Save on room rates, food and beverages, poolside cabanas and entertainment

As gas prices and airfares rise, consider a stay at one of the many upscale resorts right here in our South Tempe-West Chandler backyard that offer special vacation packages and pricing. summer.

By Meghann Sepulveda, Special for

Soaring temperatures can only mean one thing: it’s time to take advantage of the bountiful summer discounts at the South East Valley resorts.

Metro Phoenix is ​​known worldwide for its array of sprawling and opulent destinations, offering every amenity imaginable. But residents of South Tempe and West Chandler don’t need to go to Scottsdale to relax. They can basically do this in their backyard.

It’s low season for desert tourism, so resorts are offering discounted prices and packages designed to entice local residents to come for a stay.

Whether you’re looking for a family vacation with the kids or want to book a quick couple’s getaway, we’ve compiled five nearby resorts to help you beat the heat.

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

One of the best resort water parks in the country – according to The Travel Channel – is right in our neighborhood at the sprawling all-suite Arizona Grand Resort & Spa.

Families and couples looking to escape the heat as well as the bustle will appreciate the plentiful amenities at the 774-suite resort. From gorgeous scenery to delicious restaurants and plenty of recreational activities to keep the kids busy, you’ll soak up every corner of the 17,000-acre property nestled against the South Mountain Reservation.

Voted one of the top 10 water parks in the country by the Travel Channel, the sprawling, wild and fun Oasis Water Park spans 7 acres and features huge slides, a giant wave pool, a hot tub for 25 people, the only side by side in the valley. active river and Wild Cat Springs which is perfect for young children.

Special summer rates, including “Advance Purchase Rate,” will save you up to 15% at Arizona Grand.

Several special summer rates and packages, including the “Advance Purchase Rate,” will save you 15% off your reservation, and the Resort Credit Package includes a $50 daily resort credit that can be used on restaurants, spa or golf.

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The Crowne Plaza Phoenix Chandler Golf Resort

The Crowne Plaza Phoenix Chandler Golf Resort – often referred to as “The San Marcos”, dating back to its historic roots – is a splendid and close place to get away from it all.

Located in bustling downtown Chandler next to the historic San Marcos Golf Course, this resort is within walking distance of more than 40 local restaurants and bars, many of which offer live music and daily entertainment. Dive into the refreshing pool, book a private cabana or have a refreshing drink from the outdoor bar. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort’s restaurants, AJ’s Restaurant or 1912 Bar & Lounge.

The “Playcation Package” at the Crowne Plaza costs $109 per room and includes food credits.

Book the “Playcation Package” for a room rate of $109 and receive a $25 food credit to use at AJ’s Restaurant, 1912 Lounge, Room Service or Pool Bar. Promotional rates are based on availability. Restrictions may apply. The rate is refundable for stays until September 5th.

Learn more and book your stay by calling the hotel at 480-812-0900 or visit ChandlerPlaycation.

Gila River Resorts & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass

A Las Vegas-style sportsbook opened last fall at Gila River Resorts & Casinos-Wild Horse Pass.

Pack your party shoes because there’s limitless fun to be had – day or night – this summer. The AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel offers 446 spacious guest rooms and suites, eight unique dining experiences, a championship golf course, two swimming pools, and games — including a new sports book — with no resort fee. New this year is the Top Golf Swing suite, offering multiple bays, a lounge, catering, bar and table games.

There are shows, golf courses, swimming pools – and no resort fees – at Gila River. And that’s to say nothing of an adjacent premium mall.

Guests 21 and older who stay at the hotel on the last Saturday of each month through September will receive two free wristbands for the Summer Oasis Pool Party hosted by Phoenix Suns basketball player Jae Crowder.

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Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, just across Interstate 10 from West Chandler, is home to Kai, the Valley’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant.

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella mountain range along the Gila River, this beautiful resort pays homage to the history and culture of the Native American community, with authentic architecture, design and art. Play two 18-hole championship golf courses that offer magnificent desert views, dive into one of four sparkling pools including a 111-foot waterslide, elevate your dining experience at world-class Kai restaurants and Ko’Sin, or indulge yourself with a body wrap, facial or massage at the luxurious Aji Spa. Spacious rooms with majestic mountain views and private balconies set the tone for ultimate rest and relaxation.

The Sheraton’s Aji Spa is a Forbes Five Star therapeutic oasis.

Through September 5, guests will receive $100 daily resort credit, free parking and late check-out. Additional summer discounts and seasonal packages are available.

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The Westin Tempe

The Skysill Rooftop Lounge in the new downtown Westin Tempe is the tallest open-air bar in the Valley.

This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Tempe’s downtown district and close to the area’s best shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. It celebrates its first summer with special offers. Combining Tempe’s vibrant atmosphere and unique local culture with an emphasis on wellness, the 18-story property features 290 spacious rooms and suites outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and spa-centric bathrooms. Dine at Terra Tempe Kitchen + Spirits, which offers Modern American cuisine, grab a light lunch at the hotel’s quick-service bistro Cup of Joe Market Café, or grab a cocktail at the chic Skysill Rooftop Lounge, the tallest open-air bar on the roof of the valley and living room.

Offering the “Arizona Staycation Package,” the new Westin Tempe welcomes guests from South Tempe and West Chandler.

Summer room rates start at $189 per night. A discount is available for Arizona residents. Book the “Arizonian Staycation Package,” available through September 30, and receive 5% off best available room rates, plus a daily $50 food and beverage credit for use in the hotel. one of the hotel’s three distinct dining concepts.

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