Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa


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“Welcome to Renaissance Esmeralda,” greets Charlie, the bellman with a smile as large as a fairway and as heat because the temps, when my daughter, Erin, and I verify in. Upon escorting us to Room 3071, he playfully queries, “Is your last name Marriott?” and continues to clarify that our room is one in all solely 20 with a bullseye pool view and outsized balcony on this Marriott-affiliated resort.

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Positioned inside the valley’s coronary heart in Indian Wells and flanked by Palm Desert and La Quinta, our first sighting of the seven-story, 560-room resort when on method from Highway 111 is spectacular. Set on 23 acres located close to the bottom of the Santa Rosa Mountains and encircled by the greenery of surrounding golf hyperlinks, the foyer entrance is discovered on the finish of the lengthy palm-tree-lined drive, Indian Wells Lane.

Debuting a brand new take care of a multi-million-dollar reimagination, it’s harking back to Hollywood of previous coupled with trendy facilities of at the moment. After getting into beneath three crystal chandeliers, a peek from between the duo of curved staircases that result in the terrace stage reveals the resort’s centerpiece — the pool (the desert’s largest) and its encircling pool deck.

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Renaissance Esmeralda’s outside gathering spot is the resort’s epicenter so a calming day on the pool is necessary and, if attainable, inside a seashore cabana. “I am Cuco. Follow me to South Beach,” says the convivial pool attendant. “South Beach,” the title of our designated house for the day, is among the property’s eight cabanas (lodging: six) located on the sand. It turns into our spot for individuals watching, e-book studying and having fun with we’re-on-vacation cocktails like Cubas Libres and Mai Tais from the H20 Pool Bar.

Featuring such incentives as Spa Esmeralda (11 indoor therapy rooms and eight outside therapy cabanas), a 4,600-square-foot health heart outfitted with Peloton bikes, along with ping pong, cornhole and rather more, it’s tempting to easily keep. But it will be a mistake to not depart the Renaissance’s beach-like environs and discover the desert, so let’s go.

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Only steps away are 36 holes of championship golf at Indian Wells Golf Resort, one of many space’s few properties to have two programs — Players Course and Celebrity Course — that are ranked within the Top 25 “Best Municipal Courses in the United States” by Golfweek journal. It moreover provides the “Shots in the Night” encounter. Featuring the Putting Experience and Glow Golf Range, each open shortly after sundown three nights of the week.

Desert Adventure Red Jeep Tours (Palm Desert) — If on the lookout for an exercise that’s academic, adventurous and out-of-doors, there’s no higher technique to discover the famend San Andreas Fault zone than from an open-air jeep. 

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens (Palm Desert) — Named one of many “10 Best Zoos in America” and self-described as “wonderfully wild,” right here residents are noticed up shut and private. Australian Adventures options such Down Under treasures as wallabies, kookaburras, budgies and cockatiels. The zoo’s latest addition to the scene, Rhino Savanna, showcases a pair of African black rhinos, Nia and Jaali.

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Shields Date Garden (Indio) — Located on the identical web site since 1924, this date farm serves up a little bit of the whole lot. While the backyard path winding by the 17-acre farm provides cardio, there’s additionally the legendary 350-calorie date shake. And for a take-home memento, there are boxed dates, date bread, date butter, even date crystals (an unique specialty product invented by Mr. Shields).

Sunnyland Center & Gardens (Rancho Mirage) — This former winter house of Ambassador Walter Annenberg and his spouse Leonore has an illustrious previous after enjoying host through the years to U.S. presidents, royalty and Hollywood celebrities. Set upon 200 acres, it’s attainable to tour the nine-acre desert backyard designed to copy an Impressionist portray by strolling its strolling paths, having fun with chicken watching and even attending a yoga class on the garden — freed from cost. With a sophisticated reservation and an admission price, it’s additionally attainable to study of the property’s historical past throughout a tour the 25,000-square-foot trendy mansion.

BMW Performance Center (Thermal) — Here, it’s attainable to get behind the wheel for precision driving instruction in cornering, braking, skid restoration, slaloming and accident avoidance; or higher but, go because the passenger of knowledgeable driver for an exhilarating spin across the monitor. 

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Shopping begins on El Paseo, the desert’s equal to Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive.

Chrissy’s on El Paseo (Palm Desert) — Let’s simply say the boutique had me at: “Would you like a glass of rosé?” Owner Chrissy Armstrong showcases an eclectic mixture of style — from unique made-in-Israel jewellery and Sabina Bach resort put on to black-and-white Chanel-esque puffer jackets — all accompanied by a calming beverage.

Body Deli (Palm Desert) — Organic and plant based mostly, these locally-produced merchandise are sans preservatives and components. Developed by Cosmetic Chefs Margaret Skarin Clark and David Anton Parker, the road options 200-plus skin- and body-care merchandise in a collection of 12 aromas with one in all its hottest objects the Crème De La Rose, a regenerative facial moisturizer.

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Immersion into the artwork scene is as straightforward as a stroll by Melissa Morgan Fine Art Sculpture Garden (Palm Desert), a one-half acre outside gallery situated close to the tip of the city’s upscale avenue. So devoted to the humanities is Palm Desert that even the median of its one-mile strip devoted to extravagance is dotted with plein-air artwork. And, if within the temper to make a purchase order (particularly of up to date artwork), Melissa Morgan Fine Art gallery is close by.

Consignment Store (Palm Springs) — With 4 buildings filled with desert collectibles acquired from its prosperous and well-known residents, it’s value a cease for the treasures that is perhaps unearthed. My long-ago favourite sighting was of Olivia Newton-John’s guitar, autographed, after all.

 

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Vegas-quality leisure might be discovered inside minutes of Renaissance Esmeralda at IW Live, the present lounge of the Indian Wells Hotel. Offering a wide range of reside performances Monday by Saturday, I’m satisfied our introduction to one of many desert’s latest abilities, Marc Antonelli, will someday give us the chance to say: “We saw him when.”

 

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Memorial meals are plentiful, however listed below are some standouts. The Place (Renaissance Esmeralda), good for night eating round a firepit, achieves whole perfection with the collection of roasted rooster with cauliflower mash. A cease at TQLAS (La Quinta) is rewarded by delectable jalapeno margaritas, avenue corn and their signature shrimp tacos. The patio at Trilussa (Cathedral City) is the “where” and pasta fagioli soup, adopted by basa fish filet with a lemon caper sauce is the “what.”

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On weekends, look no additional than JC’s Café (Palm Desert) for brunch and its collection of 5 benedicts. Evening eating on the terrace of Pacifica Seafood Restaurant (Palm Desert) is extremely really helpful, beginning with bacon-wrapped stuffed Coachella dates, adopted by the eatery’s signature dish, sugar-spiced salmon and concluding with chocolate lava cake (if fortunate sufficient to be there when Chef Luis Zamora provides it to the menu).

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Replete with all the necessities of a well-appointed getaway and every part of a weekend about “me,” look no additional than Greater Palm Springs’ Renaissance Esmeralda. It’s the recipe for rejuvenation.



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