A historic inn and ranch in a lush oasis, surrounded by the vast and arid Death Valley National Park desert
Desert | Off the beaten track | Relaxation | Spa | Sports & activities
At first glance, Death Valley is nothing more than a barren and inhospitable desert but look closer and you’ll find water-carved canyons, extinct volcanic craters and palm tree fringed slices of greenery. With its spring-fed swimming pools, the Furnace Creek Resort is one such oasis, situated just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas over the Californian border. From here, horses and horse-drawn carriages take you out to discover the beauty of this vast arid desert while the 3,000-foot airstrip takes you further afield.
The Furnace Creek Resort’s charming colonialist tiers and terraces have been welcoming guests since 1933. Accommodation is in either the historic elegance of the Inn, or the more casual Ranch. The former, an AAA rated four-diamond resort, looks out, past the palm gardens, to the desert and its towering mountains beyond. Some rooms come with a shared deck or terrace to take advantage of these spectacular views while others still feature spa baths, perfect to wash away the sand. The Ranch’s western-themed grounds and duplex cabins offer a more family-orientated stay as French doors in Standard and Deluxe Rooms open onto small patios and balconies to the gardens beyond.
The Inn at Furnace Creek is the resort’s fine dining option, overlooking the desert saltpans to the majestic Panamint Mountains. Service is available on the verandah so you can dine under the brilliant blue of the desert sky or its twinkling evening stars. Dress up for an eclectic menu that incorporates American south-western and pacific-rim classics with continental influences. The Ranch, has several dining options including the carnivorous delights of the Wrangler Steakhouse and the American crowd-pleasers of the Forty Niner Café. Light bites and snacks are also served at the Corkscrew Saloon and the golf course’s 19th Hole.
Whether you’re staying at the Inn or Ranch, there’s a great selection of amenities and services to keep you busy. Take to any one of the tennis, basketball, volleyball and, even, boules courts or get into the desert on a hiking trail or horseback ride. A particular highlight is the 18-hole, par 70 golf course. After your lowest ever round – at 214 feet below sea level – relax with some massage therapy or take your pick of swimming pools.
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Book by: 30 November 2017
Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this definitive road trip.
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