my favorite desert oasis – the wigwam

Normally the travel locations I feature here on The Dainty Squid are a little more offbeat. I post about cemeteries, giant roadside animals, abandoned buildings, and other unique spots we stumble upon. I’ve never dedicated an entire post to our lodging choices aside from, coincidentally, Wigwam Village – which is of no affiliation. The Wigwam though, this place is something special! We even had our wedding reception here!

This post is essentially four years in the making. Since the second I walked into the room on our very first visit back in 2015 I knew this was somewhere I needed to blog about.  Our visits are just never long enough. My time is usually spent lounging in bed, swimming in the saltwater pool or filling my face with delicious food.

For our six month wedding anniversary, Jeff and I headed back to the areas we hit on our wedding road trip. We stayed the night in the hotel we got ready for our wedding at, revisited the ceremony site, and perhaps most excitingly, we spent a few nights at The Wigwam. Between eating churros in bed (three different dipping sauces! OMG!) and pretending it wasn’t too cold to swim (surprisingly, Phoenix does get cold-ish sometimes!) Jeff and I took a walk around the property specifically so I could take some photos.

the wigwam review

Gorgeous, right!? Like I said, I was smitten since the second I laid eyes upon this place. We ended up here on our second roadtrip together. We had flown into Phoenix and spent a few days wandering the desert opting to sleep in the car most nights. The last night though, we wanted to get a place semi-close to the airport so we could wake up refreshed, and clean up before the flight. Jeff found The Wigwam, saw that it was about a half hour from the airport, super affordable for how nice it looked and booked it.

We definitely weren’t expecting something this nice though! We walked into the room and I immediately facetimed my mom. ‘Look at this place! It has three sinks! It’s huge!!’ Since we had gotten there fairly late, and were flying out first thing in the morning we didn’t have the opportunity to check it all out but the tiny taste we had gotten made us hungry for more. We vowed to visit again someday.

‘Someday’ came a lot sooner than expected… because let’s be honest most the time when you say you’re gonna revisit a place it doesn’t happen for a long time, if ever! We made it a point to visit again the next year! Once again, we only spent a single night but we made it a priority to get there early and really take advantage of everything they had to offer.

After that visit, I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to go back. Jeff and I talked about it constantly. I saw on their website that they had weddings. Despite the fact we weren’t even engaged yet I was obsessed with the idea. Getting our friends and family out there seemed outlandish but a girl can dream, aye?

Well, fast forward another year and there we were sitting poolside with our friends and family mere hours after tying the knot. We opted to get married somewhere else special to us, the ghost town of Two Guns but after the ceremony and photos, everyone reconvened at The Wigwam for food and a couple days of poolside fun. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

Hotel reviews aren’t my thing but I guess to cover all my bases on this post I should tell you that the beds are the coziest I’ve ever slept in. All of the rooms we’ve stayed in have had giant bathtubs. Their food is the bomb dot com. (Get yourself the quesadillas with shrimp from Wigwam Bar! I can also personally recommend their burger, the hummus trio, and the wings – which are actually the only wings I eat on the bone because they’re that good!) There are multiple pools, one of which has slide and the other is a saltwater pool. I can’t choose a favorite between the two! Clearly, from the photos you should be able to see, the landscaping is beautiful. It’s truly an escape from the norm!

There are also dozens of other awesome things to do there other than sleep, swim and eat – although I can vouch for those things being spectacular! There’s a spa, you can golf, play tennis, rent a bike (free with the resort fee) and there is almost always some sort of event going on.

There are a few other resort style accommodations in Arizona that have caught my eye but honestly, I can’t imagine going all the way out there and not staying at The Wigwam now, especially since it holds so many special memories.

Until next time, The Wigwam! I’m sure it won’t be too long until I see you again!
xoxo

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio! A collector of weird things. Plant Enthusiast. Wanderer. Beachcomber. Forever longing for the desert.

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