Although I’ve had my fair share of good luck at Agua Caliente Casio Resort Spa (slots are about as adventurous as I get), I leave the serious gambling to those with stronger poker-faces and better knowledge of the myriad games. Still, there are always plenty of other things for me to do when visiting my hometown casino here in Rancho Mirage, with its newly built freeway exit right off the I-10.
I love indulging at Sunstone – The Spa at Aqua Caliente. And before or after my terrific treatments, I can sate my appetite at any one of a number of casual or fine dining establishments. The Steakhouse is always sumptuously satisfying for a delightful dinner. And Waterscafé can’t be beat for a casual lunch or dinner, or happy hour cocktails and nibbles. Then there’s the Grand Palms Buffet, open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with perfectly prepared dishes from around the world.
But recently I discovered another reason to pop on over to Agua Caliente: shopping for crystal jewelry! Just over a year ago the casino opened a beautifully appointed Swarovski Crystal Boutique, centrally located between The Steakhouse and Waterscafé. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a wide range of products on offer, including perfectly proportioned pendants and chokers, beautiful bracelets, and gorgeous rings. Most of the items are reasonably priced in the $75 – $150 range, with a few pieces such as one of the intricately designed chokers costing upwards of $400. You’ll also find some very sweet figurines for the crystal collectors you know and love.
So whether you are local or visiting, gaming, dining, or having a day at the spa, be sure to stop by and shop away at Swarovski. www.hotwatercasino.com