Biggest Loser Resort – Palm Desert – CLOSED

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Biggest Loser Resort - Palm Desert - CLOSED

Biggest Loser Resort at Palm Desert is Closed

Update 5/18/19: Biggest Loser Resort at Palm Desert is now permanently closed. There is currently one open location of the Biggest Loser Resort in New York. FitStays has lots more information about that location: Biggest Loser Resort.

About Biggest Loser Resort at Palm Desert

This Biggest Loser Resort is an all-inclusive health resort at Palm Desert, California, and is one of three Biggest Loser Resorts across the country. Guests at the Biggest Loser Resort can expect a comprehensive approach to weight-loss focused on five main areas: fitness, nutrition, education, relaxation, and camaraderie. The program runs in one-week increments, and guests can stay for as many weeks as they wish to meet their weight loss goals.

During stay, guests partake in health assessments, fitness classes, nutritious meals, lectures, workshops, and relaxation and leisure activities. Guests are also encouraged to support and foster community among fellow Biggest Loser Resort visitors.

Located within the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, guests have access to the resort’s many amenities including outdoor pools, jogging paths, tennis courts, and a fitness center. The surrounding Palm Desert Area also includes many shopping and entertainment options.


Guests at the Biggest Loser Resort at Palm Desert have the option to book a 430-square-foot suite with either a king-sized bed or two double-sized beds at the JW Marriott Resort. Each suite comes complete with amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, complimentary self-parking, and complimentary spa-access.

Other amenities at the resort include a fully-equipped fitness center, outdoor pools, jogging paths, boat tours, spa treatments (additional cost), tennis courts (additional cost), and a bird sanctuary.


Upon arrival, guests are provided a workbook describing methods, activities, schedule of events, and meal times. Guests are also given a comprehensive health assessment where weight and other health metrics are measured to determine guests’ individual fitness levels and formulate attainable goals.

Guests at the Biggest Loser Resort are guided through a comprehensive approach to fitness, combining cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training. Some of the activities and classes available include:

  • Stretching Class
  • Cardio Circuit
  • Water Aerobics & Aquatic Games
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Kickboxing
  • Dancing


The Biggest Loser Resort’s meals are gluten-free, dairy-free, and lactose-free, with vegetarian and vegan options available. Chefs are also able to accommodate diabetics and guests with allergies. Meals are calorie-limited, ensuring that guests will be best equipped to meet their weight loss goals.


The Biggest Loser Resort emphasizes education as one of their main program components to promote guests’ health beyond their stay. Some of the areas of health and fitness covered in lectures and workshops include:

  • Nutrition Fundamentals
  • Understanding Metabolism
  • Facts of Weight Loss
  • Body Rejuvenation
  • Stress Management
  • Mental Component of Fitness

In addition to fitness and nutrition, guests are encouraged for focus on taking care of their mental health through relaxation exercises and activities. Guests have the opportunity to participate in meditation and spa treatments throughout their stay.

Those looking to venture outside of the resort can explore several shopping and entertainment offerings in the surrounding Palm Desert area:

  • El Paseo – World-Class Shopping
  • Desert Hills Premium Outlets
  • Indian Canyons Scenic Hiking
  • Polo and Horse Shows
  • Off-Road ATV Rentals and Tours
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nature Preserve


This Biggest Loser Resort is located within the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California, about 120 miles northeast of San Diego and 120 miles east of Los Angeles. The property is situated in the country club area of Palm Desert, amidst numerous parks and golf courses, and nearby both Santa Rosa/San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park.

Visitors arriving from Palm Springs International Airport can make their way to the resort by rental car (~25 minutes) or by taxi (~$45). Those arriving from Los Angeles International Airport can also drive (~2 hours) or take a taxi (~$350). The resort does not provide a shuttle service.


Plans are priced according to length of stay, from as short as one week, to as long as twelve weeks or more. A one-week stay is $3,195 per week for a private room, or $2,353 per week for a shared room. Extended stays may get as low as $2,556 per week (private) or $2,045 per week (shared) for guests staying at least twelve weeks.


Guests whose main goal is to lose weight and who would enjoy participating in a fitness program with other like-minded individuals may want to consider the Biggest Loser Resort at Palm Desert. The year-long warm weather, multiple amenities, and surrounding shopping and entertainment options allow this FitStay to suit a variety of preferences and tastes.

Biggest Loser Resort Palm Desert Pros

  • Assortment of classes – The breadth of options for fitness and nutrition classes, lectures, and workshops is larger than most other similarly priced FitStays.
  • California location – Located in Palm Desert, guests at this FitStay can enjoy year-long warm weather and multiple shopping and entertainment offerings surrounding the resort.
  • Weight loss-focused – The Biggest Loser Resorts are based around helping guests meet specific weight loss goals.

Biggest Loser Resort Palm Desert Cons

  • No shorter stay packages – Those looking to stay for less than a week may want to look elsewhere.
  • Not designed for overall fitness – This FitStay is targeted primarily at those looking to lose weight. Guests looking to achieve other specific fitness goals such as building muscle or improving athleticism may want to consider other FitStays.

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