The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician
Grab some extra $$$$ before arriving at this resort
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the vibe at this resort, and I couldn’t pinpoint one. I am not saying that this resort lacked personality, I am just saying The Phoenician is like a buffet in that there was a little bit of everything. You will see all types of people, from convention-goers to families to the occasional flock of young professionals out for a weekend golf rendezvous.
-Rooms & Food-
Since the Canyon Suites are (need I mention?) suites, there was plenty of room to spread out. The only thing that irked me a bit about the suite was that it was a bit dated. You will find standard upgrades that are in most hotels (e.g. flat screen TV’s, etc.) , but I felt like they could have made a bit more of a bold statement with the room considering that there is a lot of creative space to work with. The bathroom was filled with all sorts of goodies. From chapstick to bath salts and body scrubs, it was a one-stop shop. I truly believe that this bathroom was designed with the lady in mind, because there was so much in there that I wasn’t sure how to use some of the items I found. Bath products aside, there were two unexpected surprises - a Bose surround sound system and a fax machine. Now, I didn’t quite get around to using the fax machine, but I would have appreciated its presence if any important business needs arose. I was, however, able to put a nice little dent in the Bose surround sound system.
The good thing about this resort is that it has tons of dining options, and they’re all great. The hotspot had to be Relish Burger Bistro, which boasts a pretty awesome happy hour complete with half-off appetizers, but the best food was at II Terrazzo (check out the pictures). Like I mentioned before, this hotel is like buffet so there is always something to titillate your taste buds.
If you’ve read my other reviews, you’ve probably noticed that I am stickler for décor and overall experience. The Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician really struggled in those departments. You could tell that this spa was the st in the late 90’s. A little facelift on the inside would do wonders for this place. Décor aside, I received the holistic spa treatment which was extremely relaxing, but the best the part of my “experience” at the Spa was the meditation classes. Let’s just say they took me to an “elevated” state of mind.
Although the décor around the resort was extremely dated, this is a pretty solid hotel. You can easily tell that this is a popular place during the summer months as the resort has a zillion pools and cabanas. I would recommend this resort to all types of people. For those interested in staying in The Canyon Suites, I must warn you that this isn’t a “hotel within a hotel” per se. This part of the hotel does offer a separate check-in, pool, and several little perks that were not really game changers such as: coffee brought to my room each morning, a fruit basket offered in the main lobby throughout the day, and a wine tasting throughout the week (which I missed each night).
Overall, for what The Canyon Suites are it’s completely not worth shelling out the $600 plus . Why pay over $600 per night when you can get more for your money by staying in the regular hotel. I’m just sayin’!
-Know Before You Go-
- You are going to pay out the a$$ for a room here, use your Starwood points if possible
- If you stay at the Canyon Suites, they offer complementary Mercedes chauffeured service around the resort
- I am not sure what the ambassador’s responsibilities were, if you stay at The Canyon Suites please let me know
- There is no onsite gym, restaurant, or bar in the Canyon Suites, so be prepared to walk for a glass of wine
- Just don’t do it…please