We swapped into the resort from our Marriott resort in Orlando (Grande Vista) and we enjoyed staying here very much. We had a two bedroom villa in building 2600 which was near the quiet pool and backing onto the golf course. It was very spacious and fully fitted and great for our family of 4. I couldn't fault the accommodation at all. The beds were extremely comfortable, furniture looked fresh and new and the kitchen was perfect.
We tried the pool up at the Enclaves on the first day because it had a "beach" but it was not enjoyable because there were absolutely no umbrellas at all, no natural shade and only about 8 cabanas to serve the whole area. You basically fried! Also the pool had grit on the bottom and wasn't too clear.....
The next day we went to the quiet pool which was absolute bliss. Plenty of cabanas and shaded sections with misters and a lovey sparkling pool. We used it all the time after this. The other pool areas near the 1000 buildings looked great for families and they seemed to have decent shade provision too.
My husband used the golf facilities and enjoyed that. We rented some dvds some nights. The resort is extremely well positioned for lots of activities . Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage/Palm Desert basicall all merge together but they are small enough that you become familiar very quickly and it all feels very very safe and very hospitable. There are lots of dining choices, plenty of shopping areas, cinemas and theatres. We had two very notable trips. One to the Joshua Tree National Park (about 40 miles) which was spectacular, with good short hikes, great views and interesting exhibits. We also took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up Mt Jacinto and that was so good I cannot rate it highly enough. The temperature in Palm Springs was 108 but at the top it was 70F and absolutely delightful. Once you get up there, there are miles of green forest with trails and again spectacular views down over the valley. There are a couple of restaurants up there or you can take a picnic. We really enjoyed our visit and hike and it would have been nice to have stayed the night, the stars must be fantastic up there.
Would go back to Palm Springs and the Marriott in an instant. The free wireless was a boon. I would like it if they did a mid week freshen up/linen change like other resorts do or at least took your trash away every couple of days. But apart from that and the need to put more shade up at the Enclaves Pool, I can't really fault it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southern California's magnificent mountain ranges serve as the breathtaking backdrop for Marriott's Shadow Ridge. Spacious villas overlook rolling fairways and sparkling lakes weaving throughout the landscape. Beautiful master suites feature a king bed and oversized soaking tub while the spacious living and dining areas, and fully kitchen offer convenience and comfort. Swing by the Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott and try your luck on the championship course. Then relax at Nick Faldo's Bar & Grill. ... more less
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