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Hotel at a Glance: 3-Star Top-Secret Palm Desert Hotel
Be sure to bring a set of golf clubs to this 3-star hotel. Just a 15-minute drive from its doors can take you to more than 120 golf courses, including the Shadow Ridge course, designed by Hall of Fame swinger Nick Faldo, and the Desert Willow Golf Resort’s Firecliff course, named one of the best places to play by Golf Digest. When not on the fairway, you can visit more than 300 boutiques, restaurants, spas, and art galleries in the area.
- Comforts of home: All suites have separate living areas, full kitchens, and dining areas.
- Practice your short game on the hotel’s putting green.
- Meal time: A complimentary hot breakfast kicks off each morning, and the hotel hosts receptions with light meals, beer, and wine Monday–Thursday evenings.
- Go swimming in the outdoor pool, then relax in the whirlpool spa.
- Stock the fridge with goods from the 24-hour hotel convenience store.
Palm Desert, California: Shopping and Wildlife in Scenic Coachella Valley
Palm Desert shares the desert landscape and resort atmosphere of Palm Springs, about 20 miles to the northeast. It’s worth it to visit Palm Desert’s El Paseo, known as the Rodeo Drive of the desert for its 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 to the more than 750,000-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 of twisted rock, 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 and Africa’s Village WaTuTu—you will see flora and fauna indigenous to that area, which can include Mexican gray wolves, giraffes, or jaguars. The Living Desert also boasts a G-scale model train that winds its way through replicas of historical scenes, including a California mining and logging town and the Grand Canyon.