Courtesy of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Arizona’s top spa and art destination.

Travel + Leisure
January 05, 2015

Deep in the Sonora Desert, Scottsdale is best known for its spas and wellness centers, but it also has a sophisticated art scene, championship golf, and world-class dining.

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Book a villa at this 1,300-acre resort that includes 36 holes of championship golf, superb tennis, and six restaurants. In the spa enjoy the site-appropriate treatments like the turquoise body wrap, which involves honey, blue cornmeal, and a rain stick. At night, take a moonlight hike with the on-site professional astronomer.

Gilbert Ortega Museum & Gallery

Treat your companion to turquoise and silver pieces at this high-end jewelry and art store. Within this sandstone shop, the inventory includes authentic pieces of Native American pottery, sand paintings, kachina dolls, and even furniture. This retail space also showcases the Ortega family's own art collection.

Voltaire French Restaurant

Opened in 1983 in Paradise Valley, the French restaurant Voltaire is owned and operated by the Antonelli family; David heads the kitchen with classic fare while his father Martin runs the dining room. The restaurant's signature dish is le sandab sauté veronique (sautéed fish with lemon butter and white grapes); save room for crepes suzette flambéed tableside.

AZ 88

Grab a burger or salad at this sleek Old Town Scottsdale restaurant that opened in 1988 as a café and watering hole with casual bar food and drinks and late-night dancing. Burgers and the signature grilled chicken sandwich are big with customers because of their size (more than half a pound of sirloin or chicken breast).

Taliesin West

Instead of a poolside lounge or round of golf, visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s former studio and retreat (now home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation). Daily guided tours are kept small and last from one to three hours.

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