If you're traveling with the family in tow, don't let Palm Springs intimidate you. While some of the independent properties have a "no kids allowed" rule, plenty of local hotels cater just to families. In fact, the desert is ripe with family-friendly resorts and hotels that will create a fantastic vacation experience for kids and adults alike. Whether you're looking for a low-key hotel near downtown or a sprawling resort with a water park onsite, Palm Springs has a hotel to fit the bill.
With an onsite water park and a special section of guest rooms just for those with children in tow, Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage is a family favorite. With a sandy beach, water slides and a lazy river, Splashtopia helps families beat the heat on a Palm Springs vacation. In Indian Wells, the Renaissance Esmerelda caters to families with a children's camp, kid-friendly dining and sports programs and a babysitting service - plus a sandy beach ready for an afternoon of building sandcastles.
If you're looking for a little adults-only time, you may want to take advantage of the Kids Club Discovery Room at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. While you enjoy a spa appointment or tee time, the kids can take part in activities like arts and crafts, movie nights and pool games.
Coming to Palm Springs with the family? Be sure to check out the full list of Palm Springs' 10 best family-friendly hotels below.
10 Doral Desert Princess Resort Palm Springs
Located just outside Palm Springs in Cathedral City, the Doral Desert Princess Resort offers all the amenities expected in the desert, including championship golf, spa treatments and tennis courts. Families like staying at the Doral Desert Princess for the family-friendly pool area, where kids, teens and parents can enjoy the warm desert weather. Adjoining rooms connect a king bed room with a room with two double beds, a nice perk for families with children who could use their own space. The onsite Fairway Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a kid's menu is available. Kid's menu items are also available on the room service menu.
9 Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
Connected to the Palm Springs Convention Center, the recently renovated Renaissance Palm Springs is a popular hotel for people visiting Palm Springs for a meeting or convention. It's also the premiere hotel for the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, held at the convention center. The Marriott-owned property is also family-friendly, with a pool just for kids.
The property's adjoining rooms consist of one king room and one two-queen room, so parents and kids can have their own space after a day of exploring the city. Speaking of exploring the city, the hotel is less than three blocks from downtown, so you have easy access to restaurants and attractions like the Palm Springs Art Museum.
8 Miramonte Resort & Spa
The Miramonte Resort and Spa is a low-key retreat in Indian Wells. The resort focuses on wellness and farm-to-table dining, but that doesn't mean it's not a family-friendly spot. In fact, the Miramonte is popular with families for its large rooms, ample outdoor space and large, all-ages pool. There's also a game room where kids can enjoy board games, basketball, arts and crafts and other activities. If you have older children who insist on their own space, you'll appreciate the Miramonte's adjoining rooms, which keep the kids close but allows everyone their privacy. Overall, the Miramonte is a sure bet for families looking for a low-key escape.
7 La Quinta Resort
Nestled at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the Coachella Valley, the La Quinta Resort is known for its PGA West golf courses and tranquil grounds. The resort is also a very family friendly property, with large casitas perfect for families that need a bit of space in their vacation accommodations. There are family-friendly pools, and Camp La Quinta keeps kids entertained and engaged with games and activities. While the kids enjoy the camp activities, Mom and Dad can sneak in a round of golf, relax with a spa treatment or indulge in a quiet soak in the adults-only pool.
6 Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs
Located in the heart of downtown, the all-suite Hyatt Regency Palm Springs makes for an easy jumping-off point for exploring the city. You and the family will be within walking distance of downtown's restaurants, and the weekly Villagefest street fair takes place just blocks away. The location is stellar for navigating the city with the family in tow.
Parents appreciate the spacious suites, especially since they include a door that separates the bedroom and living area. The entire family will enjoy the outdoor heated pool, and the fire pits make for a great lounging area as night falls across the desert. Bringing a baby? The Hyatt can arrange for diapers, formula, food and other travel necessities to be delivered to your room through its "Babies Travel Lite" program.
5 Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
If you're bringing the entire family for a luxurious escape to Palm Springs, Rancho Las Palmas is a family-friendly resort that offers something for everyone. With golf courses, tennis courts, a spa and plenty of outdoor space, parents can take time to unwind -- the resort can even refer you to an esteemed babysitting service if you need some adults-only time. If you're looking for something the whole family can enjoy, the onsite water park, Splashtopia, is just the ticket. With 100-foot water slides, a lazy river and a sandy beach ripe for sandcastle building, children can enjoy hours of poolside fun while parents soak up the sun or relax under a shaded lounge chair.
4 Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
The Renaissance Esmerelda in Indian Wells is a luxury hotel in the heart of a prestigious community. Families enjoy being minutes away from family-friendly cities like Palm Desert and La Quinta, but after exploring the hotel's kid-friendly amenities, you might not want to step outside the property.
At Camp Oasis, children can take part in arts and crafts sessions, take a sports lesson or make their own shakes during snack time. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a couple's massage or tee off on the putting green. The hotel's pool features a sandy beach for children to play in, and the pool's waterfalls invite parents and kids alike to enjoy a swim.
3 Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa
With championship golf courses, pristine pools and alfresco dining, the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells is a beautiful resort for a Palm Springs vacation. While the resort has plenty for couples and business travelers to enjoy, families especially enjoy the programs and perks the resort provides. Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 can take part in Camp Hyatt, where they'll learn about the local environment and take part in activities like fish feeding. Teens can take advantage of activities like bike riding, badminton, foosball and ping pong. The resort also provides special family programs like stargazing, scavenger hunts, boat racing and dive-in movies at the pool.
2 Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa
The Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa takes care of families, offering extras for both children and parents. To ensure children have an exceptional time at the resort, Westin Mission Hills employs a "Director of Fun" who oversees the children's programs. The result? Activities like cooking classes with the resort's executive chef, themed evening parties, Wii tournaments and pool games. Children can also learn sports like tennis or golf, and The Hideaway offers arcade games and a jukebox to keep kids entertained. While the kids are having fun, Mom and Dad can book a spa treatment or enjoy tee time on the greens.
1 Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa
Breathtaking views, gorgeous landscapes and unparalleled service define the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Desert. While there are high-energy bars and nightclubs onsite, the resort also has a number of amenities that make this resort a family favorite. Gondola rides through the Desert Springs' onsite lake are fun for the whole family, and kids of all ages enjoy putting on the miniature golf course, included in your resort fee. Five swimming pools make it easy for the family to lounge by the pool in the afternoons, and kids will enjoy looking for the 25 different species of tropical birds that call the property's pools home. You can also spend a morning feeding the ducks and other birds who frequent the onsite ponds.
About Marissa Willman
Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert destination through her travel writing.
In a previous life, she worked as an English teacher in South Korea and spent months traveling throughout Asia. Today, Marissa prefers to explore her backyard in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, while occasionally jetsetting as her wanderlust strikes.
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