Fodor's Expert Review Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa
44-400 Indian Wells La., ,,,, Indian Wells, California 92210, United States See on Map
This Marriott property hosts two golf courses and a full-service spa. Adjacent to the Indian Wells Golf Resort, this large, tan building has a gorgeous patinated copper roof and copper portico—a unique look compared to most other resorts in the Coachella Valley.
The rooms in this large property are dressed in classic style, with white linens, pillow top duvets, and white exposed beam ceilings. Rooms include mini fridges, workspace, complimentary bottled water, and private balconies.
Bathrooms are equipped with marble-topped counters and complimentary toiletries. All rooms have showers, but some have a whirlpool tub option, including a whirlpool tub just steps from the bed!
A “Sandy Beach” pool entrance means there’s actual beach sand leading to the pool—quite the unique touch. The outdoor pool area also has a hot tub.
The spa and salon provides services for men, women, and couples. Body treatments, like scrubs and wraps, can be combined with massages. Salon services include makeup, nail care, waxing, and paraffin hand treatments to undo damage caused by the dry, desert climate. A steam room, therapy baths, and separate lounges for men and women are also provided.
The 24-hour center includes standard cardio equipment and free weights as well as group fitness classes (including water aerobics).
The coffee kiosk, Cafe Biscotti, serves Starbucks brand coffee as well as pastries. CAVA serves American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Glo Sushi and Sirocco Pizza Company are open for dinner service only.
The resort has two designated bar areas: Glo Lounge and The Pool Bar. Glo Lounge is more of a nightlife spot, while The Pool Bar is the poolside space to grab a drink or snack.
Overnight self-parking is included in the daily resort fee, but valet parking is also available for a fee. The Renaissance has eight charging stations for electric cars.
Kaiser Grille Palm Desert (7-minute drive) is an area mainstay for steaks and seafood, while The Nest (6-minute drive) is classic spot for steaks and escargot and a buzzy bar. Jillian’s (8-minute drive) on posh El Paseo—like the Rodeo Drive of the desert—is true fine dining, with an airy outdoor patio and wine pairings.
For wine and cheese, head down to La Fe Wine Bar (11-minute drive), also in El Paseo Shopping District. Clothier Tommy Bahama has a popular restaurant and bar, Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant and Bar (9-minute drive), serving Caribbean rum drinks and martinis. The live entertainment at Vicky’s of Santa Fe (4-minute drive) is a lovely experience in a delightful atmosphere.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This upscale experience is still accessible to families looking for more of a polished experience than a unique one, though the sand-covered pool entrance is pretty extraordinary. For travelers looking to golf, the on-site courses and other nearby options are a definite draw. The location farther down valley put this resort the same driving distance from L.A. and San Diego.