Miramonte Resort Indian Wells

Genie Davis October 11, 2013 No Comments



Summer in the desert. As we head into autumn, I’m a big proponent of desert serenity and the pleasures of desert heat, as long as the little ones are thoroughly coated in sunscreen and there’s shade to be found. A new favorite escape is the Italianate ambiance of the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, a quiet community near Palm Desert, CA.


Hotel Accommodations & Amenities

Fun for the whole family in this lovely pool

It doesn’t matter where you’re near in reality, because Miramonte’s lovely, flower-filled grounds and villa-style accommodations look like Italy. My kids loved the family movie nights under the stars, the San Jacinto mountains forming an elegant moonlit backdrop, burbling fountains, and of course the screening of Toy Story 3. They loved the big pool, and they loved the hammocks strung in the shade throughout the grounds. Maybe best of all – the herb garden. Sniff the chocolate mint, and if you’re lucky, as we were, perhaps a staff member will offer a small taste of this tasty fresh herb. Tots can spend a happy hour here, sniffing and exploring. Older kids will love relaxing in those hammocks, and ordering poolside sandwiches and fries.


Large, luxurious rooms – perfect for a family stay

Parents and kids alike will love the large, modern Italian-themed rooms with wrought iron balcony, sitting area, in-room movies, and very moderately priced room service kids items. Try the perfectly portioned, bargain kids’ ice creams – they come with a cookie! Terracotta roofs attract sparrows, and waking to bird song here is a small but sweet pleasure. The resort offers free, gentle early morning walks – before the heat sends you scurrying under the shade of an umbrella poolside. And if an umbrella isn’t your thing, the whole family can enjoy a cabana, or share shaded, comfortable day beds. Small kids will love the feeling of a cozy spot to rest between dips in the pool. Food and beverage service is fast, friendly, and reasonable. We were pleased to see foam noodles and inflatables available for the kids at the main pool.

The whole family is also welcome to participate in the early morning classes offered here. A gentle yoga stretch inside an air-conditioned ballroom one morning, a pleasant walk before it gets too hot, the next.


The Well Spa

Parents ready for a little downtime can take a turn in The Well Spa, with its fabulous and headily scented Eucalyptus steam room, and private dipping pools. Add in some peace and quiet, cold towels scented with lavender, tea and fruit, and our favorite fruit infused iced water, and it’s relaxing just to be in the spa. But take turns trying the treatments – they are worth the time. Longer than most spa treatments, from massages and body scrubs to facials and pedicures, each treatment is customized with natural, organic products and an infusion of new age pleasures, including choosing a stone from a small bag before each treatment – the stones are marked with words of intention for the treatment process, trust, happiness, peace, beauty – all of these words are likely to apply after a luxurious, relaxing treatment. And I do mean luxurious – each treatment’s skin care product comes from the organic Germain de Capuccini line, originating in Spain. The products contain elements of fine minerals like diamonds and rubies plus herbal oils. Whether its the heady scents or the skilled therapists, or a combination of the two, the treatments here are quite special, and enormously pleasurable. Relaxed, renewed and refreshed are the words you may not pick out of a small bag as your intention, but they apply all the same, making time spent splashing in the main pool with the little ones all the more enjoyable.  A few hours in the spa makes a great gift for that singular mom or dad in need of some special “me” time.


Dining & Area Attractions

The balconies make a lovely retreat

After a full day of relaxing, what’s a family to do? Well there are several potential options. Right on site, you can dine al fresco by the pool, surrounded by the pleasant splashing of a fountain, and sunset views of the mountains. Meals are healthy and while elegantly prepared, reasonable in price, and with several options that will appeal to the kids. We found the chef more than willing to accommodate special diets, too.  A pretty fire pit is also on the grounds, and makes a great place to relax and watch the stars come out.

Off site, try Don Diego’s for big platters of tasty Mexican food, and a happy, helpful restaurant staff. We were celebrating a birthday, and were delighted to have our birthday girl serenaded by the waiters and have a giant velvet sombrero places precariously on her head.

This stunning hotel is an oasis in the desert

Miramonte offers a family package combining an elegant stay with two adult and two kids admissions to nearby Knott’s Soak City twenty-one acre water park, too. Our kids loved the big water slides, and unlike water parks closer to LA, it was reasonably uncrowded, too. And, while not part of a specific package, Miramonte staff offered cordial advice on other area attractions as well – including day trips to Joshua Tree National Park’s twisted trees and amazing rocks, the charming and artsy village of Idyllwild, and of course the Living Desert Museum with it’s combination of animal exhibits and nature center.

A combination of a commodious, luxurious stay, great  and unique spa treatments, and family friendly activities makes the Miramonte a desert escape well worth taking. We found it to be one of those rare destinations that relax and refresh adults while providing a safe, fun stay for the kids too.

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Genie Davis is a multi-published fiction author, screen and TV writer, and travel writer. If it was possible, she'd like to spend every day traveling. www.geniedavis.com

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