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
Incredible Vibe and feel to the place. The staff treats you like Royalty. Sands Hotel understands customer service and it shows! Great Restaurant and it changes from day to night you have to see decor to experience the magic and it's all about the pool;-)
I had the most amazing girls weekend at the Sands Hotel and it was EVERYTHING I hoped it would be. The property itself is GORGEOUS with dusty pink walls, tiled flooring, striped cabanas, the whole shebang. Every corner of this hotel is picture worthy. The rooms were extremely clean, spacious, and looked brand new. The pool was the perfect temperature and there were no problems getting daybeds or pool chairs. The restaurant is so stylish and the food was really tasty. We had 3 meals on property and if you get a chance make sure you try the Moroccan pancakes and the calamari. Both were outstanding! Also, the drinks are delicious. My favorite was the ginger colada.
Ok, enough about the gorgeous hotel and tasty food. Where this hotel really stands out is the impeccable service. I've stayed at a lot of pretty boutique hotels but none have come close to this level of service at this price point. Adam, the guest service manager, went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our stay was memorable. We had reservations at another hotel for dinner one night and when those fell through he tried his best to make other accommodations for us. We ultimately ended up having dinner on property that night and he sent us a bottle of champagne just because! It was so nice and unexpected and such a treat. These are the kind of special touches that really make you feel like they are happy to have your business. Ashley, our waitress at the pool, was also wonderful and we never had to look around wondering where the server was. I wish I could individually call out every single staff member for their excellent service but please know that the entire staff is top notch. Anytime we called for something in the room it was sent up immediately. They even have free coffee at the pool in the morning! So many amazing touch points. Thank you Sands for being so awesome. I hope you haven't ruined me for other hotels :)
Stayed at The Sands for a destination wedding. Absolutely lovely venue, outstanding service, wonderful food, ambiance is delightful and ultra-relaxing. Rooms are airy and well designed for the size. I have only wonderful things to say about The Sands. Highly recommend.
Absolutely incredible service and great experience! Restaurant is wonderful and the rooms very nice. The staff will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Gorgeous decor as well. Couldn’t think of a more beautiful oasis in the desert.
The moment you walk into the Sands, you know you're somewhere special.
We did a total buy-out for our wedding in April 2019, and it was a success beyond our wildest dreams. The entire hotel was filled to capacity with ~140 of our closest friends and family, and this was the perfect venue for our vision of a weekend-long pool party. We absolutely could not have dreamed up a better place to get married.
Olivia and her staff are unbeatable -- they work so hard, are so friendly, and there to anticipate your every need. So many of our wedding guests commented to us that they were blown away by the service. The staff was communicative, and everyone had a can-do, flexible attitude that made things go incredibly smoothly. As just one example, we had a pile of lost-and-found items at the end of the weekend, and they were so kind as to ship us a giant box so that we didn't have to fly it home ourselves.
We barely felt the need to decorate because everything is already lavishly designed with a glamorous mid-century Moroccan theme. It's the definition of Instagram-worthy. And the hotel is still basically brand new, having opened in March 2018. Every detail is modern, tasteful, and functional. (Note that they don't have desks in the rooms, but that's because you should be out by the pool, not on your laptop!)
The food and drink selection from the hotel's Pink Cabana restaurant is fantastic by any big city standards, and the quality held up, even for our big party of ~185. Everything from the crab beignets to the tuna skewers to the specialty cocktails to the turmeric granola parfaits were outstanding. People rarely rave about wedding food, but they did about ours!
The layout of the hotel is also fantastic for a no-worries wedding. We did a Friday afternoon pool party, the Saturday ceremony and reception, and the Sunday brunch, all at the hotel. Most events and casual hanging out for the weekend happened poolside or by the fire pits outside of the restaurant. But the ceremony took place in the tucked-away olive grove, which made it feel very special. The spa is also jaw-dropping, covered in mirrored mosaic pieces, and this is where the ladies got ready.
Even if you're not in the market for a wedding venue, the Sands is a luxurious treat for a stay of any length. Everything about it is welcoming and relaxing. You can also use it as a jumping off point for exploring the art, nature, and everything that Palm Desert has to offer -- if you can peel yourself off of that lounge chair! And one more bonus -- you can bring your (small) dog!
We'll be back to celebrate anniversaries, and just to say hello. The team and the space is truly extraordinary, and I cannot recommend the Sands enough.