Desert Luxury at the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

The Ritz Carlton resort in Rancho Mirage offers an array of amenities and services for guests all year round. During the summer when the heat rises to 100 degrees, the elegant room rates drop. As the sun sets and the temperatures cools, guests gather at both swimming pools and on the recreational lawn. Activities include swinging a golf club at the putting green, aim and throw at ladder ball and building Jenga towers. A staff member leads a Serenity under the Stars yoga class on the Vista lawn, while another staff member takes guests on a sunset hike for spectacular views. Mountain bikes and hiking maps are also availale. On Friday and Saturday evenings the staff hold an informative stargazing astronomy experience.

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Walking into the lobby of this desert oasis near Palm Spring, the concierge desk offers an array of complimentary candy for guests to enjoy during check in and throughout the day from noon to 5 p.m.

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Entering room number 1334, I slid open the sliding glass door and stepped onto the balcony with two chairs and a table. Looking out, I appreciated the palm trees, desert, majestic mountain and the main pool views. The spacious room features a king size bed with Frette luxury bed linens, 55-inch LCD flat-panel HD television, mini refrigerator and small sitting area. In the closet there is a safe, two plush white hooded bathrobes and slippers.

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Inside the oversized bathroom is a custom designed 19-inch HD television with a remote control on the bathroom vanity. One can watch their favorite television show while taking a warm soaking bubble bath using luxurious Asprey bath amenities. There is also a marble tiled shower.

Dining at State Fare Bar & Kitchen for dinner, the menu by Chef Bruno Lopez is an ode to California-sourced food and wine. The upscale dining venue overlooks the Coachella valley, and offers an exhibition kitchen. There are tables outside for al fresco dining.

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On Wednesday through Sunday, The Edge Steakhouse is open in the evenings for dinner serving premium dry-aged prime steak and fresh seafood paired with wines from all over the world. The glass window cliff side setting offers spectacular sunset and twinkle light views.

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Walking back to my room, the Reflection Fountain had three large blue orb balls that changed shades as they floated on top of the water.

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The next morning I went down to the reception area for complimentary morning coffee and tea before joining others for a staff member guided morning hike. There are more than 20 miles of mountain and hiking trails originating right from the hotel. For guests who prefer to hike on their own, the concierge desk has towels, bottled water, apples and a hiking map to guide guests on three different trails from the resort. The Jack Rabbit is a moderate 0.9 trail, the Roadrunner/Bighorn overlook trail is a 1.5 moderate hike and the Chuckwalla Trail is 1.6 miles with steep drop-offs.

Ready for a swim in the main pool, guest already rented many of the cabanas. They are available for the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cabana package includes a dedicated cabana attendant, seasonal fruit bowl, bottled water, sunscreen, two personal lounge chairs, flat screen television, resort WIFI, refrigerator, personal safe, ceiling fan, misters and electrical outlet.

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Other resort activities during the day include a visit to the famous Jose Eber Salon, an indoor spa treatment, and workout in the fitness center. Nearby desert activities and sightseeing include air conditioned Modern architectural tours of Palm Springs, and taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to soar up to a cooler 8,500 feet mountain to dine, hike and explore under towering pine trees.

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The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage is conveniently located to the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and 60 minutes from Ontario International Airport (ONT). It’s two hours from the Los Angeles (LAX), Orange County (SNA) and San Diego (SAN) International Airports.

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Stay here during Greater Palm Springs dineGPS Restaurant Week.

For reservations go to http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/rancho-mirage or call (760) 321-8282.

This review was published in JustLuxe on June 1, 2019.

dineGPS Restaurant Week is a Real TREAT

It’s Restaurant Week in Palm Springs to La Quinta! This year there are over 120 casual to fine dining restaurants launching special value lunch and dinner menus from May 31 to June 9, 2019. Two-course lunches are priced at $15, $20 and $25. Dinner menus offer a choice of three items starting at $29, $39 and $49.

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While attending a preview of the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week “TREAT your heart out” at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage, President and CEO of Greater Palm Springs Scott White, welcomed over 200 guests to a festive evening showcasing some of the desert’s favorite chefs and eateries participating this year.

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This year $1 will go to FIND Food Bank for each reservation booked on dinegps.com. FIND regional food bank helps nourish thousands of hungry Coachella Valley seniors, hard-working adults and school aged children.

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At the entrance of the event, the LA Roller Girls welcomed guests before entering a large ballroom to kick-off the event featuring the participating restaurants:

La Quinta

Solano’s Bistro is a chef owned and operated restaurant in Old Town La Quinta. Dine inside or out, while ordering from the $29 Dinner MENU. 78075 Main Street Suite 105. Phone: 760.771.6655.

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Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery is known for salads to steaks, bbq pulled pork sandwiches, craft beer & cocktails. During dineGPS they are offering a $20 Lunch MENU and $39 Dinner MENU. 71800 Highway 111 Suite A176, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. 760.346.8738

Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant located in Rancho Mirage. Chef Drew Davis prepares a variety of Spanish-infused dishes in a rustic yet modern setting. 70026 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.(760) 770-9508.

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State Fare at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage – Chef Bruno Lopez and his team made a watermelon mint gazpacho, fish ceviche with caramelized sweet potatoes and a tender veal shank with celery root puree. During Restaurant Week they are offering a $20 Lunch MENU  and $49 Dinner MENU68900 Frank Sinatra Drive. Phone: 760.321.8282.

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360 Sports at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage – Lively Sports Bar is offering a $20 Lunch MENU and $29 Dinner. At the event they made a raspberry cocktail with Absolute raspberry vodka, fresh lime juice, topped it with ginger beer over ice and garnished with a balckberry and lime wedge. 32250 Bob Hope Drive. Phone:  888.999.1995.

Indian Wells

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Chef Paul Hancock crafts unique and unexpected pairings to delight the taste buds at Citrus & Palm at the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa.  Order from the $20 Lunch MENU and $39 Dinner MENU45000 Indian Wells Lane. Phone: 760.341.7200

Palm Desert

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AC3 Restaurant & Bar features Chef Andrew Copley’s passion for new American cuisine. He is offering a $39 dineGPS Dinner. Here’s his menu45350 Larkspur Lane. Phone: 760.227.3400.
Palm Springs

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Lulu California Bistro is offering a $20 Lunch MENU and $39 Dinner MENU. 200 S Palm Canyon Drive. Phone: 760.327.5858

Grand Central Palm Springs is offering a $20 Lunch MENU and $29 Dinner MENU160 La Plaza. Phone: 760.699.7185

Bon Appetit during TREAT Week – Visit Greater Palm Springs.