First, I am happy to say we went on our first family trip and we all SURVIVED! Remember this post where I asked for tips on the kids’ sleeping? I don’t know why I was so worried – I forgot that having access to a pool would wipe them out :). Jon and I took the kids and headed to Rancho Mirage (just a few minutes from Palm Springs) for a staycation. And, coincidentally, it was literally the hottest weekend ever. So hot, that at 9:30 at night it was still triple digits. Yikes!
When I was looking for a hotel for our family, I was trying to find the most kid friendly hotel in the Palm Springs area. I used sites such as Trip Adviser and also Google to narrow down the options. Yes, all the hotels had pools, but I wanted something special for the kids. I wanted to have a special place for them to play without direct supervision (aka – holding them in the pool the entire time). My co-worker mentioned a place she stayed awhile ago when her kids were small. She mentioned a special kid area and we found it online. When I saw Splashtopia, I KNEW it was the hotel for us.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas amazing. This isn’t a sponsored post for them, but just a rave from one family to another. We got a lower level room right by Splashtopia which had a great walk out grass area “patio.” Since Splashtopia is only open 10-5, I didn’t have to worry about any early morning noise. But who am I kidding? Our kids are up EARLY! I enjoyed being able to walk everywhere and the food on site was fantastic. Kids five and under eat ALL meals for FREE and kids older than that (I think until 12, but not 100% sure on that) eat free with a paid adult.
Our first dinner we grabbed chicken tenders for aubrey, with a fruit cup and the waiter offered up grilled chicken breast for luke (also with fruit). Both enjoyed it and we were very happy to hear they had a not-on-the-menu fantastic side of Mac n Cheese. Jon and I finished it up 🙂
Luke and Aubrey were entertained with the crayons and menu – which was good cuz we totally realized the only “toy” we brought for them was the ipad – which stayed in the room. Although we totally should have brought it for the second night’s dinner as both were very stir crazy while we tried to eat. All the waiters were awesome and brought the kids food out first. I actually ate most of my food at a warm temperature!
My dinner – Shrimp Scampi
Jon’s dinner – a part of a three course. This was the chef’s special and was chicken but I can’t remember everything else. It was very very good.
By time we were done with our food, we ordered a bottle of wine to go, and headed back to the room. We took most of the pillows off of Aubrey’s bed and slid them under the fitted sheet to create a barrier on the sides of the bed. It worked perfectly. For Luke, we did the awesome Pack-n-Play in the closet trick. You just open the closet doors, set it up, and remove anything within reach of them. It helps to prevent any stubbed toes on the way to the restroom in the middle of the night.
The next morning we ventured back to the main restaurant – bluEmber – for breakfast. They have a buffet option as well as a traditional menu. We chose the buffet both mornings. Jon had a fancy omelet and I had some french toast with some amazing chocolate croissant pastries. The kids enjoyed eggs, pancakes, and fruit. Once we were back, lathered in sunblock, it was ready for Splashtopia to open.
While Omni Rancho Las Palmas has a pool that ranges from 3ft to 4ft deep and is open for extended hours during they day (and night), Splashtopia is designed for the toddlers, kids, and adults. A lazy river surrounds the area and has a walk-in pool with white sand beach for the kids to play in. There is also a large splash pad with water features – streams coming out of the floor, buckets filling & dumping over from above, and some other fun water squirt types of toys.
My favorite thing, though, was this private cabana available for rent with adorable kid-sized lounge chair & patio table. Adorbs!
I’m not too sure about this mom!
While you can purchase your own sand toys on-site, there is a great selection of shovels & buckets provided by the resort for the kids to share.
Snacks- ALWAYS BRING SNACKS! We came down with gold fish, graham crackers, and individual fruit cups. Since we didn’t know ahead of time that the kids ate for free, I stocked up for them. It was great to give them some finger foods to munch on in between the trips through the pool & lazy river.
While at dinner Friday night, Jon told me he had booked me a Guava scrub and Swedish massage for Saturday during lunch/nap time for the kids. He said for me to go, relax, and hang out as long as I want. I loved the scrub – I’ve never had that done and I was a huge fan! After I was relaxed, I headed to the pool attached to the spa and had a snack and enjoyed eating my food right when it came out, pure heaven for a mom! Oh and tip! Bring sunblock with you to the spa. With all the items they stock to shower & freshen up with after, I was very surprised to see no type of sunscreen available for application. I went to the front area and they said they only sold it…for $35 bucks a pop. Uh, no thanks. (So Omni, I highly suggest stocking some sunblock in your locker rooms!!)
View of the Palm Springs sky on our way to dinner Saturday night.
After the kids went to bed each night, Jon and I camped out on our porch. While it was very hot, it wasn’t awful. We enjoyed some talking, some drinking, and some reading. We were in bed by 10 each night and woke up the next morning with the kids. Saturday night I was wondering how late they’d sleep if I shut all the black out curtains. Jon told me to set an alarm. I did, even though I thought NO WAY would that be waking us up at 8:30 when the kids are normally up by 7. Uh, guess who had to apologize for being in the wrong? lol. That’d be me 🙂
Once we had breakfast, we said our goodbyes, and we headed out back home. The kids were doing good for the first hour or so, and then it all went downhill. No amount of graham crackers could get them to stop crying & whining. So, I took out the ipad, propped it up against my awesome Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mab, and put on some Daniel Tiger. Pure silence the rest of the way home 🙂
So, would I recommend this hotel? Yes! While the kids did eat free, I know our average meal was more costly than if we were back at home. They had a cafe on site that served up all the awesome Starbucks drinks and that is awesome for me 🙂 We talked about going back when it’s a bit cooler in temperature and with lots of room options, we might see what other family members can join us!
If you want to check out the hotel for yourself & the family, visit them on Priceline with this affiliate link –>Omni Rancho Las Palmas. If you end up booking the room, a small commission is sent to me as a thank you for the referral. So thank you! Enjoy your staycation!