The Princess Hotel and Resort provides a full amenity resort package – including 400 rooms, 150 casitas, three swimming pools, a TPC golf course and Tennis Center. The property targets mature travelers and the design provides the privacy and solitude desired by these discriminating guests.

The landscape design unifies various site features by providing a system of water features themed on ancient Mayan culture. Landscape planting creates distinctive themed areas that include a cactus garden, fragrance garden, canyon garden, and a palm garden.

A prominent axial water feature provides orientation for hotel guests who may be overwhelmed by the hotel’s sprawling wings. Beginning where guests arrive, the water feature extends through the hotel wings and extends to the both the swimming pool and themed garden area. By organizing views between the hotel and the TPC golf course, the landscape design also reinforces the connection between these two site features.

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Role: Landscape Architect

Architect: Allen and Phelps

Date of Completion: 1988