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  • By Lisa Jevens

Feel the summer chill at this ultimate desert getaway


La Quinta Resort & Club continues to build on its reputation as a luxury oasis in the Southern California desert, where winters are warm and the summer heat is now taking on quite a “chill.”

Tucked along the foothills of the picturesque Santa Rosa Mountains, the outside world seems to melt away as you indulge yourself in a sanctuary of breathtaking views, manicured desert garden vignettes, refreshing pools, fitness amenities, world-class golf and recreation and fine restaurants all perfectly aligned in a mindset of “cool.”

La Quinta Resort’s signature Summer Chill program is getting an especially warm reception again this year as word has spread that the desert tranquility is an experience to be shared.

Begin the day at Spa La Quinta by lifting your spirits in a morning yoga class followed by an invigorating herbal skin treatment to cool and wake the skin. World-class golf awaits at the resort’s public PGA courses — along with chilled towels and bottled water, of course — to soothe and hydrate in the heat of the day. Relax alongside the Plunge Pool — one of the resort’s more than 40 pools (most cooled to a perfect 83 degrees) — to be pampered in a private cabana while poolside service rushes the perfect frozen cocktails and light fare for a picture perfect al fresco lunch. And it won’t be too long before a siesta calls you to the cool of your casita, a time to dream about the luxuriating late-afternoon couples massage ahead.

Spectacular sunsets, moody shadows and the occasional soft breeze make a summer evening in the desert an experience like no other — and one that you hope never ends. It only gets better with a leisurely dinner together that begins with oysters on ice, a tangy ceviche and a bottle of your favorite chardonnay from a curated list of the finest wines from California and around the world. Your only thought is that an endless getaway lies ahead.

La Quinta Resort is your backdrop for an unforgettable summer experience that is as unique as the two of you. Let La Quinta help you keep your cool. For more information on what La Quinta Resort & Club has to offer this summer, please visit

This story was originally published in the Los Angeles Times special section The Chill is On on June 27, 2016.

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