Desert Springs Resort
74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert; (888) 538-9459, www.desertspringsresort.com
Even after four nights in residence, I'm not sure I've adequately experienced all that Desert Springs has to offer. The stats: 884 rooms (rates start at $209 for the rest of this year), two 18-hole golf courses, a driving range, putting green, five pools, four outdoor hot tubs, 20 tennis courts, 17 boutiques, a nightclub, five restaurants and a Starbucks said to be the largest in the Coachella Valley. I can't even fathom how many conventioneers it takes to fill the 210,000 square feet of meeting space.
The revamped 30,000-square-foot atrium lobby is so big that the 60-foot sushi bar hardly registers against the sprawl of couches, TVs and bar stools. A stairway from the lobby leads to a dock where five six-seater boats ferry passengers through a network of lagoons to several restaurant docks. (Never mind that you can walk faster.)
-- Valli Herman
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