Palm Desert, California, the site of the 17th
Annual Leadership 100 Conference, February 14-17, 2008, located just 10 miles from Palm Springs, is home to many of the world’s finest Golf Courses and Tournaments (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational) and the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert” – the fabulous El Paseo Shopping District with more than 300 world class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, extraordinary day spas and beauty salons, and restaurants.
In Palm Desert, you will find streets named after Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore and Fred Waring. Palm Desert was the first city in Riverside County to create a public art program requiring developers to contribute to the artistic harmony between buildings and open spaces, and is now the Coachella Valley’s retail, education and cultural epicenter.
Cultural attractions include the Holocaust Museum, the living Desert Reserve (1,200 acres of desert plants, water hogs, Arabian oryxes, desert unicorns, mountain lions, cheetahs, Mexican wolves and bighorn sheep) and The McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts. The city is also home to the College of the Desert and California State University, San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus.
During El Paseo Art Walk, 20, internationally acclaimed art galleries showcase their wide selection of art- from sculpture to antiquities, masters, to contemporary, and everything in between. From October through May art lovers can experience the Art Walk and stroll from gallery to gallery and meet the artists in person, garnering expert advice while enjoying great art and refreshments.
The Leadership 100 family will meet at The Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, situated on 450 acres of lushly landscaped grounds and lagoons, a sprawling oasis in remarkable contrast to the stark beauty of the desert. The Four Star, Four Diamond, award-winning property opened in February 1987, and is one of the largest resort and convention complexes in the southwestern United States. The resort’s guest rooms and suites are located in five-to-eight-story wings surrounding swimming pools, lakes, verdant fairways, lush English gardens, and manicured lawns. From the moment guests enter the resort’s breathtaking atrium lobby, they begin a journey into a world of relaxed elegance, singular amenities, and exemplary service.
The resort’s famous Venetian-like waterways literally begin in the lobby. Gondolas wait to transport guests to dinner and on afternoon tours. No matter where the destination - an afternoon tour of the impressive grounds, or an evening of dining and dancing at one the resort’s many restaurants and night clubs -- it’s easy to fall under the spell of this resort, as the gondola slowly drifts past cascading waterfalls and the calls of exotic birds fill the air.
GUEST ROOMS AND SUITES
Desert Springs Resort & Spa features 884 deluxe accommodations, including
51 suites, ranging from 900-square-foot hospitality suites to two 3,150-square-
foot chairman's suites. Each guest room is spacious and includes a private bath
with separate tub and shower, mini-bar, a Sony CD player and alarm, hair
dryer, private balcony, golf and tennis magazines, upgraded amenities, in-room
safe, iron, and ironing board.
The resort’s superb recreation facilities include: two Ted Robinson-designed 18-hole championship golf courses; a unique 18-hole putting course; 20 tennis courts: 15 hard courts (six lighted), 3 clay and 2 grass courts; a day spa featuring a gym, exercise classes, a Spa Shop, complete with clothing, fitness accessories and hair, skin and body treatment products; the Oasis Pool area which includes three swimming pools; basketball courts; lawn croquet; biking on regular bikes or e-bikes; 13 restaurants and lounges; and more. For families traveling with children, the kids program provides supervised activities for guests aged 4 to 12 years, and child-sitting services are also available.
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