Embarc Palm Desert
Palm Desert, California
Reviews of Embarc Palm Desert
Palm Desert, California
This a delightful hidden-away resort with beautifully-maintained grounds in a tranQuil setting. The staff are all friendly. + helpful, + the bed deliciously comfortable. The southwest color palette is vibrant + fun, + the patios spacious + furnished with comfy seating + table.
We would give this 5 stars but for a few shortcomings. The absence of a garbage disposal made preparing + cleaning up after meals inconvenient, + there was no washer/dryer in the unit. There is no dining table - just an island bar with uncomfortable bar stools shared by the kitchen sink - a bit cramped. We used the coffee table or the patio table instead for meals. The TV's are small, the small frig + freezer are under the counter so you have to crouch to use, + the whole unit (first floor where all 2 bedrooms are located) is dark even with the lights on, although from the first floor you can walk right outsideto your patio, the pool, etc. from the french doors + there is no elevator to the second floor.
The "fitness center" + locker rooms are small + limited, + there is no cafe, market etc.at the resort. You have to go to the shopping center (nearby), or go to the adjacent golf resort's restaurant half mile down the road.
If you are planning a family vacation the Marriott Desert Springs offers children many more activities, + the villas in Villas 1 are much larger. We became accustomed to the smaller Desert Willow unit but also had a 2 bedroom for just 2 of us. The 1 bedroom with small bathroom counter, frig + area for pullout sleeper sofa would be a challenge for a family.
For size + amenities we will return to our own Marriott Desert Springs Villas 1. For pure relaxation we will rent out our Marriott + return to Desert Willow if the price is right.
Wonderful laid back feeling - beautiful grounds and landscaping. Felt like we were away from all stress and worries as we relaxed on the thick padded chaise lounges. Nice to know that there are "adult-only" pools so we could relax without the noise of kids playing. Although great to know there was lots to do for kids so we can come back with family. Shopping center with restaurants, grocery store and more right next to resort. The one bedroom unit we had was spacious and very clean and the bed was sooo comfortable. We would definitely come again.
We stayed at the Club Intrawest at the end of March 2007 in a one bedroom unit. The weather was great and in the high 70s low 80s. The resort is nicely decorated, with ample space, and the master bedroom was large enough to a have separate bathtub in the bedroom (different but nice). We loved the shower, and off of the shower was a door that led outside to an outside shower that was enclosed.
Our unit was upstairs and had an outdoor patio that was huge with a fireplace and sitting area. There was also another separate balcony off of the living room area that overlooked the golf course and a small lake. There is a laundry room in each building with no cost for use of the washers/dryers, and laundry soap provided (fantastic!).
The staff was very helpful and pleasant. There is a movie theatre with sitting for about 50 people and we could request a movie for showing in the evenings. You could also get movies for your unit at no additonal cost (greeat!!)
The resort is situated between two golf courses and there is very nice area for walks on the street adjacent to the resort. We ate at the City Wok restaurant nearby in the Ralph's shopping plaza several times, and the food was very good and reasonable.
This was a very nice resort and we would definitely go there again. The only complaint that we had about our particular unit was that the flooring throughout the unit was ceramic and in areas it was extremely beat up with deep scratches in the tile, and markings from stains, even though the tile was dark in color. Other than that, a beautiful resort to visit, and we would definitely go there again.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom unit during April. Being from the East Coast, the weather was awesome. Each set of buildings have their own pool. The units are large and uniquely styled. The grounds are simply beautiful. My sons played basketball under the lights. The resort offers plenty to do and the golf is great! The Palm Springs area is lovely with lots of great restaurants.
Club Intrawest- Palm Desert is in the middle of the Desert Willows golf course. There are approx 12 two-story building with three units on each floor. The lower units open to patio next to the lawn and pool areas. The upper floor units have a large balcony with beautiful vistas of the golf course and the mountains beyond. All the units are roomy and beautifully decorated. Each building has it own BBQ and a free laundry room. The separate main building has a huge pool, spa, tennis courts and BB hoops. There is also a theater were they show DVDs at night and a free video game room for the kids.
Resort has a nice grocery store complex within walking distance and is across from the Marriott Desert Springs resort.
We stayed twice in December with daytime temps in the 70s. It was cold at night but the patios have gas fireplaces. Also did a day visit in late June and it is very hot >110. So golf in the morning before it gets unbearable.
Club Intrawest is points only membership and there are no home resorts, the club decides the type and dates the units are available, so it may be difficult to trade in during peak winter and spring dates.