Palm Springs in California is a fantastic vacation destination, and the fantastic weather, unbeatable pools, and proximity to outdoor adventure make it the perfect place to go with kids.
But it’s not always easy to know where to stay to make sure you get the luxurious vacation you’re looking for, with the peace of mind of knowing your kids are safe and entertained.
Fortunately, we conducted extensive research and compiled this list of the seven best luxury hotels in Palm Springs for you and your family to stay in!
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is the picture of luxury. Take in the expansive views from one of the pools, or watch the incredible sunset with your family around the firepit.
The Ritz-Carlton is located in Rancho Mirage, just a 20-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs. Surrounded by natural beauty, there are a number of attractions and activities that the hotel can help you plan, or you can stay on the property and utilize one of the many on-site resources.
For adults, luxuries abound with the on-site spa, adults-only pool with a pool bar, and two incredible restaurants.
If you’re looking to spend a little alone time without the kids, The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage offers the Ritz Kids program, which is available for all children ages five to twelve.
You can sign your children up for full or half days (at an additional cost) and feel comfortable knowing that they’re being monitored and participating in enriching activities.
If you need a night off, feel free to utilize the hotel’s babysitting service (at an additional cost) and enjoy a little adult time.
Note: the Ritz Kids program requires 24-hour advance notification for registration or cancellation.
Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage resides at 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270,
and can be found online at their official website.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
The second hotel on the list is the incomparably beautiful Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. The Rancho Las Palmas is just 25 minutes from downtown Palm Springs and brings the true feeling of Southern California with plentiful palm trees and water features.
This resort is the perfect destination if you’re looking for something luxurious that you can enjoy with your kids. While it doesn’t have amenities such as on-site babysitting or camp facilities, the hotel still provides plenty of kid-friendly entertainment.
Kids can enjoy the Splashtopia water park on-site, which features a lazy river, sprinklers, fountains, a sandy beach, and a hot tub.
The pool also hosts several fun activities for kids on a regular basis, like balloon tosses, airbrush tattooing, t-shirt tie-dyeing, and so much more.
Kids and adults can have a day of fun on any one of the three golf courses, and you can enjoy a relaxing day at either the adults-only pool or the spa pool, featuring underwater music in a tranquil setting.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa resides at 41000 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, and can be found online at their official website.
The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs
The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas is the perfect getaway for you and your family because the beautiful villas allow the entire family enough space to spread out and feel comfortable.
You can reserve one or two-bedroom villas and enjoy luxurious features like fireplaces, private balconies, or a fully equipped kitchen.
Enjoy more family meals at the picnic areas equipped with grills, the poolside bar, restaurant, or any dining options at the neighboring Westin golf resort.
Spend the day lounging poolside at one of the two on-site pools, including a water slide and a whirlpool. Then, enter one of the competitions to see who can slide the fastest and win a prize!
In addition to all the great activities you and your kids can enjoy together, drop your children at the Westin Kids Club Discovery Room for some monitored, engaging fun.
Available for kids between 4 and 12 years of age, there are many activities for your kids to enjoy with other guests their own age, such as arts and crafts, movies, and Kids Night Out.
The Westin Kids Club Discovery Room is a safe, camp-like environment for children ages 4–12 to play and learn while parents explore the resort and have some fun of their own. The Discovery Room features daily activities, including arts and crafts, games, storytelling, movies, and Kids Night Out.
You can enjoy your alone time knowing they’re having fun and then meet back up at The Hideaway, where you can play games together like shuffleboard, pool, or arcades.
Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas resides at 71777 Dinah Shore Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, and can be found online at their official website.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is the perfect place to get away with your slightly older kids.
While your young ones are sure to have a great time at the pool, the Desert Springs Resort doesn’t offer services such as kids’ activities or babysitting, making it a less ideal option than some of the other hotels on the list for young kids.
However, don’t let the lack of these amenities throw you off; the Desert Springs Resort more than makes up for it with family-friendly activities.
Kids and adults alike can enjoy the indoor heated whirlpool and three pools, one of which is a saltwater pool.
In addition, you can get a workout in at the spa gym and then unwind with a relaxing and luxurious spa treatment.
The golf club features multiple courses for you and your family to play and even has a mini-putt course for you and your kids to enjoy together.
Take a trip to the tennis center to enjoy tennis on one of their courts, or rent one of several other lawn games, including badminton, bocce ball, croquet, and more.
After a long day of enjoying all that JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa has to offer, refuel at any one of the eight on-site restaurants.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa resides at 74-855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260, and can be found online at their official website.
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
We know that vacation isn’t all about the kids all the time, so we wanted to make sure to add Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs to the list for its beauty and luxury.
While this is certainly not one of the most kid-oriented hotels on the list, this could be just the ticket if you’re traveling with teenagers who want their alone time just as much as you do.
Unwind at the rooftop pool, eat at one of the on-site restaurants, or rent a cabana that the whole family can enjoy for the day.
Book a few separate rooms for you and your kids, or stay in one of the spacious multi-bed suites together, if you prefer.
If you’re an active family, you can hit the on-site gym or even rent bicycles and go explore beyond the hotel.
Head home for the evening social hour and get to know other guests who are staying at the hotel.
Teenagers especially will appreciate the fast Wi-Fi, ensuring that streaming, phone calls, and any other electronic time will go on uninterrupted.
Best of all, the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs is pet friendly, so you can grab your pup and all enjoy a vacation together!
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs resides at 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-63901, and can be found online at their official website.
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells
Renaissance Esmerelda Resort & Spa is located in Indian Wells, just a little over thirty minutes away from downtown Palm Springs.
The resort manages to feel like an oasis away from it all and offers luxury amenities that make it difficult ever to want to leave.
The Renaissance Esmerelda has so many activities at the hotel and right nearby that you’ll be able to do something new every day of your stay.
If you’re looking for some outdoor fun, consider a day at the nearby Indian Wells Golf Resort, which offers guests the opportunity to take to their thirty-six-hole championship course.
The hotel itself also has a gym that’s open 24/7, so you can work out whenever the mood strikes you and then relax with a trip to the spa afterward.
If swimming is a highlight in your family, you can enjoy one of the two outdoor pools or the whirlpool, and your kids will have a great time playing on the “sandy beach.”
Rent a cabana if you want to make a day of it and ensure you’re getting enough time out of the intense Southern California sunlight.
If you’re looking for a day of adventure with your kids, consider renting bicycles from the hotel and taking a trip to one of the nearby attractions, such as the Mobile Zoo Cool Critters Show, or rent an inflatable waterslide.
You can also enjoy outdoor fun at the hotel by utilizing the ping pong or cornhole amenities.
Renaissance Esmerelda Resort & Spa resides at 44400 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210 and can be found online at their official website.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Last but definitely not least, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa perfectly blends luxurious beauty with kid-friendly amenities.
The sprawling resort features a waterpark that kids will love, including a splash pad, multiple water slides, and a lazy river. You can lounge poolside, enjoying the beautiful Palm Springs weather while your kids splash around the park.
Get your energy out on the on-site jogging paths, or have the entire family rent bicycles and go bicycling on the provided bike paths.
When seasonally appropriate, the hotel hosts family movie nights, where you can have some fun, and your kids can meet other guests their own age.
Feel free to bring Fido along, as the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells is pet-friendly, and you can choose to stay in any one of their rooms, suites, or even spread out in one of the available one-bedroom or two-bedroom villas.
Treat yourself to a day of tennis and a relaxing spa treatment, and then finish the evening at one of the hotel’s several restaurants.
The Hyatt Regency is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for family activities that can entertain both you and your kids, but you’re not willing to sacrifice luxury.
Located in Indian Wells, you’re just over thirty minutes away from downtown Palm Springs, which means that you can enjoy everything that the hotel and Indian Springs have to offer, and venture to Palm Springs if you’re looking for a fun day trip.
The area is also home to ample outdoor activities, so consider renting a car or driving for your trip and utilizing the hotel’s valet services whenever you get back from your adventures!
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa resides at 44600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210 and can be found online at their official website.
Before booking your stay at a luxury hotel in Palm Springs, try to think about what you want out of your experience so that you can find the best hotel for you and your family.
Whether your priority is proximity to downtown Palm Springs, a water park for your kids to play in, or a babysitting service, there’s a hotel on this list that is sure to meet your needs.
Whichever of these seven luxury hotels you go with, you’ll have access to plenty of lavish amenities to ensure a fantastic vacation for the whole family, even if you never leave the premises.
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A seasoned traveller, Dad, and avid sports tourist, James foundered The Family Vacation Guide to share his expert vacation experiences- especially when it comes to being a travelling family man.
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