5 Reasons to Make a Trip to Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

5 Reasons to Make a Trip to Renaissance Indian Wells Resort

By Erin

Located in the heart of the prestigious desert community of Indian Wells is the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa. 13 miles from Palm Springs and nestled at the foot of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains, makes for an easy getaway weekend for those in Southern California. For those outside that area, Palm Springs International Airport is a quick 16 miles away. I was invited to come and stay here for the weekend to check it out, share my thoughts and show you my favorite spots. I hope you enjoy this beautiful property as much as I did!

 

Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

The Pools 

One of the biggest draws for me to want to stay at a hotel or resort has always been the pools! As soon as I saw what the pools here looked like at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa , I could not wait to get here. The resort boasts the largest hotel swimming pool complex in the desert region including three distinct pools, a pool bar, cabanas, a waterfall and hot tubs. A poolside sandy beach entrance is perfect for traveling families–It is a special favorite among families/children and beach lovers. An amazing pool cabana experience featuring flat-screen TV’s, sofas, loungers, ceiling fans, personal coolers and refreshments.

Our cabana for the day and refreshments. It was so relaxing to just sit by the pool and enjoy the beautiful day with family.

The pool is just as beautiful at night and perfect for some hot tub time!

Room with a View

Very spacious, modern, upscale guest rooms – among the largest and most comfortable in the area. The best part I think is, those VIEWS! How amazing is it to wake up in the morning or go out at night and see THIS view from your room???

The rooms are very spacious and comfortable. As you can tell by the views above, I especially loved our patio!

Star Suites, featuring specially commissioned celebrity artwork and retro decor inspired by legends of Hollywood including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Bing Crosby to name a few. Our room had some neat artwork in the bathroom on the wall.

The bathrooms were very spacious as well, more than one person can get ready at a time. All the amenities you could possible need are here.

The Spa

Spa Esmeralda, features both indoor and outdoor treatment and spa pool offerings, as well as a salon and fitness facilities. The spa is beautiful and the perfect place to get away to relax and enjoy a facial, massage, body scrub or wrap, waxing and nail care. I enjoyed a luxurious facial during my time here and enjoyed every second of it.

One of my favorite places at the spas was outdoors. Such a beautiful outdoor spa. Very private, quite and serene.

The Food

There are numerous food and beverage locations and dining experiences throughout the resort – including amazing sushi, SPC serving casual, modern Italian cuisine, and Cava – serving a broad menu of American and family favorites. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

During my stay here we tried the seafood buffet that they serve at Cava on Friday nights. We also had breakfast here both mornings during our stay.

Just a few of the many options to enjoy at the seafood buffet. Everything is served up super fresh and was oh so delicious.

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Classic Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel

Classic Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel

By Erin

Recently a friend and I enjoyed the Premium Classic Afternoon Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 inside the Disneyland Hotel. Afternoon tea is available Friday-Sunday from 12pm-3pm. I’ve been anxious to have a tea party at Disneyland ever since they first started having these, so I was thrilled to finally be able to get a reservation for one (they are not always easy to get, especially around holidays!). We were extra lucky and were able to come during the Valentine’s Day tea for some extra magic! We had a fabulous time and I am so excited to share this with you.

Dining at the Steakhouse 55 restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel is an amazing experience in itself if you are as big a steak lover as I am. It was even more amazing to come here for a magical tea party! It is a bit pricey but well worth it; don’t forget if you have your annual Disney pass, you can use your discount for the tea party, which will help quite a bit. You also will feel like Disney Royalty here with all the fancy plates and silverware and farewell gifts. Be ready to experience an elegant afternoon complete with sweets, savories and a lovely selection of teas.

The menu includes traditional scones, tea sandwiches, desserts and more. Aperitifs, wines by the glass, ports and cordials are also available for an additional charge. The glamorous Hollywood-style setting of Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel, is the perfect setting to enjoy afternoon tea. Originally introduced to European high society in the 1800s, this relaxing respite promises to forge unforgettable memories with family and friends.

Choose from 3 distinct tea parties:

Classic Tea Party- $50

  • Traditional Scones
  • Tea Sandwiches
  • Desserts
  • Teas and Herbal Infusions

Premium Tea Party-$65

  • Sparkling Wine
  • Traditional Scones
  • Salad
  • Tea Sandwiches
  • Desserts
  • Farewell Truffle
  • Teas and Herbal Infusions

Kids Tea Party- $35

  • Traditional Scones
  • Tea Sandwiches
  • Desserts
  • Herbal Infusions, Juices, Milk or Hot Chocolate

Please Note: Gluten-free and vegan options are available upon request.

*I highly recommend getting the premium tea party package to make your experience a total dream come true. If you have a pass, for the premium tea party with tax it comes to just under $60 per person.*

After you order the kind of tea party you wish to enjoy and pick out your teas, the tea is brewed and served to you in your own cute adorable tea pot.  You have a choice of either hot or cold tea and

each person in your party can choose a different kind of tea so that your party can enjoy a variety of different kinds of teas. This is a great way to try out some different teas that you may not have had before as well as your favorites. We went with the Redbush Caramel Velvet ( Reminiscent of a luxurious Dulce de Leche with a light, refreshing aftertaste. Caffeine-Free, Herbal) and the Eros (a black sweet orange and creamy vanilla bean blended with medium bodied Ceylon leaves). Both of the teas were delicious and came with honey, lemon, cream and your choice of sugar, calorie free sweeteners, or some cool rock sugar candy sticks to dip into your tea!

 First the salads came out. Very light and refreshing; Rose Wine poached pears, edible flowers, with a strawberry vinaigrette.

With the premium tea, you also get a glass of sparkling wine; Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee Brut. It was great to have a little bit of bubbly with our tea party!

Our tiered tea party came out with all the goodies! Yum yum, so much food!

Celebrating the Year of the Golden Rooster at Ontario Mills Mall!

Celebrating the Year of the Golden Rooster at Ontario Mills Mall!

By Erin

*This is a sponsored post*

This past Saturday, Ontario Mills celebrated the Year of the Rooster with traditional performances, activities and giveaways to commemorate the Lunar New Year. Guests were treated to sensational performances by cultural lion dancers, Kung Fu masters and towering stilt walkers in addition to fun activities and exclusive giveaways to ring in The Year of the Rooster. It was a great time for all. What better time to go to the mall than on Lunar New Year this year; Saturday, January 28, 2017? Traditionally, the celebration goes on for 15 days, so we are still in the festival mode.

When I arrived the finishing touches were being added and the crew was busy setting up for the celebration full of food, drink, kid’s activities, live performances, give-a-ways and more.

Lunar New Year Ontario

There were shiny gold and red balloons and lanterns everywhere. Crowds of people started lining up by the event tables, waiting for their chance to spin the wheel for a prize.

There was a long line to spin the wheel. You can spin a wheel to win prizes which included T-Shirts, gift bags, fans, candy and more.

A huge thank you to Teavana for the delicious drinks and Wetzel’s Pretzels for the yummy treats. Of course there were Fortune Cookies, they were so festive and delicious too. Almond Cookies and pretzel bites were also on hand for all to enjoy.

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