Summer Fun At
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Story and photos by Greg Aragon
t's called Fantasy Springs Resort for good reason. It sits in the middle
of the Palm
Springs desert like a giant oasis, welcoming travelers with flowing
fountains and swaying palm trees, a sparkling pool, and a luxurious
hotel surrounded by gourmet restaurants, an award-winning casino, a
world-class entertainment center and more.
My getaway to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino began last
week, when a friend and I checked into a spacious and modern 6th floor
room, with great views of the desert landscape and distant mountains.
The room came with a king bed, TV/music armoire, an office area with
computer desk and free wireless internet, and a comfortable bathroom
Fantasy Springs Resort Casio is an oasis in the
middle of the Palm Springs desert
While the room was great, we were more interested in
the huge Fantasy Springs pool and tasty restaurants that beckoned below.
So after unpacking, we headed to lunch at the elegant POM restaurant,
where traditional California cuisine is fused with Latin American and
Our lunch began with flash fried "bang bang shrimp,"
with crisp iceberg and spicy-sweet glaze. We followed this with a Greek-styled
chicken wrap, with feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives, chopped
romaine and yogurt-dill dressing; and delicious Baja tacos with grilled
and fried Pacific sea bass, pickled cucumber, fresh salsa, guacamole,
sour cream and lime on corn tortillas.
Rooms at Fantasy Springs are luxurious and romantic.
Photo courtesy Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
After lunch we strolled to the incredible 103-ft Fantasy
Springs pool, where we found a shaded cabana and relaxed, sipping iced
tea and playing in the refreshing water. From the pool, we headed to
the casino to test our luck on a few of the 2,000 slot games. From penny
to $100 machines, the resort has an impressive collection of the newest
and hottest slots, as well as classic favorites such as Keno, Double
Diamond, and Blazing 7s. New arrivals include Willy Wonka, Cash
Express Gold, Wizard of OZ and more.
The 103-ft resort pool is the perfect spot to cool
One of the most exciting games is Cash Connection, which
is highlighted by a U-Spin Platinum Record Bonus Spin that prompts players
to touch the game screen to spin a platinum record with their fingers
for bonus credits or to activate one of three special Free Games bonuses.
Besides slots, the casino also offers 40 tables with exciting card games
including Mini-Baccarat, California Craps, Jackpot Pai Gow, Spanish
21 and Blackjack.
After working out my arm on the slots, I worked out
the rest of my body at the resort's state-of-the-art Nautilus fitness
center, which overlooks the pool. From here I went back to the room
to rest, before joining my friend for an fantastic Asian-inspired dinner
at Fantasy Springs' signature restaurant, JOY Asian Cuisine.
JOY Asian Cuisine serves tasty traditional Asian
dishes and tantalizing desserts
Serving tasty Chinese, Korean Vietnamese and Thai favorites
such as Dim Sum, Congee, Wok Fried Noodles and Peking duck, the extensive
menu is the essence of Asian cuisine. Our memorable meal began with
hot and sour soup and the savory JOY share plate with BBQ pork spare
ribs, vegetable spring rolls, beef satay and pork pot stickers. For
the main course I enjoyed Kung Pao Chicken, and my friend devoured sizzling
filet mignon with black pepper sauce and broccoli. For dessert we shared
an original and delectable coconut ice cream and Chinese chocolate cheesecake
We concluded our evening at the very top of the hotel
at the 12th Floor Cocktail Lounge & Wine Bar. Here, surrounded by
stunning sweeping views of the valley and mountains, we sipped vodka
martinis and toasted to a wonderful time at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
The resort also features world-class entertainment at
their Special Events Center. Recent names on the marquee include Michael
McDonald, Toto, Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, comedian George Lopez,
and singer Diana Ross, to name a few.
Fantasy Springs Resort is a great place to getaway
for a night or a weekend
And what Palm Springs area resort would be complete
without golf. Next to Fantasy Springs Resort is 18-hole, Eagle Falls
Golf Course, which was designed by renowned architect Clive Clark.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is located off the I-10
in Indio. For more information and current hotel specials, call (800)
827-2946 or visit www.fantasyspringsresort.com
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