If you live in a cold climate, right around now is the exact moment when you are seriously fed up with winter. Even those of us in milder temperatures have probably been thinking, “I could use a break.” Well, don’t just think about it, be about it! My mom and I recently traveled to Phoenix, one of my favorite getaway destinations, and I am so glad we did. We spent four nights at the luxurious JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, the perfect winter escape and I will tell you why!
How to Plan a Winter Escape
If you follow the travel section of Busy Wife Busy Life, then you know that I love to travel in style. I feel a vacation should be relaxing, filled with excellent food, gorgeous scenery and an abundance of things to keep me occupied if I so desire. This point is particularly the case with a Winter Escape.
When looking for a winter escape, warm weather is all I seek! Generally, for me, winter vacations are a way to escape the cold city vibes without having to put forth much effort to enjoy myself. To accomplish this, you need to find a resort with amenities and activities on-site. So, if you don’t feel like leaving, then you won’t have to! A winter escape should help you recharge and hold you over until the warm weather comes your way again.
The property, situated just 20 mins north of the Phoenix Airport, is a great spot to bring the family, have a girls weekend or even a guys golf getaway. I loved it because the resort provided everything we needed to have a fantastic time. There were plenty of things to keep us occupied for four days without getting bored.
This sprawling resort is complete with picturesque views wherever you look. Some days we lounged in our suite which was larger than most NYC apartments and enjoyed a lovely view of the pool area. Other days were spent enjoying afternoon bike rides around the property, playing tennis – kinda (mom needs a bit of practice) and there was a lot of fun to be had splashing around the lazy river.
I am a total spa junkie, so I know a good one when I see it. The spa at JW Desert Ridge was marvelous. My mom and I spent two days being pampered with massages, facials, relaxing in the jacuzzi, and enjoying the private spa pool. The services were top notch!
I hadn’t had a facial in over ten years due to a bad experience, and I finally decided it was time to get over my fear. My esthetician customized the treatment to my sensitive skin’s needs, restoring my faith in facials once again.
- Spa complete with Private Pool & Full Amenities
- 18 Hole Golf Course
- 6 Tennis Courts*
- Bike Rentals*
- 4 Pools with Waterslide
*complimentary with resort fee
The Griffin Club Is a MUST!
One of the main reasons I enjoyed this property so much, besides the obvious, is because of The Griffin Club. The JW graciously invited us to experience their lounge unlike no other. When the property serves a chef prepared breakfast, healthy lunch and an elaborate display of appetizers as well as a chef stationed special each evening, there was no reason to leave the resort. Oh not to mention, a premium open bar featuring a selection of excellent wines and spirits.
Beyond the delicious food and drink, the most impressive aspects of this club were the staff. They took the time to learn every guest’s name, drink preferences and dietary restrictions. Everyone made you feel so welcomed it is no wonder I met so many guests who return to this property year after year! I highly recommend adding this amenity to your stay – it is a must!
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Are you planning a winter escape soon? Let me know where you recommend!