The Cahuilla Indian term “pivat” means “smoking tobacco,” but that doesn’t adequately describe what visitors to the Pivat Cigar Lounge, located within the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California, can expect. “We go out of our way to give our guests a high-quality cigar experience from top to bottom,” says Kato Moy, the resort’s senior vice president and general manager. “There’s cigar bars, there’s smoking rooms, and there’s cigar lounges. We’re an elegant, upscale example of the latter. Our clientele are generally professionals who savor the finest things in life, whether they be in dining, fashion, cars and cigars. We conceived and designed the lounge as a perfect way to complement their casino experience in every way.”
Located next door to the resort’s Steakhouse Restaurant, the Pivat is an intimate and luxurious man cave, with large leather club chairs, a sleek bar area, a big-screen TV and five video poker machines. There is also an adjacent patio that offer guests year-round outdoor smoking; heaters keep things nice and toasty during cooler weather, and water misters cool people off during hot summer nights.
The spirits selection is high-end all the way—anything from Louis XIII to Glenlivet to Macallan and beyond. Cigar-wise, the Pivat offers 100 hand-selected smokes, including Arturo Fuente, Davidoff, Graycliff, Gurkha, Montecristo, My Father, Oliva, Padron, Rocky Patel and Romeo y Julieta. “Most of our guests are pretty experienced cigar smokers,” says Hoy, “but we occasionally get people who aren’t as knowledgeable as others, or maybe they’re trying a cigar for the first time. Our staff is always happy to make recommendations.”