Scenic serenity.

Planning Your Trip

This desert retreat has everything you need for a weekend away or a full-on recharging departure from the everyday. The resort’s design embraces all that sunny Palm Springs has to offer, while the dining and local activities will keep you fortified and engaged. Here’s what to bring.

Planning Your Trip
What to Pack

Hiking boots are a smart thing for any active traveler to pack since The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is a short jaunt away from Joshua Tree National Park. This otherworldly park full of cactuses and rocky vistas has amazing hiking trails that are just rugged enough to require solid footwear that can protect your ankles and give you full knee support.

Evening Chic

Desert nights have an innate feeling of glamour. Remember that Palm Springs began as a retreat for Hollywood’s Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin defined the casual but confident wardrobes that still dictate what to wear in this sandy hotspot.

Desert temperatures can drop considerably when the sun goes down, so bring a light cotton sweater or warm scarf that is easy to wrap around your shoulders and deploy when needed.

Weekend Getaway

Make sure to pack clothes that let in the breeze and still show off your stylish side. Lightweight layers and smart accessories will be the best choices as you head into this stylish desert encampment.

A cotton tote or lightweight backpack is good to have if you plan on doing any shopping or gallery perusing. That way you don’t have to worry about having room in your weekend bag to bring your purchases home.  

Both men and women will be smart to bring along a straw hat to protect their faces from the desert sun. Bring your own or check out the many options on sale at the hotel’s Spa Boutique.

Spa Retreat

If you’ve finally made time for a trip that’s all about relaxation and rejuvenation, congratulations. Do as the locals do and bring comfortable, active-ready layers that won’t make getting dressed a distraction from your well-deserved R&R.

The fitness center offers many types of yoga and Pilates classes so make sure to pack your yoga gear. If you want to up your heart rate, also think about bringing sneakers to attend Desert Boot Camp or adult cycling.

Planning Your Trip
What to Reserve

This desert oasis is home to some of the best dining, nightlife and golf in Southern California. Here’s what to put on your to-do list.