Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa Review


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Hollywood stars, heads of state, and tourists alike descended on the Palm Springs area back in the 1950s to stay at the storied Desert Air Hotel & Resort, which is now Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Visionary Los Angeles architect H.L. “Hank” Gogerty had transformed 320 acres of barren desert into an ideal sanctuary, complete with a private airstrip.

By day, resort guests splashed around in the sparkling pool and played polo on a nearby field while staying in surplus army barracks. When night came, the spirited Compass Room restaurant and bar were places to see and be seen. The celebrity-laden crowd enjoyed a lively ambiance, strong cocktails, and elegant cuisine.

“The Bob Cummings Show,” a popular sitcom from 1955 to 1959, used the popular desert hangout as its backdrop. Rumors suggest the debonair actor piloted his unique Aerocar accompanied by such leading ladies as Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner.


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

Style & Character

This Omni Hotels & Resorts property offers a relaxing oasis set against a backdrop of mountains and palm trees in the heart of the desert. The resort, located on 240 lush acres, has recently been renovated to include a fresh, new color palette, an expanded fitness center, a refurbished spa, redesigned boutiques, and more.


Let the relaxed desert lifestyle transcend the hustles and bustles of life the second you step foot into one of 444 well-appointed guest rooms or 22 luxury suites decorated in soothing tones of beige, sand, and ivory in Spanish Colonial-inspired style. Premium king and double beds topped with custom duvets and cotton-rich linens will lull you into a peaceful night’s sleep. All of the Palm Springs rooms have French doors that open to furnished private patios (watch out for the ducks that like to join guests for breakfast) or balconies with breathtaking views of our luscious grounds and mountain surroundings.

Suites at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa affords you undeniable opulence with extras including separate rooms for sleeping and living, wet bars, dining tables, fireplaces, and grand bathrooms with dual vanities and granite countertops.

Surrounded by a 425-foot lazy river and featuring two 100-foot waterslides, the redesigned Splashtopia on-site water park is fun for adults and kids. There is so much to enjoy at this brand-new water park, including a cliff-side Jacuzzi, sandy beach, and unique water-play zones with fountains and sprinklers for the kids. You don’t even have to leave the fun behind to get a bite to eat. Splash Grill is only a few steps away with delicious burgers and cool, tropical drinks.

Service & Facilities

The pool areas are surely a highlight at this resort. Surrounded by a 425-foot lazy river and featuring two 100-foot waterslides, the redesigned Splashtopia on-site water park is fun for adults and kids. If you’re looking to relax, the adults-only Azure Pool features recently updated furniture and luxurious oversized daybeds. The Spa pool is reserved exclusively for our spa guests and offers an atmosphere of comfort and tranquility. The newly redesigned pool area features new spa and pool furnishings, as well as underwater music and breathtaking mountain views, creating a peaceful, natural environment that you won’t want to leave.

Alternatively, replenish your body and soul at our 20,000 ft² spa. New heights of relaxation will be discovered with exhilarating treatments that use pure essences of desert botanicals. The 27-hole championship golf course will challenge amateurs and pros alike with palm tree-lined fairways and incredible mountain vistas.

Food & Drink

There is also a mall within walking distance of Omni Rancho Las Palmas just across the street with restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory & Yardhouse.


Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for a sun-drenched escape. This hotel is an elegant, luxury hotel in Palm Springs similar to those found in Vegas, but it is uniquely kid-friendly. With Poolside drinks, a lazy river, lots of shade from the hot sun, and easy parking to the front of the rooms, this is a great place to go on vacation in Palm Springs with kids or to revive that kid in you!

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