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 recent meeting at a water district in Coachella brought me to the Sands Hotel and Spa...which was only 5 minutes away from my meeting location. I found the hotel on the internet and instagram, and was blown away by the amazing style. It was Casa Blanca/Moroccan/art deco/desert hip......all in one. Using an instagram coupon and my AAA discount my room was incredibly affordable. This was to be a mini-vacation while working....and it was exactly that. Upon my arrival, the most beautiful young woman checked me in and provided me with a room upgrade. The room was gorgeous with wonderful Moroccan tile,huge bathtub, large TV, in room espresso with a french press, and the most amazing in room bar. The accessories and attention to detail were wonderful. I basically ran from my meetings to get back to the hotel, where I finished up my work afternoons at the hotel restaurant, sitting at the bar. The bartenders were lovely and so very nice. Adam was incredible...taught me how to drinking wine and to learn the notes....Molly told me about the hotel and the decor. It was clearly run with professionals that make customer service the most important. The food was also delicious....I ate in my room both nights, and felt super spoiled. The hotel staff even brought me extra coffee at 4am, with incredible kindness at such an awful hour of the morning. Even though it was a work trip, it made me feel like I was on vacation, and that is exactly what I needed. I hope to come back and share this special gem with my friends and family sometime soon! xoxo
Such a beautiful place to stay in the desert! The room was beautiful and tastefully appointed, as well as everything about the hotel itself. The pool area is beautiful and well taken care of. Plenty of chairs, outdoor beds, and lounges to keep all guests comfortable. The spa/jacuzzi was a perfect temperature and large enough for many guests to enjoy! The Pink Cabana Restaurant is a delicious bonus to the property with great selections of delicious choices. Looking forward to a return trip, hopefully soon!
We booked this hotel last minute while driving from LA and boy were we pleasantly surprised. The name sounded somewhat bland but the hotel was anything but. The room was incredibly comfortable and chic. The pool and poolside seating were amazing and not crowded. The meals were excellent. And the staff was outstanding. I rarely write reviews but this experience was different. I couldn't recommend this hotel more highly!!!