Best Casino Resorts Rancho Mirage
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Forget Vegas—This Casino Resort in Rancho Mirage Has It All

Play Your Cards Right and Spend a Weekend at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

In the mood for gambling and a good time? Las Vegas might seem like the most obvious option, but if you don’t feel like making the trip across state lines, us Californians have an even better alternative right in our own backyard. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is a AAA Four Diamond resort that is home to premium dining, exciting entertainment and a world-class spa. If hitting the blackjack table is your main move, the 77,000-square-foot casino is a dream come true, but you can also test your luck with everything from slots to poker to mystery roulette. There are also five delicious restaurants on-site, ensuring that you can fuel up on great food before dancing the night away at The Show. That said, get ready to hit the high desert like a high roller for the ultimate playcation!

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Live Shows + Entertainment 

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From Elvis impersonators to country music stars like Jake Owen and Chris Young, The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage hosts a diverse and lively array of entertainers. You can even set the mood for a romantic weekend away with performances by American classics like Tony Orlando and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. More interested in comedy? On April 12-14, Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage will host legendary comedian Jo Koy, ensuring a night full of belly laughs and good fun from his Jo Koy & Friends tour. On the weekends, expect upbeat sets from local DJs or other unique live shows from celebrities like Theresa Caputo from TLC reality television series “Long Island Medium.” The 360 Sports Bar is perfect for football fans hoping to catch a game with a beer in hand, while the Pivat Cigar Lounge offers a sleek and secluded setting for smokers looking to mix and mingle while they puff on their favorite premium cigars.


An Award-Winning Spa

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No weekend in Rancho Mirage would be complete without a trip to the Sunstone Spa. This multi-award-winning spa has been ranked as the No. 1 spa in all of California by Top 100 Spas in 2022, so you can expect the best when booking a service or appointment. Whether you’re looking to indulge in an intimate couples massage or a full-body treatment that will leave you glowing from head to toe, the Sunstone Spa has it all. Everything—from the infrared treatment tables to the grounding chairs—is designed to keep you zen and relaxed through the entirety of your visit, and you can even rent a private cabana to stay cool while sipping a cocktail. Though you can’t go wrong with any of the treatments, the Desert Rain Massage uses local sage and lavender botanicals to alleviate stress as you melt into the table. 

Local Insight: Also part of the Agua Caliente collection, newly opened The Spa at Séc-he is the desert’s newest wellness destination, spanning more than 73,000 square feet! To read more about this amazing spa, click here!



Culinary Concepts at Every Turn

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With five different dining concepts, you certainly won’t go hungry during your stay at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage. The poolside Waters Cafe boasts a beautiful outdoor patio that is ideal for enjoying a sunny and warm day in the desert. This is by far the most popular on-site restaurant for breakfast, featuring a menu that boasts everything from power bowls to classic Benedicts. Conveniently located next to The Show, 360 Sports Bar is a laid-back and casual joint that serves your favorite bar bites like jumbo-sized pretzels and chicken wings. The District is another casual eatery that is ideal for grab-and-go meals when you’re in a hurry to hit the casino. That said, The Steakhouse holds accolades such as the AAA Four Diamond Award and has been the winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2007. The most beloved and renowned restaurant on-site, it specializes in elevated cuts like filet mignon and A5 Japanese Kobe striploin. You can also enjoy delicacies, including fresh seafood like caviar, King crab, oysters and jumbo shrimp on ice.



The Casino

With more than 77,000 square feet of floor space, the casino at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is by far the best in the desert. From slots and poker to several different blackjack varieties, there’s sure to be a game here to fit your skill level and budget. As you stroll through the spacious casino floor with bright and colorful lights in every direction, you’ll truly feel as though you’ve been transported straight to Las Vegas. If you consider yourself a premium slot player or pro, enjoy privacy and exclusivity in the High Limit Rooms. VIP guests receive top-notch service and exclusive amenities not available to other players, and the Rancho Mirage location even has high-limit tables where you can play double-deck blackjack and win big. 


Pools + Cabanas 

Best Casino Resorts Rancho Mirage
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There is perhaps no better desert activity than poolside lounging. Thankfully, Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage has a pool area that spans more than 50,000 square feet. This desert oasis is ideal for adults and families looking to beat the heat by taking a swim or cooling off under a shady cabana. The sparkling swimming pool is surrounded by plush lounge chairs, eight lavish cabanas and a fun playground for young kids. Since there are only eight premium cabanas available, you’ll definitely want to book in advance. In addition to comfy loungers and flat-screen TVs, each cabana also boasts refreshing misters, mini refrigerators and high-speed internet access. Those who want to catch a tan can also rent a poolside daybed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All you’ll need to complete your perfect pool day is a tasty margarita or a glass of bubbly. 


Luxe Rooms + Suites 

From sweeping desert views to modern furnishings and decor, Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage has more than 300 luxurious rooms and suites. The resort features 16 stories, ensuring that most floors have epic views on the other side of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Each room features luxurious down comforters and bedding, allowing you to get a great night’s sleep before embarking on a day of gambling and good times. The bathrooms each have separate bathtubs and showers, giving you the option of a luxe bubble bath or a quick steam shower in the evenings. Don’t feel like leaving your room for breakfast or dinner? Simply order room service from Waters Cafe and sip on a mimosa while taking in the desert landscape in your plush robe. If a suite is more your style, it doesn’t get better than the two top-floor Presidential Suites that boast more than 1,500 square feet of space.


Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
32250 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.




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