Palm Springs – California’s Desert Oasis
Just the words alone conjure up the vision of ultra-chic, cool and sophistication.
I’m going to Palm Springs for the weekend.
James Dean. Marilyn Monroe. Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Kirk Douglas. Elizabeth Taylor. Bob Hope.
I’m going to Palm Springs for the week.
They all set the tone, now picked up by today’s stars – DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning, and more.
I’m going to Palm Springs for the winter.
There’s no doubt it’s a magical, mystical place, and you can be part of it as well. The variety of hotels and resort options in Greater Palm Springs ranges from unique and budget-friendly hotels to modern vacation rentals and some of the most luxurious properties in the state. They include:
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
The newly re-opened Ritz-Carlton brings a new level of luxury to the Coachella Valley. Each suite features a private balcony or patio, a private sitting area and fire pit for a relaxing desert evening. Indulge in the various spa services or stay in and relax in the oversized bathroom with deep soaking tub and the lovely British line of Asprey Products.
Parker Palm Springs
Luxury takes a twist at the Parker Palm Springs. Full of character and surprises, the Jonathan Adler-designed Parker Palm Springs is a hidden gem in the valley. Tucked away behind oversized ficus trees, guests experience eclectic furnishings and extreme privacy. For the ultimate Palm Springs experience, book the Gene Autry suite. The secluded two-bedroom, two-bath residence also has a private enclosed patio and is just steps away from the Autry Saline Pool.
La Quinta Resort & Club
Come lose your worries amidst the 45 acres, 41 pools, five golf courses and seven restaurants that make up the lovely La Quinta Resort & Club. A true hideaway, the resort has been a long time favorite in the desert offering supreme accommodations. Enjoy the privacy of the romantic Pueblo Suite with a private yard, pool and hot spa, or plan a special trip to the El Presidente Suite with adjoining one-bedroom guesthouse.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Have you ever dreamed of having your own butler? Book a stay in one of the 46 villas at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, and that dream will become a reality. Each butler has been trained at the renowned International Institute of Modern Butlers. Each villa is also outfitted with a private courtyard and garden, whirlpool spa or fire pit, soaking tub for two and cozy indoor fireplace. Indulge in a bath drawn for you by your personal butler or relax on the patio and enjoy an exclusive BBQ menu.
The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is more than a hotel. Built as an exclusive private Mediterranean villa in 1925, each of the eight rooms provides an elegant stay. Each guest is welcomed to an evening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and seasonal in-room treats such as Coachella Valley dates. Enjoy the sounds of the towering 50-foot waterfall from the Loft Room or embrace the natural scenery of the Rock Room, which is built into the boulders of the mountain.
While Greater Palm Springs is brimming with excellent restaurants, historic attractions, outdoor activities and cool museums, some visitors spend their entire day at a hotel pool—which is a vacation in itself!
Greater Palm Springs has a solid reputation in and around its buzzing and iconic hotel pools that truly capture the recreational spirit of pool culture. Open 365 days a year, these luxury hotels offer unique pool cabanas with dedicated service and tons of goodies for an unforgettable poolside experience.
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Rancho Mirage
Sprawled on 365 acres, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is a AAA four-diamond luxury resort that offers world-class amenities—a pampering spa, seven lighted tennis courts, two champion golf courses and multiple dining options—but the three swimming pools deserve plenty of distinguished attention. The main resort pool, Las Brisas, recently opened a 73-foot water slide with a loop, and there are two Jacuzzis to chill out in. There are nine poolside cabanas (from $300) for prime seating and plenty of refreshments.
Arrive Hotel. Palm Springs
The 32-room Arrive hotel is the first Palm Springs hotel to be built from the ground up in more than a decade, and the owners (including former Facebook employee Ezra Callahan) went to great lengths to make it stand out. Check-in is at the bar, and most hotel requests are done via text. But pool lovers will rejoice over the rules for the eight poolside cabanas: they are free for all guests! Each first-come, first-serve cabana comes with its own day bed and firepit along with separating curtain dividers that can expand the cabana if you have a big party. Guests can even order cocktails and food from the poolside restaurant (though it’s not required to stay here).
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells
This luxury resort features an impressive pool area with exciting H2O cabanas. Each of the five private cabanas (ranging from $100 to $350 depending on size and day of the week) include a flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, personal cooler, private safe and individual power outlet. They’re also equipped with an outdoor sofa section, chaise lounge chairs, complementary fruit platter and bottled water, a beach ball and H20’s very own “swag bag” including fun-in-the-sun goodies like sunscreen and sunglasses. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert
An award-winning restaurant, a lagoon, a golf course, four swimming pools… what doesn’t JW Marriott offer? The popular resort pampers its splurging guests with five poolside cabanas and 14 poolside VIP daybeds, complete with bottle service and catering. Each VIP cabana has dedicated servers, multiple lounge chairs, tables and plenty of privacy while the daybeds are plush poolside beds for ultra comfort.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
Known to throw some of the wildest pool parties over the summer, Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs’ outdoor pool is a total scene for scene-seeking millennials, and there’s never a dull moment. It’s no surprise their seven cabanas and seven poolside day beds are in high demand. Prices start at a minimum $150 (food and beverage requirement) and go as high as $2,000 in peak season. Visitors get the best seats (or, prime lounging, rather) during their seasonal pool parties that feature DJs by the pool every Friday through Sunday.
Riviera Palm Springs
With its retro design, Riviera Palm Springs is a perfect example of a historic, midcentury modern hotel (one of the oldest in Palm Springs opened in the late 1950s), and most guests make a beeline to the outdoor sanctuary with two shimmering pools, Chiki and Bikini, where, back in the day, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin used to lounge. There are nine cabanas (many tucked away for more privacy) available for hotel guests, with rates starting at $250 during the weekday. All cabana rentals include bottled water, fruit platters, soft drinks, 32” TVs, misters and chaise lounge chairs. Bottle service is also available.
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