The $120-million Grand Champions, Indian Wells resort is holding its grand opening this weekend.
Conceived by Charles Pasarell Jr., a former No. 1-ranked tennis professional, and his associate, Albert T. DeVaul, the resort is the flagship of a worldwide chain of luxurious destination-resorts.
The 340-suite hotel complex has several restaurants, a sunken, 10,000-seat tennis stadium, 11 other tennis courts, 4 swimming pools, 24 spas, 80,000 square feet of open lawns for garden parties, barbecues and special outdoor events; a private health club and spa, and 2,500 square feet of pool-side areas for fashion shows, breakfasts and cocktail receptions.
Designed by Robert Yamafuji of Corbin, Yamafuji & Partners in Newport Beach, the hotel has 294 parlor suites, 26 private penthouse suites with concierge, 20 Italian-style garden-villa suites with 24-hour butler service, and conference facilities.