My husband and I are planning to go out to Palm Desert for a few days in March. We're in our early 30's, no kids yet - just wondering which of the properties would be the best option, given the four choices (Desert Springs I & II, and Shadow Ridge I & II)? Seems like Desert Springs might be the the a good one given the location and access to the JW, but would love any advice! Also, when I look at the properties online, they don't seem to distinguish between the I & II at either resort.)
Thank you in advance for any advice!
I'm looking forward to hear what other's have to share, hibbarme! I'm hoping to do a SW road trip sometime this next year, and will likely make a stop in Palm Springs. Could use some suggestions myself!
For Palm Desert, I would suggest Shadow Ridge - Enclaves. It is a smaller phase 3 of Shadow Ridge that is not promoted. I think at one time it may have been intended to be kids free, but unfortunately they allow kids. It is much newer that Shadow Ridge I & II. (I assume just different phases.) My wife and I made our second trip to the Enclaves over this last Thanksgiving. You are allowed to use JW facilities and charge back JW restaurants, etc to your room at the Enclaves. If you like deli, I would suggest Sherman's Deli, between the Enclaves and the JW. For a kids free experience in So. Calif. I would suggest the MVCI Pulse in San Diego. The SD Pulse is a 20 minute walk from Little Italy and about 20 minutes from the Gas Lamp Quarter, just south of Balboa Park.
We've stayed and Shadow Ridge I and Desert Spring Villas I and both were very nice. I believe that Desert Springs I is the only MVC with complimentary access to the JW pools and facilities, unless this situation has changed. I always try to stay at DSI for this reason. Although DSI is the oldest of these timeshares, MVC does an excellent job of keeping the villas updated and well maintained. DS I and II and Shadow Ridge have 2BR, 1BR, and studios. All of these are great resorts, so you really can't go wrong with any of them. Enjoy your trip.
We have stayed at I II and the Villages at Shadow Ridge. We prefer Desert Springs I. We are golfers and like to walk to the course in the early am.
Other reasons for staying at Springs I is the proximity to the JW restaurants, lobby bar and the pool area. One of the only downsides would be if using a two bedroom unit there is an odd way the two rooms are joined as you have to use the hall to go from the lockoff to the main unit. Views of mountains and golf courses no matter where you stay.
We have stayed at Shadow Ridge and Desert Springs Villas 1 and 11. We prefer Villa's 1 because we are tennis players and we love overlooking the golf course and playing on their clay courts. March is a tough time due to the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament ...... we book our 2 BDRM villa 13 months in advance.