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Miramonte Resort & Spa, Palm Springs

Editor's Pick
45-000 Indian Wells Lane
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 800 237 2926 (toll-free)
Tel: 760 341 2200's insider take:

Though not as glamorous or retro-chic as some of its Palm Springs counterparts, Indian Well's Miramonte Resort & Spa is a comfy landing pad if you're looking for a quiet, laid-back getaway—the kind of place where you can lounge by the flagstone-tiled pool without worrying about sucking in your stomach. The property was built to look like an old Tuscan village with red-roofed casitas and 11 acres of fountain-filled citrus gardens. The neutral, desert-inspired decor in the 215 guest rooms is a little bland, but the private terraces are a nice touch. The main draw here is The Well, a 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art spa. Since opening in 2004, The Well has earned a rep as one of the desert's best and most unique Zen zones. There are nine indoor and five outdoor treatment rooms, four mud bars, a handful of waterfall grottos, and a whole host of offbeat treatments—the Pittura Festa, for instance, is a mud painting party for couples followed by a Swiss shower and massage.

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