Gwen lists this as one of her Top 10 Resorts, and my guess is because she spent about 6 hours a day at the pool.
Our family stayed at the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa over New Years. We were quite satisfied with our stay. It was a last minute decision for us to leave the cold of Salt Lake and seek the sun of Palm Springs. I generally do a “mancation” to play golf in Palm Springs every year and really wanted to take our family to go check it out. I typically stay at Shadow Ridge. However, on this trip we booked the Renaissance because the price was quite reasonable and I was curious to stay in that part of town as Indian Wells is known for being very nice and very upscale.
The good: The front lobby staff was extremely attentive and very helpful. They were anxious to help with luggage and open the door with a smile. The pool was great. It was very large with plenty of room for our kids. After not being in a pool for a couple months, Mason and Gwen couldn’t get enough. Plucking fresh, ripe tangerines by the pool was a lot of fun and they were delicious. The Indian Wells golf course has to be one of the top 5 most well manicured courses I’ve ever seen (and quite pricy). The property had a beautifully decorated Christmas tree out in the lobby area that had to have been 40 feet tall. The property itself was gorgeous.
As to the rooms, they were large. Also the window coverings did a great job of keeping out light, which is always appreciated by parents traveling with kids.
The not so good: The rooms were quite large, but just a little tired. I understand that our needs are a little unique in that we have a couple kids with us and spend a lot of time at the pool, but it seemed a challenge to keep us stocked on towels. There was only one bank of elevators, and if your room is toward the back of the resort, although you will have a nice view of the pool and have a balcony, you will have an long walk from the elevators and most likely have to wait quite some time before an elevator is available.
I have read that the resort will have a remodel later this year. If the rooms of this resort can match the lobby and grounds of the resort, it will be a top notch.
What made this vacation fun was that it was thrown together last minute and our family decided to just get out and do something rather than sticking around the house. I was able to get my golf fix and play the JW Marriott Desert Springs Course, which is a typical resort style course that is always extremely well maintained with a great staff. The kids obviously lived down at the pool and hot tubs, and thankfully I have an amazing wife that allowed me to break away and get in some golf. Gwen and I snuck off to the movies during one of Mason’s naps. We also ate at The Yardhouse, one of Gwen’s favorites and a restaurant we don’t have in Utah. We’ll tack up this mini vacation as one of those times where we just decided to get out and create some memories and were glad we did. I can't believe we forgot our camera!