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- Rancho Las Palmas: The Coolest Place in the Desert
- What Works for Families
- What Doesn’t Work for Families
- Spalshtopia Water Park & Other Activities
- Golf and Tennis at Rancho Las Palmas
- Omni Palm Springs Hotel Rooms
- Dining Options at the Resort
- Omni Safe & Clean COVID-19 Initiative
- Omni Palm Springs Hotel Location
Set against a stunning backdrop of mountains, palm trees and a lush green golf course, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a family-friendly oasis in the California desert. Endless sunshine, sparkling pools and a water playground with two water slides and a lazy river make this Omni Palm Springs hotel the perfect destination for a fun family getaway.
The writer was hosted.
Rancho Las Palmas: The Coolest Place in the Desert
Located on 240 lush acres, what is today the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa began life in the 1950s as the Desert Air Hotel & Resort. Back then, Hollywood stars, political figures and tourists alike began frequenting the Palm Springs area. Resort guests swam in a single pool and played polo on a nearby field. In the evening, the hotel’s Compass Room restaurant and bar was the place to see and be seen.
In the late 1970s, Desert Air made way for today’s Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Cary Grant, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Bob Hope all appeared at the resort’s 1977 ground breaking. Rancho Las Palmas opened in February 1979.
Today, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas has been updated and re-imagined for the 21st century, including the addition of Splashtopia, an extensive water playground for both kids and adults.
What Works for Families
- Splashtopia water playground
- Three pools
- Large, comfortable rooms with 42-inch flat-screen televisions
- Free wifi internet access
- Kids Club and activities throughout the day
- Free family movies in the evening
- Lots of dining options
- Live music at the Plaza
- Super attentive and friendly service
- Valet parking or self parking included in resort fee
What Doesn’t Work for Families
- Sprawling property can make for a long walk if your room is not situated by the pool area
- Craving some ice cream by the pool? A serving of Dipping Dots will run you $7
- Hot summer weather (this is the desert after all!)
- $40 daily resort fee
Spalshtopia Water Park & Other Activities
Without a doubt, the resort’s biggest draw for families is Splashtopia, an exhilarating water playground that encompasses almost two acres. It features two 100-foot water slides, a 425-foot lazy river, water-play zone, hot tub and a sandy beach. This Omni Palm Springs hotel in the only resort in the area to offer this kind of amenity! The water-play zone is especially great for younger kids, with fountains, squirt cannons and sprinklers they can splash around in.
TravelingMom Tip: You are welcome to bring your own water toys, beach balls, noodles and floats to the pool, but note the resort charges $10 if you’d like them to blow them up for you. So bring them pre-blown or be prepared to do it yourself! If you buy anything at their pool store, they will blow it up for free.
Golf and Tennis at Rancho Las Palmas
Resort guests have access to golf and tennis at the adjacent Rancho Las Palmas Country Club. The Club features a 27-hole Ted Robinson-designed golf course, putting greens, a Pro Shop, snack bar and 25 tennis courts, including eight lit for night play. Although the Club can be reached on foot, the valet will shuttle you over in golf carts – which is really helpful on hot days! We did this on our second morning there and it was super convenient. Plus, what kid doesn’t like buzzing around in a golf cart?
The resort also offers full concierge service, meeting space, fitness center, several retail shops and a beautiful onsite spa featuring an adults-only pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room. Check the website for spa offers at this beautiful Omni Palm Springs hotel!
Other activities are just a short drive away, including downtown Palm Springs, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, and other cool family-friendly desert adventures.
Omni Palm Springs Hotel Rooms
Rooms at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa have an upscale hacienda vibe. There are 444 guest rooms and 22 suites, all housed in Spanish-style, 2-story buildings.
There are four room categories to choose from, each based on location and view:
- Plaza Rooms – located near the spa, restaurants and hotel front desk and lobby
- Vista View Rooms – located on the golf course with fairways and mountain views
- Poolside Rooms – located near Splashtopia
- Lakeview Rooms – located on the lakefront fairways
If you are seeking peace and quiet, opt for a room near the golf course or plaza. Families planning to spend most of their time at Splashtopia should reserve a poolside ground floor room. You’ll be able to literally exit your room and jump into the river within a few short steps.
We stayed in a Lakeview Room, which had a nice view of the water and fairways. The beds were very comfortable, and the bathroom was luxurious and well-appointed. All rooms are 450 square feet, which we found very spacious. For families looking to spread out a little more, suites are also available.
Guest rooms come with either a king bed or two queen beds, and all rooms feature flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, plush linens and French doors that open up to private patios or balconies with breathtaking views of the resort’s beautiful grounds and mountain surroundings.
Dining Options at the Resort
Whether you are in the mood to dine in a fancy dress or in your swimsuit, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas has five restaurants to choose from.
The resort’s signature restaurant, bluEmber, has a sophisticated atmosphere yet still manages to remain kid-friendly. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers lovely outdoor seating as well. This is an especially nice option on evenings when live music is being performed in the adjacent courtyard.
Before the days of COVID-19, bluEmber offered a bountiful and reasonably-priced buffet for kids. These days, they will have to order off the menu. Kids meals range from $5-9 for breakfast and $7-10 for lunch and dinner. Still a great deal for an upscale restaurant!
During the day, enjoy a burger or salad for lunch while hanging out by the pool. Servers will take your order and deliver food and drinks directly to your lounge chair poolside so you don’t even have to put on flip flops to have a good meal! Splash Grill, located right next to the pool area, is another casual option.
Palms Café is a quick bite spot right in the Plaza. Great for your morning coffee fix or for grabbing a quick sandwich to go. And of course, room service is also available if you want to enjoy breakfast in bed or relax on your private patio over dinner in the evening.
Omni Safe & Clean COVID-19 Initiative
In response to COVID-19, Omni Rancho Las Palmas has implemented the Omni Safe & Clean COVID-19 Initiative, which calls for advanced cleaning measures all around the property. The pool at this Omni Palm Springs hotel also closes every day from 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. for cleaning. Masks and social distancing are required in public spaces.
Omni Palm Springs Hotel Location
The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is located at 41000 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, California, in the heart of the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs. It is less than two-hours from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Disneyland, and only ten minutes away from the Palm Springs International Airport.