Miramonte Resort and Spa
A half-hour drive "down valley" from better-known Palm Springs, the tranquil, Mediterranean-flavored Miramonte in upscale Indian Wells is a golf-lover's dream, with three nearby championship courses. With red-tiled roofs, Moorish archways, and buildings named Villa Capri, Villa Naples, and The Portofino, the Miramonte Resort and Spa will make you think you are in the Mediterranean. But the arid desert breezes, insistent sunshine, and looming rocky outcrops in the distance remind you that you're in southern California's Coachella Valley. The hotel fronts the main thoroughfare of Highway 111 and is surrounded by malls and businesses, but you can hear a pin drop here, and that's just the way the travelers who frequent the place love it. The 215 rooms and suites are scattered among two-story villa buildings, with rich brown, gold, and rust interiors and touches like citrus and lavender Italian bath amenities, marble-topped vanities and baths, and overstuffed comforters and pillows. Sun beds, fire pits, and cabanas line the two large pools. The centerpiece of the resort is the $3.5 million, 12,000-square-foot Well Spa with its oil paintings, candles, saltwater pool, and signature treatments like bagno vino (wine baths).