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Papago Park in Phoenix (BCFC/istockphoto)

Even the most ardent New Yorkers occasionally crave a skyline unencumbered by One World Trade Center or the newly towering 432 Park Avenue. Arizona—if you can stand the heat—offers endless azure expanses during daylight or contemplative constellations unimpeded by excessive light come night time. Rambling desert resorts in Phoenix and Scottsdale are the ideal location for your sky-gazing and offer more than their fair share of pampering. Normally these destinations deliver five-star experiences with steep prices to match. Summertime in the Valley of the Sun, however, yields sizzling deals. Here's a sampling for 2015:

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A pool party at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (courtesy of the resort)

The elegant Fairmont Scottsdale Princess' popular 'sip, savor and splash' package offers rooms starting at $169 per night, and the deal includes a $50 daily credit for dining, the spa or the kids club. Weekends rock with poolside Techno Glo parties, black lights, lasers, fog, LED hula hooping, glow-in-the-dark bubbles and pulsating beats.

Families can chill at 'dive-in' movies while floating on inner tubes or enjoying snacks on the deck—and you'll be dazzled by the fireworks intermission every Saturday. Meanwhile, adults can unwind at La Hacienda restaurant where Chef Richard Sandoval's talents are served up, a 'snakebite' tequila tasting takes the sting off everything, and flaming dessert coffees gild the lily. The package is based on availability, between May 22 and September 7. Taxes and daily resort fee are additional.

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Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak (courtesy of the resort)


For extreme water park fun, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort may be your best bet. Its Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch is four acres of buoyant entertainment with slides, a lazy river, waterfalls and hot tubs. Their summer rates (May 26-September 8) start at $109 plus tax.

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Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak (courtesy of the resort)

Every weekend offers family-focused celebrations with beach parties, luaus or carnivals. Other activities include hoe downs at Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant (a succulent barbeque joint) and s'mores over campfires. Make sure to use the promo code 'SUNSP' when you're booking a summer deal.

Unrepentant romantics may prefer higher ground (and slightly cooler temps) at the secluded Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree, AZ. This property is built into its surrounding ancient landscape and offers some astounding packages in the summer including deals on private casitas, and villas that sleep up to eight people.

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The Boulders (courtesy of the resort)

The 'Spa Daze Away' package includes nightly casita accommodations, $25 per person dining credit, an indulgent 50-minute massage per person per night, and unlimited access to spa facilities on the grounds. There's also the 'Stay and Play Golf' package for those looking to hone their skills on the links—that incorporates nightly casita accommodations, one round of golf per day per paying adult, and a $25 per person lunch voucher.

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A hacienda at The Boulders (courtesy of the resort)

Stargazers will want happy hour to end so Boulders' 'astronomical hour' can start. Guests can view planets, stars and the lunar surface through a high-powered telescope with a professional astronomer. Other apres-dark options include moonlight bicycling, yoga and guided hiking with headlamps and night-vision monoculars in search of exotic desert flora and fauna. Apart from night yoga, there are additional fees for these programs.

Authors note: There may be other fees at all these properties and restrictions may apply.

Sarah Jaquay writes about food and travel for AAA Journeys Magazine, Country Living, Currents, TheWineBuzz and many other publications.