A Renovation Timeline: What to Expect from The Phoenician Transformation


On October 1, 1988, The Phoenician opened its doors for the first time, inviting travelers to experience the wonders of the Sonoran Desert while enjoying a luxurious resort setting.

Thirty years later, The Phoenician is an established destination for visitors worldwide, building an iconic legacy since its opening. 2017 marks the first time The Phoenician is undergoing extensive renovations, transforming the resort into modern elegance and introducing new concepts while maintaining the luxury experience.

Opening September 2017

Just outside the lobby, the Café and Ice Cream Parlor will become The Marketplace, serving as a hub for grab-and-go bites and beverages for breakfast, lunch and mid-afternoon treats. On the menu, guests will find specialty coffees, artisan sandwiches, house-made pastries, creamy gelato and Phoenician knick-knacks to bring on their journey home.

Opening October 2017

Encompassing the warm hues of the Sonoran Desert, the Main Lobby will be redesigned to offer a more modern look, incorporating sleek accents while still reflecting the natural surroundings of the resort. The front desk will be altered to be three different “pods” for more private interactions between guests and front desk associates.

The Thirsty Camel Lounge is being relocated to the middle of the lobby, harnessing a more contemporary feel and offering incredible views of the Valley. Guests will be able to lounge in modern style while sipping beverages and snacking on small plates.


Downstairs, Il Terrazzo restaurant will be converted into the Modern American eatery, Mowry & Cotton, featuring regionally-inspired dishes and a buzzy bar scene. Guests are able to dine in a more “laid-back” environment with a social atmosphere. You may see old friends reconvening at the bar over a cocktail, or relaxing on the open-air back porch. Inside the dining area, a signature hearth oven stands as the focal point, producing the savory flame-cured tastes of the Southwest region.



Just outside, the Main Pool Complex is being redesigned to incorporate a more modern environment with expanded seating space and an enhanced luxury experience. A VIP area is found at the middle of the pools featuring daybeds and plush seating. On the outskirts, lounge chairs and private cabanas circle the pools for the ultimate spot of relaxation. Children will delight in the brand-new play area featuring an adventurous treehouse and an exhilarating 165-foot waterslide. Adjacent from the pool, Kalio Kabobery will serve as the new poolside dining outlet, featuring Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. This casual restaurant offers tasty options for a quick bite or beverage in between swimming and sunbathing.

Opening 2018


Beyond the pools and beside the casitas, the brand-new, three-story spa will be constructed, featuring a rooftop pool and 360 views of the property. With 24 treatment rooms, a VIP suite, vitality pools and signature spa treatments, The Phoenician Spa will serve as the perfect sanctuary for rejuvenation. A movement studio inside the spa allows for fitness activities, offering small group classes and personal training. For primping and polishing, a Drybar and full-service nail salon will be available to help guests look and feel their best.


Behind Jokake Inn, The Phoenician Athletic Club will be constructed, bringing a mix of recreational and fitness options to guests on property. Located on the first floor, the activity center will include an arcade, TV gaming zone, board games, shuffleboard and a movie screening area for recreational entertainment. The refreshment and retail center will offer a juice bar and fitness items for purchase. On the second floor, the fitness center will feature state-of-the-art Matrix workout equipment and floor-to-ceiling windows offering dramatic views of Camelback Mountain and The Phoenician property. In addition, a movement studio with “fitness on demand” technology will be available, allowing guests to enjoy hundreds of virtual classes via touchscreen, from spin to yoga. Outside, seven tennis courts, two pickle ball courts and one basketball court will allow guests to engage in some friendly competition during their stay.

The Phoenician Golf Course will be redesigned by well-renowned architect Phil Smith, re-configuring the course from 27 holes to 18 holes. After completion, the course will have a consistent desert profile throughout and offer a dynamic and diverse play.