jw marriott desert springs

8 Resorts Calling Your Name

Palm Springs Life readers have bestowed Best of the Best honors on eight resorts in the Coachella Valley. Is your favorite resort among them?

Staff Report Current Guide, Hotels & Resorts

jw marriott desert springs

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert.

Palm Desert

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

A fleet of restaurants, shops, and serpentine pools ringed in palm trees delivers getaway vibes in spades. You likely never imagined you’d ride a boat to reach your dinner reservation in the desert, but that’s what happens here; water taxis depart from the lobby. desertspringsresort.com

Desert Hot Springs

Two Bunch Palms

Focused on sustainability, this carbon-neutral resort boasts an on-site 3.5-acre solar farm that powers the entire property, at one point said to be the secret refuge of gangster Al Capone. Natural hot springs and premium spa treatments are the primary draw today. twobunchpalms.com

Cathedral City

CCBC Resort Hotel

This 12-room clothing-optional gay men’s resort features a splashy pool scene and regular DJed events. Day, monthly, and annual passes are available for non-overnight guests, and a restaurant (clothing required) welcomes those 18 and over for food, drinks, and shows. ccbcresorthotel.com

Rancho Mirage

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage

Claiming some of the best views of the valley, the renowned resort embraces its natural surroundings and invites guests to surrender to the serenity of a spa day, a fine steak dinner, or an assortment of on-site activities like guided hikes and open-air yoga. ritzcarlton.com

Parker Palm Springs.
Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs

A maze of high-walled bushes and trees meanders through this whimsical property, creating seclusion and adding to its longtime allure among A-listers. Artful interiors imagined by designer Jonathan Adler infuse each space with a playful dose of charm. parkerpalmsprings.com

Indian Wells

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

In the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the recently renovated Miramonte is an 11-acre oasis of well-being for all the senses. Expansive gardens and olive and citrus groves provide a scenic backdrop for swimming, spa days, and general leisure. miramonteresort.com

La Quinta

La Quinta 
Resort & Club

Originally opened in 1926, this desert icon has one of the lengthiest pedigrees. It started out as an irresistible magnet for Hollywood legends and ultimately blossomed across 45 acres that now include several pools, a yoga studio, tennis and pickleball courts, and golf. laquintaresort.com


Fantasy Springs 
Resort Casino

Casino gaming, bowling, live indoor and outdoor entertainment, various international dining options, 18 holes of golf, and prime poolside happenings collide at this 250-room resort with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. fantasyspringsresort.com