craft cocktail demonstration and toast and a freshly prepared candle-lit dinner.
Plan your own romantic retreat #AttheOmni with the Omni’s Love & Luxury package which includes luxurious accommodations, two mini-bottles of Moet & Chandon Rose Champagne, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, romantic turn-down service, late check-out and the planning assistance with the Concierge.