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Make your way down an eight-story water slide — or just to the poolside chaises — with this cool family escape: A one-night stay for two adults and two kids in a resort suite ($169 30 March to 9 May; $139 22 May to 10 September) or deluxe suite ($189 30 March to 9 May; $159 22 May to 10 September) at the top-rated Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix.

At the foot of majestic desert mountains, the Arizona Grand delivers big adventure and upscale pampering-without the long lines, big crowds, or wannabe actors dressed as cartoon characters. Winner of the Fodor's Choice Gold Award for best hotel for kids and families in 2010, this luxury resort features the largest resort spa and fitness centre in Arizona, a killer golf course and the thrilling, seven-acre Oasis Water Park.

Take a soak in the 25-person hot tub, splash around in the wave pool, and tube along the lazy river at Oasis with your four all-access passes.

Your chic suite offers plenty of leg and computer room, as well as a patio to watch a spectacular sunset. Order up an all-American breakfast and some Applewood-smoked bacon each morning at The Lobby Grill. Bonus: Mom and Dad's are on the house.

The perfect Mother's Day gift? A trip to the Grand's spa, where Mom can go from harried soccer chauffeur to queen of the desert with a facial and hot stone massage with that $50 spa credit good toward any 50-minute treatment. (Hint: this would be a good time to ask for that puppy.)

With seven dining spaces to choose from, everyone can indulge in his favourite dish. We like Rustler's Rooste, a family-owned, mountaintop steak house with its very own mascot: Horny the Bull, who will greet you on your way in (the kids' entrance is a giant tin slide) to enjoy mesquite broiled steaks.

Then, take the scenic route home, letting Arizona's unique landmarks determine the most adventurous game of "I spy" you've ever played.

The Grand knows that the best memories are when you all play hooky together. So make friends with a bull and scream down a water slide. We're betting it'll become a tradition.

Escape kit

  • A one-night stay for two adults and two children in a resort suite ($169 30 March to 9 May; $139 22 May to 10 September) or deluxe suite ($189 30 March to 9 may; $159 22 May to 10 September)
  • Full American breakfast for two each morning at the Lobby Grill
  • Four passes to Oasis Water park
  • $50 spa credit toward any 50-minute treatment
  • Resort fee included

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes. Then plan your arrival route with one of Arizona’s top five scenic drives.

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