After an eight year hiatus, the Ritz-Carlton has finally returned to Palm Springs. The 23-acre resort lasted for nearly two decades on Frank Sinatra Drive before closing for renovations in 2006. The economic downturn delayed things a bit more than expected, but the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is finally re-open again, and in grand style.

The 244-room property, opened today, promises to be an ideal escape for Angelenos and SoCal locals as well as a destination unto itself.

“Our fourth hotel in Southern California will enliven the world-renowned Ritz-Carlton service philosophy and deliver a highly-sensory respite in Rancho Mirage that is culturally and generationally relevant, offering rich experiences for leisure and business traveler – from near or abroad,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton.

Our favorite parts about the newly re-imagined property include the first floor rooms, which feature private terraces (some with fire pits!), as well as the expansive pool featuring VIP cabanas. Foodies will love the two in-house restaurants, State Fare Bar & Kitchen, a farm-to-table concept (seriously, what isn’t farm-to-table these days?) and The Edge, a fine dining restaurant with steak, seafood and an extensive wine list. The Edge will open this fall. The massive Desert spa will function like a destination retreat. The 25,000-square-foot spa with 15 treatment rooms– including a signature massage in a hammock– will focus on integrated wellness.

Despite all that this resort offers, the prices are pretty cheap – opening rates start at $227 per night.

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