Whether you’ve been to Indian Wells once, twice, or never before, you’ll want to add this world-class destination to your travel bucket list time and again. Long known for its breathtaking setting and luxurious resorts, Indian Wells has gained international recognition for premier sporting and cultural events, plentiful amenities, and year-round outdoor recreation. Visitors are often so captivated by everything Indian Wells has to offer that they choose to make this sun-drenched city their permanent or seasonal home.
Ask any Indian Wells resident about their tranquil yet progressive community and you’re likely to hear the same enthusiastic refrain: Indian Wells is an outstanding place to put down roots at any age. City finances remain broadly robust with long-term reserves, while smart growth, sustainability, public safety, and a top-caliber lifestyle that includes myriad resident benefits are of the highest priority.
Over the past few decades, Indian Wells has also evolved into a leading global destination for professional tennis. In 2009, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison acquired the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and its signature event, the BNP Paribas Open, the largest combined ATP World Tour and WTA in the world next to the four Grand Slams. Ellison wasted no time spearheading a major site expansion, completed before the 2014 BNP Paribas Open. The 2014 tournament kicked off with the exciting McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance, with 8,000 lucky spectators the first to experience the new Stadium 2, the site of three top fine dining restaurants, including the renowned Nobu. During the two-week tournament, a record 431,000-plus tennis fans passed through the magnificent new East entrance with its Walk of Palms, marveling at enhancements that also encompassed a second 19,000-square-foot shade structure with video walls, and four new practice courts with ample seating.
Aside from the BNP Paribas Open, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden remains active year-round with several tennis competitions, a first-rate Tennis Club and Fitness Center, and the annual Indian Wells Arts Festival. This past May, another annual offering, the Desert Lexus Jazz Festival, made its much-anticipated debut.
However, tennis isn’t the only game in town. Golf lovers frequently head to Indian Wells to tee off in the footsteps of the pros at the legendary Indian Wells Golf Resort, the only facility in the state with two courses ranked in the top 20 of Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in California. The public-access Golf Resort’s contemporary 53,000-squarefoot clubhouse features a host of dining and entertainment options within artwork-adorned interiors: the beautifully appointed Vue Grille & Bar, an indoor/outdoor café adjacent to a natural grass nine-hole putting course, private meeting rooms, an upscale pro shop and boutique, and the area’s only Callaway Performance Center. This past January, the Golf Resort unveiled the Pavilion, a vast banquet space that accommodates 400 seated guests and up to 700 for receptions. With floor-to-ceiling windows that take advantage of stunning fairway and Santa Rosa Mountain views, the Pavilion has been in high demand since opening.
Only steps from the Golf Resort, Indian Wells’ four luxurious hotel properties — Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells Resort Hotel, Miramonte Resort & Spa, and Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa — flourish with leisure and business guests drawn to the resorts’ sweeping range of luxury amenities and peerless customer service.
You’ll find a plethora of activities and culture within city limits, like The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden, a phenomenal conservation park spread across 1,200 acres in Indian Wells and Palm Desert. Dedicated to preserving the desert’s prolific ecosystem, the park offerings include hundreds of animals and plants, fantastic rotating exhibits, scenic hiking trails, and outstanding special events, such as the WildLights winter holiday festival. Indian Wells is also home to Desert Town Hall and World Affairs Council of the Desert, two prestigious speakers series featuring some of the world’s most pre-eminent public figures.
Aside from its reputation as an exceptional place to retire and live the dream, the city also enjoys a booming business climate that attracts a range of professionals — from retail and commercial ventures and those seeking careers in the hospitality industry to telecommuting executives and solo entrepreneurs working from poolside offices. According to neighborhoodscout. com, Indian Wells is also a city of artists, with more artists, designers, and individuals working in media than 90 percent of the communities in America.
Located only 30 minutes from Palm Springs International Airport in the heart of the Coachella Valley, Indian Wells’ convenient central location makes it the ideal place to stay when attending major festivals like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Humana Challenge Golf Tournament, La Quinta Arts Festival, and other Palm Springs–area events.
Small in size yet large in stature, the “Indian Wells experience” defines quintessential Southern California living at its finest.
— By Jan Silver Maguire
Ted J. Mertens
Patrick Mullany, Douglas Hanson, Mary T. Roche