Five great Mother's Day brunches at Phoenix-area resorts

Melissa Castleman

Acacia. From lemon-ricotta blintzes to sushi, this airy room with a mountain view has something for everyone. Younger palates can enjoy Fluffernutter sandwiches and fruit kebabs. $80, $25 ages 5-12. At the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale; 480/513-5085.

Marquesa. Spain meets splendor at this chandeliered and flower-filled Fairmont Scottsdale Princess restaurant. Iberian exports range from paella to tapas, with some Italian and French crowd-pleasers (pasta, risotto, all manner of crêpes) in the mix. $90, $35 ages 6-11. 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale; 480/585-2723.

The Palm Court. The courtly courtesies ― complimentary Champagne, a rose for Mom ― feel like a throwback to more elegant times. So does the buffet, with a bakery's worth of pastries. $50, $25 ages 10 and under. In the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480/596-7700.

T. Cook's. Set in a lovely old mansion draped in bougainvillea, brunch comes with guitar music, views of courtyards, and Mediterranean marvels that warrant several trips from your table. $60, $25 ages 12 and under. At the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix; 602/808-0766.

The Terrace. Mom gets a rose and a free kir royal at this lively Phoenician Resort spot. Lavish touches include strolling violinists, a caviar station, and a dessert room where donuts are fried to order. $85, $30 ages 12 and under. 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale; 480/423-2530.