One of the best ways to soak up summer in Greater Palm Springs is lounging by the refreshing pools. Greater Palm Springs has a wealth of chic hangouts, fabulous resorts and fun places to chill out, whether you’re a guest for the weekend or just need a place for the day. These hotels and resorts not only offer you a dip in clear blue waters, but poolside food and beverage service so you don’t miss an ounce of sunshine!
Serving one of the best views in Greater Palm Springs, the Kimpton Rowan’s rooftop is a must-see destination, as it’s home to the city’s only rooftop pool (above).
This rooftop is a laid out against a mountain backdrop, so close, you can almost reach out and touch it. The Kimpton Rowan is an ideal spot to getaway and rejuvenate, with cabanas exclusively reserved for guests, giving visitors the option to request a day or evening pass to get access.
High Bar at Kimpton Rowan, located adjacent to the pool, is a restaurant offering refreshing poolside cocktails and shareable plates with a Southwest touch. This full-service restaurant is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Among specialty cocktails at High Bar at Kimpton Rowan are the Veneno (featuring Milagro Reposado Tequila, Vida Mezcal, Guava, Spicy Tincture, Fresh Lime Juice), the Southern Charm (Old Forester Bourbon, Peach/Ginger, Fresh Lime Juice, Fever Tree Soda Water) and the Low-Key Toki (Suntory Toki Whisky, Raspberry, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fever Tree Soda Water).
For light fare, don’t miss the signature Country Fried Cauliflower (with House Tangy Buffalo Sauce and Buttermilk Dressing), while main dish options include the H.B. Burger and Crispy Shrimp Tacos.
Offering two pools high above the valley floor The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers a unique choice of poolside experiences. If you are looking for a family friendly pool, head over to the main pool. For that intimate and relaxing getaway, soak in the adults-only Vista Pool overlooking the desert mountains.
Order drinks and food from the Air Pool Bar, where al fresco poolside lunch and all-day beverage service is available year-round. The approachable menu features outdoor favorites, including freshly-crafted poolside sushi and the ubiquitous Date Shake. Exclusive executive-style cabana service is also available.
It’s arguably one of the coolest see-and-be-seen spots in Greater Palm Springs, having a reputation as the spot where the ‘cool kids’ hangout because the poolside living is easy.
“Our goal at Ace, Palm Springs is to keep it as easy as possible on our guests. When you're lounging by the pool, we want you focused solely on relaxation and fun. So, no need to get up from your lounge chair or even get out of the pool, we’ll come to you with our menu of food and drinks,” says Adam Khalil, Food & Beverage Director at Ace Hotel & Swim Club.
Everything comes directly from the kitchen of King’s Highway, Ace’s diner on property, and The Amigo Room Bar. “The pool menu has something for every mood and appetite. Some of our most popular dishes include our avocado toast with marinated Sun Gold tomatoes, the Caesar salad, which can be topped with chicken or shrimp, our cavatelli pasta with basil pesto and our double-patty Twin Palms cheeseburger.”
Popular cocktails include cool-down options like the frozen mango margaritas and the frozen rosé. Test out the Desert Spritz, a peachy twist on an Aperol Spritz, or the spicy and sweet Oaxacan Sunrise made with mezcal. Ace Hotel features the largest craft beer selection on tap in all of Palm Springs, so enjoy a cold beer or a glass of natural wine.
Located a short drive from Palm Springs, Sands Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells is well-worth the visit. The entire property evokes a chic and colorful, modern Moroccan vibe, the perfect place to capture those Instagram pictures!
“The pool at Sands is a special, one-of-a-kind experience, nestled in a lush, intimate setting in the heart of Indian Wells. The landscaping, design and atmosphere feel relaxed and easygoing but stylish and chic at the same time. It sits just steps from The Pink Cabana, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Coachella Valley, where the chef’s menu of modern, Mediterranean influenced fare and bright, beautiful cocktails are the perfect complement to a day by the pool,” shares General Manager Amir Sakr.
You can dine on the patio or inside the restaurant while still appreciating the poolside vibe. For a fresh, light meal, the Hawaiian Red Crab roll is a can’t-miss choice, along with the Green Chile Chicken Tacos. Wash it down with the bar’s Cabana Colada or a classic Aperol Spritz, served in a big balloon glass.
Take a visit to one of three pools at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Open from sunrise until 11 p.m., you can enjoy your favorite beer and cocktails while lounging poolside with their poolside service offered at every pool. At their signature Miramonte Pool surrounded with mountains views, soak up the sun in the pool and the heated whirlpool, or lounge in a private cabana. Hideaway Pool offers a serene atmosphere for sun bathing, soaking and relaxing. Well Pool + River Bench is the most secluded option, exclusive to spa guests, nestled within the private courtyard of The Well Spa, with its cool water pool kept at a comfortable 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Enjoy Mediterranean fare like hummus and falafel or indulge in the buttermilk-marinated Fried Chicken Sandwich. The Poolside Bar makes a day under the sun for enjoyable with an extensive food and cocktail menu.
Wherever you choose to park yourself poolside, you’ll be in good hands with Greater Palm Springs’ legendary hospitality.
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