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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

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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Experience the Ultimate Guys Golf Getaway in Indian Wells

Last fall I ran into an old high school friend who is now a popular Los Angeles-based television actor. He and a group of pals  – some of whom had flown in from across the country – were relaxing and enjoying lunch at the IW Club after a spectacular morning of golf on the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s world-renowned courses. And why not?  The legendary Indian Wells Golf Resort is the ideal facility for a guys golf getaway and has long been a favorite destination for celebrities, golf tournaments of every size and skill level, and even PGA pros and presidents. And with summer golf course maintenance just about complete, the fairways and greens are lusher than ever. In fact, there’s no time like the present to bond with your buddies, find your perfect swing on the championship Celebrity and Players courses, and take advantage of all the amenities that Indian Wells hotels, resorts and restaurants have to offer.  Indian Wells’ four luxurious hotels generally offer special golf packages and rates year-round. Right now, check out Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa’s Stay & Play Unlimited package valid through 12/31/13 and Miramonte Resort & Spa’s “Tee for Two” Unlimited Golf package.

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Forget Black Friday and the hordes of shoppers – my favorite holiday pastime the day after Thanksgiving is to head to the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. That’s when the Miramonte unveils its amazing Gingerbread Village display built by desert residents and guests during the month of November. It’s also the start of the Miramonte’s annual Desert Holidays program, a five-week long extravaganza celebrating the joyful, playful spirit of the season. Recognized as one of the top destination spas in North America, this intimate Mediterranean-style resort hosts a delightful spectrum of holiday events throughout the season – from holiday cooking classes, chestnut roasting and s’mores toasting under the stars to live entertainment, wine dinners and Grove Artisan Kitchen’s “Holiday Dining Around the World” menus. And be sure to pamper your body and spirit this season at the Miramonte’s enchanting WELL Spa, which features holiday-inspired specialty treatments like Hot Toddy for the Body and the Winter Wonderland Facial!

For the Miramonte Resort and Spa’s Desert Holiday celebration schedule, click here

– Jan Silver Maguire

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Why You Should Spend the Holidays in Indian Wells

With Thanksgiving and the winter holiday whirlwind fast approaching, the decision to book an Indian Wells vacation is a no-brainer. This year, why not let yourself off the hook from all the gazillion details that come with planning the holiday celebration?  A fun-filled, relaxing Indian Wells getaway is guaranteed to leave you feeling physically and mentally refreshed for 2014. Here are 8 great reasons why you should spend the holidays in Indian Wells!

  1. Incredible room rates: The Miramonte Resort & Spa is already offering special room rates starting at only $109 per night. Or see the resort’s The More, The Merrier package, which includes dinner for two at Grove Artisan Kitchen and a couple’s massage at the luxurious WELL Spa.
  2. Wine & Dine: Leave the cooking utensils and roasting pot at home where they belong. Many Indian Wells restaurants serve special holiday dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check with your knowledgeable hotel concierge
  3. Spa Delights: The  spa sanctuaries at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Miramonte Resort & Spa, and Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa will transport you to a blissful state of mind.
  4. Sparkling pools: Heated for your enjoyment, our beautiful pools promise fun for the entire family.  At the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, kids will love the 6-foot spiral water slide and wading pool perfect for the little ones.
  5. Get Your Golf On: At the 36-hole Indian Wells Golf Resort, home of two championship courses, rated by Golfweek among the Best Municipal Courses in the Country.
  6. The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden: Experience the animal attractions and hiking trails during the day. At night, take part in a cherished      yuletide tradition, WildLights!, which is held on select evenings from      Thanksgiving to New Years.
  7. Find Your Sweet Spot:  Take a tennis lesson or two at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the world-renowned BNP Paribas Open. While you’re there, purchase your tickets or series packages for the 2014 tournament slated for March 3-16.
  8. Hotel Holiday Celebrations: From roasting chestnuts and s’mores by the fire to carolers, carriage rides and New Year’s Eve bashes, Indian Wells hotels roll out the red carpet for the holidays to ensure a most memorable and festive experience.
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Grab Your Girlfriends for an Incomparable Indian Wells Spa Getaway

When my friends and I are in the mood for expert rubbing, scrubbing, peeling and polishing – not to mention a megadose of deep relaxation – we head to the superb spa retreats of Indian Wells, California for the ultimate girlfriend getaway.

The Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa is one of our favorites. A peaceful lake surrounds the 30,000 square-foot wellness haven, which, among its many amenities, houses 18 treatment rooms with private garden patios and the adjacent Medical and Skin Spa. The Agua Serena spa menu boasts a variety of massages, facial and body treatments sure to delight your gal pals, as well as bachelorette and bridal parties. My friends and I have a particular affinity for the Vino and Vinyasa class, a two-hour yoga and wine tasting experience (there’s also a two-hour Scotch and Stretch session for the guys!)

Conde Nast Traveler named The Well Spa at the Miramonte Resort the #1 Resort Spa in North America and for good reason – this Tuscan-inspired sanctuary merges the best of the desert and Mediterranean. For a lively and “out-of-the-box” therapeutic experience book the Pittura Festa, a “painting party” that can be tailored for couples and friends. This colorful treatment involves applying vibrantly colored pigments that contain enriching ingredients. The Miramonte is currently offering two special Girlfriend Getaway packages – click here for details.

The soothing sounds of fountains and garden waterfalls greet spa goers at Spa Esmeralda located at the grand Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa. The 13,300 square foot retreat offers a super girlfriend getaway destination with its wide selection of spa treatments, beauty services, outdoor whirlpool, steam rooms, saunas, relaxation lounges and more. Visiting this autumn? Indulge in the Pumpkin and Orange Ilike Organic Facial (60 minutes, $119); the pumpkin mask is loaded with vitamins A, E, and C, and beta-carotene!

– Jan Silver Maguire

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Make it an Extraordinary Father’s Day Weekend – and Summer – in Indian Wells

Looking for something special to do with dad this Father’s Day? Visit Indian Wells, California where fun-in-the-sun continues all summer long! Indian Wells resorts and hotels are offering a variety of great summer packages and activities guaranteed to provide thrills, chills, lots of laughs and ample pool time for family members of all ages.

Did you know that you can actually ride the waves in the desert? You bet! At Knott’s SoakCity, a 16-acre water park that features a giant wave pool for body surfing, 13 water slides and a super soaking family fun house.  Indian Wells’ Miramonte Resort & Spa offers a Soak City Family Vacation package that includes one night accommodations and two adult admission tickets and two children (ages 3-11) admission tickets for the Palm Springs water park.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa’s Free Time package includes a free night and breakfast for two through December 31, 2013. During June, July and August, guests receive their third night free!

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa’s Stay for Breakfast package features overnight accommodations in a spacious guestroom, plus a delicious breakfast buffet in the resort’s Cava restaurant for two adults and up to three children (12 and under).

Or visit the historic Indian Wells Resort Hotel where amenities include golf packages, spectacular pool and whirlpool spa, complimentary nightly appetizers during happy hour, and live entertainment at Frank’s Place Restaurant & Lounge.

What are you waiting for? Book your Indian Wells Father’s Day getaway and summer vacation today. Click here for more information about our luxurious Indian Wells resorts!

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This summer, The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden located in Indian Wells and Palm Desert will be cooler than ever! Our world-class oasis of desert flora and fauna is set to kick off its special 2013 “Zoo Chill” promotion in June. Visit The Living Desert on the first Saturday of June, July and August and be sure to get an early start: The first 200 families to enter the park will receive a free “zooler” – a personal size cooler complete with two bottles of water. Plus, special frozen treats will be available for humans and animals!

The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden is open every day June 1 through September 30 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (last admission at 1 p.m.); however, Living Desert members may enter the park at 7 a.m. to access walking and hiking trails. And if you’re planning an extended stay in Indian Wells this summer with your kids, be sure to check out The Living Desert’s website for details on the park’s weekly Summer ZooCamp offered for children ages 4-12.

For complete details about The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden, visit or call (760) 346-5694.

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Don’t let the naysayers tell you that in Indian Wells we roll up the sidewalks at 9 p.m. Because when you’re looking for after hours entertainment, you’ll find that the Indian Wells nightlife scene is livelier than ever. Here are four best bets for spirited nighttime diversions.

The Nest In addition to excellent cuisine, this popular Indian Wells landmark serves up a mighty dose of music and dancing seven days a week—everything from jazz and classic rock to disco and golden oldies. Musicians Kevin Henry and Tim Burleson perform in The Nest’s legendary piano bar. Closing time: 12 a.m.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa – Enjoy seasonal live entertainment with two of the Greater Palm Springs’ top bands Wednesday through Saturday in the Agave Sunset tequila bar and lounge. The John Stanley King Band performs every Wednesday 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturday feature the Art of Sax from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Café Italia – Tucked into a corner at The Village of Indian Wells next to Ralph’s Fresh Fare, this intimate bistro features a unique dining and musical experience with its singing waiters belting out a variety of tunes. Hours 5-10 p.m. The restaurant is also open for lunch 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Vicky’s of Santa Fe – The Lounge at southwestern-inspired Vicky’s of Santa Fe offers a full slate of nightly entertainment featuring world-class musicians like Pat Rizzo, Carolyn Martinez, Doug Montgomery, and more. Sunday-Tuesday performances run until 10 p.m; Wednesday-Saturday until 11 p.m.

Indian Wells Resort Hotel – Celebrate the legacy of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and other legendary crooners. Don’t miss Frank DiSalvo’s Las Vegas-style show in the resort’s newly renovated Frank’s Place Restaurant and Lounge. Thursday-Saturday, 6-9:30 p.m.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa – The Renaissance Esmeralda offers a variety of events scheduled monthly. Visit or call (760) 773-4444 for information.

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