Smoke Tree Ranch

1850 Smoke Tree La., Palm Springs, California, 92264, United States

A world apart from Palm Springs' pulsating urban village, the area's most under-the-radar resort complex occupies 400 pristine desert acres surrounded by mountains and unspoiled vistas. A laid-back genteel retreat since the mid-1930s for some of the world's foremost families, including Walt Disney's, it still provides an experience reminiscent of the Old West. The simple midcentury cottages here are spread among manicured desert gardens and shaded by smoke trees. Most have fireplaces and private patios. A large rambling ranch house right out of a western movie, with gleaming paneled walls and picture windows framing desert scenery, holds a dining room where three meals are served daily.

PROS

  • priceless privacy
  • simple luxury
  • recreational choices include horseback riding, lawn bowling, hiking, golfing, a playground, and jogging

CONS

  • no glitz
  • limited entertainment options
  • family atmosphere not for everyone

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 760-327–1221 | 800-787–3922

HOTEL DETAILS

49 cottages, includes 18 suites
Rate Includes: Closed Apr.–late Oct. All-inclusive; Some meals

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