A spa and golf course are givens at most Scottsdale resorts. So what’s the new Westin Kierland, with a 20-room spa and 27 golf holes, got over the pack? Height. Eleven stories, to be precise. In a low-rise town, the property offers views that sweep over desert and up mountainsides. Among other attention grabbers, the compound has a kid’s pool, an adult version, and a 900-foot current-fed river pool. And its proximity to the village-styled Kierland Commons shopping area offers pedestrian access to several excellent restaurants, including ZincBistro and Morton’s. Of 735 rooms, 32 casitas offer privacy and thresholds on terra firma. From $250. (480) 624-1000, www.westin.com