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PLUNGE INTO THE COOL POOLS OF INDIAN WELLS!

Ask an Indian Wells resident about “surviving” the summer heat in the desert. The answer may surprise you. Many locals actually look forward to the summer season’s laidback vibe where lunch and dinner reservations are a thing of the past (at least until September); plus, off-season dining specials abound at Indian Wells restaurants and resorts. And there are great deals to be had on plenty of leisure activities — including golf, spa treatments, and area attractionsYou’ll find desert dwellers out and about on endlessly beautiful and balmy mornings and evenings. At midday when temps are the highest, they work or relax in air-conditioned comfort, lunch on misted terraces, or take a refreshing dip in a pool.

Visitors planning an Indian Wells summer getaway will find some of the hottest hotel rates and coolest pools right now. Named “Best Mountain View Pool” by C Magazine, the Miramonte Resort & Spa features two swimming pools, complete with private cabanas, daybeds, and poolside service and refreshments.

Amenities at the family-friendly Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa include the resort’s oversized pool with its famous sandy beach entrance.

Guests at the 45-acre Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa have access to seven unique swimming pools. The Children’s Pool features a 60-foot spiral water slide and toddler-size wading pool. Situated in its own secluded area the adults-only Oasis Pool offers a serpentine lap pool, private cabanas and private Oasis Pool Bar service. 

The historic, intimate Indian Wells Resort Hotel features the Palm Terrace Poolside Bar and scenic deck with pool and whirlpool spa that overlooks the picturesque Indian Wells Country Club golf courses.

Don’t wait – book your Indian Wellssummer vacation today and chill out this summer one of the most luxurious vacation destinations in Southern California!

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TOP 10 FAMILY-FRIENDLY SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

TOP 10 FAMILY-FRIENDLY SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

Hoping to take your family on a fantastic summer vacation without making a huge dent in your wallet? With Indian Wells hotel rates start as low as $52 per night midweek (Indian Wells Resort Hotel), plus fantastic deals on golf, dining, spa services and area attractions, you and your family can experience an affordable and outstanding summer getaway at a luxury Indian Wells resort. Balance quality family time by the pool with a desert adventure or two – there’s plenty to do to keep all ages entertained! Below some of our top picks for Indian Wells family-friendly fun and adventure:

  1. Meet more than 450 desert animals and have lunch in an “African Village at the one-and-only Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden. (Check out the Miramonte Resort & Spa’s Living Desert Family Escape Package and the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa’s The Living Desert Discovery Package.)
  2. Experience the ultimate in family fun at Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs, the desert’s premier waterpark adventure complete with slide and raft rides, lazy river, interactive family funhouse, and wave pool. (The Miramonte’s Wet ‘n’ Wild Package includes four tickets to the waterpark.)
  3. Bring the young ones to Children’s Discovery Museum in nearby Rancho Mirage to participate in the many hands-on activities.
  4. Take family golf lessons at the championship Indian Wells Golf Resort, located only steps away from the four Indian Wells resorts. The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells has many summer packages including Stay & Play Unlimited Golf.
  5. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa or Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa where Camp Hyatt and Camp Oasis will keep your children entertained for hours.
  6. Experience the thrill of a lifetime aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where the world’s largest rotating tramcars transport you to acres of mountain wilderness. (Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa Tram Discovery Package.)
  7. Take advantage of your resort’s complimentary bike rentals and go for a morning ride on one of Indian Wells’ scenic bike trails.
  8. Embark on a thrilling sightseeing tour to experience the wonders of the San Andreas Fault and Joshua Tree National Park. See your hotel concierge for details.
  9. Teach your kids how to play tennis at the renowned Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the annual BNP Paribas Open.
  10. Have a ball with the Pizza Package at Fantasy Springs Bowling Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio (a 10-15 minute drive from Indian Wells). The $69 Pizza Package includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, two medium pizzas, and one pitcher of soda.

Visit www.indianwells.com to plan and book a summer vacation experience the entire family will never forget!

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SENSATIONAL SUMMER TRAVEL PACKAGES AT RENAISSANCE ESMERALDA RESORT & SPA INDIAN WELLS

Looking for an affordable family vacation idea? The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells continues its 25th anniversary celebration all summer long with exciting travel packages and value packed promotions.

Check out the family-friendly Tram Package, which includes:

  • Breakfast for four daily (two adults and two children)
  • Four Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tickets (two adults and two children) per room, per stay
  • Family in-room welcome amenity

Tram Package summer pricing begins at $169 per night weekdays and $229 per night weekends.

The Living Desert Package features an awesome adventure at a top Indian Wells attraction, considered one of America’s top zoos and conservation parks.

  • Breakfast for four daily (two adults and two children)
  • Four Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden tickets per room, per stay
  • Family in-room welcome amenity

Living Desert Package summer pricing begins at $149 per night weekdays and $199 per night weekends.

Outstanding family travel amenities at this top Indian Wells hotel property include:

  • A beautiful and enormous sandy beach pool
  • Tennis and golf programs
  • Kid-friendly dining venues
  • Camp Oasis, a children’s program available to children ages 5-12
  • Bike rentals and more

Don’t miss out on the Renaissance Esmeralda’s exciting anniversary contests like treasure hunts and surprise giveaways. Also be sure to visit www.facebook.com/renaissanceesmeralda for incredible Facebook flash sales offering $25 guest room rates.

Reservations for Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa summer travel packages can be made by calling (800) 321-1508 or visiting www.marriott.com/pspsr and using promo code ES2. Note that both packages require a two-night stay.

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SUMMER BRINGS SUPER STAYCATION SPECIALS AT HYATT REGENCY INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA

Sure, the summer months can get a little toasty in Indian Wells, much like other resort destinations in the desert Southwest. (Personally, I’ll take three months of summer heat over the long, frigid winters up north.) It’s also a well-known fact among Coachella Valley residents that when temperatures climb up, prices go down, resulting in amazing rates at Indian Wells resorts, spas and restaurants.

The upscale Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has a bevy of specials for locals yearning a vacation this summer without the hassle of air or freeway travel. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells nightly rates are as low as $89 midweek (Sunday-Thursday) and only $119 per night for weekend end stays. These discounted rates are valid June 1-August 27 and with a Coachella Valley drive’s license. To book, call (760) 341-1000 and request offer code LOCL.

Get social after work and head over to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells’ Agave Sunset bar for happy hour. Cool off in the sophisticated setting of this popular lounge with a refreshing Moscow mule priced at only $8. Across the lobby, locals who purchase any two entrees will receive a complimentary dessert in the resort’s outstanding Lantana restaurant Sunday-Thursday.

When you’re in need of top-notch pampering and tranquility, indulge in a day at the luxurious Agua Serena Spa. A $20 day pass will give you access to the spa Monday-Friday. Indulge in a spa treatment and you can while away the rest of the day lounging by the Oasis adult pool. For the ultimate treat, rent a private pool cabana, available to locals this summer at 50% off the regular price.

Additional Monday-Friday Agua Serena Spa specials for are residents include:

  • Express manicure/pedicure – $79
  • Spa manicure/pedicure – $120
  • 30-minute manicure – $40
  • 45-minute pedicure – $60
  • 45-minute gel manicure – $60
  • 50% waxing services with the purchase of any spa treatment

Rates and specials are valid through August 27, 2014. Bring proof of local residency; an I.D. card with your local address is preferred. For complete details and reservations, call (760) 674-4100.

- Jan Maguire

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FIVE GREAT REASONS TO VISIT INDIAN WELLS THIS SUMMER

It’s an “insider’s” secret that summer is actually the best time of year to vacation in Indian Wells. Indian Wells hotels and resorts offer amazing packages and room rates whether you want to getaway solo, with family or friends. Discounts abound for dining, golf, spa treatments and more. You’ll find shorter lines at attractions and you rarely need a reservation for dinner. Plus, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat! There are so many reasons to visit Indian Wells year-round, but here’s our Top 5 for summer!

  1. Pay summer rate greens fee to play a round or two on the championship courses at the Indian Wells Golf Resort , and then enjoy casual après-golf beverages, dining and spectacular views in the Golf Resort’s VUE Grille & Bar. Book a stay and play package at one of Indian Wells’ four sensational hotels. In fact, why not start an annual Indian Wells guy’s golf getaway tradition this summer?
  2. Pamper yourself with a spa getaway at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Miramonte Resort & Spa or Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa. All luxury spas at these properties offer fantastic specials on spa treatments and skin services throughout the summer. For example, check out the Girlfriend Getaway package from the Agua Serena Spa at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.
  3. Discover the wonders of The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden, the desert’s one-of-a-kind attraction sure to delight visitors of all ages. The Living Desert is open every day this summer from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Consider booking the Miramonte’s Living Desert Family Escape package that includes admission to the park.
  4. Play a game of tennis in the footsteps of Nadal and Federer at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the BNP Paribas Open. Tennis Club court fees this summer are only $10 per person, per day for non-members.
  5. Make Indian Wells your luxury basecamp for a visit to Palm Springs International ShortFestJoshua Tree National Park, The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and the 2014 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines festival. Our premier Southern California resort destination is conveniently located an hour’s drive or less from these world-renowned attractions.

Visit and be sure to bookmark www.indianwells.com for the latest information on 2014 summer tourism deals in Indian Wells, California!

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Great Blog Write Up For The Desert

Thank you Samantha Mullen From Quintessentialtravel.com for the great write-up.

http://quintessentiallytravel.com/blog/2014/03/tennis–touring-in-the-desert

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Enjoy a honeymoon retreat in a desert oasis at indian wells

Begin a new chapter of your love story with an unforgettable honeymoon getaway at the most secluded oasis retreats in Palm Desert. Unwind after a busy period of wedding planning in one of the 1,438 accommodations offered at our four Indian Wells resorts:

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

This “oasis within an oasis” offers plush accommodations from standard guestrooms to penthouse suite and villas along picturesque courtyards, sparkling fountains and a bridged waterway.

Indian Wells Resort Hotel

Built by Hollywood legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, this “Gem of the Desert” features exquisite amenities including a complimentary continental breakfast buffet.

Miramonte Resort & Spa

This Mediterranean-inspired resort boasts 215 guestrooms, suites, and bougainvillea-covered villas and is the home of our award-winning spa, the WELL.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Named one of Travel & Leisure’s “Best Hotels of the World”, this Indian Wells resort sports one of the best pools in Palm Desert, equipped with a sandy beach area, a waterfall and multi-colored pool lights.

From any of these locations, enjoy easy access to 36 holes of championship golf, 29 tennis courts and 11 sparkling pools. We guarantee that you and your special someone will be thoroughly entertained when you find the chance to leave the comfort of your signature “desert dream bed”.

Live the life of a King and Queen with some of the finest dining and shopping offered in Palm Springs and treat yourselves to pure bliss at one of our three world-class spas:

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Desert oasis weddings at indian wells

Before you know it, wedding season will be here with its tiered cakes and tales of romance. Have you considered the desert oasis of Indian Wells as your Southern California wedding destination? A great alternative to Palm Springs weddings, Indian Wells offers enchanting mountain vistas, an endless canopy of stars and four distinctive resorts to choose from.

Whether you are planning an intimate or grand ceremony, Indian Wells boasts unique spaces of every style and size to host your most cherished occasion. Our luxurious resorts, spas, restaurants and golf courses also create the ideal destination for your honeymoon.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Hold an intimate reception or a larger-than-life event on scenic lawns, or in one of the resort’s gorgeous banquet rooms at Hyatt Regency Indian wells Resort & Spa, the most stunning choice among Palm Springs wedding venues.

Indian Wells Resort Hotel

Plan weddings and ceremonies in a spectacular indoor banquet room, outdoor gathering space, or in the renowned Loren restaurant with the help of creative onsite event planners.

Miramonte Resort & Spa

Among bright bougainvillea, olive groves and Italian fountains, your wedding will hold classic Mediterranean-style elegance against the backdrop of desert beauty. This Indian Wells wedding location features two-story Mediterranean-style buildings with generous terraces that overlook lush gardens and sparkling pools.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort

Considered one of Southern California’s most romantic locations, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort features outdoor wedding locations in the Rose Garden and Garden Lawn surrounded by picturesque mountain vistas.

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Pair the ultimate dining experience with the ultimate wedding experience at Indian Wells Golf Resort, home to VUE Grille & Bar. Sleek venues offer panoramic views of mountains, towering palm trees, and a colorful flowering landscape. Our talented culinary team will be pleased to offer creative selections customized to your expectations.

Learn more about planning weddings at Indian Wells.

 

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2014 BNP Paribas Open Sets Another Record for Fan Attendance

The 2014 BNP Paribas Open was, by all accords, a smashing success. The tournament began with the Saturday, March 1 grand opening of its new Stadium 2 hosting the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance, which raised $80,000 for local charities. The grand opening not only showcased Stadium 2, but also other magnificent elements of the site expansion that include a new entrance off of Washington Street, a 19,000-square-foot shade structure, 400+ new palm trees, additional practice courts, three fine dining restaurants, and free public Wi-Fi.

A packed house on that first night was a sign of things to come as for the eighth straight year, the BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined event, broke its attendance record by welcoming 431,527 fans during the two-week tournament.

In addition, the BNP Paribas Open mobile-friendly application, which was introduced this year for iPhone and Android platforms, was downloaded more than 47,500 times and recorded almost eight million screen views over the course of the event.

The tennis tournament also garnered incredible media coverage with more than 350 journalists from around the world attending and reporting about the event.

On the courts, Italian and World No. 21 Flavia Pennetta captured her first BNP Paribas Open title by defeating World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-1 in the final. On the men’s side, World No. 2 Novak Djokovic captured his third BNP Paribas Open title (2008, 2011, 2014), overcoming Roger Federer, a four-time former BNP Paribas Open champion, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the final.

Classic Series packages for the 2015 BNP Paribas Open for Stadium 1, Stadium 2 and Stadium 3 offering the best seat locations and value are already on sale

For more information, please call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office (760) 200-8000 or visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.

By Jan Maguire

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Book Now for an Unforgettable Holiday Stay at Indian Wells’ Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa December 16-27

The month of December is abuzz with a dazzling array of holiday events and activities at Indian Wells hotels and resorts. One of our favorites is 12 Days of Esmeralda [link to 12 Days flyer], now in its third year with multiple days of holiday events and activities taking place at the luxurious Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. The festivities include everything from carriage rides to carolers and cookie decorating to a holiday cocktail class. Most activities are complimentary and some require reservations. Call (760) 836-1286.

During the 12 Days of Esmeralda, special holiday rates start at $139 during the week and $179 on weekends from December 16-27. Guests receive $50 in resort credit to be used towards spa and dining with a donation of a gift for a child. To make your Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa reservations today, click here now.

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