October 14, 2019 | 4 Minutes

Enjoy The Resort, Or Explore Phoenix

Extend Your Summer in Sunny Phoenix

If you’re already bracing yourself for sinking temperatures and snow flurries, why not extend your summer with a Phoenix getaway? Visit Marriott’s Canyon Villas in the upcoming months to enjoy sunshine, blue skies and mild weather. You’ll also enjoy a great value, with seven nights in a one-bedroom villa starting at 1,450 Club Points in the fall and winter.

Resort Fun

As you soak up the desert sun at Marriott’s Canyon Villas, you’ll also be able to take advantage of refreshing on-site amenities, including shimmering pools, cozy fire pits, lively yard games and sports courts, convenient barbecue grills and more. You can even spend a lazy day poolside and refuel at the Canyon Springs Bar & Grill without leaving your lounge chair.

Marriott's Canyon Villas

You’ll find additional diversions a short walk or complimentary shuttle ride away at the adjacent JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Indulge in a massage at the full-service spa, float along the lazy river, sample cuisine from several tempting restaurants, or test your skill at the Wildfire Golf Club featuring courses designed by Nick Faldo and Arnold Palmer.

Back at Marriott’s Canyon Villas, you can take part in a full daily schedule of activities that will immerse you in local culture. Learn how to make your own Southwestern spice rub and salsa or enjoy a local craft beer tasting. These casual activities are the perfect way to mingle with other guests and unwind after a day of adventures.

The resort’s clubTHRIVE® program also offers yoga, cardio and Pilates classes, as well as guided hikes to scenic local spots. Also, be sure to check-out the fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables in the resort’s herb garden.

Exploring Phoenix

With its north Phoenix location close to the intersections of the 101 and 51 freeways, Marriott’s Canyon Villas has easy access to downtown, Glendale, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and the country charms of Cave Creek and Carefree. The beauty of the desert unfolds at nearby parks like the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Cave Buttes, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, and the vast wilderness of the Tonto National Forest to the east.

For unique local shopping and dining, spend a day exploring Old Town Scottsdale. Several blocks of stores sell Western clothing and jewelry and are fringed by art galleries, bars and restaurants, including an outpost of New York’s famous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

Scottsdale has a wild side, too: You can navigate the Salt River by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. For some extreme white-water fun in the desert, embark on a half- or full-day rafting adventure pitting you against Class III and IV rapids.

Day Trips

Marriott’s Canyon Villas is the ideal home base for exhilarating day trips to Native American heritage sites like Montezuma’s Castle; Navajo Nation; or to Sedona or the Grand Canyon. In the fall, visitors can participate in a “ghost hunt” in historic Jerome, Arizona. And as the holidays approach, the beautiful Desert Botanical Gardens are lit with Las Noches de las Luminarias.

You can also explore the area’s cowboy heritage at Cave Creek, a rivulet of the Old West running through the metro Phoenix area. Pick up cowboy boots and ranch wear at Harold’s Corral, locally made crafts and jewelry at the Indian Market, and statuary and museum-quality natural art on display at the Rare Earth Gallery, including massive pieces created from amethyst, quartz, and ammonite and orthoceras fossils.

Other great Phoenix day trip options include the Desert Botanical Gardens, which has five educational trails through the Sonoran Desert, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Taliesin West. Beautiful red rock formations and some of the finest Southwestern art galleries in the country make Sedona another popular destination — it’s less than a two-hour drive north from the resort.

Reserve Your Stay

  • Members of Marriott Vacation Club, Asia-Pacific and Marriott Vacation Club Destinations, Australia may use Club Points to reserve a vacation at this destination by contacting Member Services.
  • Use Marriott Bonvoy points for stays at hotels in Scottsdale and Phoenix. To check availability, go to Marriott.com and check the “Use Points” box.  Remember, when you use Marriott Bonvoy points to reserve a five-night stay, you’ll only be charged for four nights.