Iconic California Resort Partners With Veuve Clicquot For A Sparkling Winter Evening By The Pool
La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is joining forces this winter with Widow Clicquot for a swim party in classic Coachella Valley style. Starting in February, Après Swim will transform the adult-only plunge pool into a desert oasis for those 21 and over.
The series premiered last month with a party in honor of Madame Clicquot herself (apparently it was not broiled enough). But any excuse to raise a drink will do, especially if you like your cool bubbles under warm, cobalt skies when the rest of the country is freezing.
During the day, you can lounge by the pool under umbrellas in Veuve’s characteristic yellow-orange color or book a private Clicquot-branded cabin with bottle service. A traveling champagne cart will be available for customers who require accompaniment. At night, the plunge pool will become the Après Swim lounge, with champagne tasting flights, signature cocktails and assorted finger foods.
The oldest resort in the Palm Springs area, La Quinta sits on 45 acres in a spectacular corner of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Its location and the ingenious layout of casitas around the hidden pools (41 in total) gives guests a private ranch feeling even though the whole resort is full. La Quinta is said to be one of only two resorts in the country for which a city has been named (if you can guess the other, post in the comments below). It’s the kind of resort where staff members know three generations of guests because people – vacationers and employees – keep coming back.
The 1926 property has a rich Hollywood history. Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Ginger Rogers, and Shirley Temple all made it there, and Frank Capra reportedly wrote “Lost Horizon” while hanging out by the pool in 1937. Even in the 1980s, Capra was sitting in a courtyard in a three bedroom cottage now bearing her name, hello guests.
The resort has 620 rooms and 98 terracotta villas, without two exactly identical rooms. There are 535 fireplaces and endless mountain views from the rooms on two levels. Parent company Waldorf-Astoria did a major room refresh in 2014 and modernized the lobby in 2017.
Desert golf began at La Quinta with the valley’s first nine-hole course in 1927, and today La Quinta is arguably (in fact, there aren’t many arguments) the most popular fairways. most prestigious of the desert, including Pete Dye’s Stadium route at PGA West, a Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course and one Greg Norman Course. At the Pete-Dye Mountain course, which plays directly into the sheer cliffs, you can often spot mountain goats coming down to graze at the edges of the day.
Morgan in the desert is the iconic restaurant of the complex. It’s a seafood and grill restaurant with a lively cocktail scene on weekends, thanks in part to the resident lounge singer, but also because of vintage cocktails like tonic and house gin mixed together. The menu includes dishes such as California Quail Egg Salad, American Wagyu Zabuton Steak, and off-menu surf and turf dishes for the wise and savvy.
But back to the after-swim. Frank Capra and his ilk made La Quinta famous, but today it’s the Coachella Valley Music Festival crowd and corporate groups that rock it. Veuve Clicquot recently launched its Veuve Clicquot Rich and Rich Rosé, which the brand calls its “most versatile Champagne designed to allow everyone to create their own fun drinking experience”. You won’t get an argument from La Quinta guests about this, especially during the warmer months at the plunge pool, when champagne on ice is nice (nicer than you might think), and that hipsters and OG resort enthusiasts can toast, à la Capra, to the house toast: “It’s a wonderful life.”