My wife and I spent 2 weeks at Desert Breezes in August. The resort is located within a gated community; the timeshare units are just a small part of this community. To enter, there are two entrances, and a gate card is required. When checking in, we had to call the front desk from the gate phone and give them our names, they then opened the gate remotely and we could then drive to the front desk. The timeshare units form an oval shape, with a pool and lagoon in the middle. We enjoyed a nice view of the lagoon, with the main pool in the distance. The resort is made up of several 4-plexes and some larger units, so this isn’t just a large condo building. Most buildings have their own hot tub, which is very convenient.
Desert Breezes guests are permitted to use three of the pools on the property. The main pool is in the middle of the timeshare units, there’s a smaller adults-only pool beside the reception building, and another pool at the clubhouse. The clubhouse is a short walk from the Desert Breezes units and has a fitness room and tennis courts. The nice feature about using this pool is that there are restrooms at the pool.
We stayed in a two bedroom unit on the second floor. We had a nice sized balcony where we ate most of our meals. The units themselves are actually very very large. We own several other timeshares, and these are the largest two bedroom units that we’ve ever stayed in. I should also mention that the units have recently been renovated, and are now quite impressive. We were especially impressed with the beds and the cotton duvets and fancier linens (much nicer than most other middle-class timeshares).
We had excellent service from the front desk personnel; they were helpful and check-in was a “breeze”. The cleaning personnel were very kind, but didn’t speak much English – this gave us a good opportunity to practice our broken Spanish! Being from Canada, (we don’t speak much Spanish up here) it was probably a bit more of a challenge than it may have been for a Californian, but we managed… It’s amazing how similar Spanish is to French… It made for a few good laughs with our kind cleaning lady!
Desert Breezes is quite central in Palm Desert. There are many restaurants and grocery stores nearby. There’s also a bus that goes by the resort and heads south to La Quinta. The bus is cheap and we enjoyed La Quinta – it’s a very quaint little town with some good restaurants. There is a Costco and Walmart a few minutes drive from the resort, and a Vons even closer. We enjoyed eating at “The River” in Ranco Mirage (10 minute drive), walking along “El Paseo” (10 minute drive). Once per week we went to downtown Palm Springs where they have a street fair every Thursday evening – they completely shut down about 8 blocks downtown and have live music, good food and lots of shopping.
Our only negative experience was the internet. There is free wifi, but it’s really slow and the signal that we had was weak. The week that we were there, they had blocked Facebook and You Tube and some other major sites, this was very inconvenient. I’d rather pay a small fee per week and have faster internet access without blocked sites! We ended up bringing our laptop with us when we’d go out and we’d update our Facebook at Starbucks.
I’d definitely recommend Desert Breezes resort. The resort is nice and well maintained, the location is good and we were happy with the service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains you'll find 10 buildings clustered around a beautiful water feature, and surrounded by lush landscaping; Desert Breezes Resort condominiums offer exquisite luxury and comfort. Each Mediterranean-style villa has a fully equipped kitchen and cozy furnishings, and the resort includes multiple pools and spas and on-site clubhouses. It's your perfect home-away-from-home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Breezes Hotel Palm Desert
- Desert Breezes Palm