Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Marriott's Canyon Villas in Phoenix

Back in October, we spent a few days in Phoenix, Arizona. My in-laws have a time share at the Marriott's Canyon Villas property.  If you read my trip report, you'll know that we spent a lot of our vacation just hanging around the resort. I found it to be a really family-friendly place to stay, and wanted to share a few reasons why.

View from our patio

We were just a short walk down a hall from several of the many pools. The pools were the focal point of our trip. Every pool had a few balls for kids to play with. There are also fresh towels available, and swim diapers are sold in the lobby's convience store. This is extremely helpful as it makes for a few less bulky items to pack. There was a fantastic splash/wading pool. The arrow was too scared that water would dump all over him to enjoy it, but my husband and I were mesmerized by it. I would say 95% of kids (any age) would love it.

There's also a cantina that has a nice lunch and drink menu, all served poolside. It would have been miserable to drag the arrow away from the pool just to head to a restaurant to eat lunch.  We could either eat at the cantina or fix something quickly back in our room.  Then it was back to the water!

A sunny day spent in the pool

Beyond the pools, the facility had plenty to offer families. One evening, we had a great dinner grilling out on their patio. There are several large gas grills that guests can use. It's always nice to take a break from keeping a little one happy at a restaurant while vacationing, so the fully-equipped kitchens were helpful in that regard, also. We were graciously provided with a high chair (and pack and play) to keep in our condo throughout our stay.

There's a fun playground/sand pit area for kids to play in. It was nice to have an area where the arrow could run around and stretch his legs a bit, without having to get in the car to find a park. There's also a small lizard living in an aquarium in the lobby, and the arrow enjoyed getting to watch the staff feed him one morning.

Romping around the playground

Finally, at this property you also have easy access to the neighboring JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. We had a fantastic dinner at one of their five restaurants (all of which had a kid's menu). There is an amazing pool area here too, including a lazy river. There's also a Starbucks, so it made for a fun place to wander over to each morning. (Confession: I never actually made that walk in the morning, but the arrow got pushed in his stroller there by his adoring grandparents a few times, while I got to take a long, uninterupted hot shower, followed by reading a People magazine on the patio. Ah, the joys of traveling with grandparents!)

Since returning home from our trip, and getting involved with the Passports with Purpose campaign to raise money to build a village in India (see posts here, here, and here), I'm also learning about the generosity of Marriott. Several prizes have been provided to the cause. (A full list of prizes is available here.) Please consider donating, and you too could stay at a beautiful Marriott property.

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