Casitas Laquita Offers Chill Spot During 25th Annual Dinah Shore Weekend

Landscape-rich, private boutique hotel serves up relaxation

Karen Graninger Hotels & Resorts


VIDEO: Take a tour of Casitas Laquita in Palm Springs.



Casitas Laquita is a gorgeous, one acre, 15-suite property located among the palms and bouganvillea inside a private, gated compound. Originally built in the 1940s, owners Joanna Funaro and Denise Roberson have created a tranquil retreat for women enjoying activities in the Coachella Valley, including the upcoming 25th Annual Dinah Shore Weekend, April 1-5, in Palm Springs.

Combining incredible headline performances by Christina Perri, Meghan Trainor and BeBe Rexha with the common bond of life-affirming celebration, thousands of women venture to Palm Springs for The Dinah's music, martinis, festivities, and warmth, both of weather and of heart.


Many of the distinct, original casitas have fireplaces.


Casitas Laquita's suites all have full kitchens with stove-ovens, large fridges, microwaves, toasters, coffee makers and cooking utensils. All have Flat LCD Screen TVs. Most rooms have DVD players. Some have a rear courtyard and spa.

Twelve of them surround the pool area. If you'd like more privacy, a short walk takes you to three, one-bedroom casitas. Each casita's design is unique. Some are warm, regenerative earth tones. Others the serene blue of the shallow sea. Still others, the tranquil green of velvet rainforest.


Some casitas feature a small dining area along with the full kitchen.


Mature palms, dappling the sunlight for perfect sunbathing or any afternoon nap under the shade, surround the pool area. Then enjoy the night at the Wine Cellar, the on-site private social club. You'll find it down a tiny set of stairs, most likely a leftover secret room from bootlegging days, and the energy is fresh and fabulous. Settle back with a gratis glass of wine and listen to the sounds of the “Sassy Sisters”, who can also play for your special event. Karaoke perhaps, as well, if you dare.

Casitas Laquita has certified massage therapists skilled in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Relaxation Massage, Reflexology and Sports-Active Techniques. Ask the owners about the numerous packages available, including the Romance, Birthday, Pampering or Commitment and Wedding Ceremony Package.


Lush greenery, plenty of sun, and plenty of shade poolside at Casitas Laquita.


Casitas Laquita encourages longer stays and provides a monthly option. They will book same-day reservations, especially during the high season, if a coveted space becomes available. Sometimes there's a wait list but give them a call anyway, you never know.


5 Hotel Essentials for Casitas Laquita:

• Daily fresh baked coffee cakes

• “The Wine Cellar” Private Social Club

• The Romance and Commitment/Wedding Package

• Certified massage therapists

• The music of the all-female band, “Sassy Sisters”


Casitas Laquita, 450 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-416-9999,


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