Marriott's Shadow Ridge - The Villages

Palm Desert, California

Marriott's Shadow Ridge - The Villages

Palm Desert, California

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  • Imagine the perfection of incomparable desert nights and unsurpassed sunny days, a private villa flanked by the snow-capped peaks of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and San Gorgonio Mountains. Marriott's Shadow Ridge - The Villages is everything you imagined and more! Amenities include an 18-hole championship golf course, golf academy, tennis courts, fitness center, several restaurants and bars and a number of sparkling pools.

    Elegantly-appointed one and two-bedroom villas are the focus of your stay at Shadow Ridge. Open living and dining areas with elegant, comfortable furnishings offer plenty of room to unwind after a day out and about, while full kitchens allow you to prepare meals just like at home. Keep cozy in the living room with a fire roaring in the fireplace while a movie plays on the flat-screen TV. Luxe details abound like marble, soaking tubs and walk-in showers in the bathrooms. Finally, complimentary Wi-Fi and in-villa washer and dryer add home-like convenience to your stay.

    From the Palm Desert's legendary shopping and culinary scene to the breathtaking beauty of the Mojave Desert, there’s always something to do in the area! Explore some of Palm Desert's natural wonders, such as The Living Desert preserve, Joshua Tree National Park and Mount San Jacinto. A number of casinos invite you to try luck, and golfers will have their pick of multiple courses even beyond the grounds of Shadow Ridge. Looking to score a deal or just bring back a memento from your trip? Check out the shopping opportunities at El Paseo and the Cabezon Outlets!

    For more availability at Shadow Ridge, please check out Marriott's Shadow Ridge II - The Enclaves!

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    • Avatar for lisat248
      By lisat248 Jul 22, 2016
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      Activity center is bustling! Large pool area is well spaced with baby pool, kids on the slide at far end from mainly adults and the bar at the other end. A mostly adult-ish pool on the other side of the snack bar. Down the street is the quiet adult-only pool.

    • Avatar for juliee79
      By juliee79 Updated Aug 28, 2015
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      Our family of 7 stayed at the Marriott Shadow Ridge from July 11-18, 2015. We stayed in a 2-bedroom (building 1800). This was probably our 6th or 7th trip here. I have reviewed the resort in the past, but it has been a few years since our last stay, so I will mostly focus on the changes I noticed during this trip. The units themselves now have a DVD player in each room of the 2 bedroom (3 total). They also have newer washer/dryers in them and some new décor (curtains, wall hangings, new dining room table). Our unit was in need of new tile in the kitchen and entryway. We had about 15 cracked tiles. They have changed the towel policy for the pool. It used to be one could trade in their dirty towels at the towel hut at the pool and get fresh ones. Now, you are allotted several towels at the beginning of your stay and are expected to keep the same ones throughout. Getting new towels is a $10.00 charge. The change wasn’t a big deal, and I imagine is probably saving Marriott tons of money. There is no mid-week cleaning, which they stopped about five years ago. They no longer deliver the USA Today newspaper to the door Monday through Friday. It is available at the front desk, the Mirage, and the Enclaves pool, so someone has to go get it. The Enclaves section at the resort appears to be done with construction. They have added a small miniature golf course at the Enclaves, which we enjoyed. The fitness center at the Enclaves is now double the size it used to be. They have beautiful new nautilus equipment, including a cable/pull up machine. With the new equipment, this fitness center is actually better than the bigger one near the front check-in building. The Mirage (children’s center in the middle of the resort), was mostly the same, with lots of activities for the kids. The only change was they took out the rock climbing wall on the outside, which was a disappointment. Overall, we had a great stay and would highly recommend this resort to families. We twice went to the Children’s Museum in nearby Rancho Mirage (5 min away), to get out of the heat and my kids enjoyed their time there immensely. It was too hot to go to the zoo (about 105 degrees every day). Some things Marriott could improve on: Provide a vacuum cleaner in the room so we can get the crumbs out of the carpet. The manual sweeper just doesn’t do the trick. Have someone police the pool area to clean up empty cups, food, and other trash that seems to accumulate throughout the day. Provide more misters and shaded area around the pool in the summer. Some of the BBQ’s did not work, and were lacking utensils. Put blowers at the door of the Mirage to keep the flies out. Also, provide a fly swatter in the room. Other than that, we had a memorable family vacation, and look forward to returning again.

    • Avatar for nancyannr
      By nancyannr Updated Jun 29, 2015
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      My husband and I have been staying at Marriott Shadow Ridge twice a year since 2011. We just love the resort, the dry weather, its location, amenities and the friendly staff. We own multiple Marriott timeshare weeks and can travel 8 weeks a year to various Marriott resorts (with the perks of owning Destination Points.) The rooms at the Villas are not very large but are comfortable and nicely decorated with all the comforts of home. The views of the mountains and golf course are just breathtaking. This resort is a fun, enjoyable home away from our east coast home and is amongst one of our very favorite vacation spots in California (along with Newport Coast Villas which we own).

    • Avatar for terria24
      By terria24 May 2, 2011
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      We have been going to the Marriott Shadow Ridge as a family for over 10 years. We love it. Great location, more newer than some of the other resorts in Palm Desert, great kids center, nice pools, poolbar w/food, great Faldo course and restaurant. Plus, all the fitness you need in their fitness center. We own 3 weeks at the Marriott in Shadow Ridge and love when we get to use them.

    • Avatar for suziq45
      By suziq45 Updated Mar 8, 2011
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      Wonderful vacation. If you find something wrong the management will take care of it asap. Speak up! We strongly encouraged them to continue upgrading the rooms. Palm Desert is fabulous with dozens of great golf courses, restaurants, etc. You'll need a car to get around town. There is shuttle service but not sure about the route.

    • Avatar for dianneb46
      By dianneb46 Dec 31, 2010
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      Stayed for a week on a sub-let with a great view of the 12th fairway and green.

      Friendly staff, Faldo's was a great bar and grill, wonderful and challenging golf course well located in the Palm Springs area. I very much appreciated the covered parking adjacent to the buildings which helped to keep the vehicle cool while parked. I would stay again at this complex, but unfortunately, would never purchase in this complex.

      The builders seem not to have heard of sound proofing between the units, and at one point I could hear conversations going on in three separate units, and one unit has someone strumming a guitar most of the waking hours. Fortunately, I was gone most of the day and didn't have to listen to hours and hours of this.

      I noted that some of the buildings were having furniture and fixtures replaced, and would suggest that they make some effort to add sound proofing to the buildings.

      Otherwise, a good vacation.

    • Avatar for sabrinat4
      By sabrinat4 Updated Sep 6, 2010
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      Disappointing. I guess we weighed too much on the name (marriott), and the price ($400.00 for 4 days). The room was not tidy at all. The untidy events wasn't discovered until the next morning. Day 1 we found an old brush at the foot of the bed underneath the comforter. Then that morning we went to take our shower and my husband noticed an old dried up towel hanging on the shower curtain. He knew I hadnt been in the shower so he asked me just to be sure. YUCK!!! did the housekeeper even go behind herself or himself to double check the room after they supposively cleaned the room. I would think not because plan as day you saw that towel. To make matters worse sheets not fitting properly ( not a major issued I know but with all these events happening kinda make you worry) top to off. The comforter had dried blood splash. AND... then we put our clothes in the wash go back after 25 minutes - they are just sitting never went through the wash. Where is the repair man?? PROS: great location, great front office staff, great fitness center, great activities on property, very nice pools. Don't think we'll be coming back again. But I hope you enjoy your staff. Its probably just one of those instances that we just got a bad piece of the apple.

    • Avatar for patricav2
      By patricav2 Aug 25, 2009

      I stayed in a 2 Bedroom unit on the 17th hole of the golf course. It was an end unit, and basically everything was nice about the resort. We stayed 4th of July week. I would stay again when in Palm Desert. The 2 bedroom unit includes the lock off unit, so the second bedroom, is an efficiency in itself. 2 full bathrooms in the 2 bedrooms, which is nice. Enough room to be comfortable for a weeks stay!

      There a few pools, we used the main one's in the front, some times a little crowed but was satified, got there early in the morning to secure a cabana for the day, as they are on a first come basis! Well maintained resort and parking at our building had some carports to park under so it kept the car out of the hot sun. Staff at check in was very nice and helpful. We never had a need to contact them all week, as we had no problems.

      15 minutes from downtown Palm Springs, however, there are a lot of stores and restaurants in the immediate area. We look forward to staying again

    • Avatar for susan506
      By susan506 May 12, 2009

      Loved it! Plenty of room for the 5 of us in a 2 bed unit. Nicely decorated, comfortable beds, great balconies, terrific kitchen, and laundry in unit. BBQ's near unit. Very well kept overall. Beautiful grounds-others raved about the golfing (we don't golf.) The best pools and a fabulous water slide that kept my kids busy for hours. Friendly staff that helped plan out days. Can't wait to go back.

    • Avatar for teresaz6
      By teresaz6 Mar 14, 2009

      Just got back from 4th visit to Shadow Ridge. It was absolutely wonderful!! Two adults and one teenage son were all in agreement. We all loved it and can't wait to go back!! We stay in the older villas which are much more spacious than the new ones. The new ones have updated decor but are much more compact than the villages. We spend alot of time enjoying the balconies and the scenery. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. There is always enough to see and do and we always have something to look forward to for next time. Would highly recommend in the winter months.

    • Avatar for steveh66
      By steveh66 Sep 6, 2008

      Just got back from week there that included Labor Day weekend. I was there scouting out to buy. This is not a 5 star resort. It is like a city and you have to drive everywhere. Who builds a resort in the hot desert and does not install ceiling fans in the rooms or on the furnace-like balconies and terraces? Very dopey.

      The 2 main pools were so crowded you could not get near them. A quiet pool at the end of the complex was ...quiet. I own Marriott and Hilton tiimeshares so I am a Marriott fan, but the furniture was not comfortable, no flat screen TV and becuase of the cubby-holed alcove design for the TV they would have to reconstruct the area to ever put in flat panels. People were very nice at the resort but service was very spotty. THe AC rattled and even after they sent an engineer to fix it, he left a voice mail saying he didn't find a problem. No toilet paper other than 1 half roll. They finally got us more, after we called, but it took almost 2 hours.

      We did not eat at the Faldo restaurant, but it seemed very expensive for a golf course grill. We love Palm Desert and go every year, but the Marriott's are not on our revisit list. The place was just not well designed or maintained for anything more than a 3.5 star rating in my opinion, and from what we learned from others, the Desert Villas is worse. Well, that is my unbiased opinion of the place.

    • Avatar for cc121
      By cc121 Updated Jul 4, 2007

      Just completed our third stay in the past 2 years, each in a 1 bedroom unit. Rooms are spacious, clean, nicely decorated, kitchen well furnished, convenient washer dryer, adequate parking, luggage carts, large pools, nice view of golf course and mountains.

      Downside we found: A/C too drafty, water slide designed by liability lawyers, pool area could use some visual improvements, after arrival housekeeping rates a C+.

      It's always been good but just a little short of great. This time the fridge didn't work right, last time we had a bad odor and found a dead rat in the fireplace.

      But we would go back for a reasonable price, experience telling us to expect an enjoyable but less than perfect resort.

    • Avatar for rob67
      By rob67 Jun 15, 2007

      This is the first time we have used our timeshare and it was fabulous! We have 3 year old twins and our two bedroom unit worked out great. Enough room for everyone! The decor is very nice and comfortable and the view from our balcony was great! The kids had a blast at the pool with the slide and the play splash area. Service and amenities are wonderful.

    • Avatar for michelle1041
      By michelle1041 May 29, 2007

      just returned from a week here. we bought last year on a 3 day trip and brought the 3 kids with us this time. Perfect weather, beautiful resort, pool with waterslide for the kids and great kids rec room. The only down side was the pools closing down every time a kid pooped in it, which was everyday for 3 days, one day being the 2 main pools. We did complain, and were compensated but it was a big problem for all who were there. They did get a handle on it, just in time for memorial weekend. overall, it was a good vacation and we will be back.

    • Avatar for debbie328
      By debbie328 Feb 5, 2007

      Stayed in a 2 bedroom unit Jan.2007. the grounds are nicely kept and landscaped. the units have GREAT furniture and are nicely decorated. the people at the front desk are helpful and responsive. the units are pretty new, so the beds and couches are comfortable and in great shape. they are furnished with dishwashing liquid, sponges, paper towels, dishwasher soap, and coffee filters. they will replace your used towels upon request and supposed to do a midweek clean. Our TV sound had problems when using the DVD player which they tried to fix, but it never did work right. The only major problem with these units (especially compared to the desert springs villas) is the poor quality construction. ie:doors not hung properly, sound proofing non existent. You can actually hear your neighbors using they bathroom, and TV's playing in the next room. Other than that, it's great!!!

    • Avatar for l337
      By l337 Dec 24, 2006

      Wonderful Resort! Down side was chipping paint, a work out room that needs to be expanded (long wait to use treadmills, etc.) & noisy neighbors (needed better sound proof in ceiling). Up Side: Great room, comfy beds, 3 pools, rec room for kids, basketball, volleyball, and golf and tennis lessons for a minimal fee. We had a great time in our two bedroom and plan on going back soon.

    • Avatar for rlk8509
      By rlk8509 Updated Oct 27, 2006

      Check-in handled effeciently,one maintenence problem fixed immediately. Great pools and views! Front desk staff is the best. Will be back again

    • Avatar for toms158
      By toms158 Apr 15, 2006

      We just got home today from our trial trip to Shadow Ridge and bought a week! This is a perfect Location for a family with kids. Great Pools and Maze youth center. Beautiful views of the golf course, lakes, and mountains. The units are very nice won't believe the size of the bathtubs!

    • Avatar for wonet1
      By wonet1 Jan 17, 2006

      We just came home from an absolutely gorgeous week at Shadow Ridge. The resort location is truly one of the most beautiful spots I have ever been in, includling Hawaii. Marriott has done a wonderful job with the resort and they are not done yet. Even though the resort is only 4 years old, they are making improvements and still buildling villas. We loved it so much we purchased a week. If serenity is on your vacation "musts" then this is the resort for you.

    • Avatar for stevew78
      By stevew78 Jan 3, 2006

      Beautiful resort - first class all the way. Rooms have designer type decorations, gorgeous pool areas, landscaping and a great restaurant. A great place to spend a week and relax. Highly recommended - you will definitley be impressed from the moment you enter the gates.

    • Avatar for jdrimmer
      By jdrimmer Dec 12, 2003

      This resort, when finished, is going to be even larger than Desert Springs Villas. It is gorgeous! Units are very nice, only two years new and very spacious. Golf course is very challenging and the restaurant is fabulous.

    • Avatar for dgleason
      By dgleason Aug 28, 2003

      Had the opportunity to take a tour of this resort while staying at Desert Springs II. The resort is still under construction, but is open for guests. The units are not as large as Desert Springs, but they are brand new and very nicely decorated. The pool looked wonderful as well as the golf course. This will be a nice place to stay once completed.

    • Avatar for smork
      By smork Feb 11, 2003

      Very nicely designed and decorated units with a great view of a beautiful golf course and the mountains. Also has a huge pool area that is very nice. As with most Marriott properties, service is excellent

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    Palm Desert, California 92211
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