These Palm Springs Family Resorts Offer Kid-Friendly Fun

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La Quinta Resort & Club is a 5-star Palm Springs family resort.
La Quinta Resort & Club is a 5-star Palm Springs family resort. Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

Situated at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is a desert oasis of waterslides, outdoor pools, golf courses and gorgeous views. From cozy inns to swanky hotels, you’ll find an array of Palm Springs kid-friendly resorts.

The Greater Palm Springs Area in the Coachella Valley encompasses nine diverse cities: Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indio, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Indian Wells and Coachella.

The family-friendly desert town is about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and San Diego. Palm Springs is a memorable family vacation for its many kid-friendly resorts and unique attractions. Visit the Living Desert Zoo, ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and shop in downtown Palm Springs.

While Palm Springs is an ideal desert getaway year-round, winter is the prime season but summer brings lower rates. No matter when you go, you’ll find a wide selection of Palm Springs family resorts with many amenities, including dreamy desert spas.

One of the best Palm Springs family resorts is the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Guests staying at the resort can cruise around the lake in guided electric boats. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

1. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, California 92260
(760) 341-2211

Situated on 450 acres of desert gardens with mountain views, the lakeside JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is a family-friendly luxury hotel. The resort has 884 guest rooms including 101 luxury suites. My daughter and I stayed in a guest room with two queen beds and a balcony with mountain and pool views. We strolled on the resort’s landscaped pathways and rode in a private electric boat available for guests. The resort boat travels along waterways and lakes to the onsite Mikado Restaurant and The Spa at Desert Springs.

More resort amenities include five swimming pools, free cabanas, two golf courses, tennis courts and several restaurants. The 12,000-square-foot JW Entertainment Zone is a deluxe game room with retro and modern activities for all ages. The family-friendly resort is a short drive to downtown Palm Springs.

Why the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa  works for families:

  • Five outdoor pools
  • JW Entertainment Zone
  • Full-service spa
  • Proximity to downtown Palm Springs

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Splashtopia at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa ranks it among the best Palm Springs family resorts
Omni Rancho’s Splashtopia waterpark with a lazy river is popular with families. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

2. Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

41000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
(760) 568-2727

Enjoy a well-rounded family vacation at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. My mom, three kids and I all enjoyed the property for different reasons. While my mom was happy to crochet in our room with views of the San Jacinto Mountains, my kids and I spent hours at the Splashtopia water park. This pool area has a lazy river and waterslides, three swimming pools, children’s pool and cabanas. In addition, the resort has free family movie nights.

Kids ages 17 and younger stay free at the 240-acre family-friendly resort, which offers babysitting services and free infant beds. The kids’ club offers additional activities for a fee. Adults will appreciate the full-service spa, fitness center and poolside bars. The luxury Palm Springs hotel has four onsite restaurants and free parking.

Why the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa works for families:

  • Kids stay free
  • Splashtopia water park
  • Three pools
  • Large, comfortable rooms
  • Free wifi
  • Free family movies
  • Kids club (surcharge)
  • Lots of dining options
  • Coachella Valley location is less than two hours from Los Angeles, San Diego and only 10 minutes from the Palm Springs Airport

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Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa is among the best Palm Springs family resorts
The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa has three themed outdoor pools, two waterslides and cabana rentals. Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

3. Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa

71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
(760) 328-5955

At the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa (formerly called the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa), you can enjoy 18 holes of golf, a bowling alley and a poolside bar. This Palm Springs hotel has plenty of family-friendly features, too. Amenities include three outdoor swimming pools with waterslides, free bike rentals and seven tennis courts. There’s also a kids club for a fee.

The kid-friendly resort offers families an assortment of accommodations from traditional guest rooms to deluxe suites with resort, golf or pool views. Plus, the resort is just a half-drive to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Why the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa works for families:

  • Three outdoor pools with waterslides
  • Free bike rentals
  • Seven tennis courts
  • Kids club (surcharge)
  • Close to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Hyatt Regency Indian Wells consistently ranks among the best Palm Springs family resorts
The sprawling resort has nine swimming pools and a water park. Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

4. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

44600 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, California 92210
(760) 776-1234

Families will find a wide selection of guest rooms and villas as well as onsite activities at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. On one of our many visits to the Greater Palm Springs Area, we stayed in a two-bedroom villa with a private plunge pool.

As much as we enjoyed our private luxury retreat, we also had fun exploring the property’s nine outdoor pools (including a children’s pool), lazy river, free water park, water slide and bike rentals. Plus, the resort has a 36-hole golf course, three tennis courts, a full-service spa and health club. Resort amenities and onsite dining options make this hotel a good choice for a family vacation.

Why the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa works for families:

  • Nine outdoor pools including a children’s pool and hot tubs
  • Lazy river
  • Free water park
  • Bike rentals
  • Free wifi

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The best Palm Springs family resorts includes the Hilton Palm Springs Hotel
The Hilton Palm Springs Hotel has a large swimming pool and views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

5. Hilton Palm Springs Hotel

400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 320-6868

Guests staying at the Hilton Palm Springs Hotel can walk to shops and restaurants in downtown Palm Springs. Express check-in, free roundtrip airport shuttle and area shuttle are additional perks to staying at this kid-friendly resort. Room service is available all day.

The Palm Springs hotel accommodates families with a selection of guest rooms, suites and villas. In addition, the hotel has a poolside bar, restaurants and onsite shopping.

Why the Hilton Palm Springs Hotel works for families:

  • Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs
  • Swimming pool
  • Free area shuttle service
  • Free roundtrip airport shuttle

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Flower-lined entrance to the La Quinta Resort & Club, one of the best Palm Springs family resorts
The La Quinta Resort & Club was featured in the film Don’t Worry Darling. Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

6. La Quinta Resort & Club

49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, California, 92253
(760) 564-4111

Pamper your family at the 5-star La Quinta Resort & Club, Curio Collection by Hilton. The kid-friendly resort offers deluxe rooms, casitas, villas and suites – some with private pools, hot tubs and fireplaces. The whole family will enjoy the resort’s 15 outdoor pools, 15 tennis courts, bike rentals and several onsite restaurants. Plus, there’s a golf course, full-service spa, fitness center, kids club, children’s playground and a free grocery shopping service.

Why the La Quinta Resort & Club works for families:

  • 15 outdoor pools and a children’s pool, with cabanas, sun loungers and pool umbrellas
  • 15 outdoor tennis courts
  • Kids club (surcharge)
  • Bike rentals
  • Free self parking
  • Limo/town car service, an electric car charging station and eight meeting rooms

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Budget friendly and good locations make Best Western Plus among the best Palm Springs family hotels
Best Western Plus Las Brisas is a budget-friendly hotel in Downtown Palm Springs. Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

7. Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel

222 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 325-4372

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Best Western Plus Las Brisas is a comfortable 3-star hotel. Many years ago, when my kids were little, we stayed at the Las Brisas Hotel, which is now part of the Best Western Plus hotel chain. There are three Best Western Plus hotels in Palm Springs. In addition to this hotel in downtown Palm Springs, there are Best Western Plus properties in Palm Desert and Cathedral City.

The Best Western Plus Las Brisas is a standard, reliable hotel in a great location. Guest rooms have two queen beds or one king bed. There’s a swimming pool, hot tub, poolside bar and coffee shop. Amenities include free breakfast and room service – a big plus for the whole family.

Why the Best Western Plus Las Brisas works for families:

  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor pool
  • Located in downtown Palm Springs
  • Proximity to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Native Angeleno and seasoned travel journalist Mimi Slawoff writes for numerous print and digital publications. She is also the author of Oldest Los Angeles (Reedy Press, 2022). A lifelong world traveler, Mimi is an award-winning journalist who writes about outdoor adventures, cruises, Europe and cultural activities. Mimi has three grown kids and lives with her husband and their dog, Maya, in Los Angeles.
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