Mirage, Calif.- March 13, 2008- Whether seeking a cool escape to relax
with friends or a cool adventure where aquatic fun has no limits,
Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
is the place to be this season. Emerging from a $35 million transformation by
KSL Resorts, Ranch Las Palmas is the new desert cool. Guests will arrive to find
exciting new experiences including Splashtopia, a thrilling pool complex, and
bluEmber, the signature restaurant in the heart of the plaza which exudes the
sun drenched charm of the desert and relaxed elegance of Southern California.
Rounding out the dramatic changes are a new lobby, enhanced guest rooms, refurbished
spa, an Internet marketplace and the sporty R Bar and Lounge.
Las Palmas family pool underwent a complete transformation and reopened
in November as Splashtopia, a fun-filled pool complex offering aquatic delights
for all ages. Ringed by a 425-foot lazy river, Splashtopia encompasses almost
two acres of family-friendly features, including two 100-foot water slides, a
cliffside Jacuzzi, expansive swimming pool, and, for the youngest tykes, a sandy
beach and water-play zone. Splashtopia completes the pool experience at the resort,
which encompasses the adjacent family pool and two other pool areas designed for
more relaxing pursuits including the adults-only tranquility pool and the spa
bluEmber, Rancho Las Palmas
new signature restaurant, also opened its doors in November. Guests can choose
to dine al fresco on the Plaza, where the lively ambience is accentuated by blazing
blue-fire pits and a dramatic fire-topped fountain, or indoors around handsome
carved wood tables, to enjoy an inspired menu that showcases the regions
diverse bounty from local farms and top vineyards. Live music adds to the sophisticated
ambience every Wednesday through Saturday evening. bluEmber serves breakfast,
lunch and dinner daily.
Other New Dining
The stylish new R Bar, which opened in early July, exudes a classic Rat Pack vibe
enhanced by sleek leather seating, dark woods and a welcoming bar. Three flat-screen
TVs, a pool table and shuffleboard table add to the sporty sophistication of this
handsome space, destined to become a Rancho Mirage hot spot.
recently unveiled Palms Café is the resorts Internet café.
Featuring Starbucks coffee, the café also offers brick-oven pizzas and
light fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while several computer stations allow
guests to stay in touch with office and home. The Splash Bar and Grill has also
reopened and once again serves refreshing treats and casual dining poolside.
and Guest Rooms
A welcoming porte cochere heralds the changes
within and leads into a spacious new lobby. Here, warm-hued walls and elegant
archways surround cozy seating areas with handsome, carved-wood furnishings.
The resorts newly upgraded guest rooms are elegantly furnished in early
California style with richly carved, dark woods, crown moldings and sumptuous
bedding, along with 42-inch plasma televisions. The rooms greatly enhanced
baths feature slab granite countertops and beautiful millwork cabinetry.
From a new color palate to a beautifully
refurbished pool area, Spa Las Palmas experienced a complete face-lift that has
transformed it into a 20,000 square foot desert oasis. Soothing hues of blues
and greens are used throughout the space that also boasts new fixtures and finishes,
upgraded locker amenities and state-of-the-art spa equipment. Just outside, the
tranquil spa courtyard offers a heated sanctuary pool, soothing water features
and stunning mountain views. In addition to the newly made-over space, the spa
has introduced a Spa Experience Coordinator whose sole responsibility is to make
sure guests are completely content in their individual spa journeys. The coordinator
also attends to special requests that enhance the spa experience such as birthday
cakes, gifts or other amenities.
Shopping Las Palmas-Style
Exciting new shopping experiences round out the recent additions at the resort.
Just off the lobby are the Spa Boutique, offering a selection of elegant lounge
wear and luxurious bath and body products, and Las Palmas Boutique, with its exceptional
selection of resort wear and fashion accessories in the most popular name brands,
from Tommy Bahama to Brighton. At Splashtopia, guests will find the Swim Shop
with a collection of chic pool wear and a wide variety of family-friendly pool
toys for all ages.
Fresh on the heels
of its $35-million makeover, the 444-room Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is
classic Rancho Mirage re-imagined for the 21st century traveler. In addition to
its newest dining and recreational features, the resort also features a 20,000-square-foot
spa and Yamaguchi Salon, a 27-hole Ted Robinson-designed golf course, a 25-court
Peter Burwash International tennis center, four pools, and 41,000 square feet
of flexible meeting and event space.
Rancho Las Palmas is
ideally located in the heart of Rancho Mirage, California, on 240 acres dotted
with palm trees, tranquil lakes, gardens and fountains. It is directly across
the street from The River, a dynamic entertainment, dining and retail area.
more information on Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, call (866) 423-1195 or
Founded in 1992, KSL Resorts
manages seven time-honored resorts with outstanding recreational amenities, including
spa, golf, tennis and ski. Each is refined yet unpretentious, rich in legacy,
and genuine in service. The KSL Resorts are: