La Quinta Resort & Spa – a Welcoming Oasis in the Desert

Nov 15, 2010 by Lisa Newton

A few weeks ago, I was able to spend some quality time at a well known and famous resort in the Palm Desert region known as La Quinta–which is just south of Palm Springs.

And where did I stay during my trip to La Quinta?

Why the La Quinta Resort & Spa, of course.

If you follow Travelin’ Local at all, you know I’m a big fan of history, and since the town of La Quinta, is named after the hotel that preceded it, that’s where I stayed.

In 1921, for health reasons, a wealthy businessman named Walter H. Morgan, headed for the desert and bought 1,400 acres of land.

As he looked over his land, he envisioned “a small, self-contained, secluded retreat where guests could enjoy being pampered in the privacy of their own guest-rooms.” And he succeeded in spades.

In 1925, he decided to get started building his dream.

He hired, at that time, a little known architect named Gordon Kaufman, who would go on to design the Los Angeles Times Building, the Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology and the Santa Anita Raceway. Morgan’s La Quinta quickly went from drawing board to reality.

Together, Morgan and Kaufman devised the ultimate getaway. Kaufman planned main buildings, the lobby areas, the open-air, glassed-in dining room, the guest casitas and the grounds. In addition, he designed the furniture and lights and supervising all the construction, including the firing of the bricks used on the premises. The original kiln was located on the site that is currently La Quinta Resort´s Mountain Course. Mexican laborers crafted more than 100,000 adobe bricks, 60,000 roof tiles and 5,000 floor tiles.

Over the decades the La Quinta Resort and Spa has grown:

From its original 20 casitas, a lobby and a dining room to an expansive resort comprising 796 casitas, suites, and villas, vacation home rentals, 7 restaurants, 9 championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, 23 tennis courts, 41 sparkling pools and 53 hot spas.

To put this legendary Resort in context, the legendary movie director Frank Capra stated, "It was the kind of place everyone was looking for; it is a wonderful green oasis in the middle of the desert, and it is absolutely private."

Privacy and service is exactly what everyone receives when they come for a stay at La Quinta.

Even though 796 rooms sound massive, they’re spread over 40 acres.

The intimacy of each room is what keeps people coming back:

Along with its 41 swimming pools and 53 spas, relaxing poolside in the famous Palm Springs sun is a welcome daily activity. Most rooms actually face outward toward the pool making your stay that much more special.

Acclaimed as "the Western Home of Golf in America," La Quinta hosts guests from around the world who come to test their skills on 90 championship holes, including the Pete Dye designed Dunes Course and Mountain Course and the PGA West TPC Stadium Course, Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Greg Norman Course.

Tennis anyone?

Under the leadership of Director of Tennis, Tom Gorman, America´s most successful Davis Cup captain and coach, La Quinta’s state-of-the-art Tennis Facility has grown into a fabulous resource for enthusiasts of the game.

Ranked among the “Top 20 Tennis Resorts” by Tennis Magazine, its exceptional facilities and USPTA-certified staff provide every tennis enthusiast with everything they need and want.

Now that it’s an exclusive part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, the La Quinta Resort & Spa, is an internationally acclaimed and unique desert hideaway famous for indulging its guests with exceptional recreation and relaxation.

It’s a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of big city life.

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One Response to “La Quinta Resort & Spa – a Welcoming Oasis in the Desert”

  1. Mary Mira Robson@ White Rock BC Bed & Breakfast says:

    That looks like a beautiful resort. I have been meaning to go to Palm Springs. It is on my list. I have good friends who visit every year. I did spend some time in Scottsdale, Arizona, but it was a little to dry for my likings. It’s one of the reasons I have also stayed away from Palm Springs, but by the look of the photos you’ve shared I think I’ll need to rethink my next trip.
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