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JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix is a desert oasis for the whole family!

Lindsay Lutes

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix is a desert oasis for the whole family!

Nestled amidst picturesque desert scenery the JW Marriott offers an inviting haven for families looking to create unforgettable memories. With its blend of luxurious amenities and family-friendly attractions, there’s a slice of paradise awaiting every member of the family. Whether it’s a summer staycation or a winter escape, the JW Marriott at Desert Ridge will have something going on to mark the season!

Here is a sample of what 2023 offered:

Thanksgiving Specials- both to go and at their signature restaurants!

Thanksgiving Day Weekend events: Glow Pickleball, a 5K Turkey Trot, kids activities, etc.

Christmas: Christmas dining specials, Photos with Santa, Letters to Santa, “Elf Tuck-Ins”, and a beautiful gingerbread display in the lobby!

New Year’s Eve: Family PJ Party, Dining Specials.

See 2024 activities here!

The new AquaRidge Water Park: Splash and play the AquaRidge WaterPark which includes Canyon Creek Lazy River, signature pools and now three exciting new water slides. At the heart of the resort lies the sprawling pool complex, which includes a lazy river, water slides, and multiple pools. Children will revel in the water adventures while parents relax in the serenity of the adult-only pool. The resort’s “Splash Pad” is a safe and fun water play area for the toddlers, making it a total water haven for families.

For Kids: The resort has an awesome “Family Escape Center”: Available to Resort Guests Ages 4-12 – Join us for Arts & Crafts, Games, Desert Adventures, Trivia, Sports, and More, as well as the Griffin Game Zone on the first level (a bit hidden) with video games available to play- on Friday nights the arcade games are free from 6-7pm! Be sure to check the website for an activity schedule, as it does rotate! Also, the lawn outside of the resort between the lobby and the pool always has lawn games available, and our kids had a blast while we relaxed with a drink and watched them!

For Adults: The resort has an all-new Pickleball Center, fitness center, and two golf courses! They also have an amazing spa, the Revive Spa. Revive offers treatments for body, mind, and soul, relaxation rooms, a palm-lined sanctuary pool, cabanas, sauna, steam rooms, fitness classes, a bistro and salon.

Dining Galore: The resort has a few restaurants, including a Starbucks! Tia Carmen is a Southwestern style restaurant, Kembara is an Asian restaurant that opens this Fall, Meritage is an American style restaurant that is close to the golf course, and on the lower level of the lobby is Twenty6, which is a chic lounge and bourbon bar. We enjoyed some bites from here while listening to live music! There are also many great choices down the road off property!

We had the best Labor Day weekend summer escape, but highly recommend visiting the property when it isn’t as busy! The pool was packed! The kids still had a lot of fun and we will definitely be back when we can enjoy the resort with less people. The rooms were spacious, clean, and had great TV services (Netflix, etc).

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix is more than just a place to stay; it’s a destination where families can reconnect, relax, and revel in the joy of discovery. With impeccable service, abundant activities, and stunning locale, this resort is a jewel in the heart of the desert waiting for families to explore. It is one the gems of the Valley!

Whether you’re planning a short weekend getaway or an extended family vacation, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort is sure to provide a picturesque, fun-filled backdrop for cherished family memories.

Be sure to check out the website for upcoming specials.

More great resorts around Phoenix can be found here!

  • Lindsay Lutes

    Lindsay is a Mesa, AZ native and mom of two! Lindsay loves hiking, traveling, staycations, cats, coffee, and Disney! Her goal is for her kids to have a fun-filled childhood that they will cherish throughout their lives! She works full time as a nurse and her husband is a teacher, so they try to fill school breaks and weekends with a lot of family fun!

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