“It wasn’t precisely the Ritz,” individuals generally quip a few less-than-stellar resort keep. Properly, this time, I can say, sure, it was.
We had been in a celebratory temper final summer time once we determined to ditch our ordinary midrange accommodations for luxe digs within the desert. The Ritz-Carlton match the invoice: the excessive life excessive on a hill on Frank Sinatra Drive in Rancho Mirage, redesigned and reopened in 2014 after a multimillion-dollar renovation.
Our grownup son joined my husband and me, and our important exercise was hanging across the swimming pools within the daytime and the fireplace pits within the night. We additionally ventured down the hill to take pleasure in meals within the higher Palm Springs space.
The tab: We paid about $650 for 2 nights (plus about $150 for parking and resort charges) and $450 for food and drinks. Word: Room charges differ by season; summer time is lowest.
We acquired fortunate at check-in and scored an improve to a set as longtime members of the resort’s rewards program. At 850 sq. ft, our suite’s two rooms had twice the area of a daily room — and two loos. My son loved having his personal room with a pullout couch, desk and TV. The decor — understated but ritzy — was a soothing impartial palette with pops of shade, and the master suite had an oversize tile toilet with a cavernous open bathe and deep soaking tub. Our ground-floor suite, with two patio seating areas, opened to a desert panorama that includes manicured bushes, cactus and crops and was near the resort’s two swimming swimming pools.
We stopped for lunch on the all the time crowded Sherman’s Deli & Bakery in Palm Springs and wolfed down the quintessential corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. The sandwiches had been piled excessive and the true deal, as TV host Man Fieri, who visited Sherman’s Palm Desert location, would possibly say. A late dinner on the fashionable Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge in Palm Springs was eclectic and satisfying: a pupu platter (coconut shrimp, rooster satay, beef skewers, spring rolls and ribs), a grilled Yucatán rooster sausage pizza, and Southern fried rooster with mashed potatoes and nation gravy. The eating room has a traditional supper-club vibe, so we selected a retro sales space; the patio had a buzzy occasion ambiance. Again on the Ritz, we had lunch our final day at its extra informal venue, State Fare Bar & Kitchen. A trio of sandwiches — a membership, a brisket and a burger — had been customary fare in a reasonably setting.
Go take a hike. No, critically, it’s a deal with to wander a desert path, particularly within the morning. In step with the weekend’s lazy tempo, we caught to a pair of easy-to-moderate hikes on Chuckwalla Path and Roadrunner Path, every close to the resort. Examine to see if the resort is providing guided hikes; when you go by yourself, ask for a mountain climbing map and bottled water. It could possibly get toasty even in winter.
THE LESSON LEARNED
Be looking out for freebies, even in an upscale resort: A glass of Champagne provided at check-in, free morning espresso within the foyer. If out there, bookend your day with a complimentary health class within the morning and a nighttime stargazing occasion. However the sweetest deal with for us was the night Sweet Bar within the resort foyer with glass beakers stuffed with sweet to select from (M&Ms, Reese’s, Snickers, Tootsie Rolls, Skittles).
Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage; (760) 321-8282. Wheelchair accessible.
Sherman’s Deli & Bakery, 401 E. Tahquitz Canyon Approach, Palm Springs; (760) 325-1199. Wheelchair accessible.
Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, 330 E. Amado Highway, Palm Springs; (760) 866-1952. Wheelchair accessible.
State Fare Bar & Kitchen, 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage; (760) 321-8282