There’s a new sprawling casita-style resort in town and its ready to become all the rage during this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and its sister country music event, Stagecoach, taking place at the Empire Polo Club located in Indio, California.
The three-day, two-night music festival, which attracts over hundreds of thousands of onlookers each and every year has long “created a glut in housing options” in the resurgent desert valley of Palm Springs, as Forbes reports.
But since the onset of new bans and restrictions on short-term vacation rentals recently, the utter need for alternative places to stay at has become a stark reality.
Enter massive new resorts and “luxury fantasyland[s] in the desert” such as Hotel Indigo. It’s Coachella Valley’s latest dream addition – a 35-acre resort designed by Kristi Hanson, Carrier Johnson, and Elizabeth Blau and operated by Highgate Hotels under the InterContinental Hotels Group – that will feature the hippest of hip hotels aimed to cater to not just the hugely popular surrounding festivals but to “serve as a recreation attraction in its own right” by helping develop the east end of this dry, Salton Sea-situated locale into more of a year-round destination.
With centerpiece additions from a 10,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style iced party swimming pool with “a big cocktail lounge attached” to two- four- and six-bedroom casitas with shared living rooms, social entertainment areas with private entrances and bathrooms, as well as its very own 11-acre, grass-covered public space that was designed with a Quonset hut inspiration in mind to host music events, wellness retreats and other corporate or private events, Hotel Indigo will indeed be Coachella Valley’s newest party “playground,” as Steve Bram of George Smith Partners, who arranged construction financing, notes in a Los Angeles Times report.
Did we mention that the larger-than-life-size pool will also show off a DJ stage and a catwalk in the middle where models can strut their stuff during live fashion shows? The enormous amounts of iced saltwater offered within will, in addition, be heavenly enough to offset the triple-digit heatwaves that are likely to occur. Fab.
And as if all this weren’t already enough, a spa, a gym, a yoga studio, a coffee shop, a general store, multiple restaurants and a marijuana dispensary will also be available nearby for music fans of all ages to fully savor and enjoy.
"The conceptual design of the hotel is so out of the box and so unique that the lender just fell in love,” Bram says.
Let’s just say we’ve fallen deeply in love as well. Come Fall -- which is when the resort is expected to open -- get ready to finally unwind at an upscale resort that “has been a long time coming” to Coachella, as noted by Gabriel Martin, the city’s economic development manager.
We cannot wait to P-A-R-T-A-Y!