Top Palm Springs Resorts for a Relaxing Escape or a Desert-Style Getaway

Palm Springs and its laid-back, desert-chic atmosphere define resort-style vacations, and with a host of resorts offering everything from PGA Championship golf courses to onsite water parks, there's no shortage of indulgences waiting for you at these Palm Springs resorts.

Probably the most notable of all would be the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa, where gondolas await to whisk you through the waterways lining the property. The resort is also home to golf courses, pools with sandy beaches, fine dining restaurants, a full-service spa and one of the desert's top nightclubs, making it hard for guests to find a reason to venture outside the property. 

Also notable for their onsite water features are Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa and the Renaissance Esmerelda. Rancho Las Palmas is home to Splashtopia, its onsite water park, and the Esmerelda has sandy beaches and swimming pools the entire family can enjoy. If you're looking for a quieter retreat, the natural mineral springs and holistic spa treatments at Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs offer a nourishing escape from the stress of daily life.

Check out the full list of the desert's top resorts below.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs


Located just outside Palm Springs in Cathedral City, the DoubleTree offers all the amenities expected in the desert, including championship golf, spa treatments and tennis courts. Families like staying there for the family-friendly pool area,...  Read More



Enjoy a healing soak in a pool filled with natural mineral water at Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs. This spa resort offers beautifully landscaped pools, a full spa and complete relaxation. The natural waters in Desert Hot Springs are...  Read More



This Mediterranean-inspired hotel in Indian Wells boasts luxurious villas, spacious grounds, onsite gardens and two pools--one for families and one just for adults. The onsite restaurant, The Grove Artisan Kitchen, specializes in farm-to-table...  Read More

The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort


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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa is known for its 450 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, glistening lakes and championship golf courses. Whether you're here on business or staying at the resort with the family, there is no shortage...  Read More


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