Need to know
Forty-six, including three suites.
Noon; earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $115.00, excluding tax at 12.445 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $28.00 per room per night on check-out and an additional service charge of $2.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually exclude breakfast.
Free coffee is there for the taking in the lobby. Breakfast will be available – at an extra cost – from autumn 2018.
At the hotel
Superstar spa; outdoor fire pits; free WiFi and parking; Cali greenery galore (palm trees, cacti and olive trees by the spa). In rooms: Chromecast TV, in-room entertainment system, Waterworks brass fixtures, Revival New York bed linens, Carrara marble countertops, Acqua di Parma bath products, full-size minibars with vintage crystal stemware, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making kit.
Our favourite rooms
Chances are, you’ll want a balcony or patio – so opt for a Superior or Deluxe room. Deluxe King Rooms are spacious and swellegant; a highlight is the big bathroom, which has a walk-in shower and a freestanding soaking tub; a tiny Moroccan-style window with pretty shutters by the tub opens up to the living room. If you’ve got some extra bucks to spare, upgrade to the Junior Suite for its soaking-tub-graced patio and cosy living area with a sofa and two armchairs. A lot of thought has gone into all of the Sands’ sleeping-quarters, from the vintage stemware to the bedside USB chargers and the bonus windows by the bath tubs. Top marks.
Pack your finest bikini/beach shorts for the heated outdoor pool, flanked by sun loungers, daybeds and cabanas. A fleet of attendants clad in preppy pink polo shirts and white shorts are on hand to take food and drink orders and keep things looking shipshape; there’s also a towel station and an ear-pleasing soundtrack. Go for a dip at night, if you fancy...
Sitting pretty in the olive grove, the hotel’s spa has three treatment rooms and a list of treatments that look to North Africa for inspiration. Opt for the Royal Rhassoul body treatment or the Moroccan Radiance facial, perhaps.
Tennis rackets for the local courts. Light-sleepers might appreciate ear plugs to guard against any noise from the Nest, the live music bar next door. Bring a camera to capture the devil’s-in-the-detail design and interiors.
Two of the Superior rooms are suitable for wheelchair-users. Aside from the second floor, the whole property is ADA compliant.
For an extra $100 per booking, you can bring your pooch, too. They’ll be spoiled with a special canine welcome bag, containing doggy bags, treats and information on the best local walks. See more pet-friendly hotels in Greater Palm Springs.
This is a gloriously child-free stay: it's over-18s only.