It comes as no surprise that Palm Springs’ concept of luxury is as colorful and zany as something out of a Lewis Carroll story. Yeah, it’s wild but also pretty cool. While a stay at the Jonathan Adler-designed, 13-acre Eden is a bit of a splurge, once you’re here, there’s no need to leave. Start your day with a libation from the Lemonade Stand and explore the exquisitely manicured grounds. Take a nap on one of the palm-tree-slung hammocks or cozy up by one of the fire pits. Once you’ve gotten your second wind, reserve time at the clay tennis courts, petanque or croquet areas. Then take a dip in one of the saline pools or head to Palm Springs Yacht Club (PSYC), a 3,000-square-foot spa, to use the jacuzzi and steam room at no extra charge. End your day with dinner at Mister Parker’s supper club, self-billed as a place for "fops, flaneurs and assorted other cronies". It's a lot of fun.
The Palm Springs hotel scene has gone from strength to strength in the last decade or so. You can now find something to suit any style, from cozy rustic spots to opulent five-star villas that are kitted out with every amenity you could imagine and fantastic restaurants to boot. One thing that hasn't changed though? The entrancing “desert modernism” aesthetic and discreet vibe; you’re just as likely to catch a crew of European retirees scouting the famous Architecture and Design Center as a Hollywood A-lister lounging by the pool. Speaking of pools, every single hotel on this list has one, because with the dazzling sun overhead and mountain views all around, spending time poolside is practically a required thing to do for travelers who make their way out to this colorful, spirited town. So, whether you’re making the trip for Coachella or are just looking for a fun getaway, take a scroll through the options below and make sure you pack shorts – it's gonna be hot.
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