Travelers looking for an Arizona destination that encompasses relaxation, entertainment, excitement and culture need to look no further than Talking Stick Resort. Located in the Scottsdale area, the captivating property offers many of the amenities one expects in a desert retreat while weaving in signature features that make a visit to this resort a unique and memorable experience. From its stunning views of some of Arizona’s most iconic scenery to the thrill of Las Vegas-style gaming and a glimpse into the rich history of the area’s Native American tribes, Talking Stick Resort is the perfect place for a Southwestern vacation.
The 496-room resort opened its doors in 2010. It is an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The Community’s history and heritage can be seen throughout the property in its design elements, artwork and a dedicated cultural center that includes a talking stick, from which the resort derives its name.
The Spa at Talking Stick Resort also incorporates Community traditions in its signature treatments. One of the spa’s most popular offerings, the Peaceful Healing Massage is based on ingredients and techniques customarily used to heal the farmer, hunter and weary traveler. It features raw Pima cotton poultices with steaming desert herbs. The combination produces luxurious aromas that help bring the mind to a state of rest as the massage therapist provides rhythmic pressure along energy pathways of the body to offer renewed feelings of vitality and balance. A soothing massage of warm, reviving oils completes the treatment.
In addition to the invigorating treatments offered at the spa, guests can enjoy soaring views of the Valley of the Sun, as the spa is located on the 14th floor of the resort. Open-air treatment rooms let guests take full advantage of the tranquil desert environment. A “relaxation and serenity” lounge, spacious steam room and fully equipped fitness facility offer a chance to unwind before of after a treatment.
When it comes to dining, Talking Stick Resort offers an abundance of options ranging from casual to fine fare. Located on the 15th floor of the hotel tower, Orange Sky is the property’s signature restaurant. It’s a favorite of Scottsdale locals and visitors who enjoy its delectable cuisine, sophisticated atmosphere – and of course – the 360-degree views of the Valley’s breathtaking orange sunsets that inspired the restaurant’s name. The eatery has won several prestigious awards for its impeccable wine selection, flavorful steaks, indigenous vegetables and mouthwatering desserts.
The intimate 19-seat Cajun seafood bar, Ocean Trail, is located near all the action on the casino level, featuring a delicious menu including gumbo, raw oysters and clam chowder. For guests seeking food with a Southwestern flair, Blue Coyote Cantina offers tacos, burritos and more, along with a large selection of tequilas. Foodies interested in a more casual dining experience can visit Blue Coyote Café, Black Fig Bistro and the Wandering Horse Buffett.
Entertainment is one of the big draws of the resort. It abounds here! The expansive casino floor is open around the clock for a chance to win big. Players can choose from multidimensional slot games, Blackjack, 3-card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride, Casino War and Keno. The casino floor is also home to the largest poker room in Arizona and the Annual Arizona State Poker Championship.
In addition to an exciting casino floor, Talking Stick Resort is known for its headliner entertainment. Some of the biggest names in music have taken the stage at the resort’s venues. From classic rock legends to the artists that currently rule the airwaves, musicians play here to give fans the ultimate concert experience. Venues range from the 650-seat Showroom to the Salt River Grand Ballroom and the outdoor Pool Stage with a capacity for more than 4,500 music lovers. Other incredible acts performing here include some of the most well known names in standup comedy and popular Las Vegas-style shows.
Friday and Saturday nights are electrifying at the resort’s nightclub, Degree 270, which features live DJs. Additionally, guests can enjoy a wide variety of bars and lounges: Shadows Lounge offers a selection of fine cigars along with specialty martinis and cocktails; Palo Verde features live music and great views of the pool area; and sports fans will want to check out Players Sports Bar to enjoy ice cold beer, cocktails and a big game.
As part of the Talking Stick Cultural & Entertainment Destination district, Talking Stick Resort is surrounded by various other Valley attractions including Talking Stick Golf Club. The Golf Club is adjacent to the hotel, offering 36 holes of championship golf. The North Couse features a links-style design with grasslands and unique bunkering, while the South Course has a more traditional layout with tree-lined fairways and water features. The Destination is also home to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which is the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
Talking Stick Resort is Arizona’s 24-7 entertainment destination and so much more. With superior amenities and service, this property is one Scottsdale visitors won’t want to miss.
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