Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection
What We Love
- Venetian-style terraces
- More intimate than nearby sprawling resorts
- Seasonal farm-to-table cuisine at Grove Artisan Kitchen
- Access to top golf courses; the resort can arrange tee times
What To Know
- Located in Indian Wells, but it's 15 minutes from downtown Palm Springs
- Family-friendly, so expect some children
- A $30 (plus tax) resort fee per night will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Indian Wells and the Santa Rosa range are the backdrop for this 11-acre Mediterranean-inspired resort. Tiles coat the rooftops of the villas, which are laced in hot pink and red bougainvillea, while palm trees run along the edge of the neighboring golf course and pool like a line of tropical exclamation points. At the center of the resort is the Well Spa, which is surrounded by lush herb and citrus gardens. The building, with its simple stone and wood construction, looks as if it were dropped here straight from Tuscany.
Bed & Bath
Woven amid olive trees and lush gardens, the 215 guestrooms, suites and villas have Venetian-style terraces and patios looking out over the grounds, golf course and mountains. Earth tones, with rich chocolates and warm honey accents inspired by the desert make for a relaxing setting. Big marble bathrooms have double vanities and are stocked with Destination Earth and Gilchrist & Soames products.
It’s all about health at this sun-kissed wellness retreat. The spa offers a wide array of treatments like the Pelle D’Oro (Skin of Gold) — an exfoliation with grape seeds and sun-kissed olive oil. The Mediterranean fare served at Grove Artisan Kitchen focuses on seasonal, local ingredients that are at once indulgent and tasty. French doors open onto a dining courtyard with a gurgling stone fountain. To work off the calories, there’s yoga, morning walks through the 11 acres of olive trees and rose gardens, or hydro yo chi, an integration of yoga and tai chi practiced in the warm spa pool.
How to Get There
There are dozens of really nice resorts in the Palm Springs area. Miramonte used to be special. It really isn't anymore. The property and rooms are the same (except for some really weird red, modern sculptures now all over the property) but it is no longer the relaxing escape it once was. It is not dirty, the staff was very nice but you can have that at many properties, especially in this area. Miramonte used to be a place you could come to and immediately relax. You felt the entire property was a spa, not just a hotel. That feeling has been lost.
I will share a couple of specific examples:
1. We used to be able to easily call the front desk and select the room we wanted. This property has many choices for rooms and knowing where you are going to stay on the property is part of the experience of having a relaxing retreat. This is nearly impossible to do now with the Hilton reservation system and staff seem to have been trained to not cater to this type of request, probably for booking efficiency. But honestly I don't care. So now you might as well book the cheapest room you can and roll the dice; if you can stay here cheap you might as well; it is a nice "hotel."
2. Room service used to be reasonable. The cost was still high and the portions were spa-like limited size. But it was worth the experience to have breakfast brought to your room. Wonderfully relaxing. Now the prices have been raised about 60% and a mandatory 20% service fee has been added plus a $4 delivery fee. And the food portions are still Spa-like quantities. Honestly there are a ton of breakfast places in the area so it just wasn't worth the cost. So this special relaxing element is also completely gone.
3. Loss of the adult pool. In the back of the property they have a small, private pool, very close to a number of rooms. The policy used to be that this was an adult only pool and again it highly contributed to the former Spa-like atmosphere at Miramonte. There is a huge beautiful pool towards the front of the property with music playing and generally has more people. So it was really nice to have a quiet more relaxing pool option. I honestly would not have said that Miramonte is a resort for kids, There are no playgrounds or water slides. But the large pool is fine for kids. But now the small pool is also dominated by kids. So now it is not quiet, you have to deal with being splashed and kicked and you have to be extremely protective of any drink you might try to enjoy by the pool. Honestly, the atmosphere was like any standard motel pool. I don't blame the kids or the parents even but I do blame the hotel for changing the policy. We considered paying the $35pp Spa fee to use the actual Spa pool but it wasn't worth it for the short time we had remaining. And honestly if we are going to pat for a Spa pool, the one at Rancho Las Palmas is so much better and there are a ton others to try. I spoke to four other couples who were also aware of the change. Two also complained to the front desk. If this policy isn't changed, then everyone reading this review should know the hotel is no longer catering to repeat, adult customers, who vacation without kids..
Those are my main examples. There also seemed to be a ton more families with small kids for some reason, probably due to the Hilton points system. I don't know. But I do know we will be trying other properties out now. It was just so disappointing to lose such great unique escape.
Our reservation was wrong, room had a horrible smell to it, I had to go to front desk staff more than three times due to keys not working, front desk staff was not helpful at all. If you decide to book here, keep a close eye on charges to your card. I traveled with my family and the cabana i rented was charged to the wrong room plus we didn't get every thing it came with.
The property is very nice, but the rooms seem a little outdated and could use a refresh. The destination did not offer much information about the local area or give recommendations. Lala at the Pool Bar was exceptional and helped me overlook the rooms and beds.
If you are thinking of having any type of outing whether it is a business seminar or friends coming together, definitely check out the Miramonte Resort and Spa! The grounds are kept up beautifully, and the service is awesome!
We have stayed here for 5 years as we have an annual golf event and our entire group stays at the Miramonte. (Rod Owens Desert Classic). The staff have always been helpful and kind. Our accommodations are great. The amenities are spectacular. We always look forward to returning year after year.