Top 5 Best Desert Hideaways In Southern California


Continuing our series of top 5 best beaches and luxury hotels around the world, in this article I pick the top 5 best desert hideaways in Southern California.

Southern California is famed for its sunshine and dramatic Pacific coastline. Inland from the city of Los Angeles, there are miles and miles of hot desert, with never ending sunshine. Immerse yourself in the stunning California desert, complete with crisp blue skies and majestic mountains. My top 5 desert hideaways will be medicine for your soul.

Calmada Private Resort

Privacy, luxury and stunning surroundings; no wonder Calmada Private Resort in Southern California (pictured above) has a guest list that includes Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Cure, Clint Eastwood and Demi Moore. Set in 200 secluded acres Calmada Private Resort is surrounded by desert which makes it perfect for hiking, riding or climbing. From here you can explore the Pioneertown Mountains and the Joshua Tree National Park.

This peaceful, adult-only resort is surrounded by giant weathered boulders, ancient junipers, Joshua trees, cactus, olive trees and desert oaks. The resort is exquisitely decorated throughout, with just 6 bedrooms, a pool and a wonderful chef waiting to feed you! Outside is a huge garden area that begs to be filled with parties, a pool and a large patio area with lots of places to sit and relax in the sunshine or shade.

This is a place to take a night time stroll and star watch. With zero light pollution in the desert, the starscape here is unbeatable.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

Just two hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is the classic desert escape. Encircled by mountains and with the dry arid air that is known to keep people alive well after their useby date, Palm Springs is most famous for its celebrity mansions and stunning golf courses, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin all made Palm Springs their home.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells is a 45 acre desert hideaway located within exclusive Indian Wells, California. Nestled among 45 acres of lush gardens, this Resort & Spa provides the quintessential Palm Springs experience, offering a cool oasis in an iconic desert setting.

This stark-white low rise resort set around rocky lagoons and adjacent to the Golf Resort at Indian Wells. It offers large rooms with a choice of immense views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Room and villas are situated within the resort’s lush gardens and manicured fairways. The decor is designed to complement the resort’s rich desert setting, with a generous dose of marble, maple and mahogany. Oversize bathrooms feature marble, natural stone and polished quartz, and are furnished with a raised soaking tub for two. Luxurious interiors naturally flow to well-appointed courtyards and gardens, with many villas offering private whirlpool spas and gas fire pits.

There are seven pools on the property, including an adults-only pool and another with a waterslide, making this a fun property for families or couples. Adjacent golf courses, jog trails and bike paths offer outdoor pleasures and as the sun sets you can enjoy a cocktail by the pool, followed by a candlelit dinner at Lantana’s, which serves all sorts of gourmet goodies from tender steaks to crispy pizzas.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

In the late 1970s, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa was born. Cary Grant, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Bob Hope all appeared at the resort’s 1977 ground breaking. From its Rat Pack era beginnings to a stunning 21st-century renaissance, Rancho Las Palmas remains a timeless classic for today’s discerning traveler.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Springs offers a relaxing oasis set against a backdrop of mountains and palm trees in the heart of the desert. The resort is located on 240 lush acres and has recently been renovated to include a fresh, new colour palette, expanded fitness centre, refurbished spa, redesigned boutiques and more.

Make a splash at one of the three pool settings. Splashtopia is perfect for families, with a two acre water playground featuring a 450-foot lazy river, two 100-foot water slides, cliff-side Jacuzzi, sandy beach, fountains and sprinklers. The adult-only Azure Pool provides a sleek and elegantly decorated escape for those who want to get away from it all. You can bask in the sunshine for hours as you drift on a float or sit poolside enjoying a great book.

Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs

The vibe at the ultra-private Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort at Desert Hot Springs is that of a 1920’s-era romantic weekender’s hideaway. Everything has been recently renovated, from the tree-shaded grotto to the yoga dome, gym, and glass-walled restaurant. Come here for midnight soaks in heated mineral pools.

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

From high atop a bluff where the eye can see as far as the imagination will allow, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage rekindles the spirit of one of Palm Springs’ premier luxury hotels. This luxury retreat enables guests to surrender to the serenity of a relaxing spa, indulge in fine dining, or follow the pros to one of the more than 100 world-class golf courses that have made Palm Springs one of the world’s top golf destinations. Desert sunrises and sunsets leave a colourful imprint on the surrounding mountain ranges and Coachella Valley below. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage leaves a sensory impression that will stay with you too.

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