Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tennis Resort of the Week: 4* JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, CA


Surrounded by lakes and mountains, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is located in Palm Desert, California. The hotel is three miles from the El Paseo shopping district and five miles from the Living Desert nature preserve.Possibly the most picturesque and monumental out of all desert properties, Desert Springs offers everything you need for your tennis vacation to be a success.

Hotel Features

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Renovated in 2007, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa lobby features a 60-foot bar with a cascading waterfall backdrop. This smoke-free resort offers 210,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. High-speed wired and wireless Internet access is available for a fee. Recreation includes two 18-hole championship golf courses, 20 tennis courts, five pools and three spa tubs. The Spa Desert Springs offers a fitness center, separate men's and women's lockers, exercise classes, a spa shop and a salon. Spa treatments include massages, scrubs, wraps, bronzing and facials. The hotel offers eight dining options, including Lakeview Restaurant which serves comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Mikado Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar features knife-swirling chefs who chop, juggle and joke while preparing dinner. The poolside Oasis Bar & Grille serves light meals. Among its many awards, the hotel made the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List in 2005.

The 884 guestrooms of the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa feature balconies or patios, two-chair desks and dining tables, and sofas or reading chairs with ottomans. D├ęcor includes crown molding and walnut-colored furniture. Minibars and coffeemakers are provided in each room. Bathrooms feature granite vanities and limestone showers, tubs and floors. Beds offer pillowtop mattresses, down comforters, 300-thread count, triple sheeting, and extra pillows. Rooms include CD players, DVD players, video game consoles and cable television with premium channels. High-speed and television Internet access is available.

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  • 15 hard-surface courts
  • 3 clay courts
  • 2 stadium grass courts 
Tennis enthusiasts will find one of the world's most comprehensive tennis programs, directed by Peter Burwash International (PBI).

Daily morning clinics throughout the year are accompanied during high season by fun doubles Grand Slam Round Robins on all three surfaces, daily 4.0+ Drill Sessions, free "Quick Tips", afternoon clinics and, on Saturdays from mid-December through April, the  pros perform the famous PBI Tennis Show.

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Wile visiting the resort, I took a Backhand Clinic with Dave. I found it too methodical with too much of stroke photo analysis and not enough action. It was rather slow paced and not what I expected and was hoping to get out of this class. If theory is your kind of thing when it comes to tennis you'll definitely enjoy it.

A must-do while at the resort - the grass courts. It was my first time out on that surface and I absolutely loved it, so easy to move on. Great experience. The courts are usually dry enough to be used around 10 - 10.30 am until dark when dew starts setting back in.

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