I’ve wanted to stay at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa for forever. With the deal of the century, I was able to check the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa off my long list of must visit hotels. I mean, there’s a boat in the lobby. See?
Also, it’s been on Saved By The Bell. There also may be flamingos and swans roaming around freely, and talking parrots in the lobby.
I’m happy to say not only did this place lived up to the hype, but it exceeded expectations.
We had a standard room (and didn’t expect an upgrade, thanks to that amazing deal I linked to above). We had a small balcony, which had a lovely view of the putting green. There was a cactus outside our room, which was so fitting (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. While there was a separate soaking tub, it wasn’t jetted. It’s not that big of a deal, but for a JW, which is a step above Marriott, it’s something I would expect.
While they offer turndown service, it has to be requested. I stand by my previous reviews of the JW’s I’ve been to 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.
Most of the hotel’s guests are locals, who can buy membership passes, which makes this place always hopping and busy. I mean, 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 (ha!), 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 brand restaurants, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It was my favorite meal, 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 again a few days later for dinner. Both meals were great.
Another place worth mentioning is the Lobby Bar. It’s crowded, and for good reason. It’s 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, no matter the time of day 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. It’s amazing.
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, baths, saunas, whirlpools, and even a Turkish Hammam). The best part is the spa’s private outdoor pool, and their cafe with poolside service. The staff is WONDERFUL.
If you’re not planning on a treatment, but still want to use the facilities, resort guests only can pay $35 per person, per day. It’s worth it. However, for those who are having a treatment, there’s no additional charge. I had both a classic Swedish massage, and something called a back on your feet massage. Oh my gosh – so good! I have to say again, the staff at the spa is beyond fantastic. They go out of their way. Even down to allowing Mr. ADOL 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 pool is anything but. It’s so peaceful and relaxing that I fell asleep right on my overly comfortable 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 just to return to this little slice of heaven. However, once we arrived, the receptionist remembered us from the previous day, and let us in without charging!
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 worth including in any California vacation.