If you’re an aspiring or confirmed “foodie,” you’ll definitely want to visit Indian Wells at the end of May for the ultimate culinary adventure of 2014. Many top Indian Wells restaurants are set to join in the annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week taking place from May 30-June 8, 2014. More than 100 restaurants, hotels, spas and attractions throughout the Southern California desert will be participating this year. Tantalize your taste buds and at great values too; each Restaurant Week eatery will be offering three-course, prix fixe dinners gently priced at $26 or $38 per person (tax, beverage and gratuity not included). Advance reservations suggested. Click here for more details.

Participating Indian Wells restaurants include:

  • Grove Artisan Kitchen at Miramonte Resort & Spa
  • Lantana Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
  • Sirocco at Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
  • The Nest Restaurant & Piano Bar
  • Vicky’s of Santa Fe

Additional Restaurant Week specials in Indian Wells include hotel rate and spa specials. Check with individual resorts – click here to discover all the upscale amenities our luxurious Indian Wells hotel properties have to offer.

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Great Blog Write Up For The Desert

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


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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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The Indian Wells Golf Resort’s New VUE Grille & Bar Serves Up Sushi and More

As a confirmed sushi lover who is very particular about my spicy tuna roll, imagine my surprise when I discovered some of the best sushi in the Southern California desert at the new VUE Grille & Bar located in the Indian Wells Golf Resort. And, beyond the new sushi bar helmed by famous sushi Chef Akio Naito, diners will savor Executive Chef Cale Falk’s new seasonal, farm-to-table VUE menu with tantalizing dishes incorporating ingredients from local farms and nearby ranches. Gather a group of family, friends and/or colleagues for the special large party lunch and dinner multicourse menus. The bar specializes in hand crafted cocktails and offers an extensive sake and wine list, as well as local craft beers from local breweries like La Quinta Brewing Company and Saint Archer.

With its trendy yet luxurious interior that gives a nod to the colors and feel of the surrounding desert, plus live entertainment six nights a week, the VUE Grille & Bar is already becoming a social and dining hub for Indian Wells hotel guests and area residents.  Dine indoors or out on the terrace. Either way, the fairway and mountain vistas are simply spectacular and will have you coming back for the VUE time and again.

Jan Silver Maguire

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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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