Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Labor Day weekend festivities at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
Photographed by Jill Richards

Dreams of lazy days with toes in the sands of paradise is a reality at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess starting Memorial Day weekend, when this AAA Five Diamond resort opens its sixth and largest pool – Sunset Beach – with 830 tons of white sand, glamorous cabanas and 102 luxurious new guest rooms, further making this resort a dreamy play-cation destination.

Centered around the new pool opening is “Summer Beach Party at the Princess,” taking place every weekend Memorial Day through Labor Day.  This celebration is a splashy mix of fun throughout the resort with cool rides down waterslides, Techno Glo pool parties, Dive In movies, the new 4-story Aqua Flyer inflatable waterslide, the new Mermaid University, Swashbuckler Academy and three summer fairies, Dew Drop, Sparkles and Poppy Pixie, who are delightful new Fairmont friends to meet. Plus, the resort has two relaxing pools just for grown-ups.

At the lagoons, fishing is fun with Ranger Rick, who also leads nature walks and bird watching with the resort’s falconers. Other unique experiences include sampling any of 240 tequilas a La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, escaping to Well & Being Spa, savoring a dish at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak or enjoy the sunset and Pan-Latin fare at Toro at TPC Scottsdale.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
New guest room with patio (photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess)

Fireworks then light up the sky summer Saturday evenings, and holiday weekends including Memorial Day, 4th of July Freedom Fest and Labor Day Dreamcation offer an even greater line-up of festivities.

Memorial Day weekend 2016 kicks off with nightly beach party concerts from tribute bands: Friday, May 27 is Surf’s Up (Beach Boys); Saturday, May 28 is Coral Paradise (Jimmy Buffet) and Sunday, May 29, Desperado (The Eagles).

The Sip, Savor & Sand Package starts from $179 per night with a $50 daily credit, May 1 – September 10, 2016.

Swashbuckler Academy (Photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess)
Swashbuckler Academy (Photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess)

Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. Currently with 648 oversized guest rooms and suites, the 102 new Sunset Beach rooms brings the total to 750.  The resort’s expansion also includes the new Sunset Lawn and the new Copper Canyon Western town for group events.

For details, please call 480-585-4848, toll-free (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com.  The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.