CHEVY CHASE, Md.—The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will beckon guests to rediscover one of Southern California’s most scenic havens in Rancho Mirage, opening on May 15, 2014. The luxury desert resort is enveloped by the Santa Rosa Mountain range, on a 650-foot bluff overlooking Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
The prominently-situated Palm Springs hotel will feature 244 resort rooms and suites, residences, a two-story luxury spa, more than 30,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space, and destination dining with sweeping valley views.
“A seamless luxury experience in this iconic area of California has not only been greatly anticipated by The Ritz-Carlton—but even more so by brand loyalists around the world,” shared Chris Gabaldon, area vice president for the Western region. “This storied property will deliver a highly sensory respite that is culturally and generationally relevant, offering rich experiences for the leisure and business traveler, alike.”
Designed to complement its desert setting by featuring natural elements of stone, wood, and fire to reflect the local landscape, colors, and culture—the result is contemporary, contextual luxury. Throughout the resort, there is an embrace of indoor/outdoor living, an emphasis on muted natural hues and tactile materials, and a stylized interpretation of the desert environment. Dining venues will include an exhibition kitchen at State Fare Bar + Kitchen and a restaurant specializing in steak, seafood, and fine wine, The Edge, which is perched bluff-side with views of the Palm Springs valley.
“As a long-time resident of this city, I am among the many who are thrilled for the return of The Ritz-Carlton,” said Doug Watson, general manager of the resort.
Resort amenities will include cliff-side swimming and serenity pools and an artfully-designed destination spa. Guests will also be availed access to curated golf and tennis experiences with arrangements at premier courses and clubs, accentuated by close proximity to a wide array of cultural and recreational activities, including more than 20 miles of hiking/biking trails, polo grounds, shopping, and more.