Escaping for the weekend is a pleasure I don’t indulge in enough. For some reason it seems like it’s a hassle to get out the city. That’s why a quick trip that’s less than a couple of hours away is ideal. For a Southern Californian like myself, hitting the road to the Palm Springs area is always a good idea. Instead of the usual super hipster spots that are known for crazy pool parties, I opted for a more relaxing option – the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa. When you’re looking for that all-inclusive you don’t have to leave the property to get everything you could possibly dream of vibe, this is definitely the way to go.
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa gives you anything and almost everything you could possibly want. It’s huge with over 500 guest rooms including premium suites, penthouse suites, 40 villas, and three presidential villas. The standard rooms aren’t shabby at all. My room had a desert neutral decor with a modern lounge/work area, king size bed, huge bathroom with a tub big enough to swim in, and a view of the golf course.
Honestly, I could have spent the entire weekend in bed but the hotel also has a 24-hour gym, bike rentals, 7 pools and whirlpools, golf course, and is adjacent to the world-renowned Indian Wells Tennis Garden. If you’re hungry, the Hyatt has 5 dining options including Lantana, Roadrunner Café, and Agave Sunset Tequila Bar & Lounge. You can order room service, dine outside on the terrace, or enjoy a rooftop view of the mountains. There’s no shortage of beautiful scenery.
This hotel is not just a resort but also houses Agua Serena Spa & Salon, one of the most zen places I’ve ever visited. It’s tranquil, cozy, and refreshing. Within the spa are steam rooms, saunas, a jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor showers, private therapy rooms, and a private garden patio with a reflecting pool under an umbrella of palm trees. Aqua Serena is gorgeous. I imagine this is what the bathhouses of ancient Greece and Rome were like. I’d been under a lot of stress right before my trip and was long overdue for this type of relaxation. I even went the extra mile and indulged in a treatment called the Ultimate Body Quench. Think of it as a super exfoliating scrub, warm paraffin body wrap, and deep tissue massage all in one. I left that spa with every inch of my skin soft, buttered up, and stress free.
Besides manis, pedis, body treatments, and facials, the spa also offers specialty packages like a session called Vino and Vinyasa. This “journey of the senses” combines yoga with wine tasting. I got a chance to take part in this the first night of my weekend, and all I can say is YES. The experience not only stretched my muscles and relaxed my body but it also heightened my senses allowing me to really taste the flavors of the wines. I’d never done that before, but I’d love to do it again. If wine isn’t your thing, try Scotch and Stretch.
With an amazing spa, delicious dining, and luxurious rooms, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa is one of the best desert retreats I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. And if you plan your trip just right, you can indulge without dropping too much money. All that said ,this is definitely an escape from LA I should do more often.
Photography by Paris McCoy. Thank you to Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa for partnering with me and for providing accommodations for this article.