The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa has sat on a long list of resorts I’ve wanted to visit. I mean, there’s a boat in the lobby. See?
I may have mentioned my love for this place before :). And yes, it lived up to the hype. Anyway, with the deal of the century, I was able to finally check the JW Marriott Desert Springs off my long list of must visit hotels. Aside from the boat, there also may be flamingos and swans roaming around freely, and talking parrots in the lobby. Win.
Upon check in, were given a standard room (we didn’t expect an upgrade, thanks to our amazing deal). We had a small balcony and a lovely view of the putting green. There was a cactus outside our room, which made me happy (we’re in the desert after all).
Overall, our room was clean and great. The bathroom was large, but was missing some key things, like two sinks, a rain head shower, and while there was a separate soaking tub, it wasn’t jetted. Really, these items aren’t that big of a deal. This place is pretty great.
The hotel offers turndown service, but it has to be requested. I stand by my previous reviews of JW’s in that I still don’t see any differences between regular Marriott Resorts and JW Marriott Resorts. However, I really like Marriott Resorts, so I’m okay with this.
It’s odd to go away on vacation and be so connected with locals. We were the odd ones out here, as most of the hotel is filled with the California crowd. Honestly though, who can blame them? The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is hands down gorgeous. If I lived in the area, I’d be here every weekend too.
If I haven’t mentioned it before, there’s a boat in the lobby. 🙂 Coolest lobby ever. Guests can take trips around the resort, and even take a boat to dinner.
Speaking of dinner… the restaurants here are amazing!
First up, Mikados. It’s one of my favorite Marriott restaurant brands, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It was my favorite meal from this trip, and in true JW Marriott Desert Springs fashion, the setting is gorgeous.
Rockwood Grill is another restaurant that’s worth highlighting. We ate here for breakfast and then returned a few days later for dinner. Both meals were great.
Another eatery worth mentioning is the Lobby Bar. It’s crowded and for good reason. It’s simply a fun place to hang out at night, especially if you’re looking for tasty drinks and delicious finger foods. The quesadilla’s are fantastic and their selection of local wines is perfect.
There’s not much to do at night, especially if you don’t have a car. However, the pool is an extremely relaxing place to be.
The number one reason most people visit this resort is for the golf. There are two courses onsite, both designed by Ted Robinson.
However, if you’re anything like me and golf isn’t your specialty, you’re going to want to head to the spa. I should also shout out a huge thank you to Hubs for bearing with my not-so-awesome golf skills.
The spa at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort is the place to be. There’s a co-ed lounge, separate men’s and ladies locker rooms (complete with steam showers and baths, saunas, whirlpool, and even a Turkish Hammam). The best part is the spa’s private outdoor pool, not to mention their cafe with poolside service. The pool staff is fabulous and I already miss them dearly. They seriously give the staff at our local country club a run for their money.
If you’re not planning on having a treatment, but still want to use the facilities, resort guests are permitted for $35 per person, per day. It’s worth it. However, for those who are having a treatment, or treatments, there’s no additional charge. I had two – a classic sweedish and something called a back on your feet massage, and I cannot express how truly amazing they were. I have to say it again: The staff at the spa is beyond fantastic. They went out of there way with everything. Even down to allowing Josh to use the spa’s pool at no additional cost (even though he didn’t have a treatment).
The main pools at the JW can get loud and super busy. The spa’s pool is anything but. It’s so peaceful and relaxing that I fell asleep right there on my overly comfortable, padded chair. The following day, we found ourselves back at the spa pool. We didn’t care about the extra cost. We were prepared to pay the $35pp fee just to return to this little slice of heaven. However, once we arrived at the spa, the receptionist remembered us from the previous day, and let us in without charging. Fabulous.
The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is a short 30 minute drive from Palm Springs, and 2 1/2 hours from LA. It is definitely worth the addition to any California vacation.