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From full-scale water parks to Zen-like spa retreats, these hotels in Phoenix and beyond have amenities that will wow every type of traveler, no matter what their style. Here’s where to stay and play in the Valley of the Sun.

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Hit the water slides at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Somewhere between the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s five restaurants and award-winning golf course is the Oasis Water Park. Here, you can float in a bright yellow inner tube along the lazy river, splash and play at the wave pool, or test your sense of adventure and take the plunge down one of the multi-story water slides. You can also lounge in a poolside cabana, hit the spa or get lost on the 60 miles of trails in the adjacent mountain preserve.

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Root for the home team at Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape, a Kimpton Hotel

Stay in the heart of all the action at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. This cosmopolitan boutique hotel is located right across the street from US Airways Center, home to the Phoenix Suns, and situated within walking distance to the Arizona DiamondbacksChase Field. Sip on a cold cocktail at the hotel’s rooftop bar, then cheer your favorite team to victory.

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Ramp up your fitness game at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

It’s all about panoramic mountain views and chic interior design at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. At this four-diamond stunner, bask in the pure serenity of Paradise Valley at the luxurious infinity pool. Head to the spa or practice your serve at the hotel’s legendary tennis facility. Also, opt for a unique class like Zennis (yoga and tennis) and take your fitness to a whole new level.

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Get a taste of the Wild West at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

It’s all about adventure and experiencing a rich cultural tradition at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. Go horseback riding at the Koli Equestrian Center, learn about the unique Native American heritage of the Pima and Maricopa tribes, and head over to a 1880s-themed Western theme park complete with cowboy stunt shows, train rides and campfire story time. Oh, and this resort has some impressive water slides and seven restaurants, too, in case you were wondering.

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Enjoy retro glam digs at Clarendon Hotel and Spa 

Situated in the heart of downtown Phoenix, The Clarendon Hotel and Spa is a seriously pretty little boutique hotel brimming with character and great eats. The rooftop pool deck features a blend of bright colors and stylish chaise lounges. Take a plunge in the pool to enjoy underwater speakers and constellations of thousands of glowing stars. Dine at the onsite Mexican restaurant or explore downtown’s nearby eateries to taste cuisine by some of the finest chefs in Arizona.

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Swim where Marilyn Monroe swam at the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Since 1929, the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel—the “jewel of the desert”—has served as a landmark resort for the rich and famous. Starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence is apparent throughout the resort’s dramatic style and design. Celebrities, dignitaries and U.S. presidents have stayed in this luxurious resort, which today offers an impressive spa, great dining options and lots of activities from golf to a daily high tea service. Oh, and the pool: It was Ms. Monroe’s favorite, and composer Irving Berlin penned “White Christmas” on the deck—hopefully with his feet in the water and umbrella drink in hand.

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Dig into art history at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort

Nestled in nearby Scottsdale, the super-luxe Phoenician resort has been upholding its status as a AAA Five Diamond resort since 2004, and has been winning the Forbes Four Star award for 13 consecutive years. Its halls and five-star restaurants are graced with one-of-a-kind contemporary and Old World works, part of the resort’s whopping $25 million art collection. There’s also a two-acre cactus garden featuring more than 250 varieties of cacti and succulents. Wander along the pathway at the base of Camelback Mountain and you might even see a roadrunner or two.

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Tee off at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, another AAA Five Diamond resort, is home to the Phoenix edition of the PGA tour. To that end, it offers a newly renovated TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course and two 18-hole, championship-level golf courses. Tee off with a view of rolling greens and sunlit mountaintops in the distance. Afterwards, kick back at the luxe spa while the little ones splash around at the onsite waterpark.

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