As part of a golfing vacation to Palm Springs, we decided to visit nearby Borrego Springs for a couple nights at La Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort & Spa and enjoy some golf, hiking, and exploring of Borrego Springs. We had a blast. La Casa Del Zorro is a fantastic Borrego Springs Resort.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Casa Del Zorro and they truly live up to their motto of "luxury without assumptions. Distinct desert beauty. Total Relaxation." La Casa Del Zorro open for relaxation in 1933 as a house on the old Burks Ranch's 43 acres just a few miles from downtown Borrego Springs. The beautiful hand-hewn beams and old adobe walls in the lobby of La Casa del Zorro are reminders of the resort's heritage. In 1960 newspaper magnate James Copley purchased La Casa Del Zorro and new guest accommodations and the first swimming pool was built and the dining room was expanded. Decades ago, guests gathered around the kitchen table for their meals and some of the guests even washed dishes. Today, continued thoughtful and extensive renovations, which respect the unique character and charm of the property, capture the historic echoes of the past.
La Casa Del Zorro has expanded to poolside guestrooms and one to four bedroom casitas, a Spa, fitness center and tennis courts, a good restaurant and bar, and twenty eight crystal-clear pools and jacuzzis. The property is well maintained and landscaped with roses, desert fauna, and a variety of trees. The beautiful six thousand foot Santa Rosa Mountains and the 600,000 acre Anza Borrego Desert frame the Resort. And at night, the skies are illuminated by millions of bright stars and galaxies, thanks in part because Borrego Springs is one of the few "dark-sky communities" in the world and has night light restrictions.
La Casa Del Zorro offers a variety of options for lodging including forty-four deluxe poolside rooms, four new garden rooms, and nineteen rustic casitas. The decorative elements reflect the character of the Anza-Borrego region, with every appointment chosen to create an environment of refined relaxation. With high vaulted ceilings, wooden shutters and elegant duvets, each room is a tasteful sanctuary. The forty-four deluxe poolside rooms have large dressing areas, oversized bathrooms with marble surround baths, a glass enclosed shower, wood burning fireplace, service bar, and patios or balconies with views of the courtyard’s sparkling pool and whirlpool spa.
The four new garden rooms have been added for the cost-conscious traveler. Each of the guest rooms have rustic desert charm coupled with modern comfort and they are appointed with a king bed, contemporary furniture and amenities. The nineteen private casitas, which are spread across the forty-two acre property have one to four bedrooms, feature a classic Southwest desert décor, wood-burning fireplaces, service bars, and a private pool, spa, or both in their backyards.
We stayed in a two bedroom well appointed casita and really enjoyed it! The nineteen private casitas have one to four bedrooms, a water feature, pool or hot tub, coffee makers with premium coffee and super sized flat panel TVs. We walked into the carpeted living room that had high vaulted wood beamed ceilings, a large overstuffed comfortable couch and matching chair, an end table and coffee table with a reading lamp and two floor lamps. The couch faced a fireplace surrounded by decorative tile and a tv mounted on the wall above. The living area had a lot of natural light with large shuttered windows.
Adjacent to the living area was a small alcove with a tiled bar with a sink, microwave, small refrigerator with complimentary waters, small coffee pot and complimentary coffee packets. The cabinets contained cups and glasses but no utensils. A small wood desk with a lamp and chair was placed beside the french doors that led out to the tiled patio and pool with a table and four chairs, a cabana with two lounge chairs and another at the other end of the pool. The pool patio is enclosed for privacy and a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a cocktail and a stunning sunset! Outside the front door is a tiled front porch with two wooden cushioned chairs and ottomans, an end table, and a car port.
There is a hall bath with shuttered windows, a Mexican tile floor, a tiled counter with a large mirror, a metal rack with large fluffy towels plus two pool towels, and a hair dryer. There is a combination tub and shower. The guest bedroom had a high vaulted beamed ceiling, an armoire with a TV and drawers, full bed with high quality sheets and comforter, end tables with lamps, and a closet with terry cloth robes and comfortable slippers, plus an iron and ironing board.
The master bedroom also had high vaulted beamed ceilings, an armoire with a TV and three drawers, queen bed with high quality sheets, comforter, and pillows, two end tables with lamps, and a clock. The closet also had two terrycloth robes, comfortable slippers, and an ironing board and a safe. The master bath was the same as the hall bath.
Very comfortable and clean accommodations
In addition to comfortable lodging options, what makes staying at La Casa Del Zorro worth a visit are the wide variety of amenities you can enjoy during your stay.
Some of the other amenities you can enjoy include:
After a full day of activities at the Resort, some hiking in the desert, a round of golf, or some biking there is nothing better than a relaxing massage at The Spa at Casa Del Zorro. In addition to a variety of massages, the Spa offers facial treatments and enhancements, body scrubs and wrap treatments, and body care enhancement.
After burning off all those calories, you can replenish them at the Fox Bistro which is open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a very cool and quaint setting with wood floors and vaulted beamed ceilings. The Rose Garden Terrace, which overlooks a beautiful rose garden is perfect for outdoor dining. I can highly recommend the Eggs Benedict and the delicious French toast - what a way to start the day. Fox Den Bar is cool and it's steeped in history and a great place to enjoy appetizers, lunch or dinner, as well as craft beers, wines and cocktails.
One of the reasons we stayed at La Casa Del Zorro was so we could enjoy some of the fun things to see and do in Borrego Springs. We started with a round of golf at Rams Hill Golf Club (a must play if you are a golfer and they are a partner with La Casa Del Zorro and the Resort has a special golf package) and de Anza Desert Country Club.
Borrego Springs is surrounded by the 600,000 acre Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The Park has 500 miles of dirt roads which are good for mountain biking or off road vehicles (ATV rentals are available) and 110 miles of hiking trails. During this trip we enjoyed a fun hike through The Slot (narrow siltstone canyon that is capped off with a passage beneath a gravity-defying rock span) and Hellhole Canyon Trail to Maidenhair Falls which is an out and back hike that visits a 20-foot waterfall in a canyon. Visit Anza Borrego Desert State Park to find more information on hiking and more. On a previous visit to Borrego Springs we had a very fun and informative off road tour - read our California Overland Tours article.
Spread throughout Borrego Springs are 130 life size metal sculptures that you don't want to miss. You'll see amazing sculptures of turtles, dinosaurs, wild horses, a cool jeep, camels, a miner panning for gold, a 350 foot long sea serpent that undulates through the desert and under the road, and lots more.
We enjoyed a dinner at Carlee's, a good lunch at Red Ocotillo, and Mexican food at Carmelita's.
Read our Borrego Springs Vacation article to find some other fun things to see and do in Borrego Springs.
You need to add Borrego Springs and La Casa Del Zorro to your bucket list of things to see and do!
La Casa Del Zorro offers a wide variety of special promotions that range from spa treatments, tennis with the pro, a round or two of golf, or a four day/three night retreat of yoga and meditation