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Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa A Ksl Luxury Resort

41 000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, California
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July 14 2011
2 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"The pool area blew my kids away!"

This year I have made it my quest to explore the desert and have made visits to the Palm Springs region in the fall, winter, and spring. In each visit, I had the opportunity to visit a different property in a different community. This time, my family decided to go the resort route and stay at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage.  Typically, I am not the sort of person who hunkers down at a resort and stays put. I like to get out and explore the surrounding area. However, my family had so much fun at Rancho Las Palmas that we only left for a couple meals and never felt like we missed out on a thing.

The first thing I loved about the resort was its classic Spanish meets California architecture. If I could build my dream home it would be in this style so any property that allows me to call this beautiful and romantic yet casual décor my own for a couple days is already on my good side. Rooms are grouped in many different small buildings scattered throughout the resort and range in size and view. Our room had a pool view (there is no better view in my kids’ eyes) and was the size of a typical hotel room, featuring two queens sized beds and a spacious bathroom.  Our patio looked out at the pool and served as a great location for my family who spent most of the time running back in forth to the pool.

Speaking of pool, this hotel is a fantasyland for kids who love pools. The pool area (aka: Splashtopia) is separated into two adjacent sections. The first features a massive pool, perfect for swimming, floating, or watching a “Dive-In” movie, as well as a spa. There are several lounge chairs surrounding the pool area with wait staff ready to bring your drinks or meals from the poolside Splash Grill. The other half is ringed by a lazy river, and features two water slides, splash play area, as well as a sandy beach area perfect for tots.  Trust me, you will never want to leave the pool, especially with the warm desert sun looming overhead. We spent hours at the pools each day and even while my kids and husband napped, I snuck so I could ride around the lazy river about 50 times. It was bliss.

There are a few different dining options on site and my family had dinner at bluEmber, the resort’s signature restaurant.  At first glance, we thought dining may be a bit upscale for our preschoolers but our fears were quickly calmed by the plethora of children dining at the restaurant (the resort was filled with families) and the special kid themed buffet. Children could choose from a variety of typical kid-friendly options and eat as much or as little as they wanted.  Since the weather was gorgeous and the umbrellas provided us with the necessary shade, my family opted to sit outside and gaze out at the golf course.  I think my husband was secretly cursing me for not informing him Rancho Las Palmas was a golf resort.  The menu at bluEmber was on the expensive side, with adult entrees averaging about $30. I would consider it to be a spot where families would dine for one special night and not a place to eat daily. The food was very good but I wasn’t blown away.  Reservations are must on busy weekends but considering there is a huge shopping area (The River) across the street from the resort with several popular eating establishments, there are plenty of options nearby if you can’t get in.

There is a spa on site but I didn’t get the chance to sneak away and enjoy it. There is also a tranquility (aka: adult only) pool for those of you who have older children who are okay swimming alone in Splashtopia and are looking for an hour of peace and quiet.  As I mentioned above, the resort is also home to a very nice 27 hole golf course which offers adult and junior golf instruction.  The resort recently opened the Palms Café as well which features coffee, brick-oven pizzas, and light breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. I believe this opened after my visit but sounds like something my kids would have really enjoyed.

Bottomline: I loved Rancho Las Palmas and its amazing pool area. It was the first hotel that my kids truly begged for more time at and may have shed a few tears as we told them it was time to go. Keep an eye out for those off season deals because they are a great value. I have no doubt that we will be back.

Disclosure: My family received a complimentary stay at Rancho Las Palmas and $100 dining credit in order to complete this review. The hotel did not ask that we express any specific opinion and my opinions are always my honest thoughts.

Ciao Bambino
Ciao Bambino
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December 23 2010
1 family found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Rated Family-Friendly by Ciao Bambino"

The resort was lovely and exceeded our expectations. We all loved it, and in particular the grandchildren ages 3, 5 and 6 years of age. It is set on 240 acres in the desert, centrally located at the foot of Mount San Jacinto. The resort has undergone a multi-million dollar makeover, and has many things to offer: three pools, a jacuzzi, a 27 hole golf course, 25 tennis courts, a spa with its own pool, children's camp, a water fantasy land called Splashtopia - a neat aquatic playground including a lazy river, two 100 foot water slides, and a small sand beach. The property also has two nice boutiques. There are umbrellas, but renting a cabana during very hot summer days guarantees shade and also privacy for relaxing and having lunch or snacks.

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