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Renaissance Esmeralda for Pool-Loving Families in the Palm Springs Desert

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Have I told you lately how much I love a good hotel pool? Well, I do and have I found a great place for fellow pool enthusiasts at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells! In addition to an awesome pool, this resort’s child-centric activities, a kids club, and family-friendly dining make it a spectacular choice for families headed to Palm Springs, California.

Renaissance Esmeralda Palm Springs Entrance

Renaissance Esmeralda entry (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Love Is in the Details

Thirsty from a long drive to Palm Springs? Grab a cup of fruit-infused water in the lobby. There are also jars of candies on the check-in counter to dole out to kiddies as a reward for quietly reaching their road trip destination. (Ha!)

Renaissance Esmeralda Palm Springs Entrance

Welcoming details at Renaissance Esmeralda (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Oh, What a Pool!

The pool is the star at Renaissance Esmeralda. Hailing from San Diego, I am no stranger to the beach but as a parent of two young children, a day at this hotel pool was a relaxing alternative to the Pacific’s cold, crashing waves. The sandy beach provided plenty of fun for digging and sandcastle building. The zero-entry to the shallow pool made it possible for my 4-year-old to splash about and explore the pool a bit on his own (while sporting water wings) as I kept a vigilant watch from my beach towel on the man-made shore.

Renaissance Esmeralda Palm Springs Pool

Oh, what a pool! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Casual dining is available poolside too, so there is no need to get dried and dressed when it’s time for lunch. Servers deliver casual fare like salads, sandwiches, and icy drinks directly to your lounge chair. You may need to wait awhile, but where else do you have to be?

Renaissance Esmeralda kids' activities

My son playing bean bag toss (a free activity) on the lawn (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Activities for Kids at Renaissance Esmeralda

During the summer, spring break and winter holiday season, kids can participate in outdoor fun and crafts like coloring edible cookies, playing bean bag toss, Dive In Movies, treasure hunts, watermelon eating contests, kids’ dance parties, and face painting. A nominal fee is required for some of the activities.

The Camp Oasis kids club (for ages 5 to 12) is open year-round but is based on occupancy. Children are kept busy with activities like sack races, hula hooping, and craft projects like painting on palm bark. They even get to mix up their own date shakes at snack time. Kids’ Night Out on Saturdays gives parents an opportunity to enjoy a little bit of romance on family vacation.

Spa Esmeralda outdoor whirlpools with waterfalls (Photo credit: Renaissance Esmeralda)

Spa Esmeralda outdoor whirlpools with waterfalls (Photo credit: Renaissance Esmeralda)

Fun for Parents

There’s also plenty for the adults to do at this resort. The Spa Esmeralda is a glorious spot to forget your every day stresses while indulging in a relaxing massage, facial, body treatment or salon service. There’s also two golf courses, two tennis courts and a fitness center with a view of the fairway.

Renaissance Esmeralda Cava juice bar

Squeeze-your-own juice bar at CAVA (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

On-Site Dining

In addition to the Pool Bar, there are four restaurants to choose from plus a coffee house at Renaissance Esmeralda. The bistro-style CAVA serves a spectacular brunch buffet with made-to-order omelets, yogurt parfaits, pastries, and a make-your-own juice bar. STIR Lounge is a laid-back spot in the center of the hotel where families are welcomed. If you’re too tuckered out from all of that fun in the sun, do as we did one night and order a full-sized pizza from room service and watch a family movie together in the comfort of your own room.

Renaissance Esmeralda hotel room

The kids’ portion of our three-room suite (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Family Summer Fun and Sun Time Package

The lazy days of summer make for great family travel time and Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa has designed a package that includes activities for everyone to enjoy that won’t break the bank.

Per room package elements include:

• Two-night stay in deluxe guest room

• Milk and cookies amenity

• Breakfast daily for two adults and two children

• One 60-minute Spa Esmeralda treatment of choice

• One round of golf at the world-class Indian Wells Golf Resort

• $100 in resort credit for dining, Camp Oasis or spa

This package is available from June 15 to September 1, 2012 with rates as low as $200 per night Sunday through Thursday and $300 per night Friday and Saturday including $100 resort credit. A minimum two night stay is required. For reservations, please call (800) 321-1508 or visit and enter FML in the promo box. Sounds like a really sweet deal to me!

What do you look for in a family-friendly hotel? Let us know in the comments!

A Note from The Travel Mama: Thank you to Renaissance Esmeralda for hosting my family’s stay!

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

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