La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs - Dry Almighty
La Quinta Club & Resort is a gem of a place but seemingly made especially for the elderly golfer / spa enthusiast / tennis player. Not to say there weren't young kids running around taking full advantage of the video arcade at the hotel's Camp La Quint but simply put: it's a geriatric's paradise.
Sure, the dry air, startling scenery of red mountain and rock meeting manicured green golf tees will charm anyone at any age and the large amount of activites does offer something for almost everyone yet there is something so distinctly ingrained in the place that it just can't stop screaming: SLOW DOWN and GO EASY. But not in that, relax and breathe deep zen way but in that crotchety-you-kids-could-learn-something-if-you-just-slowed-down kind of way.
There are some fabulous bits to the resort however. The multiple hot tubs and pools across the property beg you to relax after an active day. The three restaurants offer option but since the best one is pretty damn expensive the other two - one Mexican and the other serving passable american fare are often crowded and unsatisfying. Best bet is to book a casita with a kitchenette and cook then save going out as a splurge or rent a fun car and drive the 45 min to Palm Springs for a more tasty meal.
Not to say that the Resort isn't appealing for some (even those who have yet to go white on top) and for some it is just as it should be. The staff is very kind and the grounds are very attractive. But if you're young, at all restless and here's the real kicker: single, then you best play a few rounds of golf or spend a day at the spa and then be on your merry way.