RANCH RESORT- CALIFORNIA'S LATEST DESERT RETREAT
of the joy of spending some time at Borrego Ranch Resort in the high
is the drive there either from
. Located south west of
, Borrego Springs seems to be an area right off the beaten track, but in
heyday the private airstrip saw multitudes of movie stars staying here.
Those included Marilyn Monroe, Lon Chaney and Andy Devine and the privacy
factor saw them staying at a desert hideaway called Hoberg Resort, which
has been restored now as the Palms at Indian Head.
reason that Borrego Ranch Resort is such a romantic getaway is that kids
under eighteen are not allowed, so you get a feeling of peace and quiet
hard to be matched, and they only have sixty-three rooms, villas or
casitas available. One of the stunning parts of the property has to be the
landscaping, with every desert plant and cactus you could imagine.
It is also a pretty expansive property and takes a while to know
your away around, and at night in particular if you are going to the
dining room ask them to send a driver as it is very easy to get lost.
Prices per night during the season (November-June) start at around $450
per night, but if you can handle the summer heat (and it does get really
hot here), bargains are to be had in abundance.
stayed in a section called Wisteria, a deluxe room that overlooked one of
the numerous swimming pools on site, and the very spacious room was
equipped with everything you would really need. A special word about the
bed here, probably one of the most comfortable I have tried in a long
time, so good that the owners have the same bed in their homes.
Golfers will love the resortís Montesoro golf course located
about a mile away from the main buildings. It is a typical Fazio course
with lots of lakes and bunkers, and where the greens are like playing on
glass. It is also a very undulating course, and at 7,100 yards presents a
real challenge to even the experienced golfer. At least the mountain views
are a stunning backdrop to what will be a memorable round of golf, and
Golf pro David Hunter is the man in charge. He is overseeing on site the
. He is also very anxious to introduce more women to the game, and has
introduced specialist training.
spa at Borrego Ranch is pretty high end, and a plethora of treatments are
available ranging from an expansive selection of massages right up to the
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, an 80 minute extravaganza costing $250.
The rather more standard massage we tried was perfect for the serene
environment you find at Borrego Ranch, and while the man is away playing
golf, the wife or girlfriend will feel really special in this place.
Dining of course is a big factor at Borrego Ranch, and since the
audience is relatively captive, the dining room has to be able to offer
something special on a consistent basis. The five course tasting dinner
menu at $78 with wine pairings fits the bill perfectly and the chef Jo Ann
Plympton is doing a good job in the kitchens. Not only did she have the
perfect lunch of tomato soup that I needed after a grueling session on the
golf course, but she also came up with some dishes that I was actually
looking for that night.
included the incredibly delicious Washington State Oysters from
with a tangerine vinegar sauce that was accompanied by a Rose from
. Another winner was the chilled Gazpacho soup with green onions and
cucumber complemented by A&Z Pinot Gris from
. The pre-main course of
Swordfish Steak had been line caught that day in
, and went well with the Monterey County Pinot Noir. For the main course
the chef came up with Farm bred Venison with a port wine risotto. Venison
is a rarely used dish in
, but when it is done right with the correct accompaniment, it is always a
are all kinds of activities here to get involved with including the
Naturalist Excursion with the resident naturalist, and a nighttime trip to
the desert to see the incredible star foundations. There is an outside
movie theatre, tennis courts,
and a huge outdoor chess board, along with shuffleboard and a croquet
lawn. There is also a brand new fitness center and yoga studio, artist
studio, climbing rock and a ropes and challenge course. They even have a
butterfly and hummingbird garden, and of course we must not forget the
3845 Yaqui Pass Rd