C California Style

Desert Rose

by C California Style

Rancho Mirage gets glam with the reopening of its Ritz-Carlton.

Back in 1988, when Palm Springs was known for raucous spring breaks and its mayoral candidate Sonny Bono, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage opened the area’s first luxury resort. In ensuing years, the property changed owners and management a couple of times before it closed for reinvention. After a stop-and-go process that ground to a halt in the ’08 recession, it’s back in full splendor, and it was worth the wait. The 244-room bluff-top retreat fills a luxury gap in the area’s thriving scene. Yes, the property has the requisite palm-lined pools and native gardens, but what sets it apart are the impressive views, the Desert Sanctuary (a spa with 15 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms) and its restaurants including State Fare Bar & Kitchen, which serves local ingredients in true California-artisanal style. The room to book: a ground-floor terrace suite with a private fire pit. From $379/night. 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr., Rancho Mirage, 760-321-8282; ritzcarlton.com.

Edited by Jenny Murray.
Written by Christine Lennon.