Greetings from Palm Desert!
We're multiple week timeshare owners visiting Marriott's Palm Desert for the first time. Including the flight from NYC and a 2 hour drive from LAX, we were welcomed and greeted by a terrific staff at Marriott's Desert Spring Villas I. Located on property with the JW Marriott Desert Springs, the resort is huge and consists of the hotel and 3 clusters of timeshare villas. These are two story buildings with a villa on the ground floor and another on the second floor. They share a common entrance. Here are just a few images of what we've encountered so far with more to come.
Marriott Vacation Club's Desert Spring Villas I in Palm Desert
Scenic golf course from Desert Springs Villas I
Greetings from Desert Springs Villas II in Palm Desert
The Marriott Vacation Club in Palm Desert includes 3 phases of development, Desert Springs Villas I, Desert Springs Villas II and Jasmine. We spent the second week at Desert Springs Villas II. Unlike Desert Spring Villas I, the units in the II cluster include 2 bedroom 2 baths with a 1 bedroom lock-off unit. The main villa unit has a fully equipped kitchen with a huge master king bedroom suite and jacuzzi. The lockoff has also has a king bedroom with a sofabed and kitchenette with a standard size bath.
Desert Spring Villas I and II sit on a huge oasis with a JW Marriott Desert Springs. At this writing, the JW is 99% booked and the villas are 98% making for a very successful 2009 July 4th weekend. The Marriott Desert Springs campus is surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains.
Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II and the Santa Rosa Mountains
Marriott's Desert Spring Villas Circular Carport
We love PD and get there as often as we can--even though it is a seven hour drive from Monterey to the desert. It is fun to see the car's thermometer rise from a chilly coastal 55-60 to over 100 as we round the bend on I-10 at the 111 exit. I myself like the Shadow Ridge properties on Frank Sinatra just a few blocks from the property where you are now.
We love the whole place and can recommend a few highlights assuming the weather permits:
The Living Desert is an outdoor wonder. Go early to avoid the scorcing sun. Maybe you can feed a giraffe.
El Paseo is a fun place to explore day and night. I highly recommend Pacifica In the Desert for great seafood and a fantastic bar scene. Tuesdays, all night, wine by the bottle is half price--there are some excellent selections on the list. Tell Mitch, co-owner, we said "hi" if you go.
Many other favorite places are closed for the summer but if you are ever there in season, John Henry's in Palm Springs is an inexpensive excellent place to dine. Outdoors in the desert is an experience everyone should have.
Hope you have a great time--stay hydrated, and enjoy the boat rides at the JW next door.
Bing Crosby's is a neat retro bar and restaurant--Bentley's everywhere in the lot of the place--but they do have a happy hour and great atmosphere.
In Rancho Mirage Amici is a wonderfully inventive, neatly developed Italian restaurant--try their Wine Wednesday
Greetings Stepping Stones
On your recommendation we visited Marriott Vacation Club's Shadow Ridge resort. The entrance is on Monterey Ave between Gerald Ford Drive and Frank Sinatra Drive. What a huge development! The clubhouse is among the largest we've seen as is the Preview & Sales Center
Marriott Vacation Club Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert
Preview and Sales Center
Shade sails at the many pools located at Shadow Ridge resort
I have read that Desert Villas 1 guests have access to the facilities at the JW, but those in DV II do not. Have you found this to be true? Are there any advantages for DV II vs. DV I? I like to stay in MVC's that have access to Marriott resort properties. Have a great trip.
What you heard is correct, but let me elaborate. Guests at DSVI have daily complimentary access privileges to the JW Marriott pool and spa w/o a fee. Guests at DSVII may access the SPA for a $45 dollar fee; however, the fee is waived if you receive a massage treatment.
Guests at DSVI and DSVII have complimentary parking at the JW up to an hour. If you dine at the JW, or have a spa treatment just have your self-parking ticket validated.
MVCI is heavily marketing the Enclaves at Shadow Ridge. Every guest at DSVI or II is given a GUEST PRIVILEGES CARD which has 20% discount Sunday-Thursday at dining, golf or spa at the JW and nearby Renaissance Esmeralda. The discounts vary at other local establishments including THE RIVER AT RANCHO MIRAGE, EL PASEO SHOPPING DISTRICT, PALM SPRINGS VILLAGEFEST, Morton's, Ruth's Chris, LaQuinta Cliffhouse and more.
We stayed at both DSVI and DSVII and enjoying every minute.
Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II* was the second phase of development at this huge resort complex in Palm Desert California. Surrounded by mountains, we enjoyed unparalleled views from our villa.
Typical scenic view of the villas, golf course and mountains
On the outside, the villas are organized around a crescent shaped landscaped parking court featuring covered and shaded parking.
Desert Springs Villas II Parking Cresent and landscaped entrance courtyard
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* Marriott Vacation Club Desert Springs Villas II in Palm Desert, California
On the inside, Desert Springs Villas II are spacious and comfortable featuring 1,400 square feet including 2 king bedrooms, 2 bath villas with 2 queen size sofabeds. With a floorplan that features a main unit plus a lock-off, these villas can comfortably sleep a family of 8.
The master bedroom and bath suite packs a king bed, two large closets with a in-room safe, a jacuzzi tub, large shower stall, two vanity sinks.
Desert Springs Villas II King Master Bedroom and Bathroom Spa
The main living area has a queen size sofabed, built in storage, a dining table for 6, a counter with seating for 4 and a fully-equipped kitchen with service for 6.
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Desert Springs Villas II features a king bedroom 1 bath lockoff unit with queen size sofabed on a corner so there's lots of light. The unit has a separate entrance, a connecting door to the main villa, a kitchenette, 2 closets with in-room safe, a cozy dining area for two and floor to ceiling glass patio doors opening to a private patio with table and chairs.
King bedroom lockoff unit with kitchenette, separate entrance right rear
Looking into the lockoff unit from the main villa connecting doorway
Queen size sofabed, cozy dining and floor to ceiling patio door
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We stayed at the Dessert Villas I studio and found it OK. I felt that there was wasted space near the jet-tub, and the space for the kitchenette/storage was too little for a weekly rental. Having numerous pools on site were great. They had recreation activities for the kids which were nice. There's an awesome Gelato place off Country Club drive which we frequented... twice a day. So, while the rooms weren't the best, the location was good.
Greetings Anu shah
Thanks for your post! It's just over a month ago but it feels like last week. We stayed in both DSV I and DSV II. At DSV I we were assigned a 1 bedroom villa and the accomodations were huge. At DSV II we had a 2 bedroom. DSV II is a tad smaller than Villas I but very comfortable. The 2nd bedroom is configured as a lock-off unit which can be entered through it's own private entrance or through a door adjoining the main unit. The 2nd bedroom has a kitchenette.
When you were at DSV I, did you have a chance to experience the Palmeras Pools at DSV II? It was over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade during the day last month. With the exception of two afternoons spent poolside, we went sightseeing in the beautiful mountains that straddle both sides of the Coachella Valley where the temps are around 70 degrees.
After a day of sightseeing and dinner at the JW Desert Springs, we'd jump into the pool in the evening until closing. The moon was waxing towards full creating a breathtaking silhouette that is only hinted at in the blurry photo below.
TJC and Super Chief
FYI, Guests and owners of Desert Springs Villas phase I and II also have free use of court time at the JW tennis center.
I have been a phase I charter owner for 14 years --- and my family loves the place. We have spent virtually every Christmas at DSVI ever since.
Just goes to show that - when purchasing a timeshare - always buy into a place that you already enjoy.
Hey Super Chief ---- I too am a ferro-equinologist (train nut), having at one time worked for the Milwaukee Road and later for the Great Northern. Does that make me "Rocky"?
Thanks for the tips about DSVI. My wife and I had a blast there but did not think it wise to engage in tennis in 118 degree weather in July! The Concierge, Diane Perrault is absolutely extraordinary. She's a nature lover and takes her family on camping trips in the mountains every chance she gets. She's very knowledgeable and helped us plan day trips into the mountains where we could enjoy sightseeing and moderate temperatures and then return to enjoy the amenities of Desert Springs in the evenings. She's so good she can give turn-by-turn directions to Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake and Idyllwild. One thing that DSVI and II has that other MVCI properties do not is the Guest Privileges Card. I do not know if its given to all guests or only owners but it entitles the bearer to discounts and offers at the JW and in the area including 10% off weekday meals at JW restaurants.
You are very correct about vacation ownership. Buy where you enjoy going and intend to go back.
Thanks for the information. We have not yet visted DSV, but it sounds like a great place to exchange into for a future March vacation. We have two MVC resorts linked to a resort (Canyon Villas and Royal Palms), and appreciate the ability to use the resort facilities.
I didn't know that I am a ferro-equinologist. This is a lot better than just being a train nut. I have to travel a lot for work by plane, so I travel by train whenever I can for vacation. With Amtrak, you never know what type of crew you will get, but it is great to see the country and meet people. I was fortunate to have travelled on the Super Chief and San Francisco Zephyr as a child, so I had a little glimpse of what long distance train travel should be. We are taking the old Super Chief route next month to Flagstaff for our trip to Canyon Villas. I wish Marriott would offer Amtrak rewards as an option. You can still take your good bottles of wine on a train, unlike flying.