Area Attractions

Whether sun-drenched or star-covered, Phoenix is ready to be explored. Our resort hotel, in the heart of the city, puts you near vibrant Scottsdale, some of the country's most iconic golf courses, a thriving nightlife scene, national parks and top destinations, including the Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Stadium. Indulge in luxury shopping at nearby Scottsdale Fashion Square, go hiking at Camelback Mountain or explore the boutiques, galleries, museums and restaurants at Old Town Scottsdale. Take part in a curated calendar of lively activities including daily fitness classes, mixology lessons at the Mix Up Bar and weekly history and art tours of the mansion and grounds. During your stay, embrace desert living like a local.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

5200 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, Arizona, United States, 85018



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Resort Activities

Massage With Therapist
Guests Playing Cornhole
Guests Dining In Mixup

Alvadora Spa

Immerse yourself in an ambience brimming with tranquility at Alvadora Spa, set within Royal Palms Resort and Spa. This oasis offers a picturesque setting in which to truly unwind and let it all go. The Forbes Four-Star Alvadora Spa offers a collection of signature treatments centered around the nurturing essences of the Mediterranean: soothing the spirit, renewing the body, and enriching the mind.

Mixology Classes

Shaken or stirred? Discover the secrets to creating fantastic cocktails at Mix-Up mixology class. Learn from our in-house expert bartenders on how to create and enjoy a couple signature craft cocktails. Space is limited to ensure an intimate setting with the mixologist and cocktail interactions, recommended to book in advance. Classes are available at 3:00pm daily and are complimentary for resort guests and available to local visitors for $50 per person.

History Tours

Uncover the fascinating history of our 90-year-old resort, which was built in 1929 as the winter mansion of a wealthy New York financier. Explore the Royal Palms estate on an intriguing, guided tour. Tours available daily at 10:00am and 3:00pm. Please scheduled in advance.

Pool Days

Create the perfect day at the pool with one of our daybeds or cabanas. Soak up the sun and enjoy luxury relaxation, with a circular lounge bed, two pool chairs, a mini fridge, an overhead fan and shade curtains. Daybeds/Cabanas Available 8:00am – 10:00pm Cabana Café is open from 10:00am – 5:00pm Limited availability, recommended to reserve in advance, text our Front Desk for more information and reservations.

Fitness Classes

Stay fit, even on vacation! With our weekend wellness options you are sure to find something to fit your travel schedule and feel energized for the day. Complimentary to resort guests, join us for the below classes: Fridays at 8:00am | Defining Body, Saturdays at 9:00am | Yin & Yang Yoga, Sundays at 9:00am | Yoga Nidra. Group or individual Yoga and Tai Chi classes are also available to book, price varies on request. For regularly scheduled classes, please book in advance, space is limited.

Hiking + Walking Trails

Explore the nearby mountains and trails with our complimentary hiking kit, available to all resort guests. You’ll be set and ready for your adventure with prepackaged water, snack, sunscreen, cooling wipes and other items essential for a successful hike. Or, for your outdoor adventure, discover the surrounding neighborhood on two wheels. Complimentary bikes are available to check out during your stay. Please contact the Front Desk for more information and reservations.

Lawn Games

Before dinner, after the pool or just lounging for the evening, test your skill and competition with our lawn games. Feel playful with bocce ball, giant jenga, cornhole or giant connect four. Board games are also available for resort guests to check out, please text the Front Desk for more information.

Live Music at Mix-Up Bar + Lounge

Wrap up the day with live music from local artists. Enjoy a craft cocktail, light bite or settle in for dinner on the patio. Friday & Saturday | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Cocina Latina

Gather with us in our kitchen, or “cocina,” for an authentic tamale-making experience. The chef will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating tamales in a fun and social setting as you learn about the many variations of this delight, all of which have one thing in common: bringing family together. Join our family as we pass our recipe on to you, our new family, and allow us to make a restaurant reservation so we may prepare your tamales as an appetizer for you to enjoy. Every Friday from 12:30pm - 1:30pm, inside T. Cook's at the Chef's Table. $55 Per Person

Sonoran Soundscapes

Experience the many health benefits of vibrational sound healing in the serene Sonoran Desert. Gentle movement, guided meditation and the soothing sounds of crystal bowls and nature ground the body and quiet the mind. Join us for this sublime experience that will rejuvenate your whole being. Every Thursday from 4:00pm - 4:45pm, please meet inside the Alvadora Spa lobby. $50 Per Person

Art & Culture

Orange Grove Art Wall
Cactus Detail
Cosanti Gallery Arch


When it is time to venture off property, explore the truly unique, creative and local exhibit of Wonderspaces. Located just minutes from the resort, discover an atmosphere full of talented artists and their expressive works of art and installations. Guests of Royal Palms Resort & Spa will receive special discount for purchasing tickets. To learn more, please contact our front desk or email: More about Wonderspaces: Wonderspaces partners with artists to deliver artwork to new audiences. We’re creating art shows that travel among a growing number of cities. With each show, we intend to create a place where people can connect with art and with each other. We’re learning how to do it better every day.

Shemer Art Center & Museum

Enjoy contemporary sculptures and paintings from local artists in this intimate gallery, located in a vintage, Mission-style house that’s a three-minute walk from our resort. Attend art classes and browse unique souvenirs in the gift shop.

Desert Botanical Garden

Stroll through a tranquil wonderland of towering cacti, colorful wildflowers, and vibrant succulents. Follow nature trails through five themed gardens and find workshops, tours, concerts, and cocktail parties—all just 10 minutes from our resort.

The Musical Instrument Museum (The MIM)

The Musical Instrument Museum is the largest museum of its type in the world. The collection of over 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects includes examples from nearly 200 countries and territories, representing every inhabited continent.

Taliesin West

Taliesin West is a UNESCO World Heritage site and National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wright’s beloved winter home and desert laboratory was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations.

Heard Museum

Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its unmatched festivals. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art. The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

Cosanti Originals

Experience the site which launched the movement to promote the creation of alternative urban landscapes sustainably integrated with the natural world. The tour includes pioneering architect Paolo Soleri's design studio, residential structures, the bronze foundry and ceramics apses, all hand-made with the iconic silt-cast concrete method. Today, the site is home to Cosanti Originals, where the world-renowned bronze and ceramic wind bells are made of Soleri's design. Tours are available Monday – Friday 10:00am & 11:15am, Saturday – Sunday 11:30am & 1:00pm. Tours are approximately 60 minutes. Tour prices are donation based.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

At Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (SMoW), we bring authentic stories to life through Western and Native American art, artifacts and living cultures. Guests see the West from a whole new perspective at our Smithsonian Affiliate destination. Located in the heart of Old Town, SMoW takes about 1 to 2 hours to tour. We feature permanent and rotating exhibitions. You’ll experience iconic Western art, pristine Navajo chiefs’ blankets; a collection of 1,400 examples of Old West cowboy gear; a tribute to the Hopi People with pottery spanning six centuries; and lots of fun social media-worthy photo opportunities, like our Western Spirit Trail 3D illusion mural that literally places you in the Old West.


Old Town Scottsdale
Old Town Scottsdale Historic Horses
Cosanti Workshop

Kierland Commons

Shop at more than 70 specialty boutiques at this open-air, Main Street-style shopping center with an upscale ambiance. Discover top-ranked restaurants and designer brands like Athleta, Anthropologie, Sur La Table, BCBG, and Tommy Bahama.

Scottsdale Quarter

Indulge in eclectic, high-end shopping at this award-winning outdoor mall. Enjoy dinner and a movie or stroll around a relaxing courtyard with misters and splash zones for the kids. Shops include Lululemon, Nike, H&M, Restoration, and Apple.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

: Scottsdale Fashion Square hosts “Fashionable Luxury: The Story. The Style. The Spirit.” Immerse yourself in the history, the trends, and the collection of today’s most fashionable brands with this upscale shopping experience near our resort hotel. You will enjoy a red-carpet welcome, special gifts, tasteful treats and bubbles upon bubbles. Fashion industry experts will share the history of luxury fashions and the latest runway trends during a private shopping experience of iconic brands curated just for you.

Biltmore Fashion Park

Known as the "crown jewel" because of its regal history and unmatched ambiance, Biltmore Fashion Park serves as home to some of the finest shopping in Arizona. Anchored by the state’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, even the most sophisticated of shoppers can’t resist our selection of high-end retailers including - Brooks Brothers, Jo Malone London, Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren, and Williams-Sonoma. Delectable dining is around every corner at Biltmore Fashion Park with sensational restaurants like The Capital Grille, True Food Kitchen, Seasons 52, and Cheesecake Factory.

The Vintage Arcadia

The Vintage Arcadia is a gathering place for the neighborhood to connect, to shop, to dine and to relax and we hope you enjoy our space. The storefront is filled with curated gifts, home décor, artisan goods and one of a kind vintage and antiques. We are also excited to have Chestnut as part of the space offering both clean and healthy, hearty and traditional dishes and house-made pastries to satisfy everyone’s cravings.

Old Town Scottsdale Shops

Kick off your old boots and slide your feet into a pair of new ones or a pair of designer shoes or both. Understandably, you may have a hard time reining yourself in. You’ll need matching earrings, a necklace, bracelet and a new handbag to round out your new getup. An art piece or authentic southwestern furniture will ensure your home doesn’t feel left out. What we are trying to say is, shopping in Old Town Scottsdale is a slippery slope to bliss, and conveniently located near the hotel. With such a concentration of high-end, designer boutiques and art galleries, all within walking distance of one another, you’ll have little trouble filling up your wagon during your stay at our resort.

Local Activities

Hot Air Ballooning

Be amazed by the beauty of The Valley from thousands of feet in the sky. Adventure into the air for an unforgettable float around town. One of the favorite activities for visitors, and locals, it’s perfect for couples, groups, celebrations or just because! For more information on planning your experience, please contact Hot Air Expeditions.

ATV Off-Roading

Gear up for an adrenaline filled adventure! Go off the grid into the desert and explore the vast landscape of the Sonoran west. With guided tours and multiple package options, you are sure to find the one best suited for your outdoor adventure goals! For more information on local companies and scheduling, please email:


Phoenix and its neighboring communities are home to nearly 200 golf courses in a variety of styles, and Greater Phoenix is known as one of the top destinations for golf. And for good reason — you can get just about any kind of golf experience imaginable. From lush Sonoran Desert scenery to the classic green grass and wide fairways located in resorts, remote landscapes, and city-owned courses, here's a few picks for the best golf courses in Greater Phoenix.

Phoenix Zoo

Since 1962, the Phoenix Zoo has inspired and motivated guests from across the world to care for the natural world. Nestled on 125 acres within beautiful Papago Park the Zoo is a wondrous place of curiosity, imagination and discovery. Featuring over 3,000 animals, including Bornean orangutans, Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons, Masai giraffes and many more — it is like no other place in the Valley! With outdoor cafés, shops, lush gardens, water landscapes and exciting up-close animal encounters like Stingray Bay, your visit will be memorable for all.

Camelback Mountain

: Camelback Mountain, a city park that derives its name from the appearance of the head and hump of a kneeling camel, is a top Phoenix hiking destination near our hotel. With two challenging trails, with sections of heavy rock maneuvering and handrail guides, is open sunrise to sunset, allowing hikers to trek the 1,420 feet heights and take in stunning, panoramic surrounding views of Scottsdale and Phoenix. Home to native desert animals, trees and birds, Camelback Mountain provides nature-watching at its finest.