With the Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, memorability begins with the provision of a grand, palm-lined entry road which provides glimpses and foreshadowing of all of the resort’s amenities: golf courses, tennis, gardens, water features, spa, and lush desert landscaping. By subtle manipulation of this road, guests arriving at the garden motor court will unexpectedly enter the lobby at an upper level with commanding views over the resort waterscape towards the distant San Gorgonio Mountains. The lobby, developed within a cubic volume of grand proportions, is a multi-story, interior garden enlivened with water cascades. A lake flows into the lobby and provides surprising water taxi access (on 35 acres of freshwater lagoons) to guestroom wings and waterside hotel amenities.