Next stop, your California desert Oasis.
Palm Springs has easily become a favourite laidback getaway for couples and groups alike who are looking for that perfect mix of hot weather, sunshine, foodie hotspots and pool time. But another reason this California vacation haunt nudges out the competition is because it’s packed with design-forward, mid-century modern, “Eat your heart out, Mad Men” apartments, cabins and bungalows. Here’s our list of some of the very best places to stay (in style) for your next trip to Palm Springs.
This iconic 1950s hotel may have started out as a Holiday Inn, but after it was recently Extreme Makeover-ed by ceramicist and celebrity designer Jonathan Adler into a vision of vibrant colour and Hollywood glam, it’s become one of the coolest and quintessential destinations in Palm Springs. What’s more is there are villas, private residences, junior suites with jungle garden terraces and party showers—plus tennis, different pools for different moods and a Petanque court for living your most fabulous life.
The elaborate desert-meets-Spanish villa styling at this boutique hotel near downtown Palm Springs is next-level. Everywhere you look, including the Azucar restaurant (with its floral wallpaper and geo tile) is throwing you Insta moments left, right and centre (hello, gorgeous vacation photos!). Some rooms come with outdoor baths and fire pits, and are uniquely decorated, and the pool is straight out of the movies.
This place is billed as an intimate desert hideaway with hacienda flair—think rock walls, spacious fire pit hang-outs, lodge-style wood-panelled rooms and orange trees. It’s a true boutique hotel, with only 20 rooms, but there’s also a lounge and bar on-site, restaurant, outdoor pool, plus a full-service spa.
This place is all the New York and Portland cool factor of Ace Hotels but with Palm Springs weather and desert-inspired styling. The effortlessly chic boutique rooms come with king-sized beds, upscale furnishings, private patios, a fireplace and—bonus—they are puppo friendly. Their outdoor swimming hole is definitely the place to be, and afterwards you can cool off at their bohemian roadside diner, King’s Highway, that looks nothing like the Denny’s it used to be.
If you want high design, this High Desert oasis was featured in Dwell. It’s a steel-frame two-bedroom perched amongst the rocks, with a cowboy tub and jacuzzi tucked away on the property. The views are stunning, from inside and out, and you and three friends can have this serene escape all to yourself, as there’s not a soul in sight.
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This luxury three-bedroom could also be called The Anthropologie House, because it is so beautifully decorated with vintage wood furniture, basket art, artisan textiles and retro tiles in a colour palette of soft greens and browns. You can sleep six here, there’s tons of room for cooking and dinner parties, plus you have an expansive private pool.
The price tag is a bit steep ($1,152 per night) but it sleeps up to eight guests in four bedrooms, and the property itself features a pool, jacuzzi, fire pit, bocce court and studio guest house in addition to the mid-century modern show home you get all to yourself. It’s like taking over an entire resort! You’ve never been so spoiled and you’ll never want to leave.
Have you been left inspired to venture to the desert with the neon bright, picturesque city of Palm Springs? Capture your memories as your souvenir of your celebratory trip, and let the good times roll!