Surround yourself with spas and golf courses at this tennis-centered resort with tennis academy and outdoor pool
Resort at a Glance: Shadow Mountain Resort & Club
Shadow Mountain Resort & Club is a tennis-lovers paradise, offering an onsite tennis academy with classes and private lessons alike. You don’t have to be a pro (or pony out the extra dough for the academy), though, because the resort’s 16 championship tennis courts are always free for guests. For a more laid-back experience, there are dozens of spas and golf courses just a short drive away.
- Guest Room amenities: kitchens and private balconies or patios
- Work up a sweat in the fitness center, then cap it off with a trip to the sauna.
- Unique outdoor pool stretches 130 feet long and is shaped like a figure 8.
- Grab a bite: at the plethora of nearby restaurants on El Paseo, located within walking distance of the resort.
Palm Desert, California: Shopping and Wildlife in Scenic Coachella Valley
Palm Desert shares the desert landscape and resort atmosphere of nearby Palm Springs. Palm Desert’s El Paseo is known as the Rodeo Drive of the desert for its art galleries and high-end retailers such as Gucci and Ralph Lauren.
Palm Desert is also a gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, located about 40 miles away. The desert park is famous for its unusual geologic formations and mountains of twisted rock and is home to wildlife including desert bighorn sheep and golden eagles. Wildlife sightings are guaranteed at The Living Desert, a zoo, botanical garden, and animal hospital in Palm Desert. As guests stroll through geographical regions, they see flora and fauna indigenous to that area, which can include giraffes or jaguars.