Live music fanatics love to travel for the next exciting entertainment extravaganza, and come 2024, there will be a new destination to set your sights on: the 60-acre VAI Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. The $1 billion mecca will offer luxe vacation leisure spectacularly blended with once-in-a-lifetime concert programming.
Phoenix may seem a surprising locale for a resort of this grandeur, but it's a worthy destination, with nearly 300 days of sunshine. “As the fifth largest city in the nation with more than 4.5 million metro area residents, Phoenix is a fast growing market known for warm temperatures and sunshine year-round,” says Grant Fisher, president of VAI Resort. It’s no wonder this Southwest metropolis is known as the Valley of the Sun.
Music lovers will appreciate VAI Resort’s redefined concert experience. With a $40 million, 360-degree stage at the heart of the resort, live entertainment can be enjoyed just about anywhere (even from your suite). From emerging and A-list musical artists to festival-headlining DJs and comedians, VAI Resort will host over 100 performances annually. No matter your preferred musical genre, chances are your favorite artist will be coming here soon.
And there’s plenty more this globally-inspired, modern day fantasyland offers. Read on for more tantalizing details.
VAI Resort ensures you get acclimated to Southwest style, but with a unique spin. “Arizona is home to plenty of luxury hotels that emphasize golf, spa amenities and even original designs by famous architects,” says Fisher. “Our concept of VAI Resort is a breath of fresh air, showcasing what Arizona can become.”
The resort offers more than 1,000 rooms across four hotel towers, each with its own ultra-luxe design aesthetic. Mixed medium art pieces inspired by music museums and iconic artists are spread throughout the lobby, while the rooms take cues from a rockstar’s lavish lifestyle – think real cowhide carpets, crocodile-skin headboards, and carrara marble-wrapped bathrooms. No extravagance was spared.
Whether you’re traveling with a large group or prefer to stay in the center of it all, the Muse Tower is for you. With 160 of its suites outfitted with private balconies facing the resort’s amphitheater, your room transforms into private skybox seats once the concert starts. And if you work up an appetite during the show, there’s an 8th floor steakhouse in the Muse Tower with prime viewing spots too.
Those who prefer an ultra-private feel can unwind at the VAI villas. These expansive accommodations range from 1,110 to 5,300 square feet and boast exclusive amenities like a rooftop infinity pool and day club.
Within an hour of touching down — VAI is a quick 20-minute ride from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport — you’ll be in full blown vacation mode, immersed in desert glamour. “VAI Resort is all about fun, entertainment and flair; you’ll feel completely engulfed in this [otherworldly] environment,” says Fisher.
Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to leisure. There’s a mile of white-sand beachfront and five acres of crystal clear water that evokes the beaches of Mykonos. Both the sand and water are temperature-controlled, so you can comfortably catch a tan year round.
The thought of a beach in Arizona is jaw-dropping enough, but VAI Resort went one step further and built the largest man-made party island of its kind. Konos Island, a 52,000-square-foot paradise consists of two-floored private cabanas and sunbeds, Mediterranean cuisine, DJ day parties, even an aerial cocktail bar that rises over 100 feet in the sky.
“Unlike other concert and resort venues, the party doesn’t stop at VAI because we offer all the fun in one place. Every [attraction] is only a couple hundred feet away, so guests can go from a concert to an island to an upscale dinner in minutes,” states Fisher.
To that end, 12 elevated dining opportunities will offer a variety of cuisines, and there will be 10 bars throughout the resort, so you’re never far from a cocktail. But if you need a reprieve from the party, relax at the spa or hit the resort’s 100,000 square feet of luxury boutique shopping for some retail therapy.
Whether it's the world-class live entertainment, party island or beach that excites you most, VAI Resort is a must-visit destination to add to the bucket list.
VAI Resort will be opening in 2024, to learn more about the ultimate music lover’s vacation spot, visit vairesort.com.