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
A co-worker recommended this place, and after looking at the pictures, I felt like I needed to go there ASAP. I obviously did not hesitate and booked a weekend getaway. I want to preface this by saying that I tend to have bad luck in terms of service. Therefore I have low expectations from people. Hope this gives an idea of how terrible my experience was
2- Decent food and drinks
3-Cute hotel/room decor
4- Paul, my massage therapist, was friendly and professional
1-Booked a Delux Double Queen room, for $499/night and upon our arrival, we were not informed that the manager decided to downgrade our room to the Delux King, which had a cheaper rate. My best friend and I have no problem sharing a bed. However, we would've appreciated a heads up and also an updated confirmation. When my friend call to inquire about this, the manager said he could give us another room. We then told him that we didn't mind sharing the bed. However, the room we had was cheaper and wanted to confirm that we were going to pay for what we got. We pulled up the prices online , and the manager said they were wrong. We then had to talk to him about this, and he quoted $379 for Saturday night and $199 for Sunday night. He also said he would comp us a cheese plate and our first drink, or give us another room. We decided to stay in the deluxe king and oh surprise, we were charged $299 for Sunday's rate. The way this whole thing was handle left a sour taste in my mouth. Usually, reputable hotels will upgrade your room if there is an unexpected change in their part, but for some reason, instead of an upgrade, we got a downgrade.
2-Room Service: Food quality was excellent, however, the people delivering the food seemed so annoyed for having to deliver food.
3- The "Spa" is literally 2 rooms. Don't expect a Burke Williams.
4-The WORST part.... we found blood stains on a pillowcase and random bugs throughout the room. Based on how our first issue was handled, I had no energy to go and complain about yet another disappointment.
We have been to many places in the desert, but the Sands is our new favorite. We needed a relaxing, adult weekend and we got precisely that. There is great food, beautiful amenities (truly beautiful -- the tile and Moroccan infused decor are stunning), and ready access to pool and spa (highly recommend the facial!) all on-site. Couple that with personal attention in an intimate setting (there are only about 45 rooms), it makes for the perfect escape.
This hotel spans the delicate balance of a peaceful escape and a uniquely playful environment. The design is inspiring and completely comfortable, around every corner there is a new place to relax and enjoy the moment. The staff is very thoughtful, delivering personal service. A beautiful oasis you will never want to leave.
I stayed at the Sands when they first opened and loved the Moroccan decor and the friendly service. I vowed to return with my wife, and we just did. She loves it as much as I do. They’ve completed their gorgeous spa and have a delightful restaurant on the premises called the Pink Cabana, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What a great addition to the desert!
I booked the Deluxe King Suite for my hubby and I for a 24 hours stay and we both were super impressed. The cleanliness, decor and service was top notch. The bathroom is absolutely beautiful, with a bath tub/shower combo and fun window into the bedroom addition. We also received a complimentary champagne bottle which was a fantastic touch to a romantic weekend.
Loved the fact that there is a spa (didn't book anything, but wish I had), restaurant and bar all on the same property. It made our 24 hour getaway all that convenient and cozy. Plus, we wore our robes to breakfast in the morning and sipped the remaining of our mimosas by the pool- can't get better than that.
There was only one slip up, which had to do with the room service but it was quickly fixed by the staff. Thank you for everything, Sands Staff! We'll be back again (& hopefully for more than 24 hours next time).