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Indian Wells Overview

Indian Wells, nestled in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, is a prestigious city known for its luxurious resorts, world-class golf courses, and stunning desert landscapes. Originally inhabited by the Cahuilla people, the area saw Spanish colonization in the 18th century, eventually becoming part of the United States in the mid-19th century. However, it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that Indian Wells began to emerge as a prominent destination, with the development of upscale resorts and championship golf courses drawing visitors seeking relaxation and recreation in the desert oasis. 

Today, Indian Wells boasts a reputation as a premier destination for luxury living and leisure, offering a blend of upscale amenities, natural beauty, and renowned events such as the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. With its year-round sunshine and picturesque surroundings, Indian Wells continues to attract visitors and residents alike, seeking a tranquil escape in the heart of the California desert.

Indian Wells History

The land now known as Indian Wells has a long history. Centuries ago, a natural spring provided a vital water source for the Cahuilla people. Evidence of this thriving Cahuilla village dates back as far as 1820. The name “Indian Wells” itself first appeared in documented records in 1823.
The modern transformation of Indian Wells into a premier destination for leisure and luxury began in the mid-20th century with the development of upscale resorts and golf courses. The opening of the Indian Wells Golf Resort in the 1950s and the construction of exclusive country clubs attracted affluent visitors and residents seeking refuge in the desert paradise. Throughout the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st century, Indian Wells solidified its reputation as a haven for luxury living and world-class recreation, hosting prestigious events such as the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. Today, Indian Wells stands as a symbol of opulence and sophistication, offering residents and visitors alike a serene retreat amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Coachella Valley.



  • Nobu
  • The Nest
  • Eureka!
  • Baby Marche
  • The Pink Cabana
  • Indian Kitchen

Top Coffee Shops

  • IW Coffee

Cool Bars/Speakeasy

  • The Nest
  • The Pink Cabana
  • Nobu

Activities to do

  • BNP Paribas Open