By Marissa Willman

If you’re ready for a relaxing getaway, there’s no need to look beyond your backyard: The Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells is the ultimate destination to melt your stress away.
The resort’s high expectations for customer service are palpable from the moment you arrive on the property. Whether you’re checking in, sitting down for a meal at the onsite restaurant or getting a treatment at the spa, the staff goes above and beyond to not only meet but also anticipate your needs.
The lush grounds transform the walk to your room into a leisurely garden stroll. Rose gardens, pristine landscaping and friendly desert critters are just a few of the sights that will greet you. Each patio or balcony offers views of the vast green courtyards, reinforcing a sense of serenity from your room.
The property is divided into a number of villas, each surrounded by gardens and bougainvillea, and this generous layout offers plenty of views with little in the way of crowds. The desert serves as inspiration for the spacious, orange-accented guestrooms, and each room comes with a full-range of amenities.
The pristine pool areas have plenty of day beds, which are perfect for soaking up the sun. Poolside service also allows guests to order food and drinks delivered without leaving the area. Families are welcome at the property’s main pool, and those looking for a more serene environment can enjoy the adult’s only pool and Jacuzzi. Guests can also enjoy a family movie while taking an evening swim on Saturday nights through Labor Day, as movies will be projected onto a giant screen above the main pool.
Not to be missed is the Grove Artisan Kitchen, where Executive Chef Robert Nyerick creates exquisite dishes with a farm-to-table theme. Whether you go for brunch, lunch or dinner, the onsite restaurant has something on the menu to please everyone.
Without a doubt, Miramonte’s onsite spa, The Well Spa, is the highlight of any stay at this relaxing property. With its attention to detail and dedication to service, The Well Spa certainly earned its title of Top Resort Spa by Conde Nast Traveler. Upon checking into the spa, guests are taken to an actual wishing well and given a coin to make a wish, a charming touch. After being shown around the vast spa facilities, which include a private outdoor patio, a salt water pool, showers with full amenities and a eucalyptus-infused steam room, I wished I’d booked my treatments for earlier in the day to have more time to lounge around the relaxing spa area.
The Well Spa has an impressive list of treatments, including massages, body therapies, facials, nail services and wraps. Couples can enjoy a private barrel soak before a couples massage or the painting party for two, where therapeutic and colorful muds allow couples to playfully reconnect. Expectant moms shouldn’t miss the Mother-To-Be massage, which relieves swelling and tension, and dads-to-be can join in for the Bella Body treatment, where warm plaster is used to create a sculpture of the mother’s belly.
I opted for the Aqua Well massage, one of The Well Spa’s signature treatments. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a massage given in an outdoor salt-water pool, but as I lay under the sun and my masseuse began using the waves to knead my muscles, I soon found my stress was literally floating away. The Aqua Well massage is able to offer deep treatment in the hip flexors and sciatic region by allowing the water to take pressure off these areas while adding flexibility. The best part? Complete relaxation and muscle release without the day-after soreness that often follows a table massage.
After a quick lounge in the waiting area with a glass of lemon- and cucumber-infused water, I was whisked upstairs for a Water Source facial. Every part of the experience is customized for the guest, from the music that plays in the background to the specific treatments used for each skin type. Guests also choose from a bag of engraved stones to pick a word, such as “patience,” “friendship,” or “love,” that becomes their focus for the treatment. My stone read “relax,” and relax I did.
To top it off, spa guests receive a generous portion of custom-blended aromatherapy oil infused with scents tailored to each guest’s specific needs. A few drops of my clary sage and bergamot blend is all I need to retrieve a moment of relaxation.
Wellness plays a large role in the Miramonte experience, and the resort offers daily wellness classes such as yoga, tai chi and a wellness walk for guests. A 24-hour onsite fitness studio is also available.

The Takeaway:

Retreat to the Miramonte for a relaxing staycation with your significant other, the family, the girls or even solo. Indulge in a signature spa treatment such as a wine bath rich in antioxidants or let the stress float away with an Aqua Well massage. Really want to treat yourself? Opt for one of The Well Spa’s day rituals that combine several treatments for hours of pampering. After a long day of extravagance, relax poolside under the stars with a refreshing cocktail from the Vineyard Lounge.


The Miramonte Resort & Spa
45000 Highway 111, Indian Wells
(760) 341-2200

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