Desert-Inspired Hotel with Elegant Outdoor Pool
Best Western Plus Palm Desert Resort lies in the heart of the Coachella Valley, a stark landscape peppered with lush fairways and flanked on three sides by mountains. Befitting its desert environs, the hotel features Spanish villa architecture, replete with stucco walls and terra cotta roof tiles. Towering palm trees and blooming gardens add a bright pop of color to the hotel's landscaping.
The courtyard contains a figure-eight-shaped pool and circular whirlpool, surrounded by fan palms and verdant shrubs. After a dip in the pool, you can sweat it out at the workout facility, or engage in a shouting match with the line judge at the tennis courts. In the morning, don’t miss out on a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast of eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit, danishes, and bacon.
Palm Desert, California: Shopping and Golf in Scenic Coachella Valley
Palm Desert shares the same desert landscape and resort atmosphere as Palm Springs, about 15 miles to the northeast. El Paseo, known as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, is within walking distance of the hotel. The popular shopping district features art galleries, high-end boutiques, and brand-name retailers such as Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Palm Desert is also a gateway town into the north end of the 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, located less than 60 miles away. In addition to being the birthplace of Bono, the desert park is famous for its unusual geologic formations and mountains made of twisted rock, which are ideal for rock climbing. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including desert bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and coyotes.
For a guaranteed glimpse of wildlife, check out The Living Desert, a zoo, botanical garden, and animal hospital in Palm Desert. As you stroll throughout the various geographical regions—including North America, Africa, and Village WaTuTu—you will see flora and fauna indigenous to that area, which can include mexican gray wolves, giraffes, and jaguars. The Living Desert also boasts a G-scale model train that winds its way through replicas of historical scenes, including a California logging and mining town and the south rim of the Grand Canyon.