Nestled in a cove of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the city of Indian Wells, California, blossoms with palm trees, gardens and lush, breathtaking scenery in all directions and features some of Greater Palm Springs’ most luxurious resorts offering world-class dining, spas and meeting facilities—yet is just a 20-minute drive from the Palm Springs International Airport.
From its earliest days as a Cahuilla Indian village (whose hand-dug water wells inspired the city’s name) to its golden Hollywood era in the 1950s and ’60s to today, Indian Wells has embodied the ultimate haven for relaxation—and still does. In this oasis of luxury, visitors can discover a rich culinary scene ranging from local, organic roasts at the ultra-chic IW Coffee to modern Mediterranean cuisine and craft cocktails at The Pink Cabana to elevated bar bites at Eureka. World-class cultural events and attractions, including the Indian Wells Arts Festival, Ironman 70.3 and Taste of Tennis, bring tens of thousands of art lovers, athletes and epicureans to the city each year, while 36 holes of championship golf invite visitors to tee off where the likes of Arnold Palmer and President Dwight D. Eisenhower once played. And with its unmatched collection of spectacular accommodations and pampering spas, the options for finding your own oasis are as endless as the city’s pristine views and blue skies.
The Ultimate Tennis Experience
When it comes to tennis in Greater Palm Springs, nothing compares to Indian Wells. Widely known as "Tennis Paradise", this oasis in the desert is home to the award-winning BNP Paribas Open - the world's largest combined men's and women's professional tennis tournament. Each spring, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, one of the world's most revered sports and entertainment venues as well as a year-round tennis club that is open to the public, provides the perfect backdrop for all of the spectacular action that greets fans during the annual two-week competition.
In Indian Wells, breathtaking mountain views, towering palm trees, and beautiful, lush grounds combine with challenging yet playable courses to create a truly remarkable golf experience. Visitors can choose from the undulating fairways and meandering streams that mark the Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort or the dynamic bunkering and generous fairways of the adjacent Players Course. A 53,000-square-foot clubhouse features everything from golf instruction, private event space, and a pro shop to award-winning cuisine, craft cocktails, and unbeatable views at the aptly named Vue Grille & Bar. The fun continues after the sun goes down with Shots in the Night, a family-friendly glow-in-the-dark golf experience.
Shopping and Attractions
Thanks to its central location, Indian Wells is the perfect home base for exploring all that Greater Palm Springs has to offer, whether it’s a thrilling ride in a hot air balloon with Fantasy Balloon Flights, an evening playing golf under the stars at Shots in the Night or a chill afternoon of retail therapy at the Indian Wells Village, home to 30-plus boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. The city is also a short drive from hiking trails that traverse the surrounding mountains and major attractions like The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens and El Paseo, a beautiful palm tree-lined boulevard brimming with name-brand shops and eateries.