The Renaissance Esmerelda Resort & Spa – Desert Paradise in Indian Wells

Desert Paradise in Indian Wells

Dramatic mountain and palm tree views from a spacious suite may have you mesmerized by the setting at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Located in the prestigious Indian Wells community situated between Palm Desert and La Quinta and next to the Indian Wells Golf Resort on Highway 111, there’s no need to leave this Marriott resort with grand pools, a full-service spa, tennis courts, and two 18-hole golf courses.

A recent renovation of Renaissance Esmerelda Resort & Spa modernized the 560 rooms and 103 suites with a pastel vibe and nods to local Hollywood icons. Poolside cabanas offer privacy, with some next to a sandy beach. Ping pong tables make a welcome sun break while a Game Room on the second floor is a kid’s delight. Camp Esmerelda features an expanded children’s program with fun activities like fun activities including arts and crafts, ceramic painting, slime making, canvas coloring, sand bottle making, and more.

Each evening, the hotel performs a complimentary Bar Ritual with punch bowl cocktails to welcome the evening glow. The central H20 Pool Bar offers cocktails (like the signature Arnold Palmer, Micheladas, and Mai Tais) and bites all day, while The Place Lobby Bar is where longstanding bartenders can be found crafting strong concoctions like Espresso Martinis and the Firebird Smoke Show at night. No need to leave your bar stool with bites such as crispy fried avocado slices or a skillet cookie; but the real pro move is to order fresh sushi from adjacent Glo Sushi Bar, some of the best in the desert. 

A stellar cup of Joe or gelato can be found at the hotel’s Café Biscotti or a breakfast burrito should not be missed at CAVA on the terrace. The resort makes a perfect vacation for families with every amenity or activity right at your hands. 

Pro Tip: Bike around the beautiful Indian Wells neighborhood (behind Miramonte Hotel and Spa) to admire the mid-century modern homes. Enter at the side gate of Miramonte. Bike by the Eisenhower Medal of Honor Memorial to admire the brave feats of our former president and learn the history of Indian Wells (as the Indian well is right here!). 

Next to the resort, families will love a fun night out of evening mini golf or hitting the driving range after dinner at Vue Grille at Indian Wells Country Club.


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