We did a one-week timeshare exchange to stay at Desert Breezes. More than 10 years ago, we stayed there for a weekend, but had little recollection of the resort other than its location, which is at the south end of Palm Desert where it borders La Quinta and Bermuda Dunes. Our second-story unit had one large bedroom with ample closet & dresser space, a combination living room/dining room, full kitchen (coffee maker & filters were provided), balcony with a view over their pond (at least 4 sizable turtles living in it and climbing onto its banks every day). The bathroom had one sink but a good amount of countertop. The toilet & bathtub were in a separate room--tight clearance between the toilet and wall and a rather odd water control on the shower were our only complaints.
They have at least 3 pools--one is for adults only located next to the resort office, and is fairly small; a large pool is centrally located, and another large pool is at the clubhouse where there is a well-equipped exercise room. We took free water aerobics classes on three mornings (45 minues) with about 6 people who live in the homes & condos on the resort property (men and women). There are about 10 jacuzzis spread around the property adjacent to the units as well.
We like this end of the desert communities--Fred Waring Drive goes straight from the resort to the main Palm Desert shopping mall, movie theatres, restaurants and El Paseo--sort of a Rodeo Drive of the desert. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to this central district, which also has the wonderful Living Desert, a preserve & zoo attraction we've been going to for many years and which continues to evolve and grow. Admission was about $12 each for adults.
Closer to the resort is the corner of Washington St & Hwy 111, where there is one of the Las Casuelas Mexican restaurants (local chain) and the La Quinta Cliff House--a restaurant perched on a rock with great views and excellent food.
Palm Springs itself is about a 30-45 minute drive, so if your primary interest is in spending lots of time there, you might want to try Desert Isle, another timeshare resort we've stayed at that is at the southern tip of the City of Palm Springs.
We went into Palm Springs twice for dinner at Johnny Costas Ristorante, an old fashioned southern Italian place owned by the former private chef to Frank Sinatra. The food is authentic and top notch, and the service was great, too.
Behind the Westfield Mall in Palm Desert is the Palme d'Or Cinema (attached to the mall) which features mainstream films BUT also shows foreign films and art films. On a hot spring day, we cooled off and saw THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, the 2010 Oscar winning Best Foreign Film.
Though we didn't do it this time, we normally drive north on Washington Street across the freeway to the Coachella Valley Preserve, an oasis of palms with ponds, nature trails and ridge hiking trails--pack lots of water & don't go in the heat of the day. It's free.
Desert Breezes has games & puzzles & books you can check out plus a putting green.
The resort was crowded over the Memorial Day weekend, but not so the rest of the week. Typically, temperatures are over 100 degrees by now, but only got into the 90s during our stay.
Important to note that after Memorial Day many things close for the summer--especially restaurants--and some attractions like the Living Desert open earlier and close earlier.
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