Last Updated on January 18, 2024

Scottsdale, AZ brings to mind luxury spa resorts, golf courses, fine dining and upscale shopping. With sun-filled days, warm weather, and the Sonoran Desert as its backdrop, it’s easy to see why Scottsdale is a favorite year-round destination for many. Over four million visitors travel here each year.

I recently stayed at the Westin Kierland Villas and immensely enjoyed the experience. Upon entering, I immediately felt welcomed by the warm greeting at reception. I appreciated the natural touches throughout the lobby, including flowering plants and palm trees. Plush seating in desert tones and natural light beckoned for me to sit down and relax.

About the Westin Kierland Villas

Master bedroom at Westin Kierland Villas in Scottsdale.
Master bedroom at Westin Kierland Villas in Scottsdale. Photo courtesy of VRBO

The Westin Kierland Villas provide an excellent lodging choice for a romantic getaway or family vacation. Located on ten beautifully manicured acres, the Westin Kierland villas combine a premium condo experience with luxurious resort amenities.

Villa accommodations includes stylish one-bedroom units that sleep up to four guests and two-bedroom units that sleep up to eight. The two-bedroom units have separate living and sleeping areas.

All villas feature fully equipped kitchenettes or kitchens, washer/dryers, flat-screen televisions, WiFi, and free parking. Some units also have fireplaces and balconies.

Here’s the best part: no resort fees.

Three outdoor heated pools and relaxation pool/whirlpool spas provide villa guests plenty of room to unwind in the water. Family favorites include the activity pool with its 80-foot waterslide and the interactive fountain at the children’s pool.

If you like working out while away from home, the fitness studio has treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, cardiovascular and strength equipment, and free weights. The large windows throughout the studio allow you to enjoy the outdoor scenery while staying fit. Complimentary locker rooms with showers, a sauna and steam rooms are ideal for relaxing.

For alfresco dining, take advantage of the barbeque area. You can enjoy the scenic landscape while grilling and dining at the outdoor tables, complete with shade umbrellas. A fire pit area provides a cozy gathering place for family and friends at the end of the day.

Dining Option at The Westin Kierland Villas

McDowell Market & Grill provides grab-and-go dining during the day in a casual setting. The market also has coffee and other sundries.

Amenities and Services at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Westin Kierland Golf Course.
Westin Kierland Golf Course. Photo by Angella Arndt.

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the sister property of the villas, can be accessed by walking or via the resort’s complimentary shuttle service. Guests of the villas can use the amenities of this resort though there may be some restrictions in place during high season or high demand.

Golfers will love The Westin Kierland Golf Club situated within the resort. The course features 27 holes accentuated by gorgeous landscaping, desert beauty and sweeping mountain views. The course also has a driving range, putting green, club rentals, and golf lessons.

Popular attractions at the resort include the water park and pools. The Adventure Water Park features the Kierland Flowrider, a flow-board simulator. There’s also a lazy river and a 110-foot waterslide. Aquamiel, the adult-only pool, offers a peaceful retreat with lap lanes, private cabanas and a hot tub.

Agave, The Arizona Spa & Salon, offers guests the ultimate pampered relaxation. The day spa offers massages, body treatments, facials, and nail services. The Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio is a larger version of the fitness studio located at the Villas.

The Westin Family Kids Club offers activities for children aged four to 12. These include crafts, outdoor recreation and scavenger hunts.

Dining Options at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Waltz & Weiser Saloon serves casual fare, cocktails, beers, wines, and fine tequilas and whiskeys. Reminiscent of the Old West days, the rustic setting is a great place to watch games or dine outdoors.

Brittlebrush Bar & Grill features a broad breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Located in the Kierland Golf Club, diners can enjoy expansive golf and mountain views while dining on the patio.

J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill offers casual poolside outdoor dining. The menu includes snacks, salads, sandwiches and cocktails.

Coffee Flats serves coffee and other beverages, pastries and hot breakfast sandwiches. If you need it, the coffee shop also sells grab-and-go foods for breakfast and lunch. 

The Rim Lobby Lounge offers fantastic views of Dreamweavers Canyon. The lounge serves beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers and vintage cigars.

The Scotch Library carries over 150 Scotch whiskies in single malts and blended selections. Warm wood paneling and cozy seating create the perfect atmosphere for sipping and relaxing. Trained Scotch Ambassadors dressed in Scottish kilts are available to help guests make their selections.

I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation at The Kierland Westin Villas. I appreciated the comfortable accommodations, dining options, amenities, and friendly and knowledgeable staff. The resort is a wonderful option for couples, groups or multi-generational families traveling together. And there’s truly something for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

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