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We've heard of water features in the lobby, but this takes the biscuit… a full on harbor with boats available for guests. Amazing! In fact, as heavyweight Vegas connoisseurs, we thought we'd seen all the ostentatious look-at-me posing a hotel could do - but then, this weekend, we checked into the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert.
Yes, we probably should have guessed something special was on the cards from the flock of flamingos in the palm tree lined drive on arrival. And we'd seen the huge waterway with vaporetto-style boats on the website. But nothing prepared us for the vision that was the boat dock in the lobby.
Yup, there's a mini harbor as part of the massive lobby, with a bar looking over it. And the boats are at your disposal! Hotel guests can catch a free ride between 3-6pm every day or, come the evening, you'll be chauffeured to the restaurant of your choice. It's kind of like how we imagined the Venetian in Vegas would be, until we realized those gondolas are only for paying customers and your $16 scores you a boring little five minute trip on a ride to nowhere. These boats have a purpose, and that purpose is awesomeness.
Many's the celeb that comes to the Californian desert in search of laid back hotels, Betty Ford rehab or Coachella, but now it's a famous brand that's making its entrance: the Marriott Vacation Club Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert has just opened a Dylan's Candy Bar.
The cavity-causing Marriott shop is the first on the West Coast. The brand, whose flagship store is the New York City emporium, comes from Dylan Lauren, daughter of famous fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
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Last week on August 5, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa had a special visit from the stork. That is, if, um, storks deliver other birds. A baby flamingo was born into the hotel's already large flamingo family, and it's the potential guests who get the benefits of the baby shower celebrations.
That's because the JW Marriott Desert Springs is inviting its Facebook fans and Twitter followers to enter a baby-naming contest. The prize for the winning moniker? A two-night stay at the resort and dinner for two at the resort’s Mikado Steakhouse restaurant.
Marriott Hotels are really taking a liking to this Twitter game. This morning we told you that Paradise By Marriott was offering travel treats through Twitter all month long but if you aren't keen on a Mexican or Caribbean getaway, there's still another option.
To reap the benefits of Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa Twitter-only promo, you'll need to make sure you're following @DesertSprings and have some knowledge of the hotel, or at least have perfected the art of rapid Googling.
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So you're kicking back in the lobby bar at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort in Palm Desert but you get the feeling there's something missing. It might be a loved one to give you a kiss … or failing that, get a cocktail kiss. They've got the Raspberry Kiss cocktail on offer this summer and it sounds refreshing enough to make you forget all your city woes.
With a mix of Bacardi Limon and the delicious raspberry tang of Chambord, plus plenty of mint to keep the refreshment value up, it gets our thumbs up, and has the bonus of being very reasonably priced – just $11, so you'll have enough change to down a couple (or more, if you're more desperate for refreshment). But just to get things in the right order we recommend hitting the spa before the bar, because tipsy tub therapy can be a bit dangerous.
"Digitally programmable desert rain showers". We don't really know what these are but since we read that the new spa at the Desert Springs JW Marriott has them, we really wanna go. Spa Desert Springs opened up last week to give a bit more luxury and pampering to all those hardworking Hollywood stars, and others with a decent wad of cash to spare.
In total, the new spa area covers 38,000 square feet and has all kinds of different sections, including a few private suites and the "spa within a spa" which groups can book. Check out the description of one private suite:
A 600 square-foot private suite, called the Spa Sanctuary, was designed to cater to VIPs and Hollywood elite.
Staffed by a personal butler, the Sanctuary has a private entrance, a two-person hydrotherapy tub in the walled-in private courtyard and another tub indoors.
Sanctuary guests will also enjoy their own changing room, vanity area, digitally programmable shower and living area with a fireplace and high-definition TV.
That's some serious spa time. For the regular spa-goers, there are special Turkish-style steam chambers, and a 10-foot waterfall at check-in. In the men's area, there are flat screen TVs, but apparently not in the women's area.
Oh, and about those digitally programmable showers? We're still not quite sure what they are but we do know that they "come with five heads, allowing guests to fully choreograph their shower experience". Gotta do that.
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