JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Launches $80 Million Renovation
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa announces an $80 million makeover as it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Featuring a fresh, modern design inspired by the surrounding destination, the expansive property, set on 316 acres of vast Sonoran Desert, features a refreshed lobby, beautifully redesigned guest rooms, and the resort’s new signature restaurant, Tía Carmen. And, in 2023, the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa plans to unveil a reimagined and expanded pool complex and another new restaurant concept.
“We are excited to provide our customers with an elevated experience,” said General Manager Paige Lund. “The transformation of our lobby and rooms and the addition of Tía Carmen, combined with the expansion of the pool and the additional restaurant concept, which is expected to debut in 2023, will further position our resort as the ideal destination for a variety of occasions – from family reunions, intimate getaways and one-of-a-kind dining experiences to milestone celebrations and beyond.
Renovated guest rooms
Designed by Looney & Associates, the resort’s 869 rooms and 81 suites have been completely renovated and feature private patios or balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that provide an abundance of natural light and spectacular views of the gardens, the views of the desert and waterways. , or golf courses. Additionally, a selection of first-level rooms now have private fire pits for gathering and enjoying s’mores by the fire or just sitting back and relaxing. The motto “relaxation and rejuvenation of a life lived outdoors” has inspired the rooms with the aim of providing a place of respite, relaxation and rejuvenation for all guests. The room’s design palette is subtle and soothing with soft neutrals complemented by bold accents, and color hues combine rich earth tones with soft agave greens through authentic, refined materials. The use of geometric patterns can be seen throughout the spaces, which have been influenced by textiles and pottery from the indigenous Hohokam culture. Additionally, the various patterns reflect local agricultural elements, including farmland shapes and copper metal accents in the canvas art and fixtures. Strategically designed spaces include additional upgrades such as natural wood finishes, wall murals evoking the desert landscape, and a contemporary sofa or accent chair inspired by local agave plants. Additionally, the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is now home to several exclusive wellness suites that provide a tranquil space for guests to enjoy Peloton biking, yoga, stretching, and meditation in the privacy of their room.
The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has upgraded its sprawling lobby, which features modern interiors, new soft goods and storage items, and illuminating light fixtures, plus a redesigned reception and lobby area. arrival experience. The lobby’s refreshed design palette was inspired by the desert sky, with midnight blues and soft hues of amethyst accenting the warm neutrals, while the overall design reflects the modern, tranquil desert lifestyle with a sophisticated refinement. The Porte Cochere at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa now features upgraded seating areas with a large sofa flanked by accent chairs leading to the main entrance. New chandeliers made up of elegant metal rods with integrated lighting create a sculptural “grid” shape and are displayed so that customers can see the existing pyramid ceiling coffers. The lobby lounge at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa features soothing light fixtures and a variety of lounge seating divisions such as sectional sofas, groupings of lounge chairs and a selection of tables ideal for informal meetings or surface work, and for guests eager to relax and enjoy a craft cocktail or watch the sunset in the Sonoran Desert.
New signature restaurant
Tía Carmen opened in April 2022 as the resort’s new signature restaurant led by acclaimed Executive Chef Angelo Sosa and seasoned restaurateur Mark Stone. The contemporary Southwestern restaurant celebrates the local landscape, farmers and community of the Southwest while reflecting a blend of tradition and modernity with bold elemental cuisine and a diverse beverage program. Designed by Thomas Schoos and Lisa Gil of Los Angeles-based hotel design firm Schoos Design, Tía Carmen celebrates an “Earth meets Art” theme with sophisticated natural simplicity and plays on elements of the surrounding area of the Arizona. The restaurant represents a clean, warm palette that was developed to honor the restaurant’s namesake, Chef Sosa’s aunt, Tía Carmen – a woman of passion, love and humility. His inspiration is seen with the use of gentle curves and arches hugging the space and organic natural forms of the local landscape, capturing the essence of the undulating rock formations of the desert and the soothing hues punctuated in each vignette. With a range of cozy dining areas from which to experience the rich flavors of Chef Sosa’s menu, diners have a front view of his preparations as the wood-fired grill is the restaurant’s anchor.
The exterior of Tía Carmen reflects a natural yet modern desert landscape and features an open adobe-style fireplace and native Vigas & Latillas architectural details adapted from the southwestern Pueblo style of design. The restaurant has an indoor dining room and bar, a beautiful outdoor dining area, and several private dining areas. Locally based PHX Architecture, led by Erik Peterson and Maurita Harris, served as the architect for the project.
What’s new in 2023
In 2023, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa plans to introduce a reimagined and expanded pool experience designed to enrich mind, body, and spirit. Guests will discover three exhilarating new five-story waterslides, including the thrilling Boomerango, the only two-person vertical-walled tube slide at a resort west of the Mississippi, an active family zone surrounding the lazy river with five cabanas, lounge seating, a children’s splash pool and playground, and a food truck area with shaded tables and seating areas. The new Sky Island will be a secluded adults-only retreat with an infinity pool and hot tub, four secluded cabanas, lounge seating, fire pits and a VIP attendant. Sedona Spa will offer a VIP family sanctuary featuring a large infinity hot tub, three cabins, five shaded daybeds, lounge and fire pit seating with a soothing waterfall and stargazing area.
Additionally, the resort will launch a new Pan-Asian restaurant concept, Kembara, led by Executive Chef Angelo Sosa, which is expected to open in fall 2023.