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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.

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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, 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.

Recommended for Resort because: DoubleTree has a 27-hole PGA Championship golf course, tennis academy and full-service spa.

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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 famous for their healing properties and high mineral content. The pools and spa treatments draw from the natural underground aquifers, allowing guests to take advantage of these healing waters. The outdoor grotto area is a romantic spot to enjoy the hotel's mineral water as you recharge. Be sure to peek up at the night sky, as Two Bunch Palms is removed from the star-dimming lights of the city.

Recommended for Resort because: Two Bunch Palms Resort is a low-key escape that's big on relaxation, offering natural hot springs, an outdoor grotto and holistic spa treatments.

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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 cuisine and uses local produce from Southern California growers and from the hotel's own olive, citrus and herb gardens. The Miramonte's spa, The Well, is renowned for its service, offerings and products. Upon arriving at the spa, guests are taken to an actual wishing well and given a coin to make their wish. The treatment list is extensive and covers massages, facials, wraps and couples experiences. If you want to lounge by a private pool, the enclosed spa area has pools for the exclusive use of spa guests.

Recommended for Resort because: The Miramonte Resort & Spa offers peaceful green grounds, a farm-to-table restaurant and one of the highest rated spas in town.

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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 Resort because: The Riviera Resort and Spa has one of the most sought-after pools in Palm Springs, as well as one of the most luxurious spas.

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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 Resort because: The Renaissance Esmerelda is a relaxing resort with sandy beaches, plush bedding, a Zagat-rated restaurant and onsite golfing.

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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 Resort because: Hyatt Grand Champions Resort offers tranquil pools, relaxing spa treatments and a top location in the desert.

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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 Resort because: The Omni Rancho Las Palmas offers three golf courses, tennis classes, a water park and a full-service day spa for ultimate resort relaxation.

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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. Westin Mission Hills also offers two cafes, a grill and its full-service restaurant, Pinzimini. Children's programs keep the family entertained, while the Spa at Mission Hills helps Mom and Dad relax. 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 Resort because: Westin Mission Hills is a resort that pleases the entire family, offering children's programs, golf courses, spa treatments and fine dining.

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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 luxurious resort. If you do find yourself leaving the property, the La Quinta Resort is close to shopping centers, restaurants and attractions.

Recommended for Resort because: La Quinta Resort offers five golf courses, a luxurious day spa, tennis courts, swimming pools and acclaimed restaurants like Morgan's in the Desert.

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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 of amenities and perks to make your stay a memorable one. In fact, the towering list of amenities might mean you never have to leave the resort. Start your stay with a gondola ride through property'd waterways, then retreat to the sandy beach and pools for a relaxing afternoon. If you need deeper relaxation, Desert Springs' spa offers massages, facials, wraps and other treatments to wash away any stress you might be carrying. After a day by the pool or on the greens, you can enjoy dinner at one of six onsite restaurants. When the sun goes down, you can party the night away at the onsite nightclub, Costa's.

Recommended for Resort because: Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa's onsite golf courses, spa treatments, gondola rides, restaurants and night club are the epitome of resort-style getaways.

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