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Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage, CA
Sublime Luxury in the California Desert
The Moorish influenced architecture is framed by exquisite landscaping

Interiors are designed with “heavenly” elegant refrain

Dramatic waterfalls bring this desert oasis to life
The modern and traditional artworks are divine and perfectly placed
Enjoy drinks indoors or outdoors before your exceptional dinner

Story by Jeanne Souders

We all have a list of must-haves when we’re planning a vacation. At the top of mine are great amenities like a fabulous bed, refreshing shower and other attributes such as a peaceful atmosphere, great dining experience, and a well-equipped workout area. You might say I’m easy to please but there’s also a sublime sense of luxury that has to surround me as well. Little did I know that I’d find the must do resort of my dreams in the middle of the California desert -- the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

Located just minutes away from beautiful downtown Palm Springs, the Westin Mission Hills Resort is a majestic structure fashioned in the early California 1900’s Spanish Moorish architecture, complete with dramatic archways, polished azure domes, cascading waterfalls and artistic sculptures. This desert oasis has something for everyone and is guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

All of the rooms at the Westin are luxuriously appointed and oversized with a private balcony or patio and all include the ten-layer sleep sensation aptly labeled the Heavenly Bed. One night sleeping in this firm, cozy oasis and you’ll find yourself ordering one to be waiting for you when you return home. Other Heavenly accents included are a dual head shower in the bathroom and, if you’re traveling with your dog, he too can have a celestial sleeping experience in his own Heavenly Dog Bed. Other essential perks include in-room Starbucks coffee and free Internet service that seemed to browse the web at the speed of sound.

Dining at the Westin Mission Hills is a casual and purely enjoyable event, especially at the Seasons Grill that specializes in creative bistro dining with offerings such as California Crab Cocktail, Grilled Cuttlefish and Sweet Water Ranch Buffalo. For a more refined Euro-California dining experience, the Bella Vista dining room is perfect and afterwards the Lobby Lounge provides the ideal venue for drinks around a cozy circular fire-pit on the terrace. During the day, there are snacks and cocktails available at the poolside Caliente Bar and Las Brisas Café serves fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh fruit smoothies.

A day at the Spa at the Westin Mission Hills feels like an international experience with a menu composed of European practices, Native American rituals, South Pacific healing arts and services that are indigenous to the area. There’s also a full service hair and nail salon, garden whirlpool spa and fitness center. For those whose indulgences include a few rounds of golf, there are two championship golf courses designed by legends Pete Dye and Gary Player as well as practice ranges and greens and two golf pro shops. For beginners or those who need to brush up on their skills, The Westin offers instruction by PGA professionals.

The Westin also offers the chance to lounge around beautiful pools and they don’t have just one or two, but four and at least one suits every guest. The Las Brisas pool will bring out the kid in all of us with its huge 60-foot waterslide. For a more tranquil atmosphere, there’s the quiet solitude of La Paloma Pool for adults and the Las Hada pool surrounded by streams and ponds. And while you’re enjoying the day poolside, families with children can opt to have their young ones join the Vacationing Cactus Kids club with themed activities scheduled daily to keep them happy and occupied while you relax.

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