In All About Jax, Celebrations, Dining Out, Family Time, Travel/Arizona

Last weekend Jacquelyn and I woke up early, dressed in our holiday best and headed out to the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia for a morning of festive merriment.

Breakfast with Santa at the Omni Montelucia was a true delight. The breakfast was held in Prado, the resort’s Spanish influenced restaurant. Upon entering we were immediately greeted by Santa who jovially showed us where we would be decorating cookies and ornaments and where the breakfast buffet was laid out. He spent time with Jacquelyn and promised to visit our table.

That’s what made this experience so special. Unlike other holiday events which can be crowded and chaotic, Breakfast with Santa at the Omni Montelucia was intimate and cozy. Jax and the other children had ample one-on-one time with Santa and parents were able to get plenty of photos. It made for a truly magical morning.

A large Spanish gingerbread village welcomes all and serves as a centerpiece in the room. We stopped to have a look on our way to the table and Jax was enthralled with the intricate details all made out of confections and sweets.

The breakfast buffet was set up in the tapas bar area and included hot items; such as scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and french toast, as well as fresh fruits and yogurt, breads and pastries, cereals, and even a few dessert selections (do NOT miss the Crema Catalana).

Due to the Spanish influence of the restaurant and property there was spicy Linguisa sausage, and of course, because this is Prado, the buffet also included a selection of Spanish meats, cheeses, olives and Marcona almonds.

As promised Santa came to our table and my little Jax was beaming, at times shaking with excitement. It was such a joy to see her so happy. Breakfast was faster than I would have liked because she could not wait to head over to the lounge area to start decorating her cookies and ornament. Even though she rushed me it was a lovely breakfast nonetheless and inhaling my meal was worth her excitement.

Every child gets a beautiful glass ornament, called a Moravian Star to paint in their choice of colors. It’s a lovely little trinket to commemorate the enchanting experience. The paint dries quickly and the kind staff tied on a ribbon so we can display it on our tree. Jax was so proud of her ornament.

Next she started on her cookies and probably ate more icing and candy than she actually put on her cookies. The staff thoughtfully puts out bags so cookies can be taken home for later enjoyment.

They also send you home with some traditional Spanish holiday sweet treats, including Pestiños, Turron, and Polvorón. I think this is such a nice touch and a sweet way to introduce the traditions of a foreign culture to your little ones. Jax loved the Turron and asked if we can make some at home. We will give it a try and maybe even start a new holiday tradition making these for Christmas for years to come.

After a few more photos with Santa, Jax and I explored the beautiful grounds of the resort. The views are breathtaking and the weather was nice so we spent some time in the plaza. We loved the huge Moravian Star piñata and the gorgeous surrounding scenery and Jax enjoyed strolling around the fountains. The property is truly stunning.

There are still two dates to take advantage of this intimate (and delicious) Santa experience – December 16 and 23. The pricing is reasonable and the memories will last a lifetime. Make reservations by calling (480) 627-3111.


Disclaimer: Jax and I were invited to enjoy Breakfast with Santa at The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia free of charge to help facilitate this write up. As always all opinions stated are entirely my own. 

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