First Look: Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Opens in Southern California

Ritz-Carlton opened its fourth hotel in Southern California last week when the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage made its debut. A two-hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego, the hotel sits on a 650-foot bluff (great views) and is enveloped by the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountain ranges overlooking the Coachella Valley. 

Even better: Nearly all of the hotel's 244 guest rooms have patios and terraces, some with their own fire pits and views of the dramatic mountain ranges.

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The 25,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage (pictured below) is at the heart of the resort’s free-standing, two-story spa lifestyle complex. The indoor/outdoor retreat has 15 treatment rooms, many with private terraces, a complete Fitness Center, movement studios, private whirlpools, rain and Vichy showers, eucalyptus-infused steam and sauna facilities, an outdoor meditation mesa, and an outdoor co-ed whirlpool with waterfall and mountain views. Be sure to try the signature Hammock Massage and black diamond dust Rat Pack Facial (for gentlemen), both debuting this summer. 

For gourmands, State Fare Bar & Kitchen has a chefs’ display kitchen, interactive market table, outdoor terraces located just off the restaurant with striking valley views, a fireplace, tableside cocktail trolley service in the bar, walk-in red and white wine rooms and artisanal California menus and ingredients. 

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There are also three swimming pools, a comprehensive Ritz Kids program and multi-room Ritz Kids center with its own children’s movie theatre (great for when kids need to unwind), 16,000 square-feet of contemporary indoor meeting space, and 15,000 square-feet of outdoor event space incorporating two lush, cliff-side lawns. 

For golf enthusiasts, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage has secured guest access to some top courses and clubs in the Valley, while nearby tennis, hiking on 20 miles of mountain trails, and high-end shopping are nearby.

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