Imagine opening your giant balcony doors to a peaceful lakeside view, complete with chirping birds, shining sun and little else to provoke distraction.
Sound idyllic? It's completely attainable at the petite Chateau at Lake La Quinta, just a two-and-a-half hour drive from central San Diego.
After a recent $3.5 million renovation, the estate's major draw is the 22 chic private suites and two large bungalows which all featuring panoramic views of Lake La Quinta and the awe-inspiring San Jacinto Mountains in the distance. Yes, there is not one room without a view to be found here, and the size of the property alone adds to the charm and seclusion you feel while strolling through the entryway.
Old world charm meets the desert at this boutique property, which makes for a perfect couple's retreat or wedding location. Each room includes a walk-in shower, fireplace and flat-screen TVs, and a few of the suites offer spa tubs, steam showers and full kitchens. The suites each have private patios that look onto the water, with custom designer furnishings and vibrant luxury appeal.
The lakeside restaurant, Mélange, is popular not just with hotel guests, but also those visiting in the Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta area. The food from Chef Nestor Ruiz is just as appealing as the view, with fire pits warming guests up on cool nights or early mornings. The dinner menu includes linguini pasta with prawns, grilled swordfish, braised short ribs and a rack of lamb. There's also a full bar overlooking the lake, where guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, wine or beer, plus separate breakfast and lunch menus.
Guests to The Chateau at Lake La Quinta have access to a 24-hour pool. If golf is on your agenda, the property is within five miles of five PGA golf courses, including the popular Silver Rock Resort. Nearby, activities abound, such as horseback writing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and hot air balloon tours.
For more information or to make a reservation at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta, visit thechateaulakelaquinta.com.