Mother’s Day Getaway at Renaissance Esmeralda

Last year Mother’s Day was spent #saferathome. Now that many moms have received their vaccination, it’s time to splurge and take her somewhere special. For those who prefer not to fly to Mexico or Hawaii, the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa is centrally located between Palm Desert and La Quinta in the city of Indian Wells. The views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, along with the warm weather, and the largest swimming pool in the region, make this resort an ideal vacation paradise for the entire family.

Approximate two-hour drive east of Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, is 23 acres of lush Mediterranean-inspired grounds surrounded by a championship golf course, beautiful gardens, waterfalls and surrounding lakes. This desert oasis was built in the late 1980s, as the Stouffer Esmeralda, with a nod to the legendary “Esmeralda Necklace” that was showcased at the property. This necklace was a symbol of elegance and luxury, with the promise to bring good health, happiness and blessings to all.

Marriott International acquired the resort in 1997 to launch the luxury Renaissance Brand. Not only did they redesign the swimming pool, they also refreshed the oversize guest rooms. Many feature a private balcony with scenic pool, mountain or golf course views.

The Renaissance Esmeralda features 560 rooms, including 103 suites that include the Presidential, Governor, Ambassador, Executive and Studio suites. Guest rooms range from 420 to 2,879 square feet and feature:

  • 300-thread count sheets
  • Hairdryer
  • Double sinks set in a marble vanity
  • Spacious closet
  • Temperature monitoring system
  • LCD televisions
  • Refrigerator
  • In-room safe
  • Clock radio
  • Keurig coffee makers, offering coffee and tea

Enjoy breakfast with your mom as she chooses her favorite morning beverage and farm-to-table breakfast at the poolside Cava restaurant offering outdoor and indoor dining. The lemon ricotta pancakes are the resort’s specialty menu item.

Afterwards if mom is a golfer, the 36 holes of championship golf at the Indian Wells Golf Resort is adjacent to the resort. Discounts are available to resort guests through the purchase of golf packages. Tee times may be reserved through the Golf Resort directly. The “Shots in the Night” experience at Indian Wells Golf Resort opens a half-hour after Sunset Thursday through Saturday nights.

For the yoga mom, join her on the grassy lawn at the Olive Grove Yoga Central for one of the morning and evening yoga sessions at the resort. The schedule begins on Monday at 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Tuesday at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. There is no class on Wednesdays. Thursday there is a 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. class and a 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. class. Friday the class is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Saturday there are two classes. The morning class is from 9a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and another class at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday’s class is at 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

If mom deserves a relaxing day at the Spa Esmeralda, it’s currently open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located on the lobby level, the full-service spa features 11 indoor treatment rooms, eight treatment cabanas, and one indoor couple’s suite. There is a men’s and women’s steam room and relaxation lounges. A door leads out to a garden courtyard with a plunge pool in the spa garden.

A fun way to see Indian Wells is by bicycle. Ask the front desk for a cruiser bike and map to follow a 4-mile loop along paved bike lanes, citrus trees and some of the most expensive real estate in the Coachella Valley.

Afterwards, bask in the sun by the sandy beach pool. Since you are celebrating Mother’s Day, reserve a poolside cabana for the day. Not only will you have a private area, but the cabana staff will present a cooler filled with iced water and a plate of fresh fruit. Lunch and beverages can be ordered from the lounge chairs and delivered to the cabana.

Later in the day, the resort atrium offers The Place Lobby Bar to enjoy an evening cocktail or glass of wine with hummus and vegetables, a sandwich, burger, pizza or slice of flourless chocolate cake.

Activities within a short drive include:

  • The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
  • Desert X 2021 – outdoor art exhibits
  • Canyon Jeep tours
  • Hiking, biking, running trails
  • Mountain biking in the Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Hot air balloon offering a bird’s eye view of the desert
  • Joshua Tree National Park

Click here for special rates available now through mid-June starting at $159 – $389. Summer specials from mid-June to August start at $129 – $199.

Where to celebrate NYE 2014

clip_image002-1Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to plan what to do this New Year’s Eve.
Here are some great spots that offer scrumptious dining or packages to stay
safely overnight, so you don’t need to drive after the champagne toast.
2014 near Palm Springs
La Quinta Resort is offering a family New Year’s Eve for couples to bring their
Kids. While parents enjoy a romantic dinner, the kids will be at Kid’s Kamp
enjoying all of the festivities. The property has planned enough fun until 2 a.m. 
Make reservations at Morgan’s, Adobe or TWENTY6.
Call to RSVP: 760-564-4111 ext. 7258
Morgan’s in the desert’s New Year’s Eve Dinner
5 p.m. – midnight
RSVP:  760-564-7600
TWENTY6 New Year’s Eve Dinner
5 p.m. – midnight 
RSVP: +1 760-564-5720
or enjoy NYE at  Adobe with a New Year’s Eve Dinner from  5 p.m. – midnight 
RSVP: 760-564-5725 –  All events are subject to change or cancellation.
The resort is a member of Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.
For more information, call +1 760 564 4111 or visit
Hyatt-Regency-Indian-Wells-Villa-PondHyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa invites locals, weekend getaway-seekers, and visitors from all over to get into the holiday spirit – desert-style – with special resort packages, sumptuous holiday dining experiences at Lantana Restaurant, and festive spa treatments at the award-winning Agua Serena Spa

 Holiday Breakfast Package

Enjoy a romantic desert escape for two this holiday season, including a gourmet breakfast from Lantana Restaurant to start the day off right.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells’ Holiday Breakfast Package starts at $169 per night, and is available from November 25, 2013 – January 4, 2014.  The Holiday Breakfast Package includes:

·         Overnight accommodations

·         Daily breakfast for two at Lantana Restaurant

·         “Holiday Cheer” gift from the resort at check-in

Travel dates are until January 4, 2014. Reserve the Holiday Breakfast Package online at or by calling the resort at 760.341.1000.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells (December 31, 5:30-10 p.m.)Hyatt-Regency-Indian-Wells-Adult-Pool

Ring in 2014 at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells with dining offerings and festive celebrations throughout the evening:

·         Guests can enjoy a four-course, prix-fixe meal by Chef Geoff Bogorad at Lantana Restaurant, with highlights such as  Skuna Bay salmon, champagne lobster risotto, and yellow beet relishbraised Kobe short rib, truffle sunchoke puree and roasted turnips; and housemade pappardelle with Meyer lemon, butternut squash, chanterelle mushrooms, and crispy horseradish, along with a complimentary glass of champagne.

·         After dinner, revelers will take in live entertainment by John Stanley King from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with party favors and a champagne toast provided when the ball drops at midnight.

Pricing: New Year’s Eve Dinner and Celebration at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells is $65/person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.Admission to entertainment at Agave Sunset is complimentary for resort guests and diners at Lantana Restaurant. All other admission to entertainment at Agave Sunset is $25/person. Advance reservations for New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells are encouraged, and can be made by calling 760.674.4165.

About Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Nestled among 45 acres of lush gardens, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, formerly Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa, is a newly renovated destination resort located within the exclusive Indian Wells community. The resort offers unmatched hospitality and service, and easy access to a myriad of activities, inviting guests to Relax, Play and Indulge during their stay. Providing a cool oasis in an iconic desert setting, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers the area’s only private one- and two-bedroom villas – 43 in total – with butler service. The spacious modern 530-guestroom resort provides the warm service Hyatt is known for, seamlessly integrating relaxation, indulgence and endless outdoor activities set against the natural beauty of the desert. Featuring the award-winning Agua Serena Spa and the Medical and Skin Spa, delectable dining options, seven pools, and more than 88,000 square-feet of flexible function space, the resort offers both leisure and business travelers the quintessential Palm Springs experience. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has received numerous, notable awards, including the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for 25 consecutive years, “Top 121 Golf Resorts in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler readers and Leadership level in California Green Lodging Program in 2012. For more information, visit

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The elegant Marquesa Ballroom will be transformed for the New Year’s Eve Gala, recreating the film noir mystique of the decade. Enjoy live music, dance to the era’s big band sounds and indulge in hors d’oeuvres including truffled cheese puffs and caviar roasted potatoes.Beginning at 8 p.m., guests may enjoy an open bar, and at 9 p.m., a five-course dinner with wine pairings. Classic dishes from the 1940s will be served; Lobster Thermidor Prince de Monaco, Filet Oscar and the most sumptuous Banana Split. Of course, no New Year’s Eve past or present is complete without a Champagne toast at midnight. Special room packages are also available for the New Year’s Eve celebration.


Celebration Includes Dining, Dancing, Music 

With L’Auberge Del Mar’s À Votre Santé New Year’s package, guests begin the evening enjoying a four-course dinner for two in the hotel’s signature KITCHEN 1540 restaurant. Afterward, it is off to get their groove on at the hotel’s New Year’s Eve Bash with live music 5-9 p.m. followed by San Diego’s Best DJ, Gabe Vega, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. When it’s time to retire, guests retreat to one of the hotel’s cozy guest rooms for a restful slumber to wake up refreshed and relaxed on the first day of the new year. The À Votre Santé package is available only on December 31, 2013. The package is based on double occupancy and some restrictions apply. Rates start at $629 and include tax, resort fee and $250 dinner credit valid on New Year’s Eve only. For reservations,

New Year’s Day – Join the hotel’s 9 a.m. group hike to Torrey Pines Preserve, one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast with eight miles of stunning overlooks, peaceful trails and a beautiful clean environment. Guests preferring something a bit less strenuous can lounge by the pool or slip away to the ocean-inspired spa for a special price on a festive champagne facial or holiday de-stresser body treatment. Visit

About L’Auberge Del Mar
Located in the heart of Southern California’s most picturesque coastal village of Del Mar,L’Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers a resort experience reminiscent of a private, coastal estate. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, this historic seaside hotel offers 120 guest rooms and suites, refreshing dining options, a cheerful and cozy spa, a private path to the beach and peaceful pool area. The award-winning, signature restaurant, KITCHEN 1540, blends energy and intrigue with a fresh, lively atmosphere. The restaurant’s extensive offerings meld the classic and the unexpected, making KITCHEN 1540 something one simply has to try when dining in Del Mar. For more information, please visit
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