Located just minutes from Palm Springs, this intimate AAA 4-Diamond resort exudes a romantic atmosphere and provides guests an oasis where they can truly get away from it all
(INDIAN WELLS, CA; January 2009) Evoking the warmth and elegance of a Mediterranean estate, Miramonte Resort & Spa, a Destination Hotel & Resorts property, sits nestled against the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains in the California desert community of Indian Wells. A region to which travelers have long flocked in search of peace and tranquility, Miramonteâ€™s inviting atmosphere encourages guests to leave their everyday concerns far behind and embrace the sunny, warm climate and the pleasures of a luxurious getaway.
A collection of villas set amid 11 acres, guests enter the resort through the marble-floored lobby that evokes the grand entrance of an Italian mansion and are drawn outside to the manicured lawns and a spectacular view of the propertyâ€™s lush landscape framing the mountains soaring skyward in the distance.
Pathways meander throughout the grounds of the resort, leading guests to their accommodations, which are located in buildings situated around two swimming pools, the luxurious Miramonte Pool, flanked by a cascading fountain, flagstone deck, intimate cabanas, and chaise lounges, and the Piedmont Pool, a secluded oasis for adults only. Vivid hues of bougainvillea grow around archways and over balconies, and a multitude of flower and herb gardens accent each villa, creating the perfect spaces for guests to lounge, whether on the manicured lawns or in one of the hammocks sprinkled across the grounds. The aromas of citrus, rosemary, lavender, and roses perfume the air, while the sounds of gently cascading water from the many fountains create a feeling of serenity.
Within the villas are 215 generously sized guest rooms and suites, each with a private terrace. Decorated in warm terra cotta and cream colors with olive green accents, each room provides comforts that allow visitors an idyllic escape: from extravagant bathrooms complete with marble vanities to signature Desert Dream beds, a superior mattress that features six layers of specialized foam within the pillow top, made complete with the softest down bedding. Among the many other room features are fully stoked minibars, terry bathrobes and slippers, Tarocco Personal Care Collection bath amenities, and 24-hour room service, all accentuating Miramonteâ€™s commitment to personalized service. Staying connected, however, is still easy, thanks to the 42-inch flat-panel TVs in each room. Business travelers, in particular, will also appreciate complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access available to all guests on property.
Those seeking the ultimate escape can reserve the Villa dâ€™Este, a private enclave that houses four one-bedroom suites that can be reserved individually, as well as a 3,000-square-foot Presidential Suite with separate living room and dining areas. The 7,800-square-foot building offers all the comforts of the Miramonte guest rooms, as well as living rooms and Jacuzzi tubs with separate showers.
No stay at Miramonte would be complete without a visit to THE WELL Spa, the Coachella Valleyâ€™s only Mobil-rated spa, which was also chosen as one of the top 10 resort spas in North America by CondÃ© Nast Traveler readers in 2008.
Reminiscent of an Italian home, this intimate retreat has become the centerpiece of the resort, and treats guests to a rejuvenating experience. Unique among Southern California spas for its attention to detail, THE WELL offers the ultimate in relaxation and retreat, with five outdoor and nine indoor relaxation suites, and two signature river benches, as well as a Watsu pool. The spaâ€™s services incorporate techniques inspired by the Mediterranean way of life, and utilize a diverse array of enticing ingredients: from wine to therapeutic muds, locally grown herbs, and handcrafted essential oils.
Among the distinctive features at THE WELL is the Bagno Vino (wine bath), and wellness classes such as Hydro Yo Chi, an integration of yoga and tai chi taught in the 98-degree pool adjacent to the spa. The soothing treatment rooms boast details such as Vichy showers with tables built from 100-year-old acacia trees and carved in the shape of mangrove leaves. In addition, the Waterfall Grotto allows guests to lie upon a sculpted stone chaise lounge immersed in a shallow stream of water much like lounging in a natural riverbed. A beverage bar offers spa guests light and healthful refreshments.
Additional refreshments can be found at Grove Artisan Kitchen, which serves fresh farm-to-table cuisine, featuring ingredients from local artisan growers simply prepared with time honored techniques. Chef Robert Nyerik dazzles the palate with layers of flavor as the fresh, quality ingredients, including those he picks from Miramonteâ€™s own herb garden and citrus grove, blend in a culinary melody highlighted by signature balsamic vinegar, aged 18 years, and specially blended olive oil. Named after the citrus and date groves that once flourished years ago on the very land the resort rests upon, Grove Artisan Kitchen celebrates the rich history of the desert, honoring local artisan growers fortunate for the natural waters that made Indian Wells famous. For lighter fare, The Grove Lounge offers cocktails, appetizers, and entrÃ©e selections. Alternatively, dinners for up to 10 guests can also be arranged in the cabanas at the Miramonte Pool.
For those coming to Miramonte for combination of work and pleasure, the resort offers a dazzling variety of unique spaces at which to hold meetings and other functions. Outdoor weddings and banquets are especially popular on the Miramonte Lawn, with views of the majestic mountains in the background. For an intimate event, the fragrant Citrus Herb Garden is ideal, as is The Piazza, a stunning, second-floor outdoor terrace that offers panoramic views of the pool, gardens, and surrounding mountains. The picturesque setting of the space includes a large fireplace that provides warmth and ambience on cool desert evenings.
On the west end of the enchanting resort, the brand-new Mediterranean Ballroom has changed the entire exterior design. A remodeled entrance, akin to a small charming house, welcomes corporate meeting and incentive groups to take advantage of the relaxing, residential-like meeting spaces. The addition of 6,000-square-foot ballroom brings Miramonteâ€™s total available meeting and function area to more than 18,000 square feet, with a group capacity of 800. Specializing in corporate and association meetings, as well as rewarding incentive programs and special events, Miramonte is home to some of the finest meeting facilities in California, and offers guests a personalized experience that cannot be found elsewhere in the region.
In encouraging guests to relax and live well, Miramonte is the perfect place to combine poolside sunbathing and spa-going with other activities. Bicycling, bocce, lawn chess, croquet, and a variety of fitness activities, such as yoga and pilates, are available year round, and the 24-hour, on-site fitness center is equipped with the latest treadmills, Stairmasters, and free weights, as well as multiple televisions for personalized viewing. Sessions with personal trainers can also be arranged upon request.
While the sanctuary-like embrace of the resort may tempt guests to stay within its reach, a venture out has its own rewards. Nearby, 36 holes of championship golf beckon at the Clive Clark and John Fought-designed Indian Wells Golf Resort, which offers preferred pricing and tee times to Miramonte guests. In addition, the world-famous Indian Wells Country Club, home to the PGA Tourâ€™s Bob Hope Classic, is adjacent to the resort, and Miramonteâ€™s golf concierge can arrange preferred tee times at over 100 of the Coachella Valleyâ€™s best courses, including PGA WEST, Desert Willow, Landmark, and Trilogy, to name a few. Tennis enthusiasts, meanwhile, can play at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where the worldâ€™s top players compete in the annual Pacific Life Open. Those who prefer pursuits less athletic can visit El Paseo, the â€œRodeo Drive of the Desert,â€ with its exclusive shops, restaurants, and galleries, just minutes away.
Miramonte Resort & Spa brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to the California desert community of Indian Wells, just minutes from Palm Springs. The intimate village, featuring THE WELL Spa and Mediterranean-inspired Ristorante Brissago, offer guests an unforgettable experience in an extraordinary environment. Whether a stay at Miramonte Resort & Spa is for serious business or pure pleasure, it is sure to be a memorable one. For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.miramonteresort.com or www.thewellatmiramonte.com.