Scarlet, the resident macaw, turning heads at the J.W. Marriott

Scarlet, a 3-year-old macaw, is the resident pet at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert.


The J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert is nearly a city in itself with two 18-hole golf courses, nearly 900 rooms and suites, 28 meeting rooms, five restaurants and a lot more than I’ll go into here.

But there is still a fair chance that what visitors most remember — and find most endearing — from their stay in this desert oasis is not landmarks like the  the Mikado Japanese Steakhouse, “where knife-twirling chefs use fire and steam to create mouthwatering culinary art from the freshest meats, seafood and produce.”

Capturing the hearts and adoration of many guests at the J.W. Marriott is Scarlet. She’s a colorful and fluffy macaw, and was recently selected as one of a few select and favorite resident pets by Conde Nast Traveler.

“Scarlet is our 3-year-old scarlet macaw who loves being the center of attention and greets guests in the lobby of the resort,” said Amanda Schinder, who handles publicity for Scarlet, errr the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

Conde Nast selected nine hotel pets — most of them, mere dogs — staying at, and promoting, posh hotels across North America.

However, Scarlet’s not alone at the sprawling J.W. Marriott compound in the desert. It’s practically a zoo out there. She is joined by parrots, hummingbirds, cockatoos, Chilean flamingos, black and white swans, and six species of ducks — all residing at the resort.

“All animals at the resort receive individualized attention from the resort’s full-time Animal Care Specialist,” Schinder added.