The term "staycation" has become part of our vocabulary. It references the fact that we have so many wonderful resorts right in town -- after all, this is a tourist destination area -- that we really don't have to get on a train, a plane or take a long road trip in the car to relax and have some fun. We can vacation in our own backyard. When we do that, we might want to take our beloved pets along with us.
FireSky Resort & Spa is one of our local Scottsdale resorts where you can play, relax, swim, eat and bring the family pet. It is part of the Kimpton family of hotels, known for their very pet-friendly environments. I spent one day and one night at the resort with my spouse and our dog.
FireSky is considered a boutique hotel; it was purchased by Kimpton in 2005 (it was previously the SunBurst) and was the first Kimpton Hotel in Arizona. It is also one of a fairly select group in our state to earn a Green Key Certification, awarded to those hotels that promote environmental and social responsibility by recycling and conserving water and energy.
The Scottsdale Kimpton location celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, and has maintained many of the features of its predecessor hotels. The design theme resonates around the four elements thought to represent all that exists: fire, water, earth and air. The grounds are mature and lush. Flowers bloom, even in the desert heat of our summers. Even though it was about 100 degrees during my visit, the fireplaces and firepits were aglow in the evening, utilized by kids making s'mores and couples snuggling in secluded outdoor seating areas.
FireSky Resort & Spa welcomes children, and the sandy beach at the south pool gets a workout from little ones with pails, shovels and plastic cups with which to make sand fortresses. Otherwise, there are no kids camps or daily regularly scheduled activities. Children do receive a welcome gift from Kimpton at check-in. The main pool is designed to feature those theme elements of fresh air, the sight and sound of water, rock and stone displays and torches lit in the evening. Children are welcome at this pool, too; there is no "adults only" pool at FireSky. Both pools are surrounded by colorful, padded earthy-toned lounge chairs and there are plenty of cabanas available to rent. Shade or sun -- there's plenty of both for everyone.
FireSky offers a complimentary shuttle (first-come, first serve basis) to the many shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in downtown Scottsdale that are within about 3 miles of the resort. What else is free? Every evening resort guests may enjoy a glass or two of complimentary red or white wine in the lobby. Nice! Coffee makers are not standard in the rooms here, but complimentary coffee and tea service is available in the lobby starting at 6 a.m.
Jurlique Spa is elegant and exudes a calm energy with six private treatment rooms (one is for couples) and a relaxation lounge. The signature massage at Jurlique is the Vichy Nirvana.
The main restaurant on the property is Taggia, serving Italian-inspired pastas, fresh seafood, a few meat selections and wood-fired pizza utilizing products from local sources. Ask your server about vegan friendly, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Read my review of dinner at Taggia.
Kimpton In-Touch members receive a gift from the room mini-bar. Because Kimpton prides itself on making guests feel almost like they are at home (or better than at home!) Kimpton members may choose to arrange for a companion in their room. Yes, you may borrow a live goldfish in a bowl to keep you company during your visit to FireSky. I had one, but they didn't tell me its name. We named him Frank. He was very polite and did not hog the TV remote. By the way, membership in the Kimpton program is free.