4-Star Resort with Views of the Santa Rosa Mountains
Miramonte Resort & Spa sits in a scenic desert valley surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains. Twelve red-roofed villas are spread out across the property, which features picturesque fountains, columns, and archways, and vivid splashes of purple bougainvillea. In its aura and architecture, the resort resembles Tuscany, albeit a version surrounded by mountainous desert terrain.
Luxury and estate rooms are decorated with a color scheme of olive, sand, and nutmeg that reflects the landscape. Outside, a communal herb garden sprouts sage, basil, and rosemary. In addition to perfuming the air, these herbs—along with citrus fruits and olives from onsite groves—add zest to fresh seasonal fare served at the onsite Grove Artisan Kitchen. At Miramonte’s spa, you can indulge in relaxing and refreshing massages and facials. Resort guests also enjoy easy access to two championship golf courses and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
California’s Coachella Valley: Recreational Oasis amid Rugged Mountains
The town of Indian Wells is tucked between Palm Desert and La Quinta in California’s Coachella Valley. It’s just about 16 miles south-east of Palm Springs—the affluent, artsy community known for its abundance of outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, and hiking through desert mountains. The whitewashed galleries of the Palm Springs Art Museum are filled with traditional and modern pieces in exhibits showcasing contemporary glasswork and Native American pottery. About 4 miles north of the museum, the Indian Canyons abound with geological formations and Indian artifacts, including some manmade bedrock mortars and metates once used to prepare food. At Palm Canyon, a winding footpath leads through rocky gorges and parched deserts to a prime picnicking spot beside a babbling stream.
The Living Desert gives travelers a chance to savor the climate while strolling grounds filled with desert flora and fauna. Friendly nubian goats nuzzle visitors in Village WaTuTu, and bearded dragon lizards sun themselves in a semiarid woodland display. A shuttle ferries guests to cactus groves, butterfly gardens, and other animal exhibits.