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  • By Lisa Jevens

83 Degrees of Perfection and the Art of the Pool


Whatever your personality, La Quinta Resort & Club has a perfect pool just for you. Whether you’re a lap swimmer, sunbather, splasher or plunger, there is a perfectly chilled pool waiting to refresh you after basking in the Palm Springs sun, enjoying a round of golf or an exhilarating tennis match.

La Quinta Resort’s Summer Chill program centers around its 41 luxurious swimming pools sprinkled around the exquisitely landscaped 45-acre property. The sparkling water in each pool is carefully calibrated for maximum year-round comfort. All pools are heated and 27 can be cooled, allowing La Quinta to achieve the perfect swim temperature of 83 degrees.

Most of the resort’s iconic pools are open to all resort guests, making it easy to match your pool to your personality — or even to your mood that day.

Are you ready to pick your perfect pool, and imagine yourself dipping a toe into the crystal clear waters of La Quinta?

Here are some hints to get you started.

Every age group will find bliss in the water at La Quinta Resort, starting with the littlest guests. They will adore the splash pad and shallow toddler pool, which are designed just for them. These are found at the Main Pool area.

The spacious Main Pool is a great gathering place for families and friends. It’s the place to relax after a day of golf or tennis and enjoy a bite to eat or an evening soak. Hang out in a comfy chair on the pool deck or seek shelter beneath a private cabana. During the day, the Main Pool affords spectacular views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. If you’re looking for a hipper poolside experience away from the kiddos, the Plunge Pool is the place to be. Set amid some of the original 1926 casitas, this pool has the cachet of having been a “pool to the stars” during Hollywood’s golden age.

Adults 21 and over can dive into the Plunge Pool, then retire to a private cabana daybed with signature cocktails and DJ to set the mood. The brilliant orange daybeds and towels and white furniture set this pool apart from the vibrant green lawn and distant palms, making it a picture-perfect, cool pool scene.

The Lap Pool has three lanes for serious swimmers — and there has never been a more beautiful and comfortable place for daily exercise. Nestled in a tranquil courtyard, the Lap Pool promises swimmers an uninterrupted workout amid a gorgeous and colorful backdrop of bougainvillea and palms.

If you simply “want to be alone,” as Greta Garbo once did at this very resort, then splurge on a luxury suite with its own private pool. These pools are delightfully paired with personal spas, just steps off each room. If you’re planning a honeymoon, this would be a wonderfully romantic way to start your new life. One thing is for sure: Whichever pool you choose at La Quinta Resort, it will provide a feeling you will never forget.

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Originally published in the Los Angeles Times special section The Chill is On on August 9, 2016.

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