JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix completed its renovation with the debut of six new pool suites. According to Steve Hart, general manager and area general manager, the addition of the six new poolside suites rounds out a compilation of enhancements the resort added in 2018, totaling $8 million.
"These additional amenities and enhancements define our continued commitment to providing an authentic JW Marriott signature guest experience," said Hart. "Staying relevant and creating a custom experience for our guests will always be our number one priority."
The six new pool suites are located by the entrance to the resort's 1,600-linear-foot Lazy River. The suites will be approximately 500 square feet and will feature an air-conditioned, indoor seating area with a TV, private half bath, wet bar, mini-refrigerator and safe.
Each suite will also have an exterior patio with a ceiling fan, misting system, flat screen TV, privacy drapes and soft seating similar to the resort's new luxury cabana cottages at Griffin Bay. The new pool suites are replacing what used to be the poolside fitness center.
Griffin Bay, a poolside retreat is located within the main pool complex and features its own concierge, personal attendants, enhanced food and beverage offerings and VIP seating. Griffin Bay offers a selection of lounging options including covered and uncovered daybeds, chaise lounges and the 12 new cabana cottages available for full day rental.
The resort's Revive Spa expanded its fitness center to almost 3,500 square feet adding all new Life Fitness exercise machines, six new Peloton spin bikes and cardiovascular equipment complete with WiFi capabilities and TV screens. Just outside the fitness center, the spa's new 600-square-foot yoga lawn, lined with artificial grass, overlooks the resort's 21,000-square-foot Chef's Garden and is able to accommodate group yoga classes in season.
Noted as the only resort in Arizona that offers 12 pickleball courts, the resort's racquet center replaced three of its eight tennis courts with 12 new pickleball courts.
The racquet center has also added pickleball gear and accessories to its pro shop as well as a full time, certified pickleball instructor.
A variety of packages can be tailored for leisure guests and teambuilding events, and the courts provide a picturesque outdoor venue for private buyouts and special functions.
Overall, the property boasts 950 guest rooms, 240,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and six dining outlets.
Information is based off a news release from JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.