JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa celebrates its 20th anniversary with a renovation designed to bring guests into the relaxation of its outdoor surroundings.
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa’s renovated king guest room. PHOTO COURTESY OF JW MARRIOTT PHOENIX DESERT RIDGE RESORT & SPA
THE ARRIVAL By 2023, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa plans to finish its $60 million renovation, which includes a refresh of its lobby and a new arrival experience for every guest. In the lobby, modern interiors and illuminating light fixtures like newly exposed chandeliers allow guests to see the pyramidal ceiling coffers. Inspired by the desert sky’s natural hues, the lobby’s palette includes midnight blues and soft amethyst with warm neutrals.
The resort’s pool suite. PHOTO COURTESY OF JW MARRIOTT PHOENIX DESERT RIDGE RESORT & SPA
“The property’s lobby lounge features decorative lighting and a variety of lounge seating divisions such as sectional sofas, groupings of four lounge chairs, and a selection of tables that are perfect for informal meetings or work surfaces, and for guests yearning to relax and enjoy a craft cocktail or watch the Sonoran Desert sunset,” says James Anderson, director of sales and marketing.
THE ENVIRONMENT Set across 316 acres in the Sonoran Desert, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa wants to bring its guests into the desert from the inside out. “The motto ‘relaxation and rejuvenation of a life lived outdoors’ provided the overall inspiration for the renovated guest rooms with the goal to provide a place of reprieve, relaxation and rejuvenation for all guests,” Anderson says. “The design palette of the room is subtle and soothing with soft neutrals and bold accents, and the color hues combine rich earth tones with soft agave greens through authentic and refined materials.”
Throughout the 869 newly designed guest rooms and 81 suites—all of which include private patios or balconies—floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors have been installed to bring in natural light and views of the surrounding desert vistas, gardens and waterways.
Tía Carmen interior seating. PHOTO COURTESY OF JW MARRIOTT PHOENIX DESERT RIDGE RESORT & SPA
THE AMENITIES Along with five swimming pools, two championship golf courses and a spa, the award-winning resort will be adding a selection of “wellness suites” for guests to enjoy a relaxing space to practice yoga, stretch out or meditate in privacy. New private fire pits have also been included in a selection of first-level rooms—a perfect place for gathering and indulging in s’mores.
Furthering its immersive desert experience, the resort added a newly designed restaurant, Tía Carmen. The restaurant, which pays homage to executive chef Angelo Sosa’s aunt, was designed by Thomas Schoos and Lisa Gill of Schoos Design with an “Earth meets art” theme playing off the surrounding Arizona views. It features indoor and outdoor seating with private dining along with front-and-center views of Sosa’s preparations on a wood-fired grill.
Patio. PHOTO COURTESY OF JW MARRIOTT PHOENIX DESERT RIDGE RESORT & SPA
“We hope to further position the resort as the ideal destination for family gatherings, intimate getaways and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences to milestone celebrations and beyond,” says Anderson. 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix, jwdesertridge.com