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Smoke Tree Ranch

At a Glance

    Pros

  • priceless privacy
  • simple luxury
  • many recreation choices include horseback riding, lawn bowling, hiking, and jogging

    Cons

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

Smoke Tree Ranch Review

A world apart from Palm Springs' pulsating urban village, the area's most exclusive resort 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 a quietly luxurious experience reminiscent of the Old West. A collection of simple mid-century cottages is 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 49 cottages, includes 18 suites.
  • Rate includes some meals, all-inclusive.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Apr.–late Oct.
Updated: 04-11-2013

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