Stay And Play In The Sun At Phoenix’s Sheraton Grand At Wild Horse Pass


Have you had enough of Winter already? Three weeks into the coldest season of the year and I am desperate for a sunshine getaway. A favourite for many Canadians are the cities of Phoenix and Mesa in Arizona. After my recent adventures there you can count me as a fan. Desert segway tours, hot air balloon rides and great food all make for a fun winter escape. Oh, did I forget to mention the weather? The average temperature for January is around 20ºC which is perfect in my opinion. Phoenix is also home to the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Native American owned and designed it is an AAA Four Diamond resort that has a world-class spa, 2 18-hole golf courses and a 2-mile river that you can cruise on. All of that plus a great restaurant. What more do you need for a stay and play escape to the sun?

View from the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass atrium


The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is a breathtaking resort. Native American owned it is designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community’s heritage and culture. The architecture, design, art and legends of the Pima (Akimel O’otham) and Maricopa (Pee Posh) tribes are celebrated in every detail throughout the resort.

The lobby and lower lounge take your breath away.

Lobby and reception area at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass lobby bar and lounge

As for the rooms here is a tour of my room and what you can expect from a Deluxe Guestroom. Great WiFi and rain shower in the room by the way.


Kai & Ko’Sin restaurants are the on-site restaurants where you can wow your taste buds.

Kai is the only AAA Five-Diamond/Forbes Five-Star dining experience in Arizona so you know you will have a great experience here. Locally farmed ingredients are the stars on the plate and the Chef draws inspiration from the local Pima and Maricopa tribes. I highly recommend you try the Chef’s Tasting Menu for the full experience.

Ko’Sin is suitable for all ages and offers a more casual dining experience. The food is still top notch and local ingredients are featured in every dish. OMG, you need to order the Pork Wings at least once. I became addicted to them and couldn’t eat enough of them.

Pork Wings are to die for at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Pretzels with cheese dip at Kai Restaurant

Desserts to make your mouth melt


I am not sure you ever need to leave the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass during your vacation. There is so much to do here. If you are a golfer then you have 2 18-hole courses to play. Like to ride horses? There is an equestrian centre where you can book trail rides. Prefer some water activities? How about paddle boarding or cruising on the 2-mile river that winds its way throughout the property.

Resort map of the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

If you need a bit more rest and relaxation time then head to the Aji Spa for an afternoon or a day of pampering. I did and I didn’t want to leave.

A little spa time at Aji Spa

A little hot tub time at the Aji Spa

Of course, there are also four pools at the resort for you to splash and float in. For your little ones, there is a waterslide that I am sure will be the main attraction.

Evening sunset reflecting off 1 of 4 pools at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

I am so ready to go back. Ready to escape winter and bask in the sun at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. See you there.

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Thanks to Visit Phoenix and Visit Mesa for hosting me on this Arizona adventure. My stay at the Sheraton was hosted as part of the trip. My views and opinions are 100% my own.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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