Coachella Valley resorts cater to locals who want a quick holiday close to home

Written by Skip Descant, The Desert Sun

For locals living in the Coachella Valley, getting away could be little more than a drive across the town.

“Look at this. Where does it feel like you’re standing?” marveled Joseph Alegre, director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa one recent afternoon, walking across the pool deck of one of the resort’s seven swimming pools. Cabanas awaited under the shade of palm trees, while fresh towels always seemed to appear out of nowhere.

The sprawling 530-room resort with its spa and golf courses only a short walk down meandering lush walkways is — much like other similar resorts in the valley — a destination all to itself, enticing snowbirds, weekenders from Los Angeles and other vacationers during most of the year.

But come summer, when the mercury rises in the desert tourism falls sharply. It’s a time when hotel and resort operators often slash rates and unveil deals, often with locals in mind.

 

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