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10 Best Luxury Hotels in Palm Springs for an Indulgent Desert Vacation



Desert escapes are all about relaxation, a bit of indulgence and the much-needed "me" time. Luckily, Palm Springs has a number of luxury hotels and properties that specialize in relaxation and indulgence. To make the most of your cherished "me" time, treat yourself to one of the Coachella Valley's luxury hotels and resorts. Complete with luxurious spas, ritzy restaurants and lush grounds, Palm Springs resorts know how to pamper their guests.

A number of resorts, like the Miramonte Resort & Spa, offer decadent spa treatments that will sweep you away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. After your treatment, you'll relax in a private spa and pool areas. You can also walk through the resort's rose gardens, spend an afternoon soaking up the sun from a hammock or enjoy farm fresh cuisine at The Grove Artisan Kitchen. Other resorts, like the Parker Palm Springs, offer in-room hot tubs and plush beds that beg you to sink in and let your stress melt away. Or you can spend an afternoon getting lost in the whimsical gardens before enjoying a posh meal at Mister Parker's.

On the other side of town, the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa offers gondola rides, an impressive spa, several upscale dining options and 36 holes of golf.

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Looking for a luxury hotel in the Palm Springs area where you can work on your golf game, swim in tranquil pools or renew your wellbeing with relaxing spa treatments? The Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells has you covered. Built to perfectly complement to desert landscape, the Hyatt Grand Champions offers views that are all too easy to get lost in. The location is also centrally located near the El Paseo shopping centers, offering a convenient location for upscale shoppers. Onsite amenities include an adults-only pool, bocce ball court and bicycle rentals. Several chic restaurants also offer fresh cuisine and craft cocktails.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa offers an onsite spa, several pampering dining options and a tranquil location.

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Ready to feel renewed? Slip away to the Renaissance Esmerelda in Indian Wells, a classic luxury hotel in the heart of this prestigious community. Just minutes away from Palm Desert and La Quinta, the Renaissance Esmerelda is an upscale choice for travelers with high-end taste. This spacious property offers an abundance of luxurious amenities, including a Zagat-rated restaurant, heated pools and a rejuvenating spa. Rooms combine modern decor with plush bedding to create your own private oasis in the middle of the desert. Be sure to dip your toes in the sand at one of the onsite pools or golf where the celebrities tee off on the renowned onsite courses.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa offers a rejuvenating getaway, thanks to luxurious in-room amenities, an enviable spa and an onsite pool with its own sandy beach.

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Whether relaxation means a few rounds of golf or a day at the spa, The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa will show you how to treat yourself in Palm Springs. Golfers will enjoy playing 27 holes on the resort's three courses. Tennis and fitness classes are also available for a luxurious and healthy retreat. Seeking serene spa treatments? The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Spa will focus on your wellbeing by treating you to desert-themed facials, massages and more. After your spa treatment, soak in the adults-only Tranquility Pool for true relaxation. If the entire family is looking for a luxurious escape, keep in mind the resort is family-friendly. Kids will enjoy the sandy beaches and water slides at Splashtopia, while Mom and Dad lounge poolside in the shade.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa offers luxurious dining options and spa treatments, as well as an onsite golf course.

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Open spaces dominate the luxurious Westin Mission Hills Resort. The grounds are so vast (360 acres) that the staff offers golf cart rides throughout the property around the clock, and the oversized rooms spill out onto private patios where you can soak up the San Jacinto Mountains. With so much space throughout the property, it's easy to forget you don't have the entire place to yourself. Home to two PGA golf courses, the Westin Mission Hills is a popular luxury hotel for golfers. Just minutes from the I-10 freeway, the resort is also convenient for travelers who want to visit Palm Springs or Joshua Tree during their trip.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa is a luxury resort with two PGA golf courses, a spa and upscale dining options.

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The Riviera is a resort that masterfully walks the line between retro and modern, offering trendy takes on the mid-century modern design for which Palm Springs is known. The result is a luxury hotel with a funky boutique vibe, a touch of glamour and all of the amenities expected of an upscale property. For a truly luxurious getaway, opt for one of the Starlite suites with an in-room hot tub and fireplace. Soak up the sun at the Riviera's pool, one of the most popular in Palm Springs, and be sure to drop by Spa Terre before you go. The spa is known for its treatments, including desert sage massages, private steams for two and herbal Thai compresses. After your treatment, continue your resort-style getaway by kicking back in the Buddha Lounge, where hot tea, citrus-infused water and tranquil pools await.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Riviera Resort & Spa Palm Springs is a trendy and luxurious resort with a relaxing spa, larger-than-life suites and fine dining.

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The Avalon has made a name for itself on its Hollywood Regency style. A regular spot for celebrities, the Avalon offers bright rooms, a beautifully lit courtyard and pool area, and outdoor dining areas for guests to enjoy dinner under the stars. Speaking of dining, don't miss the hotel's onsite restaurant while you're there. The Avalon is also home to a full-service spa, and wellness classes are also available.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Avalon caters to the chic and trendy crowd with its full-service spa, onsite restaurant and modern-designed rooms.

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Known for its charm as a serene desert oasis, the La Quinta Resort transports guests to the quaint Coachella Valley of the 1920s. Nestled in the heart of La Quinta, the resort is surrounded by mountains, palm trees and green golf courses. Spanish architecture and ample spaces define this resort, and many of the original bungalows remain standing to this day. The spacious rooms and ample grounds create an atmosphere that is miles removed from busy city centers. With hip eateries and boutiques on the property, there's little reason to leave this luxury hotel. If you do find yourself leaving the property, the La Quinta Resort is close to shopping centers, restaurants and attractions.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: La Quinta Resort caters to guests looking for PGA-rated golf courses, upscale farm-to-table cuisine and indulgent spa treatments.

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Experience the Mediterranean by staying at Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. This luxury hotel has opulent villas, several rose gardens and private adults-only pool to ensure your luxury stay is nothing short of pleasant. Whether you choose to lounge by the pool or relax in a hammock under the sun, you'll enjoy taking it slow at the Miramonte. The resort's more luxurious offerings can be found at The Well, the onsite spa renowned for its service, treatments and products. No detail is overlooked, from the wishing well visit upon entering to the steam rooms that await you after your treatments. After your spa services, stick around to enjoy the private spa area and exclusive pool.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Miramonte Resort & Spa offers a luxurious escape, thanks to its tranquil spa, adults-only pool and fine dining at The Grove Artisan Kitchen.

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Breathtaking views, gorgeous landscapes and unparalleled service define the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. This luxury hotel offers everything from private lakes and gondola rides to high-energy bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Most rooms offer spectacular views of the onsite lakes, pools and the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains. Indulge in a few trinkets while shopping at the onsite boutiques, or follow the music as it beckons you to the pool. For hours of relaxation, reserve a Sanctuary Spa Suite with an indoor hot tub, bottle of champagne and decadent chocolate truffles. Before you leave, be sure to catch a few rounds of golf against the breathtaking views of lakes and desert mountains.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa pampers guests with a luxury spa, upscale dining options, several boutiques, gondola rides and a golf course.

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A stay at the Parker Palm Springs can be summer up with one word: Perfection. The Parker is well worth the splurge, offering opulent rooms, incredibly serene grounds and a laundry list of amenities. Guests can choose from freestanding villas, patio rooms or basic estate rooms. But with amenities like 40-inch flat screens, Hermes soap and Molten Brown body wash, rooms at the Parker are far from basic. Two pools offer plenty of room for everyone and the adults-only pool is perfect for those seeking a quieter retreat. There's also plenty of space to relax in solitude throughout the gardens, whether you choose a to sit down with a good book, wander the garden paths or catch some rays on a daybed. Another great choice is to relax in a hammock after a round of croquet or bocce ball, both of which are offered at The Parker.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Parker Palm Springs is a luxurious boutique hotel in Palm Springs, offering acres of whimsical gardens, upscale dining options and incredible spa treatments.

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