We just stayed here over Thanksgiving week and had a great time. We come to the desert often and book Getaway Weeks using our Interval International membership. We have stayed at the Marriott Desert Springs Villas and the Westin Desert Willow recently and our family agreed that the Marriott Shadow Ridge has been the best by far. The pool has a water slide that the kids really enjoy (my 5 year old was not tall enough to use the water slide at the Westin so she was thrilled to be able to use it here!), they have 2 splash pads and baby pools at the 2 main pools which are great for little kids. The Activity Center is a DREAM for kids. They have a movie theater with free movies and popcorn, and a jam-packed schedule full of kids and adult activities all day long, a few parks, putting course, basketball courts, tennis courts, etc. Your kids will flip out when they see this place. The rooms are brand new and all very nicely appointed. We actually loved the pull-out bed here because its like a memory foam so its much more comfortable than the springy ones. The staff here has been very welcoming and kind. The a/c works perfectly and the room we had in the 1200 building was very quiet and nice. We never heard a single neighbor at night. My only disappointments were the WiFi was spotty all week, the Nick Faldo Restaurant on property was not so hot, and the jacuzzi at the pool was brimming with foam and grey water (they did not properly chlorinate or maintain the water). Aside from that - this was a fantastic vacation. We really loved this resort and will definitely be staying here in the future.