Credit: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
Credit: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

From a Waterpark to a Moroccan-inspired Restaurant, Here Are 10 Places to Visit in Indian Wells

Where to Dine, Stay and Play in the City of Indian Wells

Ideally located between Palm Desert and La Quinta, Indian Wells is the desert escape you’ve been longing for. The city’s small-town charm, superb weather and abundance of outdoor activities makes it a destination everyone under the sun will love. Not only does Indian Wells host the annual world-renowned tennis tournament, the BNP Paribas Open, but it also neighbors Indio’s Polo Fields, where two of the most popular music festivals in the world (Coachella and Stagecoach) are held. There’s so much to explore in this enclave of the desert, but here are our favorite places to stay, play, dine and relax. Indian Wells Vacation

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

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The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a family- and pet-friendly destination with spectacular amenities that include a waterpark with dueling waterslides, a lazy river, bike trails, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center, a European spa and scenic places to eat and drink. Your luxurious room with a private balcony awaits at this sprawling resort in the heart of Indian Wells!

 

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells

With a sandy beach pool, state-of-the-art spa and abundance of amenities and activities, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa is a must-stay when it comes to an Indian Wells escape. Settle into one of the property’s oversized guestrooms or spacious suites, which feature private balconies with scenic views. And when the mood for food strikes, you’ll be happy to discover that the hotel is home to five separate dining outlets.

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WHERE TO DINE

Citrus & Palm

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When it comes to alfresco dining, the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa knows best. This stunning retreat sits on 11 acres, offering a quintessential California experience to all who visit. Grab a seat at its open-air restaurant, Citrus & Palm, which features a stunning bar, an abundance of olive trees and a dreamy breakfast menu to match. Feast on favorites like the squash blossom avocado toast, salmon hash or crispy French toast coated in crushed Corn Flakes. Nothing beats a morning meal at Citrus & Palm!

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Don Diego’s

Don Diego’s in The Village has a long and cherished history in Indian Wells. The full authentic Mexican menu includes hearty combinations, sizzling fajitas, tamales and burritos with an oasis of refreshing beverages to complement your selections. Spacious indoor or outdoor seating surrounding a large water fountain creates the ideal tranquil environment for an al fresco lunch.

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Agave Sunset Lounge

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Head to happy hour at Agave Sunset Lounge for an array of delicious small plates, including fish tacos, watermelon shrimp ceviche and sliders. Pair your pick with a cocktail, such as the Agave Paloma, Mezcal Mule or Pomegratini. Agave Sunset is aptly named for the sunset views seen from the restaurant’s outdoor patio.

Local Insight: Agave Sunset has its own private-label Agave Sunset Tequila created exclusively for Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.

 

The Pink Cabana

At The Pink Cabana at the Sands Hotel & Spa, you can enjoy traditional dishes with a Mediterranean flair, including fritto misto, roasted tomato gazpacho, Alaskan halibut and more. The restaurant’s polished brass fixtures and jewel-toned palette of pink and emerald green will make you want to snap some photos while you dine. But remember—at The Pink Cabana, the phone eats first!

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The Nest

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The Nest is a time-honored spot for a fun-filled night on the town. With live music, a full bar and an exceptional continental menu, this Indian Wells hot spot is the place to be. Bring your dancing shoes and dance all night as the live band keeps the party rollin’.

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WHAT TO DO

HyTides Plunge Waterpark 

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Soak up the sun at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa’s HyTides Plunge Waterpark! This recreational pool area features dueling water slides, a splash pad and a lazy river that will beckon you and refuse to let you go. Snag a cocktail or bite from Roadrunner Café to fuel up.

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Hot-Air Balloon Ride

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Soar to new heights with a hot-air balloon ride from Fantasy Balloon Flights. Summer is an optimal time to enjoy views of the rugged mountains and the beautiful colors of the desert landscape. This exotic adventure is an experience you won’t soon forget.

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“Shots in the Night” at the Indian Wells Golf Resort

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The Greater Palm Springs area is a golf mecca, and if you’re looking to tee off, Indian Wells Golf Resort’s “Shots in the Night” is a one-of-a-kind experience. This unique nighttime event has taken golf to the next level with lighted recreational courses. Aim for huge, lighted targets with your glowing golf ball! There’s also a BBQ food truck on standby, just in case your cravings start to kick in.

Local Insight: If you’re looking to play a round of golf during the day, the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s Celebrity Course and Players Course each offer a challenge, along with beautiful desert views.

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