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BY Jessica Dunham, Nora Burba Trulsson, Nick Esquer, Dena Roché, Lauren Swanson-Tyda, Taylor Transtrum and Teresa K. Traverse | June 18, 2018 | Feature Features

Be it a premier concierge service, stunning new home development or unparalleled dining experience, luxury in the Valley is thriving like never before. Here's a look at the people, places and services responsible for putting Phoenix and Scottsdale in the spotlight for 2018 and beyond.
Scott Campbell

Best Flight Instructor
Those with dreams of flying need to catch a flight—or a few dozen—with Scott Campbell, who was named 2017 best flight instructor in the Southwest and, in 2016, one of 10 outstanding instructors nationwide by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Campbell got the bug to fly while in the Marines, and followed through by studying aviation management technology at ASU. After a stint as an Alaskan bush pilot and working as a flight instructor for another firm, he launched Sierra Charlie Aviation (that’s aviation-speak for his initials) in 2015. Now, with six flight instructors and two Cessnas, Campbell’s Scottsdale-based firm (which AOPA named one of the top 35 flight schools in the country) has taught everyone from high school students wanting a jump on an aviation career to business executives to an 82-year-old retiree fulfilling a lifelong ambition. “I don’t let people feel like they can’t learn to fly,” says Campbell of his award-winning technique. “I care about the person sitting next to me in the airplane. It’s cool to watch their growth as they learn.” 8014 E. McClain Drive –NBT

Top-Notch Tee Time
Even though Arizona is known the world over as a golfer’s paradise, it’s not exactly a delight to work on your backswing in 115-degree heat. But at Mountain Shadows, golfers don’t have to vie to land an early time trying to eschew blistering temps. In fact, the Paradise Valley golf haven is the only one in the state that offers a par-3 18-hole short course that can be finished in just a couple of hours—letting golfers beat the heat. Want to show off the links to a client? Short on time between meetings? You can tee up and be back to the office by the midday meeting with special packages like The Feeling Rusty, which gets golfers club rentals, a 30-minute refresher with a pro and lunch on the go. In-season rates from $55, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480.624.5400 –NE

Best Resort Redux
Castle Hot Springs, Arizona’s legendary, historic resort near the Bradshaw Mountains, is reopening in October as a luxe destination after a major two-year renovation and restoration. The 210-acre resort—shuttered since a 1976 fire—first opened in 1896, catering to wealthy Easterners (among them, the Vanderbilts, Wrigleys, Carnegies and John F. Kennedy) who came to luxuriate in the healing, mineral-rich hot springs and dry desert climate halfway between what is now Lake Pleasant and Wickenburg. Purchased in late 2015 by a local group that includes Westroc Hospitality (of Hotel Valley Ho, Mountain Shadows and Sanctuary Camelback Mountain fame), the rejuvenated resort will debut with six original buildings restored; a gourmet restaurant; an organic farm; its own microbrewery producing a signature Lithium Lager; and 32 stylish accommodations, including bungalows featuring private, spring-fed outdoor tubs. Don’t want to drive the unpaved road past Lake Pleasant? The resort offers a helipad where you can land a private chopper. Opening rates not yet set, 5050 N. Castle Hot Springs Road, Morristown –NBT

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