Win Big at JW Marriott in Palm Desert
Story and photographs by Greg Aragon
good getaway is more than a great location, with first-class amenities
and gourmet food. It is also about people. And on my recent visit to
the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, I met some very inspiring
souls while also basking in the sun and luxury of a four-star hotel.
My adventure began when I heard that the Marriott had
partnered with The Biggest Loser Resort, to become the new West Coast
location for the weight loss and wellness program, inspired by the hit
television show, which returns in 2016 for a 17th season.
JW Marriott Desert Spring Resort & Spa is an
oasis of relaxation and well being
As the newest addition to The Biggest Loser Resort portfolio,
JW Marriott Desert Spring Resort & Spa offers guests access to its
state-of-the-art amenities, including four spacious pools, two championship
golf courses, an award-winning tennis program, and one of the largest
full-service spa and fitness facilities in Southern California.
"The JW Marriott brands commitment to health
and well-being aligns perfectly with The Biggest Loser Resort program
goals," said Lesley Carey, president of The Biggest Loser Resort.
"We are thrilled to partner with this luxury destination and work
together to provide our guests with the necessary tools and inspiration
to embark on this life changing experience."
The Biggest Loser Resort has partnered with Marriott
to bring healthy living to the Palm Springs area
I stayed at the JW Marriott during the opening weekend
of The Biggest Loser Resort and I not only got treated to the beauty
of the resort, but I also met some of the past and present participants
of The Biggest Loser program. One of the people I met was chef and nutritionist
Cheryl Forberg, who for the past 15 seasons has created healthy and
delicious menus for both the TV show and the resort.
During my visit, Cheryl gave advice on eating healthy
and smart and showed us how easy it can be to make good choices when
going to the market and when waking up in the middle of the night with
those dreaded hunger pains.
I also sampled some of the food that The Biggest Loser
enrollees eat while at the resort and it was fantastic. I had a pulled
pork sandwich with jicama and apple slaw on gluten-free bread, with
hints of Mandarin orange, jalapenos and lime juice; and a California
turkey wrap with turkey breast, turkey bacon, arugula and avocado, on
a whole grain tortilla.
Exercise is a big part of The Biggest Loser Resort
When not eating healthy, members of The Biggest Loser
program exercise in their own fitness area, or on one of the many resort
lawns. And like other Marriott guests, they also soak up all the luxury
the resort has to offer.
Located in Palm Desert, a few miles east of Palm
Springs, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa resembles
an island paradise. The place is highlighted by a massive, towering
lobby with waterfalls and ponds and boats coming in and out of giant
glass doors. The vessels take guests sightseeing around the resort's
lake or to dinner at one of the restaurants.
Other property highlights include six restaurants, two
championship golf courses, four swimming pools, a full-service spa,
fitness center, tennis and volleyball courts, and a scenic jogging path.
There are also lots ducks, black and white swans, flamingos, and even
Kookaburras floating about the waterways.
Throughout a stay at The Biggest Loser Resort Palm Desert,
guests will work with a team of counselors and coaches who help provide
the knowledge, tools and confidence to achieve results and sustain a
commitment to healthy eating, regular exercise and overall well-being.
Matt Hagler, CEO of Biggest Loser Resort, says The Biggest Loser program
is ideal for guests at any stage of life.
The program includes stress management through life
coaching workshops, dietary direction and a strong focus on physical
activity, beginning with training through activities such as cardio,
water aerobics, and outdoor hikes, among others.
The Biggest Loser Resort Palm Desert is located at 74-855
Country Club Drive in Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information on
participating in the program, visit: www.biggestloserresort.com
or call 760.341.2211. For more information on just staying at the JW
Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, visit: Visit www.desertspringsresort.com
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