Warm weather has never bothered me, which is why I’m not so shy about singing the praises of the Palm Springs Valley in the heat of the summer. Sure, some of my friends find it necessary to flee for cooler climes, but many of us stay to enjoy sun-warmed pools, ample restaurant reservations (www.dineranchomirage.com), sunrise tennis and tee times, and a host of events, discounts, and promotions that only take place in what some call “the off season.” And right here in my own slice of heaven—Rancho Mirage—plenty of people come to visit some of the best resorts in the country, which are just poised to put you in the summer spirit.
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa has a full roster of fun in the sun, including its highly sought after Junior Golf and Tennis Camps for children 7 – 12. Held Monday through Friday, the camps include drills, competition, and access to the resort’s swimming pools. Participants’ parents are even offered a complimentary spa day pass. Special room rates start at just $99/night and include the $27 resort fee. www.westinmissionhills.com
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is the place to be for those who love gambling on life! All kinds of fun promotions and the casino’s fab Paradise Rewards Club bring gamers from around the world. And don’t miss the Friday night Pool Parties, complete with a weekly bikini contest. www.hotwatercasino.com
The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa is hopping with its family friendly fare, especially the ever-popular Splashtopia, the huge complex of outdoor water fun that includes a great pool, a lazy river, new slides, and even a kiddie area for tiny tots. Patio dining at bluEmber, adult and spa pools, and world-class golf complete the summer picture. www.rancholaspalmas.com
And of course, there’s the brand new Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage that recently opened its doors and looks forward to hosting guests during its inaugural summer. Sizzle in the sun (for a bit—never overdo it!) and then rejuvenate in the gorgeous State Fare Bar and Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or just luxuriate with a refreshing beverage before heading off to the spa! www.ritzcarlton.com
And to really cool your jets? Head up to the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a hike, a picnic, or just to take in the view while enjoying summer temps that are 20 – 30 degrees cooler than that on the desert floor. www.pstramway.com