Friday, 23 December 2016

USA Fam Trip Day 7: 20th November 2015

After a rather late night and a few too many of those divine prickly pear margaritas we were up nice and early for a breakfast meeting and tour around the Westin Kierland.

Our guide was Bob, the director of travel industry sales (he reminded me of Donald Trump!) and I must admit we were rather quiet but once we'd eaten and were on the move we perked up a bit.  We covered the whole complex from the golf course to the spa and everything in between - the public areas were very plush but I did feel the rooms were a bit plain...

We left Bob and headed to Saguaro Lake for a lovely cruise in the sunshine.
The Saguaro Lake in the Tonto National Forest is actually a reservoir formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam, named after the Saguaro cactus which cover the surrounding landscape.  The lake has more than 22 miles of shoreline which means it's always busy with boating, kayaking, fishing and waterskiing.  The cruise was lovely - we sat at the front of the boat and soaked up the sun (it did get a bit chilly but it was so relaxing) the captain narrated all the way, telling us about the local area, flora and fauna...

We arrived back at the hotel in time to freshen up and change for our afternoon appointment at the Hyatt Regency.
Our tour was conducted by industry sales manager Kristin and we were joined by Sarah from the Scottsdale Visitors Bureau.  Again, another lovely property with lots of facilities but just a bit too big for me, I much prefer smaller boutique types (I'm discovering how antisocial I'm getting lol)

We had a delicious dinner sat outside beneath the palm trees before heading back to the Phoenician for our last sleep. 

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