SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 26, 2014) – The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination, is making a splash this spring with the introduction of SURGE, an interactive “spray ground” for children and their parents.

Located on the upper west level of the Oasis Pool Complex, the 5,000 square-foot venue is vibrantly designed with make-believe palm trees, turtles, lady bugs and other kid-friendly elements, all of which serve as charming water features through which to romp and play.  Daily activities include a signature event — the SURGE Shuffle — where both guests and staff alike show off their best dance moves.  For adults, an adjacent Jacuzzi and nearby bar provide relaxing locales for keeping an eye on the youngsters.  A large, cabana-like public lounge area offers full food and beverage service, while a new SURGE menu just for kids presents specialties such as a bottomless soda/juice cup with free refills, chicken tenders, hamburgers, hummus, fruit and ice cream bars.  SURGE merchandise as well as sundry items are also available.

“Throughout the last year, The Phoenician has integrated creative, diverse programming and unique attractions into its kids and family activity offerings,” said Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra.  “The SURGE splash pad brings a new dimension to the guest experience, serving as the perfect complement to our seven-pool complex and 165-foot water slide, as well as our Glo at the Pho neon pool party and Dive-In Movies.  At The Phoenician, luxury and family-friendly go hand-in-hand.”

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and Arizona’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites — at one magnificent destination.  The property features elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across such restaurants as Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro, a championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a $25 million art collection.  In addition to these offerings, the stylish 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising splendor.  Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit and