Stunning vistas, exciting attractions, delectable dining and luxury accommodations are just a sampling of what can be discovered during a stay in beautiful Indian Wells. Its central location in the heart of Greater Palm Springs’ nine desert cities provides easy access to all the region has to offer within a short, 20-minute drive from the Palm Springs International Airport. Indian Wells is a true destination unto itself and offers all you need for a spectacular getaway– whether with the whole family, for a romantic rendezvous, or a solo mission for some much-needed me-time.
Indian Wells conveniently features an array of sprawling luxury resorts with easy access to all the city’s top hotspots. Each brings its own flair which means there are accommodations to fit any style or budget. The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa features fine and casual dining, a tranquil spa, an abundance of fitness offerings and a sandy beach pool sure to keep the whole family entertained. The casually elegant Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers seven heated or chilled pools including an adults-only pool and the HiTydes Plunge, where you’ll find the tallest water slides in Greater Palm Springs. A variety of dining and wellness options round out this true destination resort. For the history lover, Indian Wells Resort Hotel was founded by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and has evolved into a family-friendly resort with two pools, two tennis courts, in-room or poolside massages and a daily free breakfast buffet.
Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa's Mediterranean-inspired grounds will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to Europe. Exceptional dining options, three pools, lawn games, a spa and more provide all you need for the vacation you deserve. For those looking for a more boutique experience, Sands Hotel & Spa combines a mid-century vibe with Moroccan-inspired influence in an intimate, 46-room setting. This one is adults-only making it the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or celebration with friends.
Courts and Courses
Tennis and golf-lovers alike flock to Indian Wells for its abundance of outdoor recreation offerings. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is world-renowned for the yearly BNP Paribas Open (AKA the largest combined men’s and women’s tennis tournament in the world) as well as the Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships. The best part? It’s open to the public which means not only can you play a match on the same courts as the pros, but you can participate in tennis and pickleball clinics or private lessons to finally perfect your backhand.
Golf enthusiasts will grab their clubs and make a beeline for the famed Indian Wells Golf Resort, which is home to not one but two 18-hole championship courses. Bonus! It’s also open to the public. Each course offers its own unique experience and have been ranked in the Top 25 Best Municipal Courses in the Country by Golfweek magazine. If you really want to impress your friends, sneak away for one of their instructional programs and clinics then show up to your round with your newly perfected chip shot.
Bites and Sips
When hunger strikes, you’ll find no shortage of restaurants, bars, lounges and coffee shops to sate any cravings. For a true taste of the region’s history, duck into The Nest where you’ll find 45 years-worth of dining, dancing and entertainment; or, head over to Frank’s Place Restaurant & Lounge in Indian Wells Resort Hotel for a “Sinatra-flavored” Rat Pack-era experience.
If you’re looking for a more modern take, Cava at Renaissance Esmerelda celebrates the best of California ingredients and wine, while the award-winning cuisine and cocktails from the Pink Cabana at The Sands Hotel will give you a taste of the Mediterranean. For something a bit more casual, head to Don Diego’s for some authentic Mexican cuisine or, for an afternoon pick-me-up, grab a cup from IW Coffee where lattes and cold brews are made using small batch, locally roasted beans from nearby Joshua Tree.
Attractions that will please even the pickiest of family members abound with options such as Shots in the Night where Indian Wells Golf Resort’s putting greens and driving range light up after dark for casual and fun twists on golf-related games.
If you’re looking to take your family to new heights, Fantasy Balloon Flights’ hot air balloon rides over the stunning desert region are just the ticket. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will let you get up close and personal with some of the planet’s most intriguing animals. Hand-feeding a giraffe? Yes, please!
A getaway simply isn’t complete without a memento that reminds you of your adventures. To find that perfect piece to take home, head to The Village at Indian Wells where you can peruse more than 30 boutiques, galleries and more in a picturesque outdoor shopping center. Find kitchen wares, home decor, beauty products, coffee and resort wear, then grab a bite from one of its popular local restaurants to really make a day of it.
A quick jaunt to Palm Desert will lead you to El Paseo Shopping District where more than 200 boutiques offer all you could want in a day of shopping. You’ll find the most coveted designer fashions along with independent boutiques and familiar brands to nab those all-important wardrobe staples.
Just Say Spa-ahh
Greater Palm Springs has long been alluring wellness seekers and Indian Wells serves as an epicenter for those coveted luxury spa experiences. Renaissance Esmeralda’s spa, Spa Esmeralda, features an intriguing menu of indulgent treatments. Opt to have your service in the tranquil Spa Garden where the sound of cascading water will lull you into a state of total relaxation.
Agua Serena Spa and Salon at the Hyatt Regency features a 30,000-square-foot wellness facility where private gardens, sparkling lagoons and a diverse treatment menu creates a true relaxation oasis. Miramonte’s The Well Spa takes its inspiration from the resort's famed citrus groves with citrus-themed services provided in one of nine treatment rooms. Spend some time after your experience in one of three outdoor relaxation spaces where the scent of orange blossoms drifting through the air will send you into total bliss.