My family and I spent a long weekend at New Years at C.I. Palm Desert and fell in love. In fact, we booked our week-long summer vacation there within two days of getting home from that trip. Let me say first that we are Club Intrawest Members. Yes, we have an ownership stake in the property. but that doesn't mean we have to like everything about it...but we most definitely do. The property is impeccably manicured. There are always workers making sure that it looks perfect all the time. The units (last time we had a ground floor one bedroom, this time the 1BR Terrace). Both are of adequate size for us and our 5 year old. The 1BR terrace doesn't have an indoor dining room. Instead it is outside (which can make having lunch in 100 degree temps a pain) but at night, its nice to sit out there. The decor is classic Club Intrawest. What you see in the pics is what it is. Classic desert adobe splashed with color EVERYWHERE. We happen to love the decor. Those who dont....well...won't.
Since we had a 5 year old, they put us in a building near the "Family Pool" which was nice. There were other kids in the pool on any given day for our daughter to play with. At the same time, I liked the fact that if we were to return without our daughter, an effort would be made to book us a room near the "adult pool". A little more peace and quiet for couples.
Things to do? I think this is my BIGGEST attraction to this resort. While the Palm Springs/Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage area will leave you desperate for "hardcore" nightlife, there is still plenty to do. about a 10 minute drive from C.I. is a place called "The River" its an outdoor shopping pavillion similar to The Grove in Los Angeles. Theres a Cheesecake Factory, Flemings Steakhouse, Movie Theatre, Johnny Rockets, Borders books and the Yardhouse. An upscale, plasma TV everywhere, sportsbar. Great for a nice dinner or beers and apps for a game. Also within 1 mile of that Mall is practically all of the restaurants you'll ever need. PF changs, Roys, etc.....
This time around I played golf at Desert Willow. Perfect, beautifully maintained and a joy. I can't wait to play it again.
Overall, I thought that area of California was going to be a sleepy, retiree laden area with nothing to do but swim in a pool and sleep. While you can certainly do that if you so choose, there are several very, very nice spas very close by, dozens of golf courses and enough nightlife to keep me happy (especially when you've got a 7am tee time). We cant wait to go back.
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