Palm Springs, the famed resort town some two hours from Los Angeles, is rapidly becoming a year-round destination, and not just a winter sun retreat.
With a plethora of hotel options, only a few of them lay claim to being top luxury resorts.
I checked one of these, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. Read on for my, as always, painfully honest, review.
I will be honest: I don't love the location at all. It's simply too remote. While you, in all likelihood, would need a car anyway, regardless where you'll stay in the Palm Springs area, I did feel that the treks to town became slightly bothersome after the first couple of days.
All being said and done; the hilltop location makes for some pretty amazing views.
That is not to say that it wasn't nice - it was just slightly anonymous, although I did appreciate the use of dark wood and sandstone omnipresent in the hotel.
A special mention goes to the concierge, Debra, who was astoundingly friendly, helpful - and, not least, genuine.
The room has all the trimmings of a luxury hotel, so I won't dwell too much on it - however, suffice to say, the added bonus of a terrace and thereby very easy access to the adults pool, made it all the more sweeter...
Our Terrace Room was certainly one of the most desirable in the "rooms category"; as is the case with any of room type, these Terrace Rooms have ample space (42 sq.m.) and large bathrooms with wet rooms and separate WC.
I loved the wet room with its sunken tub. However, the best feature, without a doubt, is the insidiously comfortable bed.
We did, however, enjoy plenty of food and drink by the adults pool - all was great. It's also surprisingly good value for a luxury resort, I have to add.
The pools - there are two - are slightly underwhelming for a resort property of this calibre; while they sport gorgeous views, they are not particularly wow-worthy in their own right.
One thing which could have taken this rating down: the WiFi is atrocious and completely unacceptable for a hotel of this status. The signal could not be held for more than some 20 seconds at a time in the room - and did not improve during the three-night stay.
Outstanding for families, this is not the place to go for a vibrant, nor stylish, pool scene.
While the location is slightly too removed from Palm Springs proper, the great service and comfort of the rooms make this Ritz Carlton a very well-priced luxury option in the desert.