Sands Hotel and Spa
What We Love
- Iced mint tea at check-in
- In-room toiletries by Acqua di Parma
- Cal-Mediterranean plates at The Pink Cabana, a contemporary spin on a 1960s racquet club
- Immaculate glass mosaics at the hotel’s destination spa
What To Know
- For views of the San Jacinto mountains, stay in a Double Queen
- Each of the rooms here includes Chrome Cast televisions and mobile streaming
- Guests under 18 are not permitted on the property
- The hotel’s private olive grove makes it a popular wedding location
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
A-list designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard's stylish, down-valley getaway channels a glitzy Moroccan riad
The exclusive desert enclave that is Indian Wells finally has a design-savvy oasis to its name. The 46-room Sands Hotel, with its beguiling rosy exterior, was gussied up by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, whose star-studded client list includes most of the Kardashian crew along with the Colony Palm Hotel in nearby Palm Springs. The lobby, clad in black-and-white Moroccan tiles, serves as a stylish preview for the Mediterranean mania that follows: enormous palms hover by the pool (Bullard was reportedly inspired by the gardens of La Mamounia in Marrakech), while the hotel’s highest-level suite, dubbed Le Riad, is a sexy 1,000-square-foot refuge with gilt embellishments and a soaking tub at the foot of the master bed (though the golden palm trees on your room door are reminders that you’re definitely in glamorous SoCal). The Moroccan magic truly sparkles at the millennial pink spa, with its embroidered poufs and recessed mirrors. (Don’t miss a Radiance Facial, which showcases the restorative powers of pink peppercorn oil.)
In the Area
In addition to a world-renowned tennis tournament, the Indian Wells area (about two hours east of Los Angeles) is also known for its natural splendor: there are fifteen miles of gorges and a succession of serene creeks and pools to take in at the nearby Indian Canyons, about a 30-minute drive from the hotel. For a bird’s eye view of the surrounding desert, hop aboard an hour-long hot-air balloon ride complete with a champagne toast (the hotel can help you facilitate this). If you’re seeking fun of the indoor variety, head to nearby Palm Springs Art Museum, where Picassos and Van Goghs await.
How to Get There
My husband and I always say that the best decision we ever made was marrying each other. But the second best decision we ever made was getting married at the Sands Hotel & Spa BECAUSE of its phenomenal director of sales, Olivia Prescott.
The Sands Hotel is beautiful, serene, and so unique; an easy choice for a beautiful wedding setting. But it was Olivia's commitment to her work, her clients happiness, and her unparalleled work ethic that made our decision to get married there a no-brainer. She was completely transparent about costs and what the hotel included, which we found very hard to find. She also was genuinely excited for our wedding, our crazy ideas for the party, and our marriage. We spent countless hours on the phone with her discussing things, and no detail was too small or mundane for her to help with. Olivia e-mailed and called us back so promptly; she was the much needed brains behind our event, especially considering the fact that we had never planned an event.
Olivia has over 20 years of experience, which shows in the incredible work she does. But what is unique to Olivia is that she shows 110% excitement and enthusiasm about each event she puts on, which in my opinion is rare considering her lengthy career and likely thousands of weddings she has been a part of. Through our wedding process, Olivia became a dear friend of ours. We connected with her on a personal level and she was actually a huge part of our weekend and celebration. She made us feel at home at the hotel, and treated us like family each time we came. We feel so lucky to have met & worked with such a truly special person. It is emotional to even write this review because she was the one cheering us on, and the one who had our back during every twist and turn. She was not just part of our wedding, but our year of excitement leading up to our marriage. We got lucky in meeting her, but we aren’t letting her go just because our wedding is over!
We also want to thank the entire staff at the Sands Hotel & Spa, who were also extremely kind, accommodating, and fun! Molly, the sommelier, was so helpful in picking out the perfect wines and drinks for our crowd. She was behind the scenes making the entire meal perfect! The food was another standout moment for our guests; everyone was blown away by the tasty dishes! Paula was absolutely lovely and kind each time we came to the hotel. & The woman at the front desk screamed when she saw us during our first look; an adorable moment we will never forget!
Thank you Olivia & to the entire staff at the Sands, you guys are so amazing and we will never forget what a special weekend you threw for us!
We love you!
It was a nice boutique hotel, the room was clean and nice as well. We traveled for our 6 year anniversary and it was our first time in Palm Springs.
The pool was super cold and the Chlorine burned my eyes the first day so I thought it was one of those hotels but went to check out the next day and the pool was warm and put back together, so huge disappointment! The management offered a discount next stay but maybe let the guests know when checking in the main attraction, (the pool) is cold and being cleaned instead of acting like you had no clue what happened.
My husband and I came to re-charge our batteries for a small getaway. At first it was a bit confusing when we arrived because we weren’t sure where to enter the hotel.. the “front desk” was a small nook in the entryway. They could use better signage to direct new guests. Nevertheless the decor of the hotel is very well done and so fun! The grounds are quite small but that’s what we were looking for. It’s quiet and not a whole lot of hustle and bustle..
the room was a good size and decorated nicely as well.
I’m a stickler for cleanliness and the room was pretty clean for the most part. They could clean the walls in the bathroom a bit, the shower door was sagging so when you closed it it made a noise noise from the edges hitting.
The bed was pretty comfortable but the pillows were a bit stiff for my likely.
The restaurant on the grounds is very nice and has good fresh food, but it’s pretty pricey! So we ate out most of the time.
Making a spa appointment was kind of frustrating as they have people “on call” and those people would not be available but we finally found a day and time that worked.
The place was very tranquil and beautiful. I felt safe and even though there were a few hiccups it was nothing that would prevent me from recommending or staying here again. Well done Sands Hotel!