Read on for our favourite brunch spots, pool cabanas, architecture, spas and hiking trails (you gotta earn that pool time!).
Arrive Hotel – The first of several hotel projects from a former Facebook employee, you can sit in their pool cabanas or swim, even if you’re not a guest. Sliders, salads, tacos and an Instagram-worthy ice cream parlour await.
You can buy a rooftop pool day pass or enjoy evening cocktails at the new The Rowan Hotel with spectacular views and Palm Spring’s nicest hotel lobby.
The Parker Hotel – With its dramatic white sun-screened entrance and sprawling gardens designed by the late, great Givenchy, it’s one of the best places to spot celebs and supes. The newest bar, Counter-Reformation, serves small French dishes and warm baguettes and is tucked away in the back of the garden.
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WorkShop Kitchen – In the heart of the Uptown Design District, this modern restaurant in a former movie theatre serves wood-fired vegetables and a great Sunday brunch with bottomless Mimosas. Make sure to reserve.
People say the outlet shopping at Cabazon (25 minutes from Palm Springs) is the best in the U.S., serving up a mix of fashion-forward brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Rag & Bone, J Crew, Prada, Jimmy Choo, and James Perse.
Elizabeth and Prince – Everything you need to put together that ultra-cool So-Cal look, from distressed denim to Coachella-style peasant dresses.
Trina Turk & Mr. Turk – Bold and bright patterns for wardrobe and home inspired by the ’50s and ’60s. Think embroidered cushions, floral bikinis, patterned pool towels and retro bar sets.
Flow Modern – Ultra-chic vintage Lucite jewellery and homewares, like collectable mid-century pottery and glassware.
A La Mod – High-end mid-century designer furniture, sculpture and macramé wall hangings.
L’Horizon is a beautiful adult-only mid-century hotel renovated by one of Tom Ford’s interior designers. The open-air spa offers massages and facials in four private cabanas in a circular garden. Treatments include a healthy poolside cocktail.
H20 Closet – A modern apothecary with everything to turn your Airbnb into your own day spa.
Hiking in Murray Canyon to the Seven Sisters waterfalls (approximately 2 hours of a flat hike) will take you through spectacular wide-open desert landscapes and fan palm groves. Pool time, earned!