Located in the heart of Greater Palm Springs, tucked against the base of the awe-inspiring Santa Rosa mountains, lies a true haven of relaxation—the city of Indian Wells. From an impressive collection of resorts to a diverse selection of restaurants and bars to world-renowned sporting events and golf courses, there are endless reasons why a visit to this beautiful destination is bound to be unforgettable. 

Feeling inspired yet? Here are 6 reasons to plan your next getaway in the city of Indian Wells.

Luxurious Resorts

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Indian Wells features five luxurious resort properties all within 20 minutes of the Palm Springs International Airport. Each property presents its own unique style and flair. 

The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers experiences for the whole family to enjoy with seven heated or chilled pools, including an adults-only pool and the HyTides Plunge, an on-site waterpark with a lazy river and two 30-foot dueling waterslides. 

Feel the sand between your toes at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, home to one of the area’s only sandy beach pools. Find guestrooms and suites designed with a combination of mid-century modern style and hues that draw on the vibrant aesthetic of Southern California.

Take a step back in time at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel, founded by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in 1957. Today, this beautiful property is equipped with two pools, two tennis courts, live entertainment,  in-room or poolside massages, a daily free breakfast buffet and a retro atmosphere resembling that of the Rat Pack era. 

Miramonte Resort & Spa is a Mediterranean-inspired property situated on 11 acres of beautiful, lush grounds that boast olive trees, citrus groves, and rose, herb and vegetable gardens.The resort features three swimming pools, two whirlpools, private cabanas and an award-winning spa. 
Find Moroccan-inspired decor and pink backgrounds ideal for Instagram photo ops at the Sands Hotel & Spa. This property was designed by renowned interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 designers in the world.

Pampering Spas

Woman walking in a robe at the spa

A handful of the resort properties in Indian Wells have spas that offer top-of-the-line amenities and packages. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway with your partner or are just looking for time alone, you will surely get your dose of serenity at these private locations.

THE SPA at the Sands Hotel & Spa embodies luxury, offering various massages, body treatments and facials using naturally sourced ingredients from Morocco that detoxify, hydrate and replenish the skin and body.

Agua Serena Spa, located at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, offers a relaxation room, a dry sauna, jetted hot tubs and outdoor showers. The swaying palm trees and beautiful scenery alone will set the scene for a serene experience.

Head to Spa Esmeralda at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa for a full day of self-care. This spa features 11 indoor treatment rooms, eight treatment cabanas, one indoor couples suite, men’s and women’s steam rooms and relaxation lounges, as well as a garden courtyard with a jacuzzi spa.

The WELL Spa at the Miramonte Resort & Spa is a destination in itself, ideal for anyone in need of a little R&R. Find tranquility with nine indoor treatment rooms, three hot and cool soaking pools, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and a relaxation lounge.

Eclectic Dining

From live entertainment and old Hollywood nostalgia over at Frank’s Place Restaurant and Lounge at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel to award-winning cuisine and cocktails at the Pink Cabana to innovative California fresh flavors at CAVA, the collection of resorts in Indian Wells offer a dining experience for everyone.

However, if you're looking to wander beyond your resort property, grab a table at Vicky’s of Santa Fe, which has been awarded "Best Hot Spot" and "Best Live Music Venue" by OpenTable numerous times, or head to the VUE Grille & Bar at the Indian Wells Golf Resort for award-winning cuisine from an expert culinary team and the most impressive bourbon selection in the valley.

For something a bit more casual, try Don Diego’s, known for their delicious authentic Mexican cuisine, Eureka!, which serves classic American food, or IW Coffee for a small bite and pick-me-up latte. Their coffee is actually made with fresh, locally roasted beans from Joshua Tree!
If elevated dining is more your style, make a reservation at Nobu, which is now permanently open to residents and visitors. This world-famous Japanese restaurant located in Stadium 2 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden has recently opened its doors to the public year-round after a successful debut during the annual BNP Paribas Open.

World-Class Tennis

The BNP Paribas Open is the largest ATP Tour and WTA Tour combined two-week event in the world and is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. See some of the best players in the world competing for more than $17 million in prize money this year on March 6-19, 2023 in “Tennis Paradise”.

Premier Golf Courses

Beautiful lake at Indian Wells Golf Resort with the mountains, palm trees and green grass.

Swing into a golfers paradise at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, home to 36 holes, lush fairways, and panoramic mountain views. The Players and Celebrity courses have ranked in the Top 25 “Best Municipal Courses in the United States” by Golfweek Magazine and hosted Golf Channel’s Big Break and the PGA’s Skins Game. 

Here’s a tip: Stay 30 minutes after sunset and the grounds at Indian Wells Golf Resort light up. Shots in the Night is an after-dark golf experience that mixes a driving range with Top Tracer technology and mini-golf with colorful lasers, glow-in-the-dark targets, music, food and a whole lot of fun. 

Nearby Attractions

The Gardens on El Paseo

A stay at any of the resorts in Indian Wells puts you only minutes away from some of Greater Palm Springs’ most beloved attractions. Take a walk on the wild side with a day at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens or shop till you drop at the Shops on El Paseo. Enjoy the sunshine by blazing a nearby trail or travel to new heights with Fantasy Balloon flights. Regardless of your vacation style, Indian Wells puts you in close proximity to the outing of your choosing. 

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Whether you’re looking to relax at the spa or watch the pros compete in Tennis Paradise (or both) your options are plentiful in this Southern California oasis. Explore more reasons to visit beyond this list and start planning your next getaway in Indian Wells.