Coachella Valley Ushers In New Level Of Luxury

  • Ann Brown
  • Travel

The Renaissance Indian Wells officially re-opened this week as “Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa at Indian Wells,” a reimagined resort in the desert. The property now boasts a complete makeover of its 560 guest rooms including 103 suites, remastered corridors, a new multi-story lobby, creation of an industry-leading fitness center, vibrant pool-area enhancements, food and beverage innovations, including the unveiling of The Place lobby bar, the establishment of new, intimate olive tree grove, and the debut of a magical new outdoor gathering spot are among the widespread enrichments introduced by the property.

Building on a 30-year heritage in Indian Wells, the resort is celebrating its rebirth by reverting back to its original name. The “Renaissance Esmeralda” label is a nod to the hotel’s storied legacy under its earlier name, and to a treasured, star-studded history which is incorporated into the property’s intriguing new look. An early home to Hollywood icons from Bob Hope to various members of the Rat Pack, the resort has reemerged as a must-stay among new and up-and-coming generations of icons. The hotel’s unexpected design, paired with its entertaining evening rituals at The Place bar is a part of the property's new allure.

Created in collaboration with renowned hospitality designer SFA Design Company. Upon entering the property, guests are immediately welcomed by a fresh infusion of light, with dozens of new pendant lights reflective of the desert’s starry night skies. The grand staircase and indoor fountain have been stunningly refreshed, and the renewed lobby setting provides added communal dining and workspaces – many with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. 

Spacious accommodations, among the largest in the greater Palm Springs area, welcome guests with new configurations including a larger selection of suites, and complete floor-to-ceiling transformations in every room category. A high-low mix of raw yet refined materials instills a fresh and contemporary feel inspired by Renaissance Hotels’ theatrical design philosophy. Evoking the crisp blues of a clear desert sky, with pops of sunshine brightening a neutral color palette, interiors also feature the use of clean white screens to elevate the guest room experience, along with dedicated spaces for lounging, sleeping, working and relaxing, and an updated twist on the resort’s authentic mid-century modern aesthetic which continues to beckon design enthusiasts from throughout the world to this arts and culture-inspired locale. Unexpected visual moments include dramatic focal walls behind headboards that offer accents of sand, teal and blush tones. All guest rooms feature a mix of hardwood floors and carpeting, versatile seating areas with a dining table and chairs to provide a casual workspace with generous internet bandwidth, and pull-out sleeper sofas in king rooms. Also in guest rooms, new locally inspired artwork salutes the resort’s neighborhood, its indigenous scenery, and its iconic history. Outside, poolside guests will enjoy state of the art lounging with ample power ports for work or play, oversized cabanas and beachfront views.

The resort’s various public spaces - including its 23 acres of lush Mediterranean-inspired grounds featuring gardens, waterfalls, and surrounding lakes and its newly planted olive grove space - also provide turnkey social breaks to inspire and motivate networking among guests.

For more information about Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa at Indian Wells, please visit or the resort’s social media channels @renesmeralda

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