Friday, May 3, 2013

Rancho Las Palmas: A Review

The time had come for the Beebe family to get away and last weekend we did. My hubby works really hard, so hard that we often sacrifice time as a family for the sake of his projects. But when the time comes to play? We play hard! Since before we were married, Palm Springs has been our stomping grounds, the trip we made a couple times a year. It's close enough to be super convenient and easy on the wallet but far enough away to feel like we are actually escaping. We've tried many different hotels and resorts over the years but now that we have kids, we have different considerations to make. We have to make sure there is fun, food and plenty of entertainment. Normally, a dip in the pool, dinner out and a movie does the trick. But when I stumbled upon the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, I knew I'd hit the jackpot! For just $209 per night (depending on the time of year..), we were treated to an oasis in the desert. 
Upon arrival, where we were greeted by the valet and given early check-in, we headed to our room. Surrounded by lush grounds, our Spanish style room felt hidden away despite being tucked amid 444 guest rooms. Our room had a beautiful view of the golf course and was complete with bathrobes, a mini bar and luxurious toiletries. We dropped our stuff off, changed into swimsuits and headed out to the pool where our reserved cabana was waiting for us. Being that we were only staying a night, we wanted to splurge on the cabana and enjoy all the pool area had to offer. There was a splash pad for kids, a lazy river, a beach area for digging in the sand and water slides. Needless to say, we planned to be there all day so the cabana ended up being worth it. It was complete with lounge chairs, a table and a server who kept us stocked with water, fruit and towels. We stayed the whole day, ordering lunch from the Splash Grill and heading out only when our kids were good and tired. 
Next up? Dinner. We headed across the street to The River, a  shopping center with plenty of food options and a movie theater. We settled for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory then headed over to Ben & Jerry's for dessert. The kids crashed by eight and mommy and daddy were able to enjoy a little tv and leftovers before calling it a night. The next day, after our kids slept in from the long day before, we took the short stroll down to the Palms Cafe for a couple coffee drinks and pastries before heading back to the pool. Although checkout was noon, we could have stayed at the pool all day again if we wanted. We chose to spend just a couple more hours in the sun before taking off. Lunch at Mic and Moe's, a diner-style restaurant with offerings such as burgers, pastrami and hot dogs, and we were on our way. This trip not only recharged our batteries and allowed for precious time together as a family, but gave my hubby and me some time to relax while the kids played. For the first time since having kids, we were able to just sit and watch them dig in the sand and play. We will go back the next chance we get...I'm already checking out rates for next month!

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to have experiences like this with my little family!