JW Marriott Desert Springs completes $25-million renovation

Southern California’s JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa announced a host of updates, including 884 revitalized guestrooms and suites, the addition of Rockwood Grill & Blue Star Lounge and Fisherman’s Landing as its latest dining options and a new retail outlet, Sunnylands Chocolate Factory.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, located in California’s Coachella Valley, is an AAA Four-Diamond property that opened in February 1987. The resort’s recently rejuvenated 884 guest rooms and suites are located in wings surrounding swimming pools, lakes, fairways, gardens and lawns. Guestrooms include separate tubs and showers, iHome audio systems and private balconies.

Featured dining options include Mikado Japanese Steakhouse, The Lobby Bar and Oasis Bar & Grille, with new additions including Fisherman’s Landing, Rockwood Grill and Blue Star Lounge, scheduled to open in May/June 2012. The resort boasts a 32,000-square-foot-spa and recreation facilities that include two Ted Robinson championship golf courses, an 18-hole putting course, 20 tennis courts, basketball courts, lawn croquet and biking.


Slated to open in May, the Rockwood Grill & Blue Star Lounge is an all-day dining venue that will feature American classics. The transformation of LakeView restaurant into Rockwood Grill will include a complete overhaul of the main dining room, an illuminated bar activating the double height atrium, a takeout counter for guests on the go, and the addition of Blue Star Lounge, an outdoor terrace with fire pits and a la carte seating.


Upgrades to the resort’s Palm Course include new tees, bunkers and USGA-specifications greens on each of the 18 holes. Ted Robinson Jr. worked to bring back much of his father’s original design while creating some new features. This $1.5 million project began in May and the course reopened at the end of October.




Completed in early 2012 are the resort’s 884 guestrooms and suites, updated to include all-new beds and bedding, artwork, carpet, drapes, paint and teakwood artisan headboards. The guest corridors also received all-new carpet, paint, artwork and wall treatments. Each room is now equipped with an iHome audio system.

Adding to three existing Fisherman’s Market locations throughout Southern California, the Fisherman’s Landing will offer a variety of signature seafood favorites and will be located near the Golf Pro Shop, Oasis Pool complex and Colonnade of Shops. The restaurant is scheduled to open in May 2012.

Opened in September 2011, Sunnylands Chocolate Factory offers a selection of gourmet chocolate treats, in addition to two dozen varieties of caramel apples and a menu of specialty items.

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