The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Spectacular views of Palm Springs from its hilltop position
Access to world class golf courses and country clubs for guests of the resort
Luxurious spa using ingredients from the Palm Springs region
Caters superbly to families, with a kids programme for 5 - 12 year olds
Ideal base for exploring Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley
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Palm Springs weather is best in the winter. Summers can be extraordinarily hot, temperatures may easily climb above 100ºF/38ºC from mid-April through mid-October. As a green oasis, its easy to forget that Rancho Mirage is a desert resort. High season for the resort is during our winter months from November to March when weather is cooler. During the summer months it is hot in the desert but staying here then becomes incredibly good value and there are plenty of pools to cool down in after a day exploring. Guests visiting Palm Springs on a road-trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles welcome a stop at beautiful the Ritz Carlton, and it makes the perfect base for exploring Joshua Tree National Park and for geological jeep-tours of the San Andreas Fault.
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With panoramic views, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is an elegant desert retreat nestled in the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains, and perfectly positioned for accessing post-modern Palm's Springs best shopping, dining, golf, art and desert adventures.
The Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage is a luxurious resort in Palm Springs, California, set on a hilltop enjoying superb views of the city, mountains and desert scenery. An ideal base for exploring all this area has to offer, from adventure activities and golf to shopping and fine dining.
There is an impressive spa with fifteen treatment rooms and treatments using locally sourced ingredients, ideal if you're in need of a bit of rest and relaxation. Facilities also include a swimming pool, fitness centre and an extensive network of hiking trails right from the property. There's an impressive kids club, too - Ritz Kids caters to children aged 5 - 12 years old, with various activities including environmental projects, storytelling, animal meet-and-greets and a children's movie theatre.
The rooms and suites are stylishly furnished, with crisp linens and the majority with private balconies and patios. All include WiFi internet, air conditioning and large flatscreen TVs in the bedroom. The en-suite bathrooms feature bathtubs and showers, plush bathrobes and a 19-inch HD television custom-built into the bathroom vanity unit.
You have plenty of dining options available to you in-resort, as well as a wealth of options in Palm Springs itself. The Air Pool Bar serves relaxed dishes poolside, as well as cocktails overlooking the pool. The State Fare Bar and Kitchen serves breakfast lunch and dinner, making the most of the abundant fresh produce found in California and with an open kitchen. There's a choice of dining options here including a cosy fireplace area and dining on the terrace overlooking the gardens and pools. The Edge Steakhouse offers superb views of the valley in a luxurious dining environment with a menu focussed on prime stead, seafood and fine wines. In-room dining is also available 24-hours.
There are 244 rooms and suites at the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage, the smallest of which measures 450 sq ft (41 m²) and with views of the mountains, valley or resort and gardens. Some rooms feature two queen size beds and several accommodate a third or fourth person, ideal for families. Rooms on the Club Level enjoy access to the club lounge with snacks and beverages available throughout the day.
|The Ritz-Carlton Suite||
At 1,700 sq ft, The Ritz-Carlton Suite is the master suite, with panoramic views and separate living and dining rooms. The suite offers one and a half bathrooms, full entertainment system, dual vanity with large soaking tub and the opportunity to interconnect a Valley View Room to make an impressive two-bedroom suite.
|Terrace Firepit with King Bed||
These guest rooms offer 450 sq ft of space, and an over-sized outdoor terrace patio with fireplace. All rooms are located on the ground floor and have relaxing Adriondack chairs for star gazing.
Ritz Kids caters to children aged 5 - 12 years inclusive, and has its own headquarters. Designed to introduce young guests to the desert environment, there are various activities and games which incorporate learning with fun with themes such as water conservation, recycling and sustainable energy. Activities include art, storytelling, interactive fun, Living Desert education and animal meet-and-greets. There's also a children's movie theatre here, too.
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage has top-range facilities, making it the perfect place for families to escape and be well looked after. There is a children's pool as well as an adult pool, so couples can seek serenity away from the main area of the resort. The spa is also set back from the main building and is a haven for those wishing to relax and unwind in complete luxury.
There are three dining options, offering sumptuous American cuisine in a relaxed setting overlooking the desert landscape of Palm Springs. The Edge Steakhouse is perfect for those wanting something a little more upscale, whereas the State Fare Bar and Kitchen is perfect for families. During the day, the Air Pool Bar will keep you topped up with light bites, lunches, fresh smoothies and iced water.
You'll find a network of walking and hiking trails to suit all abilities (more than 20 miles worth), all on your doorstep here, with spectacular mountain vistas, waterfalls, and rocky gorges to explore. Nearby there are world-class golf courses, the Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and of course endless shopping and dining opportunities down in Palm Springs itself.
Lucie Polwin (Staff)
I loved the fire pit rooms at this property. Located on the ground level you can also walk straight out onto the hotel grounds from your terrace. In the evenings there is nothing better than sitting outside on your terrace, roasting marshmallows over your fire and doing a spot of stargazing.
Anna Northeast (Staff)
So the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage was my very first introduction to Palm Springs and the very first place I arrived. I couldnt have come to a better view! The only hotel to be set up on the hillside rather that down in the valley, it takes full advantage of the stunning views out toward the mountains and the cities spreading out below. After a long drive and a busy few days in Las Vegas this was definitely the place to come to. As soon as I stepped into the lobby a feeling of relaxation came over me. Although it had the typically Ritz Carlton style, modern, contemporary and relatively formal, there was something different here, something inviting me in to sit down, relax, enjoy. Perhaps it was the friendly and very welcoming staff, perhaps it was the other guests milling around or perhaps it was the fun little touches such as the free sweets and chocolate station I spied off in a corner of the lobby that made me feel at ease and as if this place would be somewhere Id like to stay for a while. I was quickly directed to my room, complete with a lovely view over to the mountains and small but perfectly comfortable balcony. I didnt stay long, I was off to explore and soon found my way into the centre of the hotel. Yes, this felt like a holiday hotel, from spying the other guests relaxing on their terraces (some of which has fire pits, a really nice little extra for cooler evenings) through to a family playing giant jenga on the small but aptly named games lawn through to the buzzing pool and rather tempting hot tubs with incredible views across the valley. I took a stroll around the reflecting pool and plonked myself into a rather comfy chair overlooking the view. Yes, I liked it here, I could stay a while. I flicked through the hotel newsletter that Id picked up in the reception area and spied a number of nice complimentary touches. Fitness classes, a rather early morning hike and a more gentle nature walk. News of the opening of The Edge, the hotels splendidly set steak and seafood restaurant, that evening or the rather more laid back State Fare bar and grill. I decide to stay low key that evening and head to State Fare. Travelling alone I can often feel a little exposed on my own in a restaurant but it was surprisingly pleasant here. The waiting staff were lovely and efficient and friendly, perhaps a little too attentive but maybe it was because I was on my own. Looking around the restaurant had a mix of couples, families and a couple of small groups of friends, which I liked. It really has got that feel of being welcoming for all. The food was good and I headed back out to the now dark gardens, decorated beautifully with twinkling lights which adorned the palm trees and with the flickering of the fire pits on either side and then a main one down by that incredible view, which is now just a small collection of lights below (apparently Palm Springs minimises street lights to protect the incredible night sky viewing as much as possible). I am drawn back to the comfy seating from earlier, plop down, well fed and look skyward. The stars are just beginning to appear in the early night sky, yes, Ill just stay here a while.
Catch a Baseball Game
Sports fan or not, you can't help but enjoy the ballpark; it's an experience so quintessentially American. Chow down on dogs and beer, hear the barrel organ fire up the crowd and cry "Outta Sight" as a 'homer' is hit.
Indian Canyons Jeep Tour and Guide
Spend a morning with an expert guide to learn about the history, culture, legends and stories of the Cahuilla Indian people in Palm Springs. In Andreas Canyon, enjoy a 1-mile hike and visit the natural palm oasis at Palm Canyon and hidden water cave.
Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
The whimsical Joshua Tree National Park sits at the convergence of the Colorado and Movaje Deserts. Rock climbers know JT as the best place to climb, and hikers seek out shady, desert fan palm oases. Visit Hidden Valley, Desert Queen Ranch and Keys View.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Take the scenic cable car up the Chino Canyon to the cooler peaks of the San Jacinto Mountain Range. Admire beautiful views of Palm Springs below, walk the nature trails surrounded by towering palm trees and visit the natural history museum.
San Andreas Fault Jeep Adventure
This awe-inspiring journey in a classic Big Red Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8's) takes you deep into the heart of the San Andreas Fault on a three hour adventure.
Location & directions
Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California, United States of America
Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage overlooks the picturesque Coachella Valley, and world-famous Palm Springs.
How to get there
A 10-hour 45-minute direct flight from London to Las Vegas, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. The drive from Los Angeles is approximately 2.5-hours from the city through the mountains and into the desert. If driving from Las Vegas, it is an approximate 4-hour 30-minute drive.
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