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Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, USA
The HyTides Water Park, which opened in 2020, is a chief attraction at this 530-room resort in sports-loving Indian Wells. Add in a large spa, a neighbouring golf course, family activities and the largest guest rooms in the Coachella Valley, and it's easy to see why this resort is so popular.
Rooms available from £461.99 per night
On the north side of State Route 111 at Indian Wells Lane. Indian Wells lies in the east of Greater Palm Springs and is a sporty, residential city. Some 400,000 tennis fans flock here every March for the BNP Paribas Open. Transfers from Palm Springs Airport take 40 minutes, and there is valet and self-parking, both with fees. The property is bordered on three sides by the greens of the Celebrity course at the Indian Wells Golf Resort. The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa is also close by.
By plane: flights to Palm Springs take 14 hours from London with a stop in Phoenix, Arizona. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from the airport. Parking costs $27 per day. Book flights to Palm Springs.
THE LOOK AND FEEL
Covering 45 acres of landscaped grounds, this is a large, busy resort that generates a lot of happiness for its guests. It's so big you're given a map at check-in and required to wear a wristband. While the water park is the main focus, the generously-sized rooms and sizeable spa offer pockets of peace.
With nine pools, two tennis courts, four pickleball courts, a fitness centre open 24/7, plus bikes and lawn games, there's every reason to get active here. Golfers get discounted green fees at the neighbouring golf resort, which has a night-time driving range using illuminated balls. Service is keen and cheery.
- Swimming pool
- Water park
- Fitness centre
- Golf course
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
BED AND BATH
The five-storey resort offers guest rooms, suites and villas that frame its pools and water park. The style is unfussy, featuring cream walls, a brown patterned carpet and upbeat photographs of the desert landscape. The bathrooms are bright, with a shower and tub and toiletries from California-based Pharmacopia.
Room types: Room, Palm Springs Terrace Suite, Champions Suite, Grand Suite, Penthouse Suite, Villa, Presidential Villa
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, bathrobes, hairdryer, coffeemaker, air-con, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD AND DRINK
Open from 6am to 10pm, the Citrus Marketplace and Café has both seating and deli-style food to go. In the evening, the Agave Sunset bar and lounge offers country music, six TVs screening sports and live entertainment with seating indoors and out; get there for happy hour from 4-6 pm.
Citrus Marketplace & Café: deli and gift shop, food-to-go. All-day dining, open daily.
Agave Sunset: light bites and tequila bar, open daily. Happy hour 4-6pm. Food served 6-10pm.
Roadrunner Café: casual poolside venue, light bites. Open daily, 11am-6pm.