Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa - Holidays in Indian Wells
Credit: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa - Holidays in Indian Wells
Credit: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells

Your Guide to a Family-Friendly Holiday Escape in Indian Wells

4 Festive Reasons to Enjoy a Holiday Vacay at Renaissance Esmeralda

It may not snow in the desert, but you’ll experience the true holiday spirit when you visit Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells this season. Enjoy great restaurants, lounge next to the sandy beach pool, tee off at the nearby championship golf course and enjoy the newly opened Desert Glow Entertainment Zone. This hotel will also play host to holiday events throughout the month of December that you won’t want to miss, so book a stay at the Renaissance Esmeralda for a memorable holiday experience with your family.

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Indian Wells Winterfest

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The adjacent Indian Wells Golf Resort will offer several festive family events during the holidays at the first-ever Indian Wells Winterfest. Lace up your ice skates and reserve time to glide around the golf resort’s outdoor ice-skating rink from now to Dec. 31 ($20 for adults, $15 for kids and $10 per skate rental). There is also a spectacular 32-foot Christmas tree and decorations, so don’t forget your camera and cozy Christmas sweaters! The golfers in your family can tee off from a Toptracer driving range from now to Dec. 31 at only $65 per person. And don’t miss out on golfing after dark at Shots in the Night, which offers laser putting on seven dedicated greens. 


Unwind at Spa Esmeralda 

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Pamper yourself with seasonal treatments at Spa Esmeralda, now through Dec. 30. Try the Desert Date and Citrus Body Scrub, which includes locally sourced ingredients like Medjool date sugar, aromatic grapefruit and soothing plant butters. This hydrating scrub will calm and hydrate your body! Avoid winter dryness and restore a glow to your complexion with the Kombucha Microbiome Facial, which combines an organic cocktail of kombucha, white tea, ginger and jasmine. Spa Esmeralda has 11 treatment rooms, eight treatment cabanas and an indoor couples’ suite. After your treatment, relax in the spa’s Aromatherapy Steam Room, Relaxation Lounge or tranquil Spa Garden.



Playtime at Camp Esmeralda

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort - Holidays Indian Wells
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The kiddos will have fun creating a wide variety of holiday crafts at Camp Esmeralda every Friday and Saturday during the holiday season, beginning on Dec. 2. Other great activities include story time, movie nights, the Desert Glow Entertainment Zone and even train rides around the hotel lobby. While the kids are here, they can also write a letter to Santa and drop it off at the specially designated mailbox; be sure to add that return address so Santa can write back!


But Wait, There’s More!

Toast to the holidays at The Place at Renaissance Esmeralda as bartenders create unique, holiday-themed cocktails during the Punch Bowl Ritual. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail tasting and learn the story behind its creation; these events are held on select Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. until the end of December. The Place also features live music every Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m.! Want more? Warm up at the hot chocolate bar, and your entire fam will love roasting s’mores on the hotel’s outdoor patio throughout the month of December. On Christmas morning, head over to CAVA for breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. He’ll greet everyone as they begin their magical holiday! Wrap up 2022 with a kids party in Stir on Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m., then ring in the new year at The Place for the NYE party from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Be sure to stay for the midnight balloon drop!

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
44400 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210

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Lynne Eodice is an accomplished writer & photographer. She is the former Features Editor for Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic magazine, and has contributed her writing and/or editorial expertise to Photographer’s Forum, Rangefinder,, California Tour & Travel, Family Photo and Adorama’s Learning Center. She is also the author of Photos That Inspire: Photo Workshop, an instructional book that’s illustrated with more than 200 images by various photographers, published by Wiley & Sons.


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