Desert Staycations

When temperatures reach triple digits, these local summer special packages can help you cool off

The Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort offers a "Family Fun in the Sun" package.

Photo courtesy of Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort


The Coachella Valley is filled with resorts offering packages in the summer months to help people unwind and have fun. Don’t have the time to travel out of town to cool off this summer? Then consider one of these fabulous “staycations.”

Family Fun
It’s all about entertaining every family member when you stay at the Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort. The resort’s “Family Fun in the Sun” package includes entrance for two adults and two children to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, four tickets to Wet ‘n’ Wild’s waterpark, and a two-night stay in a double room. During your downtime, the family can enjoy the resort’s lighted tennis court and Olympic-size swimming pool.

“Family Fun in the Sun” package, from $109 per night, rates based on two nights, through September 2014; 760-325-1655,

Personalized Adventure
Relish in the ability to choose your own adventure when you book the “Resort Credit” package at the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa. The package provides $100 resort credit per night toward a spa treatment or dining. Go on a journey of culinary discovery at the celebrated Sirocco restaurant, serving award-winning Italian cuisine in a chic, sophisticated setting, or indulge in complete relaxation at the resort’s Spa Esmeralda and revive your soul. The spa features an array of desert-inspired therapies, lush gardens, and private outdoor cabanas. The choice won’t be easy.

“Resort Credit” package, from $169 per night, through December 2014; 760-773-4444,

Exclusively for Locals
Nestled among 45 acres of lush gardens, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is offering a “Staycation in Your Own Backyard” deal for locals only, with low rates for rooms and treatments at its Agua Serena Spa. Surrender to the healing touch of nature inside the spa, where treatments include massages, manicures, and pedicures. Afterward, spend the day at one of the resort’s seven pools and bask in a water oasis.

“Staycation in Your Own Backyard”, rooms from $89 per night and spa treatments from $40, through August 2014; 760-341-1000,

Birds Eye View
Travel from the valley floor up to the cliffs of Chino Canyon with the “Aerial Tram” package offered through Hyatt Palm Springs. The package gives you and one other guest the opportunity to experience the view of the Coachella Valley at magnificent heights — 8,516 feet to be exact — via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Breakfast for two daily is included, providing energy to explore. With a 30-degree temperature difference at the top of Mount San Jacinto, you can enjoy miles of hiking trails in pristine wilderness even in the midst of summer. Afterward, come back and relax in one of the Hyatt’s spacious suites and enjoy the best of Downtown Palm Springs.

“Aerial Tram” package, from $159 per night, through September 2014; 760-322-9000,

Customizable Comfort
Create a one-of-a-kind experience with the “Have It All” summer package at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, beginning with a $100 per night credit that can be used to customize your stay. Treat yourself to a hydrating Healing Aloe Wrap or the restorative Desert Journey treatment at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Spa, or dine in one of the resort’s four on-property delectable restaurants, two of which you can get to via a leisurely ride on a gondola.

“Have It All” package, from $189 per night, through December 2014; 760-341-2211,

Family Entertainment
An expansive water playground filled with excitement awaits at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Escape the heat by making a splash with the “Stay Cool” family package. The package includes daily breakfast, resort fee, two inner tubes, and a Rancho Desert Explorer to help guide your adventures. Your inner tubes will come in handy at the spectacular Splashtopia, which features a 450-foot lazy river, two water slides, a cliff-side Jacuzzi, and a sandy beach. With unique water-play zones filled with fountains and sprinklers, the desert sun becomes a welcome retreat.

“Stay Cool” package, from $189 per night, through September 2014; 760-568-2727,

A Foodie’s Forte
Sometimes just a good meal can be an escape, which is why The Parker Palm Springs has crafted its “Glutton’s Delight” package. Starting from $249, you can stay in one of the hotel’s estate rooms for one night and receive $250 of credit toward food and drinks — including room service. Let your taste buds come alive while eating at their 5-star diner, Norma’s, serving comfort food and breakfast all day. Bite into dinner at Mister Parker’s, bistro food served in a dark and eccentric atmosphere.

“Glutton’s Delight” package, from $249 per night, through December 2014; 760-770-5000,

Part of a Legend
Relax like a rock star in a luxurious suite in one of the most legendary resorts in Palm Springs. Riviera Palm Springs Resort is offering “One Suite Deal,” and it is just as the name suggests. The package lets you save 20 percent off the best available rate for a suite while enjoying breakfast for two daily at Circa 59. Enjoy an oversized bedroom with a separate sitting area, and a balcony overlooking a garden courtyard or sparkling pool. While lounging poolside, listen to music and pamper yourself at the Bikini Bar. Go on to enjoy the resort’s ultrachic signature Palm Springs restaurant, Circa 59, offering a contemporary twist on traditional menu items.

“One Suite Deal” package, from $168 per night, through December 2014; 760-327-8311,

Fun for All
In celebration of summer, The Saguaro Palm Springs has created the “Summer Splash” package for families. If you’re looking to lounge poolside with your family, the Saguaro offers one of Palm Springs largest pools with the added festiveness of 1950s Technicolor. Buy two nights at the best available rate and get the third night free. Kids stay free and will be treated to a complimentary children’s breakfast menu and sodas by the pool. In addition, you will receive $50 worth of spa credit for any 60- or 90-minute treatment, truly making it a “staycation” for everyone.

“Summer Splash” package, from $99 per night, through September 2014; 760-323-1711,

Soaking in Relaxation
Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa offers a pamper-filled, renewing experience for your body. This engaging retreat is specifically designed to be a sacred and mystical place to let go. Available to Coachella Valley residents, the “Local’s Special Room Rate” is $109 per night on weekdays. As a hotel guest, you can enjoy unlimited access to the hot mineral springs and resort’s peaceful grounds. Embrace the quiet.

“Local’s Special Room Rate,” from $109 per night, through August 2014; 760-329-8791,

Path to Wellness
A reflection of the Hollywood Regency style popular during the desert’s original glamour era, the Viceroy Palm Springs will help you “Breathe Easy.” Plan a midweek visit and get 25 percent off your entire stay, luxurious spa treatments at Estrella Spa, dining and cocktails at Citron, and the resort fee. All treatments at the spa are intended to create energy; relax your mind, body, and spirit; and begin your journey to well-being.

“Breathe Easy” package, from $128 per night, through December 2014; 760-320-4117,

Cool at the Pool
Soothe, refresh, and enjoy all of the pool areas at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. The “Stay N’ Slide” package lets you experience summer desert days in a whole new light. It’s a deal worth sliding into, with 10 percent off the best available rate for a night’s stay, 50 percent off one meal poolside, and 30 percent off cabana rentals. Cabanas include complimentary water, fruit, and soda. At the main pool, Las Brisas, all-day entertainment is provided by a 60-foot waterslide and two hot tubs. Pool attendants and servers will be nearby, ensuring you get the experience you deserve.

“Stay N’ Slide” package, from $107 per night, through September 2014; 760-328-5955,

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