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JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Tucson, Arizona | #ADifferentEveryday

It was another hot summer day in Tucson when some friends and I decided to head to Starr Pass Resort for a fun weekend getaway. Nestled away in the Sonoran Desert, this resort offers the full package- fine dining, a lazy river, spa services, and luxury guest suites- all with breathtaking views of Southern Arizona.

After arriving, the first thing I did was settle into my room. The suite offered all the amenities one would expect with an amazing view overlooking the pool and Sonoran Foothills. The living room was spacious, providing room for me to work, with a balcony that opened up to both the living area and the bedroom. True to it’s location, the room maintained a Southwest theme, but boasted contemporary elegance.

I headed downstairs for the nightly tequila toast I was told about when I checked in. This happens every evening on the patio at sunset and is a tradition at Starr Pass. Everyone is welcome to join and it seemed like most of the resort did (probably because it is complimentary) while we all toasted glasses and listened to the story of Arriba Abajo.

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Next up, food. With more than one dining option it was a tough call but I decided to eat at their signature grill. The grill offers primarily Mexican and what the resort has coined “Cowboy” plates, but I went with a tried and clue classic, the filet mignon. I spent the evening taking in the incredible scenery with firepits, wine, and friends, both new and old.

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I returned to my room to see the milky way over the foothills from my balcony. I didn't believe them when they said you could see the stars so vividly here. The resort is only 15 minutes from downtown but I was shocked once my eyes adjusted to the darkness and the milky way appeared.

In the morning we took a golf cart around the surrounding nature preserves and golf course, spotting lots of Desert critters and even some deer along the way. I returned just in time for my massage, one I was deeply needing, and my first massage ever to be honest. It was the perfect way to refuel after running around with my camera gear all morning. I took advantage of the plunge pool and steam room, immersing myself in the experience. I highly recommend using the spa services here if you get the chance.

Huevos Rancheros for a late breakfast and I was ready to check out the pool. While I did not personally take advantage of the Monsoon Falls waterslide, I will admit it looked like fun and I am a fan of the name. We walked over to our cabana, ordered some complimentary strawberry infused water and set out to relax for the rest of the day, poolside.

The lazy river is a great way to stay cool so once it started heating up we grabbed some inner tubes and hopped in. It is hard not to enjoy the Desert, even when it is this hot out, while floating around this great oasis. After a day at the pool it was time to pack up and head home. 

Photo Collaboration with Stephanie Be

Things to Do While Visiting:

-Arizona Sonoran Museum

-University of Arizona

-Saguaro National Park

-Horseback riding


Nearby Trails:

-Sabino Canyon Trail

-Nature Preserve Trail

Other Amazing hotels in the area:


I would love to hear about your experiences and recommendations in the comments below! There is so much to do here!

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