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The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Hotel Contact:
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
United States
Main: 480-624-1000
Email: Email Hotel Liz Franzese
Director of Sales & Marketing: Liz Franzese
Website: www.kierlandresort.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.5
Chain Marriott International
Opened 2002
Renovated 2011
Guest Rooms 732
Kings/Suites/Doubles 340 / 55 / 337
Room Rates High $299 Low $125
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Max Group Size 650

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee $25
Room Tax 12.57
Sales Tax 8.6%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 24,451ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 83,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 200,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
30 min 20 miles (32 km)
Scottsdale Airport
7 min 1 miles (2 km)

Business:

FedEx Office
Wi-Fi In All Meeting Rooms
On-Site Audiovisual Department
Videoconferencing
Satellite Communications
And Business Center

Recreation:

27 Holes Of Golf
Water Park
Full-Service Spa With Fitness Center And Salon
And Two Tennis Courts

Nearby:

Shopping And Dining At Scottsdale Quarter And Kierland Commons
Jeep
Hummer
And Atv Tours
Horseback Riding
Hot-Air Ballooning
And Tours To The Grand Canyon
Sedona
Jerome
Tucson
Tombstone
Kartchner Caverns
Apache Trail
Verde Canyon
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Brittlebush Bar & Grill
110
American
Coffee Flats & Snow bowls
20
Deseo
148
Nuevo Latino
Edie's Range House
32
American
J. Swilling's Pool Bar and Grill
200
Nellie Cashman's Monday Club Cafe
154
Southwestern

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $42 Cont. $30
Lunch Buffet $50 Plated $42
Dinner Buffet $125 Plated $96
Coffee Break $89
2-Hour Open Bar $34
Elite Overview Planner Ratings & Reviews
Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
This property has been certified Elite Platinum and meets at least 25 of Elite Meetings Criteria.
This endorsement is an independent unbiased determination granted only to the hotels meeting the standards set by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board. Elite endorsement is never sold or licensed.
4.5
8 reviews
Arrival Experience:
4.6
Accommodations:
4.8
Food & Beverage:
4.9
Guest Service Experience:
4.4
Conference Services Staff:
4.3
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.7
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.7
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
3.8
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Boardroom 56 11.1 x 5.1 4 629 37 x 17 13 N/A N/A N/A 83 16 N/A N/A N/A
Culturekeepers South 263 N/A N/A 2,925 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 305 N/A N/A N/A 14
Culturekeepers West 513 N/A N/A 5,700 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 29
Greenway 129 18 x 7.2 4 1,440 60 x 24 13 78 155 110 147 52 54 38 N/A
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Property News
Resort Overview
Posted August 8, 2013
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
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Visit www.ilovekierlandresort.com for all of our offers including dining, spa, golf and FUN!

Summer Entertainment in Dreamweaver’s Canyon
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa will once again feature our unique summer themed light show called PaintScaping. The only show of its kind in the state of Arizona, PaintScaping debuted at The Resort last Holiday season to rave reviews from both resort guests and local residents.

The Resort will transform into a Hoedown, festively set to music. Offered every evening from May 31 through July 7 in Dreamweaver's Canyon, there will be four shows each night at 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 and 9:30. The nightly PaintScaping show will follow the bagpiper, who plays from 6:30-7:30 pm. Everyone is invited to enjoy this special summer tradition, including Resort guests and locals alike.

In addition, each Friday and Saturday evening will feature live music in Dreamweaver's Canyon. Enjoy "Tortillas and Tequila" while listening to performances by Cécile Hortensia on Friday night and Erick Hasbun each Saturday night. French Folk singer Cécile was born in Nancy, France and blends cultures and music styles from both countries. Erick, meanwhile, is an acoustic style singer and songwriter covering many genres from Country and Folk to Classic Rock and Pop. They will perform until 10 pm each Friday and Saturday evening immediately following the "Bagpipes at Sunset Series." PaintScaping will take place during the set breaks. For more information on the summer entertainment in Dreamweaver's Canyon, please call 480.624.1202 or email dining@kierlandresort.com.

Kierland FlowRider Boardsport Simulator, Open for Warm Weather Shredding!
“Flowboarding” is not just a ride, it is a sport, a 21st Century alchemy that has the look of surfing, the ride of snowboarding, the tricks of skateboarding, and boards derived from wakeboarding. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona adds Kierland FlowRider as a part of a major expansion to the Resort’s Adventure Water Park, bringing an additional 58,400 gallons of water to the water park, which currently boasts 575,000 gallons of water FUN including the 110-foot waterslide 900-foot-long lazy river. Kierland FlowRider opened October 2012 as the first board sport simulator in the Arizona resort market. Bringing the California beach lifestyle to the Sonoran desert of Scottsdale, this wave technology by Wave Loch™ will attract youth, families and all board sport enthusiasts. The $2.4 million Kierland FlowRider enhancement project will be managed by the Resort’s very own “Wave Master,” selected through a unique job search process, where the finalists submitted a video along with their application and competed in a ‘surf-off’ for the dream job during the FlowRider Festival on October 6th. The 6,000 square foot dual Kierland FlowRider will include a viewing platform, seating and retail space, with FlowRider sessions available to purchase per hour. Kierland FlowRider will be open year-round, with the capability to heat the waves during the cooler months of the year.

Thrilling to ride, thrilling to watch, and designed to handle wipeouts. Kierland FlowRider‘s waveform is a proprietary composite membrane ride surface that is designed to absorb the energy of impacts. Flowboarders may wipe out, but they’ll get back up again and again and again. Board sports such as surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding are skill-based activities that challenge riders to develop new tricks to emulate their heroes. The best part about the Kierland FlowRider is
that no skill is required to flowboard for the very first time, thus making this latest board sport appreciated by all ages. “Like” Kierland FlowRider on Facebook (facebook.com/KierlandFlowRider) or visit KierlandFlowRider.com for the latest Kierland FlowRider news and events.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Enhancements
In January 2013, The Westin Kierland completed enhancements to the Resort’s meeting and convention spaces, spending over $5 million dollars to improve the appearance, as well as the
functionality. All meeting rooms and pre-function spaces have been refreshed with new carpet, wall coverings, and new furnishings. Flat-screen monitors have been added to the entrance of all meeting rooms, and the digital signage boards have been updated to interactive monitors offering Resort information and meeting schedules. All artwork throughout the resort public areas, including the meeting and convention spaces, has been updated as well, keeping with the “Essence of Arizona” theme.

With a fresh look throughout the resort interior, the latest enhancement to the outdoors has largely impacted one of the favorite locations among Resort guests - the Adventure Water Park. Opened in October 2012, Kierland FlowRider is the first boardsport simulator in the Arizona resort market, adding 58,400 gallons of water in the form of a simulated wave, to the current 575,000 gallons of water FUN, including the 110-foot waterslide and 900-foot-long lazy river. This $2.4 million enhancement to the Adventure Water Park includes the FlowRider boardsport simulator, 3,200 square-foot Swilling’s Point viewing patio and event space with shade structure, and retail space where flowboarding sessions are available to purchase per hour. Bringing the California beach lifestyle to the Sonoran desert of Scottsdale, this wave technology by Wave Loch™ attracts youth, families and boardsport enthusiasts of all ages.

For the latest information on all of The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s enhancements, visit www.kierlandenhancements.com.

I Love Kierland Resort
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa offers access to view exclusive specials with their micro site www.ilovekierlandresort.com. All year long the site provides guests with exclusive offers for Resort Stays, Dining, Agave Spa specials and events, Kierland Golf and Family FUN. The website is smart phone compatible, allowing visitors to view promotions and make reservations on-the-go.

Get social and be the first to know about Resort offers by becoming a Friend, Fan and Follower of The Westin Kierland. “Like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/WestinKierland), Follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/WestinKierland) or join the Kierland Epicurean Club (email “Epicurean Club” to info@kierlandresort.com) to receive exclusive access to offers and promotions only shared through these channels. The Resort’s Facebook has recently expanded! Be sure to “Like” all your favorites of the Westin Kierland: deseo (facebook.com/DeseoatTheWestinKierland), Agave, the Arizona Spa (facebook.com/AgavetheArizonaSpa), Brittlebush Bar & Grill (facebook.com/Brittlebush), and the Kierland Golf Club.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Greenest Hotel in Phoenix
The Westin Kierland Resort has been passionate about green initiatives since the hotel opening. The Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association named The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, the “Greenest Hotel in Phoenix”. This modern designation was deservedly won by the resort due to the extensive measures taken to reuse, conserve, and recycle.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s “Be Greener” Program
The Westin Kierland Resort is well known for “Keeping the Essence of Arizona” and equally as well known for being one of the largest Resorts in Arizona. In keeping with their reputation they are honoring that essence and that responsibility with several initiatives that protect and conserve the environment and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa allows guests to “Make a Green Choice”
The Westin Kierland’s “Be Greener” program, launched in early 2007, was initiated to help set an example and lead the way in the hospitality industry for the state of Arizona and the Starwood family of hotels and resorts. Through programs such as energy conservation, waste reduction, water conservation, alternate transportation, staff and guest awareness, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is and has been dedicated to treasuring the essence of Arizona by preserving its most precious resources.

More Shopping Deals, Just for Westin Kierland Guests
The Westin Kierland’s already successful Key to Kierland program has been expanded and is now also offering the Key to the Quarter program. Both are designed to offer exclusive discounts to Resort guests in partnership with the Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter shopping districts. Guests can simply show their room key to select Kierland Commons or Scottsdale Quarter retailers and restaurants to take advantage of special offers and promotions, exclusively for guests of The Westin Kierland.

Located adjacent to The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Kierland Commons is the ultimate destination for national retail and local boutique concepts. Discover one of their many charming shops and their quaint Main Street ambiance. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa room key unlocks the opportunity to receive exclusive discounts and offers from many of their celebrated retailers.

New to the program is the Key to the Quarter, offering exclusive discounts to the Scottsdale Quarter, also adjacent to the Resort. The Scottsdale Quarter is a 28-acre shopping, dining and entertaining district amid elegant, diverse architecture and lush landscaping with a trendy downtown atmosphere. The Key to the Quarter program also allows special offers and promotions exclusively for the guests of The Westin Kierland by having them show their room key.

Kierland Companion Club
We welcome all cats and dogs into its Kierland Companion Club – a program designed to make The Westin Kierland a home-away-from-home for your furry friends. Dogs will receive a complimentary “Westin Heavenly Dog Welcome Kit” including a special ID tag, clean-up bags to use in our Kierland Companion Park, eating dishes, and since a good-nights-sleep while traveling is important for man’s best friend as well, a Westin Heavenly dog bed.
Scottish Experiences at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Posted August 8, 2013
In keeping with the Resort’s “Essence of Arizona” theme, the award-winning Scottish Traditions at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa serve to pay homage to the contributions made by the Scottish immigrants to the development of Arizona’s railroads, mines and towns. Guests will find themselves emerged in Scottish traditions through the Resort’s “Scottish Pipes at Sunset Series,” “Saturday Night Scotch Tastings,” the “Scottish Golf Experience,” Scottish-themed wedding ceremony package, Bagpiper mascot and even “Scotty” the Scottish Terrier.

“Scottish Pipes at Sunset Series”
The “Scottish Pipes at Sunset Series” is the original tribute to the Scottish immigrants where every evening guests and families are encouraged to gather around the fire pit at the Resort’s Dreamweaver’s Canyon to enjoy the haunting sounds of the Scottish Bagpipes with Michael McClanathan, a bagpiper with 40 years of experience. The Resort is well known for the “Bagpipes at Sunset” nightly performances and has been a mainstay at the Resort for several years.

“Scottish Golf Experience”
The presence of the bagpiper also serves to bring in the golfers after a great game of golf at the Kierland Golf Club, where golfers can try the “Scottish Golf Experience.” Kierland Golf Club offers Scottish kilt rentals for those golfers who would like to try golf, the “Scottish way.” Unique Johnnie Walker beverage carts, serving Johnnie Walker Blue, Johnnie Walker Gold and Johnnie Walker Black, help golfers toast to the game of golf with the perfect Scotch. Also unique to Kierland Golf Course and the Scottish influences are the Johnnie Walker Flags that represent the different labels of the Johnnie Walker Scotch Line.

“Friday Night Scotch Tastings”
Continuing on the Scottish traditions and influences in Arizona highlighted at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the Resort’s Ali-Shonak Library at the Rim Lobby Bar offers “Friday Night Scotch Tastings” featuring three kinds of Johnnie Walker scotches. Guests from novice to expert scotch drinkers can taste a showcase of the most notable scotches while learning everything from the differences between the labels to the various ways to drink the popular liquor. For $45 per person, each tasting will offer a variety of labels in a beautiful setting and an abundance of knowledge to take home with you. The event will begin at 5 pm every Friday night from March 29 through June and is the perfect way to unwind from the week and kick off your weekend!. For more information, please call 480.624.1202 or email dining@kierlandresort.com.

Scottish-themed wedding ceremony package
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa also offers a customized Scottish-themed wedding ceremony package, where guests can incorporate the many Scottish influences into their special day, whether it is donning traditional kilts and Scottish formalwear, having a bagpiper play during the ceremony, a toast of Johnnie Walker Scotch or even adding a game of golf the “Scottish way.”

The Bagpiper Mascot Named by Resort Friends – “FERGUS!”
The Westin Kierland’s Bagpiper Mascot has officially been named, “FERGUS”! “Fergus” is a popular Irish and Scottish given name, meaning “the chosen one.” Although it is a relatively rare name, it is still very popular among the Scottish nobility and gentry. The mascot is modeled after the bagpiper that plays at sunset each evening during unwind hour, and the unique Scottish traditions of The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The winning name was selected from several submissions for our “Name the Westin Kierland Mascot” Contest. The Resort offered a two-night stay grand prize to their loyal guests, as well as through various marketing channels for the winning submission. Fergus is a very special addition to the FUN Team, and makes frequent appearances to the many Family FUN events and activities throughout the year.

“Scotty” The Scottish Terrier – Four-Legged Member of the FUN Team
Meet The Westin Kierland’s four-legged mascot, Scotty, the Scottish terrier rescue. Scotty has joined the Westin Kierland’s FUN Team to offer a friendly wag to the four-legged guests, or a clever trick to put a smile on the face of the two-legged guests. He enjoys long walks around the property, and afternoon naps on his Westin Heavenly Dog Bed.
Resort Dining
Posted August 8, 2013
Brittlebush Bar & Grill Offers Gastropub Menu
At Brittlebush Bar & Grill, the new menu defines the balance between native Arizona favorites and the unique dishes of its gastropub roots. Gastropub is the British term for a public house, better known as a "pub," which specializes in high-quality food, a step above the more basic "pub grub." Chef Chris Masco has designed a few dishes with Scottish influences that connect the culinary experience to the Scottish heritage and traditions of Kierland Golf Club.

The menu has been created with sustainability in mind by using local ingredients and flavors from across the state. Brittlebush is proud to showcase some of the best regional purveyors and delectable farm-to-table dishes with their foods. Some of the local Arizona partners include La Sonorense Tortilla Factory, Press Coffee Roasters, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Schreiner’s, Wildflower Bread Co. Also highlighted are craft beers from the best Arizona breweries including, San Tan, Four Peaks, Nimbus and Papago breweries, including the signature “Piper’s Ale,” named after the “Bagpipes at Sunset Series” where the Resort’s bagpiper plays every evening at sunset to call the golfer’s in from a day on the links. A true culinary adventure that awaits for golfers, Resort guests, and locals alike. Some menu highlights include, Seafood Fondue, Orange BBQ Wings, Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad, Piper’s Ale Fish & Chips, Crispy Mahi Mahi Soft Tacos, and Brittlebush Sliders with the option of Cheese Steak, Kobe, Pulled Pork, Lobster, Salmon or Falafel.

New Gluten-Free Dining Options
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is pleased to offer several gluten-free options throughout its 10 food and beverage options on property. Currently all restaurants have gluten-free items such as doughnuts, white bread, buns, English muffins and pizza dough. J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill and in-room dining both feature special gluten-free options that include items such as lobster rolls, turkey clubs, hamburgers, pizza and grilled cheese for children. Eighty percent of the sauces used in banquets are now made with rice flour instead of all-purpose flour making them gluten-free and items such as eggs benedict can be made gluten-free upon request. The culinary team continues to work on this endeavor and soon all restaurants will have a special gluten-free section with several options, including banquets. Those particular items will be noted on the buffet for our gluten-free guests.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa names new Executive Chef, Chris Masco
Leading the imaginative culinary experience at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is Executive Chef Chris Masco. From Italian to Southwestern, Mediterranean to Kosher cuisines, Masco’s over 20 years of experience with diverse culinary traditions bring a fine love and understanding of culture to the Resort’s culinary team. Masco leads a team of nearly 100 members in servicing all ten dining establishments at the Resort and also oversees all banquet events throughout over 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

Chef Chris Masco began his cooking career studying at the renowned Culinary Institute of America, where he demonstrated both his skill and drive for success at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, winning the gold medal for cold food presentation. Since his graduation in 1996, Masco has maintained his commitment to excellence, bringing dining distinction to some of the country’s finest restaurants, hotels and resorts including: Japiens American, Sundance Resorts, The Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Westin Hotels and Resorts.

From his early achievements, Masco has brought his superior talent and dedication to his endeavors, earning such recognition as “Best American Cuisine” and a Mobile Four Star award. In 2000, he was chosen to represent Hyatt at the American Food Festival in Thesssalonki, Greece, where he shared his skill and knowledge of American cuisine with the Ambrosia Restaurant, creating menus and performing at food functions for the American Ambassador of Greece. In 2007, Masco spent time in Tokyo, Japan teaching American cuisine to Tokyo locals and implementing American menus at the Westin Kyoto and Westin Tokyo.

New “Hershey’s Sweet Shoppe” Dessert Bar
The Westin Kierland’s “Hershey’s Sweet Shoppe” dessert bar pops up in front of The Rim Lobby Lounge every evening as a veritable sprawling spread of sweets to enjoy on the way back from dinner, to take up to a guest room, or to enjoy in The Rim with a nicely paired glass of wine or evening coffee. Choose from our Bourbon Pecan Pie, Fresh Fruit Tart, Tiramisu Coffee Cup, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Caramel Apples, Chocolate Chip Cannoli and much more! Join us at the

Sweet Shoppe for a romantic date, a nice evening treat or that perfect sweet bite before bedtime.
Hosted every night, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sweet Moments
Designed for sharing and a perfect way to cap a delightful night, pair up your choice of two delectable desserts from the Sweet Shoppe with your choice of a half bottle of dessert wine from our sommelier selection. Sweet Moments will be available every night at The Rim Lobby Bar from 5-9 p.m. beginning May 1, 2013 for $35 per couple.
“Friday Night Scotch Tastings”
Continuing on the Scottish traditions and influences in Arizona highlighted at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the Resort’s Ali-Shonak Library at the Rim Lobby Bar offers “Friday Night Scotch Tastings” featuring three kinds of Johnnie Walker scotches. Guests from novice to expert scotch drinkers can taste a showcase of the most notable scotches while learning everything from the differences between the labels to the various ways to drink the popular liquor. For $45 per person, each tasting will offer a variety of labels in a beautiful setting and an abundance of knowledge to take home with you. The event will begin at 5 pm every Friday night from March 29 through June and is the perfect way to unwind from the week and kick off your weekend!. For more information, please call 480.624.1202 or email dining@kierlandresort.com.

Kierland Epicurean Loyalty Club
The Westin Kierland Resort is proud to offer The Kierland Epicurean Club, our members-only program designed to celebrate and reward the loyal patrons, passionate "foodies" and returning guests of our restaurants.

Delectable perks of membership:
• Exclusive discounts
• Priority reservations for holidays and events
• Member events
• Special access to Resort offers, new menus and more
• Accrue 5 points for every $1 spent at any Westin Kierland restaurant or lounge
• Every 250 points will automatically turn into a $5 reward on your Epicurean Card
• Enjoy double points during the promotions and special events
• Receive The Kierland Epicurean monthly news and events email
• Celebrate with birthday and anniversary special offers

The Kierland Epicurean Club is FREE to join. For more information on the Kierland Epicurean Club, visit www.kierlandresort.com/loyaltycard or email dining@kierlandresort.com.

To sign up for just the newsletter and not join the club, please email dining@kierlandresort.com with “NEWSLETTER” in the subject line

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Offers Perks for Dedicated Foodies
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa's newsletter has the inside scoop on the Resort's many celebrated restaurants, and the chance to join "The Kierland Epicurean Club," a members-only program that celebrates and rewards loyal patrons, passionate "foodies" and returning guests. Delectable perks of membership include exclusive discounts, priority reservations and more.

The Westin Kierland Resort Offers Guests “Superfoods” Experience
As part of The Westin Kierland Resort’s commitment to personal renewal, the Resort has eliminated all Trans Fats not only from the menus found at the many dining outlets, but also from the Resort’s minibars, and has incorporated Superfoods into all menus. Superfoods are known for being health enhancing and rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, for an overall healthier approach to dining.

J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill Features New Menu Items and Expanded Bar
Cool down this summer with delectable food and refreshing drinks poolside in the newly re-modeled J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill. Perfect for whatever you’re craving, quench your thirst and give in to your appetite with cocktails, snacks, lunch or a smoothie while enjoying a day at the pool. New menu items, including several gluten-free options, are sure to please everyone in the family whether it’s after a session on the Kierland FlowRider or a couple of laps around the lazy river. In addition to the regular favorites, the new menu features street tacos, a lobster roll, shrimp potstickers, a Chicago-style hot dog and more.

Sunday "Bubbles & Brunch" at Nellie Cashman's Monday Club Cafe
From 11am to 2pm every Sunday at Nellie's, experience The Westin Kierland’s version of a champagne brunch featuring wonderful food, new items every week, and bubbles or mimosas in one of Scottsdale's most luxurious Resorts for far less than you might spend anywhere else. Enjoy delectable delicacies like house-cured white tea smoked salmon, iced shrimp, crab legs and international organic cheeses. Choose healthful options through signature Superfood offerings and a selection of fresh-tossed salads featuring seasonal and local produce.
Agave, The Arizona Spa
Posted August 8, 2013
Slim N' Smooth Body Wrap at Agave, The Arizona Spa
Start off your summer right with our blueberry slimming body wrap. Head to toe envelopment to flush toxins while firming and hydrating skin. Start with a sugar scrub filled with antioxidants followed by an application of slimming cream of blueberries, ivy, and paprika to promote collagen production. While wrapped in a warm cocoon receive a mini facial, finishing with our blueberry shimmer lotion leaving your skin firmer and hydrated!

Enjoy this special 80-minute treatment from $159 and then stay for the day and enjoy the resort adult pool, yoga class, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and relaxation area.

For more information or to book your spa treatments, call 480-624-1202 or visit specials.kierlandresort.com/spa Gratuity is not included in price. Services must be scheduled during the month of May to receive special pricing. (not in conjunction with any other discount, offer, package, or special)

Citrus and Cream Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Therapy at Agave, the Arizona Spa
Treat yourself to a Citrus and Cream “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” package and create your own Agave Spa experience. Choose from THREE of the following 25-minute services:
• Facial Therapy
• Grapefruit Aromatherapy Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage
• Creamsicle Foot Therapy with Vanilla paraffin and Orange Blossom lotion
• Scalp Therapy including deep conditioning and scalp massage
• Foot Reflexology revitalizing treatment to soothe tired feet
Three 25-minute Treatments - $169 (plus gratuity)

FlowRider Massage Now Available at Agave, the Arizona Spa
New to Agave, the Arizona Spa, the FlowRider Massage was developed as an exclusive athletic massage to restore and repair sore muscles after a day of serious flowboarding. Stretching and flexibility are incorporated into a stimulating massage that helps recover the muscles and release lactic acid from the body. Feel relaxed and reenergized from an intense FlowRider session and ready for more! The unique athletic therapy is available as a 50-minute treatment from $149, or 80-minute from $189. Guests who bring their receipt or wristband from a flowboarding session will receive $20 off the FlowRider Massage!

Agave, the Arizona Spa offers “Farm to Table” Lunch & Learn
The a wellness focused, full-service Agave, the Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale is excited to offer Resort guests and local Kierland neighbors the benefits of healthy eating with the new “Farm to Table” Lunch & Learn series. The informative and interactive lunch, offered monthly, will provide a nutritious meal, lessons on fresh, local ingredients and recipes to take home, all in a relaxing spa atmosphere. It is the perfect break in the day for local business professionals, guests of the Resort, or spa-goers looking for a refreshing lunch alternative. The class costs $35 per person and includes a prepared meal. Taste some unbelievable (yet, healthy) recipes and learn how to embrace a healthy lifestyle by creating simple dishes that are delicious and nutritious. Guests are encouraged to come for the “Farm to Table” Lunch & Learn, and stay for a yoga class offered by the Agave Spa for a full day of wellness inside and out. For more information on the or to reserve a seat, call 480-624-1202, or visit www.kierlandresort.com.

Apache Burden Baskets
As a signature tradition at Agave, the Arizona Spa, the Apache Burden Basket outside every treatment room is where guests are invited to place their burdens inside to keep worries and troubles behind, just as the Apache people would traditionally do when entering their teepees. This practice is one of the many ways Agave, the Arizona Spa teaches overall wellness by sharing this tradition with every guest in hope that it will inspire them to continue the practice into their daily life. Leave stressful thoughts and worries aside; find peace in feeling lighter after placing burdens in a basket and shift focus on celebrating life.

New Zerran Hair Smoothing System
Agave, the Arizona Spa is now offering a healthier way to straighten hair with the Zerran Hair Smoothing System. It’s in all the magazines, and celebrities have already jumped on the “green” beauty trend. Zerran uses only vegan corn, wheat and oat proteins so the smoothing product is safe, odorless and safe for use during pregnancy. It softens curls and frizz for 2-4 months without formaldehyde or other harsh chemicals. Zerran will leave hair shiny and easy to manage. The service takes approximately 3 hours, depending on hair type, and a consultation is recommended prior to receiving the treatment. To book a consultation, call 480-624-1202 or visit www.kierlandresort.com for more information.

Agave, the Arizona Spa Offers a Fresh Start
Everyone needs a Fresh Start at some point in their lives and Agave, the Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has a created new spa therapies that will help people get just that. The Resort in Scottsdale has partnered with the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation to offer spa- goers a new “Fresh Start Renewal” Vichy Therapy. This exclusive treatment at Agave Spa provides guests with a renewing experience while giving back to a great cause that will help others get their ‘Fresh Start.’

Agave Spa has dedicated an entire treatment room to the Fresh Start Foundation- even painting the room their signature blue color with a beautiful mural of cherry blossom trees and a message of renewal. The special 50-minute “Fresh Start Renewal” Vichy Therapy offers a full body exfoliation with a sea salt scrub that provides the calming and fresh scent of the sea. After exfoliation, guests will enjoy seven Vichy jets that help relieve stress. Following the exfoliation, a clean-scented moisturizer is applied to hydrate the skin. This uplifting experience is available from $149, and for every regularly priced Fresh Start Vichy treatment purchased, Agave Spa will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Fresh Start is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women to transform their lives through engagement and education. They do that through the work of the Jewell McFarland Lewis Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center, the first comprehensive Center offering quality services to women seeking self-improvement. Whether adjusting to a career change, concerned about financial security, coping with difficult family relationships, or seeking opportunities for personal growth and self-sufficiency, Fresh Start is there to support women on their journey.

Be Well Wednesdays at Agave, the Arizona Spa
Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is helping the local community celebrate and focus on their health with an event just for them. Held on every Wednesday of the month, “Be Well Wednesdays” at Agave Spa is a complimentary special event that focuses on rejuvenating the local community. With the stressful economic times, Agave wants to help Arizona residents become stress free and focus on their health with workshops, spa consultations and exclusive Agave discounts just for them, including:
• 30% off all Agave Spa and Salon services
• 20% off all Agave Spa retail purchases
• Complimentary FORE-MAX Fitness Consultation
• Complimentary Agave Spa fitness class*
A valid AZ driver license is required to receive discount. *Fitness classes vary weekly. Spa packages are not available for discount.

The Westin Workout and Now, Athletic Gear by New Balance!
The Westin Workout located at Agave, the Arizona Spa features state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment. This energetic workout facility is available to guests of The Westin Kierland Resort and Agave, the Arizona Spa. Now guests can leave their workout clothes at home without skipping their workout routines. As part of a new Starwood initiative, athletic gear by New Balance is now available for guests to rent during their stay at The Westin Kierland. A New Balance kit can be reserved by the guest when making a room reservation or while staying at the Resort. The athletic gear kit includes men’s or women’s New Balance shoes, New Balance apparel, socks - all delivered in a New Balance bag to the guest upon arrival to the Resort. Guests will select all preferences and sizes when reserving the kit. For only $5.00 per stay, or for Starwood Preferred Guest members 375 Starpoints, the kit is delivered to the guest room upon arrival, and left in the room within the provided mesh bag for pick-up upon departure. It is as easy as that. Guests also have the option to have the athletic gear laundered nightly for only $5.00 per day.

Agave, the Arizona Spa offers unique fitness classes for Resort Guests. Agave, the Arizona Spa is offering guests a more adventurous way to work out with the “Desert Renewal Hike.” This hike provides an easy to moderate 3-mile guided hike at the base of the McDowell Mountains. The “Desert Renewal Hike” is approximately 2 hours long and includes travel to and from The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and a signature water bottle.

Guided Meditation
Guided meditation offers the opportunity to be guided by a therapist on a 25-minute journey to clear the mind and relax, while focusing on your well-being.

Well-Walk
This guided 50-minute walk will take guests on a journey through much of the surrounding Kierland community. This walk is suitable for all guests, and is an ideal add-on class to hatha yoga.

Experience Eastern Essence at Agave, the Arizona Spa
Begin a new journey toward “wellness” at The Westin Kierland Resort’s Agave, the Arizona Spa. Eastern Essence is a series of treatments combining Traditional Chinese Medicine and other holistic modalities that support the body’s own healing mechanisms. Many internal diseases or chronic conditions can benefit greatly from the following therapies: Acupuncture and Tui’Na. Call our Spa to learn more. 480.624.1000.
Kierland Golf Club
Posted August 8, 2013
Hit the Links with Unlimited Golf for Two. Golfers enjoy the best way to experience all of the Kierland Golf Club's 27-holes at The Westin Kierland Resort by staying on the "Unlimited Golf for Two" package. Scottsdale offers some of the best golfing conditions in the United States. Managed by Troon, the Kierland Golf Club takes these beautiful conditions to the next level by offering the latest technology in Segway golf, climate-controlled golf carts, award-winning ProFIT custom club fitting, FORE-MAX golf fitness training, and the highest level golf professionals through their Kierland Golf Academy. Enjoy all there is to offer both on the course and throughout the Resort by taking advantage of this resort golf package.

Advanced tee-times are required for each guest's first tee time of the day. To learn more about this resort golf package, please visit www.ilovekierlandresort.com or call 480.624.1202 to book a golf getaway. For details on the Kierland Golf Club, visit www.kierlandgolf.com.

Kierland Performance Center Packages
Guests of The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, and local residents are now able to experience the best of Kierland Golf Club and Agave, the Arizona Spa with exclusive, discounted packages through the new Kierland Performance Center. This new concept has been developed in partnership with Kierland Golf Club and Agave, the Arizona Spa in effort to provide novice and expert golfers alike the full experience in golf performance and overall wellness. These golf packages allow regulars as well as first time visitors of The Westin Kierland to feel like “members” by enjoying award-winning golf instruction, access to FORE-MAX Golf Fitness – used by the pros, ProFIT club fitting, 27-holes of golf at the Troon-managed Kierland Golf Club, plus access to the Resort’s full service Agave Spa. Offered as One-Day, Three-Day, Five-Day or One-Month packages, there is an option for those enjoying a quick visit, vacation stay, or who happen to live near The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

One-Day Golf Package
• FORE-MAX Golf Fitness (one 90-minute class)
• Golf Instruction (one 1-hour session)
• ProFIT (one club fitting)
• One Round of Golf
Jan. – April. $260 | May – Aug. $200 | Sept. – Dec. $235

Three-Day Golf Package
• FORE-MAX Golf Fitness (two 90-minute classes)
• Golf Instruction (two 1-hour sessions)
• ProFIT (one club fitting)
• Two Rounds of Golf
• Agave Spa FORE-MAX Massage (one 50-minute massage)*
Jan. – April. $545 | May – Aug. $425 | Sept. – Dec. $495

Five-Day Golf Package
• FORE-MAX Golf Fitness (three 90-minute classes)
• Golf Instruction (three 1-hour sessions)
• ProFIT (driver and irons club fitting)
• Three Rounds of Golf
• Agave Spa (choice of): one FORE-MAX Massage (50-minutes) OR one Acupuncture Treatment(50-minutes) PLUS one Nutrition Session*
Jan. – April. $880 | May – Aug. $700 | Sept. – Dec. $805

One-Month Golf Package
• FORE-MAX Golf Fitness (eight 90-minute classes)
• Golf Instruction (four 1-hour sessions)
• ProFIT (driver and irons club fitting)
• Eight Rounds of Golf
• Agave Spa: two FORE-MAX Massages (50-minutes), one Acupuncture Treatment(50-minutes) PLUS one Nutrition Session*
Jan. – April. $1,655 | May – Aug. $1,175 | Sept. – Dec. $1,455

To purchase a Kierland Performance Center Package, call 480-624-1202 or e-mail golf@kierlandresort.com. Visit kierlandresort.com for more information and pricing. *Gratuity not included in spa treatments; 30% discount on spa cuisine and any additional a la carte spa treatments. Offer is valid through December 2013. Regular Package Values: FORE-MAX Fitness Training: $90 per class; Golf Instruction: $110 per session; ProFIT Golf Club Fitting: $125; Agave Spa FORE-MAX Massage $149; Acupuncture Treatment $129; Golf (seasonal): $75 – $229 per round.

Kierland Golf partners with Nike to offer a “No-Hassle” Rental Package. Kierland Golf Club has partnered with Nike to offer the latest and greatest Nike Golf merchandise to golfers looking for a no-hassle approach to golf when traveling. This means, no lugging your set of golf clubs to and from the airport, or remembering to pack your golf shoes. Kierland Golf has you covered and will set you up with the best Nike Golf has to offer.
Nike “No-Hassle” Rental Package includes:Nike Rental Clubs, Nike Shoe Rental, Sleeve of Nike Golf Balls, Nike Golf Glove.

Unlimited Golf for Two
Golfers enjoy the best way to experience all of the Kierland Golf Club’s 27-holes at The Westin Kierland Resort by staying on the “Unlimited Golf for Two” package. Scottsdale offers some of the best golfing conditions in the United States. Managed by Troon, the Kierland Golf Club takes these beautiful conditions to the next level by offering the latest technology in Segway golf, climate-controlled golf carts, award-winning ProFIT custom club fitting, FORE-MAX golf fitness training, and the highest level golf professionals through their Kierland Golf Academy. Enjoy all there is to offer both on the course and throughout the Resort by taking advantage of this resort golf package. Enjoy rates from $449 per night through March 31, 2013; $349 April 1 – May 23, 2013; $179 May 24 – Sep 9, 2013; $349 Sep 10 – Dec 31, 2013. Advanced tee-times are required for each guest’s first tee time of the day. To learn more about this resort golf package, please visit www.ilovekierlandresort.com or call 480.624.1202 to book a golf getaway. For details on the Kierland Golf Club, visit www.kierlandgolf.com.

3-Day and 5-Day Golf Experiences at Kierland Golf Club at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Golfers looking to tee up for three days or even an entire week can visit Kierland Golf Club at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and enjoy a special 3-Day or 7-Day Golf Experience, complete with unlimited golf! To learn more about this resort golf package, please visit www.ilovekierlandresort.com or call 480.624.1202. For details on the Kierland Golf Club, visit www.kierlandgolf.com.

"Great Scot" Scottish Golf Experience at Kierland Golf Club
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is well known for their Scottish Traditions, including their “Bagpipes at Sunset Series” and “Scottish Golf Experience.” Golfers looking to play golf, the “Scottish Way” can play Kierland Golf Club on the “Great Scot” Scottish Golf Experience package. This unique Scottish Golf Experience includes:18 Holes of Golf, Johnnie Walker Scotch Tasting (featuring Johnnie Walker Blue, Gold and Black Labels), Hand Rolled Cigar, Kilt Rental, Play 18-holes in the afternoon to enjoy the Resort's "Scottish Bagpipes at Sunset" Series and be called in from the game with enchanting bagpipes from the Resort’s signature hole, Acacia 9. Advanced reservations are required. Visit www.kierlandgolf.com for more information.

Troon Family Golf Program at Kierland Golf Club
The Kierland Golf Club has developed a program that appeals to golf’s youngest players, making golf a sport for the whole family to do together. Junior golfers, 15-years-old and under, play for free at Kierland with a paying adult after 3:00 p.m., 365 days a year. Juniors may also rent Nike golf clubs for free when playing with a paying adult, anytime. The family-friendly golf club also holds several clinics throughout the year geared towards children 15-years-old and under that focus on the fundamentals of putting, chipping, and full swing, as well as on-course play. Participants also get a lesson in golf etiquette, rules, and history on the game.

Climate-Controlled Golf
Kierland Golf Club is just one of a few courses in the country to showcase climate-controlled golf. This includes an enhanced outdoor driving range featuring an air-conditioned canopy system, using Joape Misting Fans to keep golfers cool. The climate-controlled experience continues with air-cooled misters by Auramist on all golf carts. The patented system directs cool air onto the guests and reduces the all-around temperature inside the cart.

Award-winning Golf Instruction
Kierland’s director of instruction, Mike LaBauve, brought another award to the property when Golf
Digest magazine named him one of “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers.” Mike’s wife, Sandy LaBauve, has been recognized as one of “America’s 50 Best Woman Teachers” by Golf Digest magazine, and was presented the “Rolex for the Love of the Game Award” from Rolex and Ladies Professional Golf Association in 2008. Kierland has been recognized as one of the most women-friendly courses in the nation, with highly qualified female instruction.

FORE-MAX Golf Training Systems
A unique aspect of the golf experience at Kierland is the FORE-MAX Training System, which provides a comprehensive approach to improving driving distance and overall fitness. The exclusive program brings together traditional instruction, on-course play, fitness, training and nutrition. Award-winning golf instructor Mike LaBauve works with The Westin Kierland Resort’s fitness director, Steve Heller, to create a program that blends the best of exercise physiology with top golf instruction. The result is a personalized workout program that is virtually guaranteed to increase driving distance and stamina on the course.

ProFit Club Fitting. As part of Kierland Golf Club's "start to finish" approach to the golf experience, we offer expert instruction by industry lauded professionals, Mike and Sandy LaBauve, our FORE-MAX Training Systems guaranteed to increase your driving distance while improving your overall fitness, and ProFit golf equipment suppliers. ProFit provides a full range of golf equipment that guests can actively try before they buy, with the guidance of a qualified instructor. Individual needs can be met on-site. For those with clubs that need a little adjusting, club re-shafting and repair are also available.

Segway Golf
Offering the latest in golf technology, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa was the first golf resort in the country to offer the option of using Segways to maneuver around the course.
Accolades, Meetings & Golf
Posted August 8, 2013
GOLF
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and Kierland Golf Club Awarded Two New Accolades
For its third consecutive year, Kierland Golf Club at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has been named “100 Best Golf Shop” by Golf World Magazine. Golf World Magazine focuses what's hot in golf with the most serious of players in mind. Coverage includes breaking stories, tournament coverage, in-depth profiles and commentary. It is published by the Golf Digest Companies, adivision of Condé Nast Publications. In addition, Golf Magazine has awarded The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa with “Premier Resort Award: Silver Medal.” The Resort was one of the only two Scottsdale Resorts awarded a “Silver Medal.”


MEETINGS
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Receives “Platinum Choice Award” by Smart Meetings Magazine. Smart Meetings Magazine has awarded The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa with their “Platinum Choice Award.” According to the publication, the award “covey’s the reader’s recognition that The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has met the high standards the industry strives to achieve.” Smart Meetings Magazine sets the standard for the West. Each month, the magazine examines the meetings industry with a sole focus on the West. Their pages feature the latest in meeting professionals industry trends, corporate event planning, emerging technology, personality profiles, and updates on the best venues and destinations throughout the Western U.S., Canada and Mexico.


Public Relations Contact: Stephanie Dowling, stephanie.dowling@westin.com, 480-624-1315
Meetings
Posted August 8, 2013
The Westin Kierland Resort Releases Top Food Trends for Groups in 2013
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale is considered one of the top meeting hotels and resorts in Arizona with some of the most outstanding food and beverage service in the world. In order to be cutting edge in the industry, the culinary team at The Westin Kierland strives to stay on the forefront of food and beverage trends suitable for groups. Each year the Executive Chef, Chris Masco takes a look at what is trending in the food and beverage industry and puts together the top list of trends for the upcoming year. The 2013 list focuses on Group Food and Beverage trends highlight areas of healthier options, cultural influence, sustainability, unique ingredients, and the new look of buffets in 2013.

Healthy Options:
With diners being more conscious of the food items they are eating, chefs are changing their ways by using less of their favorite ingredient - bacon, and more of a health-focused approach. Utilizing more spices and fresh herbs, with the influence of specialty salts, specialty herb blends, and ground peppers. Cooking methods have changing in 2013, less frying of foods and more of the traditional braising and grilling techniques cutting down the fat content in the cooking process. Now we are marinating our meats longer using different ingredients to satisfy the large groups that attend banquet functions.

Asian influence in America Comfort foods:
American comfort foods have become very popular with our guests, and now with a growing interest in Pacific Rim influences due to a growing demographic of groups that have clients and associates that are from all over the world. We are starting to see more of an Asian influence in the everyday buffet selections. For example, guests who are accustomed to a braised short rib topped with a light BBQ sauce or Tuscan wine reduction, in 2013, guests could expect to see a ginger-soy braised short rib served with bamboo rice and roasted seasonal vegetables.

Cooking with Craft Beers:
Over the past couple years there has been a significant increase in consumption of craft beers. In 2013, that growing passion is influencing the food products we serve in buffets, stations, and plated meals, utilizing these products in marinades and sauces. Cheese companies are infusing craft beer into the cheese they produce, which are now being used in cheese displays at specialty receptions.

Local, Sustainable, Artisan foods:
Sustainability in the culinary industry has been a growing ‘hot topic’ over the past couple years and continues to be highly sought-after in our convention business. The local farmers’ marketability has increased with the general public’s growing knowledge of sustainability in food. Local product is being introduced in supermarkets and large chain restaurants that utilize the local purveyors from their region. Artisan breads and cheeses have been influenced hand-in-hand with the sustainability growth as the local small dairy farms and bakeries with specialty breads increase their market share, thus giving a fresh look to buffets and more of the restaurant quality product in our banquet and catering operation.

Special Dietary Requests:
With the growing knowledge of food sensitivities and allergies, banquet chefs have noticed the growing dietary restrictions on banquet event orders. Years ago, a dinner for 500 would have no more than five vegetarian meals requested. Now, there are pages of special dietary requests or restrictions, many times requesting for over half the meals to be varied. Although safety when dealing with food allergies has always been a very important job for banquet chefs, captains, and servers, it has evolved into a higher priority for them to be aware of all ingredients in every dish served.

New Look in Buffets
The years of the stainless steel chafers in buffets is starting to have a slight change in 2013. As it is very costly to change an entire banquet operation, the use of cast iron for serveware is slowly becoming more prevalent in buffet presentations. Changing over from chafers to griddles means the use of more Le Creuset items, rondue, and skillets, adding more color to our buffets not only with the food but in our serving vessels. With the removal of linen and the traditional look that has been typical of a buffet over the past decades, our banquet sets are changing to a more contemporary look and feel with clean-lined, stained wood tables. These small changes have already greatly impacted the new look of buffets, and with the growing trend, we foresee even more changes in coming years.



The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Receives “Platinum Choice Award” by Smart Meetings Magazine
Smart Meetings Magazine has awarded The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa with their “Platinum Choice Award.” According to the publication, the award “covey’s the reader’s recognition that The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has met the high standards the industry strives to achieve.”

Smart Meetings Magazine sets the standard for the West. Each month, the magazine examines the meetings industry with a sole focus on the West. Their pages feature the latest in meeting professionals industry trends, corporate event planning, emerging technology, personality profiles, and updates on the best venues and destinations throughout the Western U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Public Relations Contact: Stephanie Dowling, stephanie.dowling@westin.com, 480-624-1315
FUN Family Activities for Resort Guests
Posted August 8, 2013
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is the place for FUN in 2013
The award-winning FUN Team at The Westin Kierland Resort is known for its innovative Family FUN program offering the most comprehensive, exciting family experience in Arizona. The FUN Team is responsible for creating and implementing activities and programs that appeal to both parents and their children alike. With the addition of the Resort’s Kierland FlowRider in October, flowboarding FUN is in full-swing and will continue into the Spring and Summer.

Westin Kierland Showcases Desert Life In New Educational Lobby Habitat
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has taken on the great effort of treasuring and preserving the “Essence of Arizona” throughout the Resort and its newest attraction showcases some of the most common reptiles in the area. In a new partnership with the Phoenix Herpetological Society, there are two habitats in the lobby featuring a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, a Mohave Rattlesnake, a Gila Monster and a California King Snake. This habitat is an educational opportunity for guests to learn what makes Arizona unique and diffuse some of the myths surrounding snakes in the process.

Make it Extra Special with a FUN Pak
With NEW Westin Kierland FUN Paks, guests have the opportunity to customize their stay with a "FUN Pak" tailored to their desired vacation experience. Paks offered include: Romance, Kids Birthday, Family FUN, Girls Getaway, Guys Getaway and Celebration. Paks can be purchased after making reservations, and compliment any rate booked for a one-of-a-kind experience! For more information or to book a FUN Pak, call the Kierland Mining Company at 480-624-1268.

The Westin Kierland’s Digital Kids Club
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Digital Kids Club program was developed specifically for one of the most difficult age groups to entertain, “tweens” – ages 8 through 13. The Digital Kids Club, as part of the Resort’s FUN Program, features individual sessions, as well as unique 5-day digitally-based camps during the summer: Stop Motion Animation, Computer Video Game Design, Produce Your Own Morning Show, and Media Madness! Budding movie directors capture footage and experiment with special effects, video game enthusiasts learn about design and creation, inspired news anchors experience the world of reporting, and creative juices flow from learning animation and comic book design! Kids will make their own creation with video and digital photographs, experimenting with special effects and music to create their very own video on a DVD to take home as a unique souvenir and memory of their family vacation.

Explore Kierland by Bicycle
The FUN doesn’t stop within The Westin Kierland Resort. See the sights of Scottsdale in a whole new way with bicycles and Elliptigos available for rent from the Kierland Mining Co. Take them out for an afternoon in the sunshine, or choose this “green” way of travel during your whole stay. Stop by the Kierland Mining Co. to learn all about our rentals!

Kierland Family Challenge
The Westin Kierland’s FUN Team has created an event for the whole family to enjoy together. On Holiday Weekends, families meet the FUN Team at the Resort’s OK Corral to join in on a series of challenges in which they will be competing against rival families for a grand prize! Starwood Preferred Guest members are invited to join in the FUN, and guests who are interested in becoming an SPG member can sign up upon arrival for the challenge. All ages can get involved with Minute to Win It type challenges! Be the family with the most points at the end of the challenge to be awarded one FREE Room Night towards your next vacation!

Through the Family FUN Program, a special check in area is set up just for families called the “Kierland Mining Co.” There, they receive a passport called “The Compass: A Trailblazer’s Guide to The Westin Kierland” containing a scavenger hunt that allows them to discover the resort’s property, while learning about Arizona history and culture. This family activity turns in to a special souvenir for each child to take home with them.

FUN Poolside Activities & Arts and Crafts
Kids of all ages can enjoy daily poolside activities with the Resort’s award-winning FUN Team. Some of the fun includes water balloon games, hula hoop, limbo, margarita putting challenge for the adults and much more! Kids are invited to join the FUN Team in a special arts and crafts project that they can take home as a souvenir of their Kierland Vacation. From tie dye t-shirts, pottery painting, teddy bear stuffing and more, with a different craft offered daily the kids are sure to keep coming back for more! Prices vary for each activity.

Adventure Water Park at The Westin Kierland
The Westin Kierland Resort’s Adventure Water Park offers more than 575,000 gallons of water fun including a 900-foot lazy river and a 110-foot-long waterslide. Float along the lazy river without a care, or break the record on the waterslide with how many times it can be ridden in one day! Be one of the first to flowboard in Scottsdale on the new Kierland FlowRider boardsport simulator! Next to the Adventure Pool is the children's play area, which features pop-jet water fountains and a shallow pool for small children and babies.

The entire Westin Kierland water park is surrounded by well-manicured native Arizona landscapes and family-friendly cabanas. J. Swillings Bar and Grill offers refreshing margaritas and specialty cocktails, as well as a delicious menu of grill favorites for the all to enjoy.

Also, within the Resort’s pool complex is the Aguamiel Adult Pool. Located adjacent to Agave, the Arizona Spa and open 24-hours, this relaxing outdoor space offers all that is need for full rejuvenation. Take the relaxation of the spa outdoors with a signature Agave Master Massage in one of the poolside cabanas. Enjoy beverages or lunch poolside during a spa-day, or simply soak in the sunshine while enjoying a good book.

Whether looking to relax and renew at the Aguamiel Adult Pool, or a FUN-filled day at the Adventure Water Park, The Westin Kierland Resort offers a poolside experience for everyone.

Bonus for Baby
The Adventure Pool features a sandy beach entry and a Splash Pad that has pop-jet fountains. Complimentary use of booster seat, bottle warmer, Diaper Genie, crib, high chair, potty seat, child-proofing kit, strollers (umbrella and jogging), and mini-fridge. Although the Westin Kids Club is for ages 4 to 12, the concierge, who works regularly with local nanny agencies, can arrange for in-room babysitting; fees vary.

RaceZone- Kierland Speedway…Build. Design. Race.
Guests will design, build and assemble their own race vehicle in The Westin Kierland’s “Racers Pit Area” and then race it on the Kierland Speedway. Here, the driver’s seat is finally theirs!

Kids Club
The Westin Kids Club is the place to be for kids aged 4-12. Kids Club offers activities themed around the essence of Arizona. Children enjoy arts and crafts, games, Resort tours, a splash in the pool as well as scavenger hunts. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Kierland Mining Co. at 480-624-1268.

Kids Pajama Party
The Westin Kids Club Pajama Party is offered 365 days a year for children ages 4 – 12, supervised by the Resort’s award-winning FUN Team. Offered from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., this program allows parents to enjoy a dinner date or evening meeting while the kids enjoy FUN activities, arts and crafts, dinner, and a movie! Kids are welcome to come to the Westin Kids Club in their favorite pajamas and slippers or bring them to change into. The cost is $50 per child, and reservations are required as space is limited. Simply stop by the Kierland Mining Co. or call 480-624-1202 to make reservations.

Enjoy Parent’s Night Out with FREE Kids’ Pajama Party for SPG Members
Parents enjoy a dinner date in the Resort’s signature restaurant, deseo and kids receive a Pajama Party for FREE! It is quick and simple. Parents stop by the Kierland Mining Co. or Front Desk to get signed up for a Starwood Preferred Guest membership. This complimentary loyalty program offers many benefits including exclusive, members-only specials and promotions, reward points for dollars spent on stays, and preferred status at Starwood Hotels and Resorts around the world. After dining in deseo, present your deseo receipt with purchase of an entree when picking up the kids from their pajama party and your session fee will be waived. This exclusive offer is valid for up to two children (a $100 value!) simply by being a SPG member.

FUN Arts and Crafts
Kids of all ages are invited to join the FUN Team in a special arts and crafts project that they can take home as a souvenir of their Kierland Vacation. From tie dye t-shirts, pottery painting, teddy bear stuffing, shoe creations and more, with a different craft offered daily the kids are sure to keep coming back for more! Prices vary for each activity.

Kids in the Kitchen
“Kids in the Kitchen” is the area’s first interactive culinary program in which kids get to don “chef’s whites” and work with the Resort’s expert Kierland culinary team. Designed for children ages 5-12 (although all ages are welcome), this 90-minute program covers all areas of the culinary process from start to finish: safety, cleanliness, cooking/baking and, of course, eating! The session also includes child size apron decorating and a tour of the many kitchens inside the Resort as well as other “back of the house” locations. Dates vary seasonally.

Kierland Kampfires, an Arizona S’mores Roasting Experience
The Westin Kierland Resort takes traditional s’mores roasting to a whole new level. Families can enjoy the usual fun of roasting s’mores around a campfire, and now have a unique Arizona twist to it that creates a brand new memory. Arizona s’mores roasting takes place every Friday and Saturday, affording families the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind.
2008 Readers' Choice Platinum List Winner
Posted October 29, 2008
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has been chosen by Celebrated Living's esteemed readers as one of the best of the best in this summer's Celebrated Living Readers' Choice Platinum List in the U.S. Business Hotel category.
THE WESTIN KIERLAND, BARRY GOLDWATER CENTER FOR THE SOUTHWEST HONOR 2008 ARIZONA CULTUREKEEPERS
Posted September 1, 2008
~Program Recognizes 10 Arizona Residents Dedicated to Preserving the Culture and Heritage of the State~

PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE " In conjunction with the Barry Goldwater Center for the Southwest and State Historian Marshall Trimble, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is honoring 10 Arizona residents for making a positive impact on the states history, culture, environment and/or economy.

Selected from more than 100 nominees, the 2008 Arizona Culturekeepers honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on Sunday, September 28 at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The public is invited to participate in the uniquely Arizonan event. Tickets are $45. To purchase tickets, the public is encouraged to call the Barry Goldwater Center for the Southwest at 602-920-7772. Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Culturekeepers program and the Barry Goldwater Center for the Southwest.

The 2008 Culturekeepers include Janice Bryson, Nancy Burgess, Josue Maria and Frances Ann Burruel, Wink Crigler, Bill and Lynn Haak, Kathy Klump, Dr. Bob Kravetz, Donald K. Nelson, Ted Newman, and the Buffalo Soldiers Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter 9th and 10th (Horse) Calvary. For a complete description of each honoree, please see below or visitww.kierlandresort.com/culturekeepers.

Were proud to acknowledge these Arizonans that have contributed so much, said Marshall Trimble, Arizonas official state historian and chairman of the Culturekeepers program. These are longtime Arizona residents who spend their days working to better their communities, but rarely are recognized for their contributions.

Each Culturekeeper will be presented with an award that describes the individuals or groups contributions
to the state. Plaques with photos of each honoree will be displayed along the walls of Culturekeepers Hall, a
special area of the hotel adjacent to the Kierland Grand Ballroom.

Jose Maria and Frances Ann Burruel (Scottsdale) " Jose Maria and Frances Ann Burruel have dedicated their loves to addressing civil rights issues and educational opportunities of Latinos for more than 25 years throughout the Valley of the Sun. Jose Maria has advanced the history of Scottsdales Hispanic community with the publishing of his book, Mexicans in Scottsdale. As educators, the Burruels passion is to ensure that minorities are provided an opportunity to receive a quality education which will lead to a better quality of life. The two have been involved with the Piaute Neighborhood Center in Scottsdale since its inception volunteering and teaching ESL classes for adults and assisting in various advocacy roles. Their service on boards and commissions is far reaching and includes LULAC, The Herberger Theater, the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, the Arizona Theatre Company, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as well as volunteerism with the Heard Museum, Las Damas del Valle and many more.

Wink Crigler (Springerville) " Wink Crigler was born on the X Diamons Ranch, where she was raised with a strong dedication to the land and steeped in a desire to preserve a beloved family legacy. After the X Diamond Ranch became Criglers full responsibility she started a museum that continues to grow, depicting the history of the land, its people, its uses and even its entertainment. In conjunction, she wrote and published two books on cowboy lore and local history, Beans and Things and Fadin Footprints.

Dr. Bob Kravetz (Phoenix) " For more than 35 years, Dr. Kravetz has been diligently preserving Arizonas medical history and conserving hundreds of medical artifacts for current and future generations. He began displaying medical antiques in local hospitals in 1972 and currently there are permanent exhibits on display at the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tucson, Heard Museum, two hospitals, and the Maricopa County Medical Society. He has gifted hundreds of artifacts to several museums and historical societies in the state. Dr. Kravetz initiated and helped organize a comprehensive exhibit about Arizona Territorial Medicine entitles Healers, Hucksters and Heroes on display at the State Capital Museum from 1993 " 1997.

Dr. Kravetz subsequently wrote a companion book about Arizona medical history: Healthseekers in Arizona. He recently published Medical Humanism in conjunction with the Yale School on Medicine. Bill and Lyn Haak (Globe) - The Haaks moved to Globe Arizona in July 1981 and became involved with the Gila County Historical Society and its museum within weeks. Both have spent many years working to improve the Gila County Historical Museum (both facilities and collections) and raise awareness of local history in the Globe/Miami area. They were founding members of the Globe Mainstreet Program and worked on the Historic District nomination for the downtown area. Both still serve on the Museums board of directors. Bill has authored 3 books on area history and written numerous articles for area newspapers. Now retired he serves as the museums Director. Lynn serves on the board of the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona History Convention Committee. In 2007 the Haaks co-authored the Images of America book Globe, Arizona for Arcadia Publishing.

Nancy Burgess (Prescott) " Nancy Burgess had the privilege of meeting and getting to know several pioneer Arizona families " people whose parents, grandparents and great grandparents had come to Arizona in the 1870s through the 1920s. From them, she began to learn the history of her home state of Arizona. Burguess wrote her first Arizona history research paper about Jack Swilling, a Phoenix pioneer, without really realizing that he was also an early explorer in Prescott. After an early career in interior deign, Burguess became a paralegal " one of the first in Arizona. She then became involved in historic preservation as a volunteer member of the Prescott Preservation Commission. In 1991 she was hired as the Historic Preservation Specialist for the City of Prescott, and is still there today. To date, Burguess have documented over 700 buildings, sites and objects for the National Register of Historic Places. Most of those buildings are included in districts in the Prescott City limits, but others are located in Groom Creek, Mayer, Sedona and other parts of Yavapai County.

Kathy Klump (Willcox) - Kathy Klump, President of the Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society, has dedicated more than thirty years of volunteer activities in Willcox, Arizona. She oversees the day to day operations of the Chiricahua Regional Museum and Research Center as an archivist and research librarian. She is active in researching, collecting and preserving the history of Willcox and the surrounding towns in the Sulphur Springs Valley, Bowie, San Simon, and Bonita. She was instrumental in starting the Chiricahua Regional Museum in 1999 and raising funds necessary to purchase the historic Valley Hardware building as its home. She founded the Wheels of Progress that honors important persons in Willcox history, researches and writes their biographies, and compiled the book, Willcox, Arizona 1915, the Year of Incorporation In Clippings. Klump coordinated the reprinting of Southwestern Town, the official history
of Willcox.

Newman (Gilbert) - Ted Newman moved to Holbrook, Arizona in 1954. There, he developed an appreciation of the Arizona open spaces hiking in the desert north of Holbrook, hunting on the Blue River near Alpine, and camping in the Sitgreaves Forest along the Mogollon Rim. During this time he made his first public appearance with his guitar singing Empty Saddles in the Old Corral for an old cowboys funeral and sang at the opening of Channel Three TV in Phoenix in 1955. He wrote a song for Polly Rosenbaums 100th birthday which he performed with his fifth grade class from Aguilar School at the Arizona Historical Society. He wrote a song Barry Goldwater, Arizonas Son for the Senator and sang it
for him before he died. Newman has lived in Gilbert for the past ten years and continues to write and perform for schools, libraries, museums, Lost Dutchman State Park, Superstition Mountain Museum, Retirement communities, and private and corporate events. One of his favorite volunteer jobs is working with special needs kids and horses at the Therapy Zone in Mesa, and the M Lazy C Ranch in Colorado where he entertains during the summer months.

Janice Bryson (Tolleson) - Janice Bryson, the fifth generation of her family to live in Arizona, believes that Arizonas history is a source of pride and leads to a better understanding of the present. She is descended from pioneer ranchers and merchants in Navajo, Gila and Cochise Counties, giving her a broad interest in the state. As a member of First Families of Arizona, Bryson began researching her own familys roots and contributed their histories to an oral history publication as well as an article published in a Southern Arizona publication. Encouraged by others interest in these writings of Arizonas history, Bryson, as an Arizona State Cowbelle, began writing pioneer histories for the Living Pioneer Stockman volumes published by the Arizona National Livestock Show. As President of Arizona State Cowbelles, Bryson served on the board of the Arizona Cattle Growers and represented the organization on the Arizona Beef Council. She serves on the board of the Arizona National Livestock and as a co-chair for the Ranch History Exhibits during the show. Her agricultural interests have included being a 4-H Leader for over twenty years.

Donald K. Nelson (Member of the Hopi Tribe) - Donald K. Nelson - whose Hopi name is Dawayauma - was born in Prescott, Arizona at the old County Hospital. His home place is Kykotsmovi Village, Third Mesa.Oral tradition was taught to him by his maternal uncle and grandfather and maternal clan mother and great-grandmother. In 1978, Donald was one of three co-founders of ElderHostel at Yavapai College in Prescott. He developed and coordinated the first Native American Elderhostel programs and has escorted hundreds of people from all over the U.S. to the Hopi, Apache and Hualapai reservations where they meet knowledgeable and authentic native presenters and artisans, giving participants a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Beginning in 1989, Donald facilitated a Native American Exchange, bringing Indians to ElderHostel - not just as presenters but also as participants. He has always generously and patiently shared his knowledge and love of place with others and supports the use of oral tradition among the tribes, as well as personal participation with the oral tradition of clan and ritual activities on the Hopi Reservation.

Buffalo Soldiers Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter 9th and 10th (Horse) Calvary (Tucson) - The Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter of the 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association (GSAAC) chartered in 1995, is the states only nationally affiliated organization honoring the Buffalo Soldiers in Arizona. The members keep the Arizona legacy of the Buffalo Soldier alive with numerous school and civic presentations. In 2007, the GSAAC hosted the National Buffalo Soldiers 141st Anniversary Reunion in Tucson. The Chapter is also involved with the community at large. Recently members participated with Habitat for Humanity and helped to raise funds for the Dunbar Project. The Buffalo Soldiers award two scholarships annually open to all high school seniors. GSAAC is also the recipient of the William Aiken Walker Award for Promoting Black History.
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The Arizona Culturekeepers were selected based on the following criteria:
A Culturekeeper must have worked to preserve the image of Arizona.
This individual must maintain the traditions, rituals and/or cultures that have made Arizona a home and a preferred travel destination for decades. These could be artistic, ethnic or historic traditions or activities. These could be actions taken to preserve Arizonas natural environment or animal habitat.
A Culturekeeper must have a long-time commitment to services as a keeper or influencer of Arizona culture and have served the state through paid or volunteer efforts.
The recognition will honor the individual who has demonstrated a passionate dedication to the issue, hobby or endeavor that keeps Arizonas culture alive.
This individual must have lived within Arizonas borders during the time for which they are being recognized, and they must be living.

About Arizona CultureKeepers:
Working in conjunction with the Barry Goldwater Center for the Southwest, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa designed the Culturekeepers program to recognize state residents who are committed to upholding the traditions, rituals and culture of Arizona. Established in 2002, the Culturekeepers will continue to announce and recognize 10 individuals during an annual event at The Westin Kierland for the next four years. By the states centennial in 2012, 100 Culturekeepers will have been honored at the resort. The selection committee is led by Marshall Trimble, Official State Historian and was originated by Katherine Kax Herberger, longtime Valley philanthropist, who passed away in 2003.
ENJOY SCOTTISH INFLUENCES AT THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA
Posted August 4, 2008
Guests Enjoy Scottish-themed Resort Amenities including Golf, Scotch Tastings, Wedding Ceremonies and Bagpiper Influences

Scottsdale, Ariz. (2008) " In keeping with the Resorts Essence of Arizona theme, the Scottish Traditions at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa serve to pay homage to the contributions made by the Scottish immigrants to the development of Arizonas railroads, mines and towns. The Westin Kierland has recently introduced a Scotch Tasting event to round out the variety of Scottish Traditions to the Resorts offerings.

The Scottish Pipes at Sunset Series is the original tribute to the Scottish immigrants where every evening guests and families are encouraged to gather around the fire pit at the Resorts Dreamweavers Canyon to enjoy the haunting sounds of the Scottish Bagpipes with Michael McClanathan, a bagpiper with 40 years of experience.McClanathan has acquired numerous medals and trophies as a result of his success in various competitions. He has performed before such dignitaries as the Lord Mayor of London and President George Bush, and for the opening day ceremonies of a variety of state legislatures. The Resort is well known for the Bagpipes at Sunset nightly performances and has been a mainstay at the Resort for several years.

The presence of the bagpiper also serves to bring in the golfers after a great game of golf at the Kierland Golf Club, where golfers can try the Scottish Golf Experience. Kierland Golf Club offers Scottish kilt rentals for those golfers who would like to try golf, the Scottish way. Unique Johnnie Walker beverage carts, serving Johnnie Walker Blue, Johnnie Walker Gold and Johnnie Walker Green, help golfers toast to the game of golf with the perfect Scotch. Also unique to Kierland Golf Course and the Scottish influences are the Johnnie Walker Flags that represent the different labels of the Johnnie Walker Scotch Line.

Continuing the Scottish traditions in Arizona and bagpiper influences at The Westin Kierland, the Library at the Rim Lobby Bar offers Saturday Night Scotch Tastings featuring Johnnie Walker Scotches. From 6:00pm to 6:45pm, Tom Turner, brand ambassador for Johnnie Walker, will showcase the Johnnie Walker family featuring Johnnie Walker Blue, Johnnie Walker Gold and Johnnie Walker Green.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa also offers a customized Scottish-themed wedding ceremony package, where guests can incorporate the many Scottish influences into their special day, whether it is doning traditional kilts and Scottish formalwear, having a bagpiper play during the ceremony, a toast of Johnnie Walker Scotch or even adding a
game of golf the Scottish way.

Completing the Scottish influences at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is Scotty the bagpiper mascot. Introduced this summer, Scotty is quickly becoming the face of Westin Kierland at special events and activities all for families to enjoy during their stay.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa "Greener" Program Well Underway to Help Reduce Environmental Impact and Preserve Natural Resources
Posted July 14, 2008
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - (Business Wire) The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa's "Be Greener" program holds several Green initiatives. The Resort is well known for Keeping the Essence of Arizona and equally as well known for being one of the largest Resorts in Arizona. In keeping with their reputation they are honoring that essence and that responsibility with several initiatives that protect and conserve the environment and reduce their carbon footprint.

Their Be Greener program, launched in early 2007, was initiated to help set an example and lead the way in the hospitality industry for the State. Through programs such as energy conservation, waste reduction, water conservation, alternate transportation, staff and guest awareness, and community service projects, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is dedicated to preserving that essence of Arizona it is known for.

We know this is a process. You cant be 100 percent green overnight, but we are 100 percent dedicated to doing our best and looking for new ways to do our business and be greener, said Managing Director, J. Bruce Lange. We know its our responsibility to do the right thing.

The Resort implemented an environmental policy and named a committee that meets on a regular basis to discuss operational opportunities and implement those changes. The committee also takes the initiative in training staff and promoting awareness. A key program the committee has initiated is the recycling program that recycles cardboard and paper. They have just rolled out a program that recycles plastics, aluminum, and food waste. They also only work with printing companies that are certified as responsible companies with reforestation and rehabilitation projects in place and print on recycled paper.

Some of the largest impacts that are being made are through The Westin Kierlands Greener Meetings program. Specifically, these impacts include paper recycling, digital copies of meeting materials, and a reduction in plastic water bottle consumption as a standard and several options to customize their meeting with other green tactics.

Our groups know we are willing to work with them on anything they would like to do to reduce the carbon footprint of their program, said Director of Sales & Marketing, Liz Franzese. We offer several standards for greener meetings, but we know that options and ideas are endless so we are ready and willing to meet the challenge of any meeting, group, or event.

Energy conservation in a property like The Westin Kierland is key to reducing its carbon footprint. Guestroom sensors regulate temperature according to activity in the room, meeting room temperatures centrally controlled in accordance with meeting schedules, and a majority of light bulbs have been switched out with CFL bulbs.

Weve been actively researching and implementing operational change for a few years now and weve made great strides with what weve done so far, said Director of Engineering, Bob Cisco. We still have a long way to go, but every day we are finding out new, smarter, greener ways of operating.

The Resort has had a linen and towel reuse program in place for years and last year implemented an eco-culinary program eliminating trans fats completely from all its food served and incorporating super foods into its menu offerings. Another key component to the green programs success is staff awareness and their impact. The Westin Kierland associates have made a very considerable impact just in the way they do business, get to and from work, and take their knowledge home with them for changes in how they operate in their personal lives and their homes.

Each associate makes an effort to print less paper and work more digitally. They participate in our Trip Reduction program, and bring their own coffee mug or water container to reduce the usage of water bottles, said Brian DellErgo, Human Resources Specialist and green committee chair. We give them tips on green living. Last year, the associate cafeteria eliminated Styrofoam and paper cups completely. Associates also turn their computers and lights off when not in use and recycle all paper and cardboard. That alone makes a tremendous impact.

The Agave Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has been a leader in functioning greener for several years. They have been using organic products and working with companies who provide environmentally friendly products and services. The spa also recycles all of its plastic, glass and paper from all of the products it uses for treatments. By 2009, the spa will be working with vendors and partners whose businesses are either completely organic or environmentally conscious for more than 75% of its business.

We feel operating environmentally friendly and being an organic, wellness spa can be one and the same. We always get curious questions when our guests realize our products are organic, we use battery-operated candles, and even our nail polish is vegan! said Loren Anderson, Spa Director. We are moving to all corn-based disposable cups and products for food and beverage by the end of the year.

This philosophy transcends to the Kierland Golf Club as well. The golf course has always had a relationship with the Audubon Society to help protect the natural wildlife on the Resort grounds; in the last year, we have begun to recycle our grass clippings and yard waste and have implemented a recycling program throughout the course, said Director of Golf, Kipp Bates. We recycled over 500 tons of yard waste through a local compost processing plant that turns it into natural fertilizer.

We also try to minimize the amount of turf that needs to be maintained through the use of water. We use a lot of natural preserve landscaping and have been transitioning what used to be watered and maintained turf back to a natural desert terrain. We have been looking for new ways to use solar power to run our golf carts and beverage carts and several other ways we can contribute such as environmentally friendly packaging for our food on our beverage carts and course food outlets, adds Bates.

Even The Westin Kierlands FUN program that focuses on the experience of the leisure traveler has implemented change. They work with the Phoenix Zoo to educate their smallest guests on how to preserve wildlife and have respect for their habitats. Programs that are currently planned and underway are lessons in the environment educating the younger traveler.

We understand and believe we are helping to create a new generation of individuals that are connected to travel and understand their individual impact, said Director of FUN, Josh Riffe.

Goals for the future are also key components in The Westin Kierlands green program. We are looking at ways to solar heat our pools, buy more organic and local foods, and partner with vendors and companies that have solid environmental policies in place, and reduce, reuse, and of course recycle more and more, Lange said. Im excited to report that we are currently recycling over one ton of waste per day. We have officially reduced what we send to landfill by over 50%. It will only get better from here.

The Westin Kierlands Environmental Policy

The Westin Kierland Resort is committed to protecting our environment and preserving our precious natural resources. We believe being green is not a definitive objective but understand its a process of being greener. We are dedicated to the process and promise to promote a lifestyle that ensures our environmental impact on the world around us is minimal and as positive as possible.

We have integrated various methods of greener living into our daily lives and encourage our guests and team members to do the same. We reduce, reuse, recycle where possible. We support our vendors, neighbors and local merchants and do our best to promote the good work they are doing throughout the community. By blending an upscale, luxury Resort experience with low impact living practices, we offer our guests the peace of mind they are doing business with an organization that has the environment in mind.

We are in the midst of great change and look to our customers, associates, and partners to help us navigate through this change and support us in our efforts.

About The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is a four-diamond Resort located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. The Resort features 732 rooms, 55 suites and 32 casitas; 175,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space; eight food and beverage venues; a full-service spa; an elaborate water park and lazy river; Westin Kids Club; and the 27-hole Kierland Golf Club. As an added benefit, The Westin Kierland is adjacent to Kierland Commons, one of the hottest shopping and dining districts in the Valley. For more information about The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa please visit www.kierlandresort.com <http://www.kierlandresort.com> or call 480-624-1000.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
Stephanie Dowling, 480-624-1315
stephanie.dowling@westin.com