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Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, California

By Roger Cox, Editor

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, Calfornia
Courtesy Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Set in the heart of Rancho Mirage in the Coachella Valley, the 240-acre Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa has one of the largest tennis complexes in the Palm Springs area, with 25 hard courts. When Omni bought the resort in 2014, it doubled down on that asset by bringing in Cliff Drysdale Tennis to manage the on-court operations. Tennis thus ranks as a significant lure at a resort with an abundance of other amenities to recommend it, among them 27 holes of golf, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and a kid-friendly water park called "Splashtopia." All of this is within easy reach of its guest rooms, which occupy some 30 two-story casitas—all have French doors opening onto outdoor patios—arrayed around lakes and gardens behind the historic main hotel building and its pool, a Hollywood hangout in the 1950s.

Tennis Features

Pro Shop: 760-837-2342
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The courts is a shuttle ride or pleasant 10-minute walk from the hotel at the country club. Cliff Drysdale Tennis has installed Elliot Pegg to direct. A graduate of Oxford Brookes University, in the United Kingdom, Elliott Pegg, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CAhe captained the university tennis team before moving on to coaching, taking positions with David Lloyd Leisure in Ringwood and Oxford as well as tennis camp experience in the U.S. with Nike Tennis and Carmel Valley Tennis. He joined Cliff Drysdale Tennis in 2012 working or directing at several resorts, clubs and camps, including Stratton Mountain in Vermont and Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida, before taking on the Director position at Omni Rancho Las Palmas.
He inherits a program that focuses on two-day and three-day camps, drawing individuals, couples, and small groups. These three-hour camps consist of two hours of group instruction each day supplemented by a private lesson. Those wanting more can take advantage of their game arranging service—a major focus, though they do charge $25 for the service and associated court fee—either with guests or local members, the latter of whom number about 200 in high season. During spring break and over the major holidays, he adds junior activities, including camps. There are Drysdale Ladies' Retreats during selected weeks of the year, and many special events surrounding the BNP Paribas Open in the spring. It also hosts several national championships each year. A raised patio off the pro shop and above the sunken stadium court guarantees a crowd of tennis players hanging out, especially during the mornings. There is a swimming pool and spa at one end, and the adjacent golf clubhouse has a bar and restaurant.
Courts & Fees. There are 25 hard courts, one of them a sunken stadium court with terraced seating on both sides. Eight of the courts have lights. The pro shop itself is minimalist, with demo racquets, basic accessories and some tennis clothing. Court Fees: $25/hour (free from June 1-Sept. 30 for registered guests).

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(124 Reviewers)
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4½-Ball Rating Cuisine
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Other Recreation

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, Calfornia
Courtesy Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Golf Courses. There are 27 holes in total, made up of three nine-hole courses—North, West, and South—that can be combined to create three distinct 18-hole courses. All three are distinguished by palm-lined fairways, Ted Robinson bunkers, and views of the San Jacinto Mountains and interspersed with six lakes. There are no greens fees in summer, and during that June-September period, adult club rentals are just $19, kids clubs are free.

Spa and Fitness Center. Located next to the hotel, the Spa has some 50 treatment rooms as well as an outdoor pool exclusively for the use of spa guests. Within the spa is the Fitness Center, with Cybex stations, free weights, various types of Cardio equipments, and yoga classes.

And ... Nothing is more appealing in the desert—especially to kids—that the vast water park called "Splashtopia." Large and centrally located, in consists of two 100-foot slides, a lazy river, fountains, sprinklers, a Jacuzzi and various other water features as well as a grill—all of it exclusively for the use of hotel guests. They occasionally screen movies there, too. And there is another adults-only large pool in the plaza behind the hotel.

Lodging

The basic rooms all have 450 square feet of space and differ primarily in their location and view: Lakeside, Poolside, Plaza, Vista. All have balconies or walk-out patios and come furnished with either a king or two double beds. Various suites are available as well.

Restaurants

In addition to Splash Grill at Splashtopia, guests can dine at Bluember, just off the main pool at the hotel, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner of California cuisine, while the nearby Palm Cafe satisfies a need for Peet's coffee and lighter breakfast and lunch fare. The R Bar opens late afternoons and evenings for pizza and burger fare, large screen TVs, and assorted cocktails.

Calendar

Mar. 6-10, 2017: Tennis with the Stars VIP All Access Experience
www.tenniswithstars.com/vip-stay-play Phone: 830-625-5911, ext 201

Held during the BNP Paribas tournament at Indian Wells, the week-long camp bundles tennis instruction with an opportunity to mingle with star players from the ATP / WTA tours and to watch the pros play up close and personal. The package includes perks like own personal chauffeur, tennis instructor, and tour guide from the Cliff Drysdale Experience Team. Camp includes 4 nights lodging, optional pro-am playing time and pro exhibition court time with the stars, daily tennis instruction, (option to substitute a round of golf), breakfast each day, dinner parties, transportation to and from BNP Paribas Open and suite passes.

Mar. 7, 2017: Tennis with the Stars Pro Exhibition.
www.tenniswithstars.com Phone: 830-625-5911, ext 201

In its third year, the Tennis with the Stars features an exclusive, intimate gathering of some of the world’s top tennis players as a kickoff to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. The tennis festival and pro exhibition lets a limited number of amateur tennis players, spectators, and VIPs to have an up close and personal experience with the tennis stars, both on-and-off the court. Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard, and Taylor Fritz have committed to take part this year. 

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Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41-000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-568-2727
Toll-free: 888-444-6664
Web Link: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa


Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round, though most appealing from October to May.

General Tourist Information. Visit the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Authority website or contact them at 69-930 Hwy. 111, Suite 201, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Phone: 760-770-9000 or 800-967-3767 or Fax: 760-770-9001.

©2017 Roger Cox


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(124 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
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4½-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Lodging
4-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4½-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
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©2017 Roger Cox