Nestled in the center is Southern California’s desert, Palm Springs is an alluring destination with endless sunshine, luxury spas, and fine dining. Attracting celebrities, weekend warriors and golf aficionados, Palm Springs travelers are attracted to its luxurious amenities and fun in the sun services that the resorts here are known for. An ideal destination to sip cocktails poolside and take it easy, here guests will find beautifully appointed rooms alongside pampering spa treatments and stunning desert scenery. A once favorite travel destination of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, read on to discover the top resorts in Palm Springs where you’re sure to feel like a Hollywood A-lister.
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One of the most alluring places for couples to retreat in Southern California, the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers luxury lodging and a myriad of on-site amenities and services. The sandy beach pool is the centerpiece of the hotel, highlighted by the easy access to two 18-hole golf courses and wide variety of cuisine on-site that range from Italian and sushi as well as a chic cocktail lounge. Kids can partake in the Camp Oasis kids program while parents can make use of the spa treatments at Spa Esmeralda. Rest your head in one of the spacious rooms with stunning views over the golf course, or get your heart pumping at one of the free fitness classes at the on-site gym. It’s also near the festival grounds for the Coachella festival.
An idyllic oasis with 450 acres of lush greenery, you’d never guess you were in the middle of the desert at Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. Here guests will be spoiled with scenery that includes stunning lakes, pools, golf greens that surround the resort amongst towering mountain views. In addition to the impressive panoramic views, guests will find luxury services, fine dining, a pampering state-of-the-art spa facility, and gondolas ferrying guests around the hotel’s waterways. Guests can fuel up in the on-site Japanese Steakhouse, Sushi Bar, or visit the buzzing nightclub or lounge at night, then relax in your spacious suites with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Surrounded by palm trees and the San Jacinto mountain range, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is ideal for a variety of travelers. Boasting a tranquil, laid-back ambiance, here guests can enjoy on-site services that include 27 holes of palm-lined fairways, 25 tennis courts, and a 20,000 square foot luxury spa. Home to luxury rooms and suites, guests will be welcomed with Spanish-style accommodation with premium mattresses, private terraces and balconies that overlook lush greenery. In addition to the adults-only pool and cliff-side hot tub, the resort is also perfect for kids with a two-acre water fun-filled playground, lazy river, and a thrilling 100-foot water slide.
Perched on a hilltop overlooking Palm Springs, Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountain Range, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers guests awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscapes. Spoiling guests with one of the most luxurious spas in the area, excellent dining options, and access to Mission Hills golf courses, while the highlight of the property includes a cozy fire pit overlooking the valley that provides a romantic ambiance come sunset. Spacious rooms have natural tone decor and private balconies, and 400-thread-count Frette linens. Guests can choose their level of activity, as the resort boasts a handful of dazzling pools for relaxation and nearby hiking trails for those who want to be more adventurous.
Perfect for a family getaway, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa boasts an endless list of activities. From its multiple sparkling pools that feature water slides and an adults-only section to the bocce, tennis, badminton, tennis, and top-rated golf opportunities, this mega luxury resort will keep everyone in the family entertained. While the kids are playing at the Camp Hyatt kids program, parents can take it easy with a non-invasive skin tightening treatment at the Agua Serena Spa, dine on burgers and fish tacos at the Roadrunner Cafe or visit the signature restaurant Lantana for desert panoramas and an open-kitchen.
Open since 1926, the La Quinta Resort and Club is a historical gem perfect for a vacation getaway. The desert’s oldest resort known for hosting Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, it is home to a picturesque backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains and a collection of whitewashed casitas bursting with charm and a serene ambiance. Set on 45 manicured acres, guests will find brilliant gardens and a plethora of private individual swimming pools and hot tubs peppered around the property, securing its reputation for ultimate luxury. Five golf courses and 23 on-site tennis courts and 41 outdoor pools will keep guests busy, while the seven in-house restaurants and award-winning Spa La Quinta will ensure vacation getaway are filled with rest and relaxation.
Agua Caliente Casino, Resort & Spa
A perfect weekend destination from Los Angeles, Agua Caliente Casino, Resort & Spa certainly aims to please. Offering an endless amount of activities, the resort’s fast-paced, glitzy casino is the centerpiece of this large luxury resort. Also boasting various on-site entertainment venues, a full-service spa, and multiple outdoor pools, guests are spoiled for choice in how they want to spend their day. After an action-packed day of fun, spacious rooms await guests with marble bathrooms and mountain views through the beautiful wall-to-wall windows. Visit The Steakhouse for lobster, lamb or ahi tuna, then catch the latest game at 360 Sports or enjoy a drink at the poolside bar.
An idyllic gem nestled in the desert, the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is a sprawling property with lush landscapes and Mediterranean architecture. Waterslides keep the kids entertained, while two championship Troon golf courses fulfill every golfer’s dream. Tuscan-inspired Italian cuisine at the Pinzimini restaurant can keep guests well fed, while the long list of spa treatments, massages, and yoga classes offers a chance to find your ultimate zen. Sip cocktails while soaking in the stunning views at the fireside lounge before retiring to the cozy rooms that range from a Traditional Resort View to Luxury Suites.
If you’re looking for a bright and cheery atmosphere that is sure to boost your mood, The Saguaro boasts a Skittles-like rainbow of vivid colors in a scheme inspired by the region’s indigenous wildflowers. Combined with the 350 days a year of sun the region sees, it’s the perfect place to beat those winter blues. The guest rooms are decorated in an explosion of brilliant colors and feature handcrafted Mexican furniture, while the courtyard pool is surrounded by blindingly orange umbrellas, all backed by the soaring San Jacinto Mountains. This funky hotel that’s a throwback to the ‘70s style motel is definitely all about fun, where you can enjoy fresh fruit margaritas, happy hours and Taco Tuesday nights at its on-site restaurant El Jefe or start your day with a lively brunch at Rocco’s Electric. Visit the Saguaro Spa for facials and massages, sign up for yoga, or explore the area on a desert cruiser bike.
A popular party spot in the late 1950s and ‘60s, the Riviera was renovated in 2008 and today attracts a hip, young crowd with its blend of retro contemporary and upscale sophistication. You’ll find beautiful, well-heeled, guests hanging out in their sexiest swimwear around the pool during the day and at the Gypsey Rose bar or Landing Bar + Lounge after dark. All the action takes place around the massive free-form pool, restaurant and bars that are nestled in its corners. Guests can watch the scene from upper floor balconies or join right in from ground-floor patios. The resort also features a full-service Azure Spa and Salon, poolside cabanas and tennis courts. Celebrating something special? Upgrade your room for a fireplace and lavish soaking tub.
The Colony Palms opened as the Colonial House back in 1936, quickly becoming the hot place to stay, visited by the likes of a young Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. It was a haven for classic Hollywood as well as the international jet set. After an extensive restoration in 2007, paying homage to its historic past while exuding a youthful vibe, it continues to offer a ton of charm and elegance with black-and-white vintage movie star photos throughout, along with rich woods, vividly-colored mosaic tiles and fabrics. Guestrooms and suites offer spectacular mountain views while baths with plush white towels, signature bathrooms and marble countertops help create a spa-like atmosphere. Many also have in-room whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Rooms open up to a central courtyard with a pool and feature lush foliage for plenty of privacy.
The Parker exemplifies Palm Springs with its legendary pool scene, sexy bistro and expansive spa that attracts stylish, worldly clientele, including A-list celebrities. Previously known as the Merv Griffin’s Resort Hotel & Givenchy Spa, the privacy afforded by its white walls and dense shrubs was sought out by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Heather Locklear and Kelsey Grammar. It features a clamor of color and over-the-top art mixed with two pools, fire pits and a brilliant desert garden, in addition to the opulent spa, while Norma’s is an inviting open-air terrace restaurant that serves California fresh cuisine. Bright rooms offer a laid-back eclecticism with retro wall hangings and shaggy Moroccan rugs along with four-poster beds.
Hotel Zozo offers modern rooms and suites with private balconies and terraces, opening up to the pool and San Jacinto Mountains. This pet-friendly accommodation also boasts room service, while you won’t mind popping into the on-site restaurant The Kitchen for locally grown ingredients. Wash it down with a cocktail at the lobby bar or soak up the sunshine in a private cabana. Nearby, you’ll find the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
The Miramonte Resort and Spa, located in the heart of Palm Springs Valley in picturesque Indian Wells, is a Mediterranean-inspired resort offering a ton of style and luxury against an impressive backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Romantic architecture, Italian fountains and peaceful plazas are set among 11 acres of olive trees, citrus groves, herb and rose gardens, creating an especially tranquil atmosphere. The lavish guest rooms are in red-roofed villas, many featuring a private patio or balcony with vistas of the impeccably manicured gardens, while hammocks and reading nooks are nestled into secluded corners. Options for activities abound, including outstanding dining, a luxurious spa, two glistening pools, whirlpools and a 24/7 fitness center. Championship golf courses are just minutes away.
A desert hideaway with Spanish-style lodgings, Avalon Hotel and Bungalows offers romantic studios and private villas. Start your day lounging in a cabana on a comfy lounger or visit the spa for a pampering treatment, then refuel at Chi Chi Restaurant with fresh pressed juice, salads, burgers and hearty dinner plates. When you need to recharge, visit the fitness center for a steam room and sauna or join a yoga class.
Korakia Pensione, recognized internationally as one of the top small hotels in the world, is housed in two restored historic Moroccan and Mediterranean-style villas. This intimate resort sits on lush, landscaped grounds featuring guesthouses, bungalows, gardens and multiple pools. Guests can enjoy outdoor yoga while breathing the fresh desert air as well as complimentary house-made breakfast with fresh granola and Greek yogurt. Take a horseback ride through the canyon or bike into town and browse the antique stores. After a day of play, soothe sore muscles with a hot bamboo or eucalyptus rock massage, while fire pits offer a perfect place to enjoy the brilliant star-filled nights of the desert.