Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
45000 Indian Wells Lane
A Personal Renaissance at Miramonte Indian Wells ResortSometimes you need to get out of your own environment to remember who you truly are. Traveling to a new place allows you space and time to reflect on what's important to you as a whole, and what's really going to make you happy.
I checked into Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, just outside of Palm Springs, in utter disarray. I needed to get away from my life back home and the hotel's tranquil lobby already led me to believe that I had made the right choice.
The property just completed a $8 million renovation, including the lobby, restaurant and spa. Located in the heart of California's Coachella Valley, the hotel sits at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the middle of the warm, dry desert. It was the perfect place to clear my thoughts.
After a peacful hike through the Art Smith trail, just a 10-minute drive away, I'd sprawl out on a mat overlooking the mountains and stretch - I truly felt at peace here. Afterwards, the desert sun would make its way over the mountain peaks, so I relaxed in the sprawling watering hole located in the center of the resort.
It's easy to get stuck in your head, and it happened once or twice, so I needed something theraputic to really calm my nerves and negative thoughts. I made an appointment at the 20,000 sq. ft. Well Spa, which was renovated, adding an updated look that combines Palm Springs modernism with warm accents and textures. With hydrotherapy pools and a 75-minute massage, I felt good as new.
Throughout my stay, I wanted to nurse my mind, soul and body, which included eating well. I met Chef Paul Hancock while I was lounging poolside on my second day at the resort. He offered to give me a tour through his garden on-property, which was full of citrus, herbs, vegetables and chiles, all of which he uses at Citrus & Palm, the new restaurant onsite.
"Not only will the food here taste amazing, but you'll feel good after you eat it," said Hancock as he pulled a lemon off a tree.
He was right. Each morning I sipped a hydrator that he recommended, a tangy mix of lemon, honey, cayenne and chlorophyll. For lunch, a flavorful salad topped with dates, which are grown in the area, followed by a cocktail. Each meal at Citrus & Palm never felt as through I had to sacrifice flavor for health - they went hand in hand.
On my final day in Indian Wells, I booked the Extreme Miramonte experience, available through the hotel's website. While there are a few adventurous options, I took a Jeep drive to the San Andreas Fault line. As I took in the views of Coachella Valley and nearby Joshua Tree, I felt ready to return to my reality. The tranquility of the desert, combined with the restoring spa treatment, healthy cuisine and morning hikes prepared me for my personal renaissance. I returned home happy, healthy and ready to face reality as my best self.