I stayed in mid-August in a studio in the Jasmine Court section of Villas II. While Jasmine Court is very remote from the rest of the property, I preferred to be a bit secluded since we were traveling as a couple. I was pleasantly surprised that by our limited kitchen which had nice counter space and a mini fridge with a separate small freezer. There were kitchen sets for 2 people which was ample. I realized during the stay that we really needed all those amenities because there are no dining options in that part of the Villas II and no room service.
I was a bit concerned about choosing Villas II over Villas I. I found our villa to be quite clean unlike other reviews. Other than a strange smell coming from the fridge area that was a minor annoyance (possibly a cleaning product odor?), the fridge and rest of the kitchenette was spotless as with the rest of the unit. This is not a hotel, so don't expect daily housekeeping - your unit won't be cleaned during your stay and you'll need to re-use your towels.
We played golf several of the days we were there on the Palm and Valley courses, opting for 6:30 or 7:00 am tee times, which enabled us to finish our round by late morning. It was actually quite pleasant out in the early mornings. You have to pay to park your car at the JW Marriott where the golf courses are, so instead we opted for the shuttle, which we had to call for. The wait was usually about 20 minutes. After golf we we would relax in the JW lobby and get a bite in Starbucks. Unfortunately there weren't any other options for a quick snack or bite.
Jasmine Court has a separate pool, which is small. On the weekends it seemed a bit too crowded as everyone was in the pool because it was too hot for many to just lay out. But mid week was very quiet. There is a clubhouse next to the pool and it took me a few days to realize that there is a front desk in the clubhouse for Jasmine Court guests - open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. I believe the clubhouse in the main part of the villas is 24 hours. Like another reviewer, I have to call out Dolores who managed the front desk there, as she was especially helpful, very hospitable and lovely to talk to. I had to get on several conference calls one afternoon and she found me a quiet room in the clubhouse. She also ordered us lunch that was delivered from the restaurant in the main part of the Villas. I used the fitness center in the Jasmine Court clubhouse a few times and found the machines to be in good condition. I also did laundry on the back end of our trip - it was free to use the machines and housekeeping left us one single use Tide, which was a nice perk. It's so nice to bring a suitcase full of clean house home from vacation...
The views of the mountains are spectacular and the Marriott grounds are meticulously maintained. We took a couple of day trips on the days we didn't play golf, including to Joshua Tree.
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