With its iconic allure and sunny climate, Palm Springs offers an wellspring of lush eateries, stately spas and five-star retreats. The relaxed, desert town is known for being the ultimate in chic for the country club set. Whether you're looking to escape the never ending winter cold spells, improve your golf handicap, or swill Sinatra-worthy martinis we've got you covered. Check out our must-list of local gems and tried-and-true favorites!
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Photo: Justin Coit for Domaine
WHO: The Parker
WHAT: The iconic and quintessentially chic resort is full of punchy Jonathan Adler cheek and upbeat swank. Its mod mid-century vibe includes a state of the art spa, Moroccan themed indoor pool, and unspeakably delicious patio digs for brunch. For a romantic evening, take a stroll through the winding, impeccably manicured grounds, punctuated with fire pits and hammocks.
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Photo: Justin Coit for Domaine
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WHO: The Amado
WHAT: A boutique hotel styled by photographer Jamie Kowal, the intimate five-suite-only vacation rental features a collection of individual apartment-like dwellings. The paired-down aesthetic is the ideal artist haven and sleeps 12 comfortably, if you’re looking to rent out the whole nest.
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Photo: Sparrows Lodge
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Photo: The Viceroy Group
WHO: Avalon Palm Springs
WHAT: Kelly Wearstler’s color-centric eye outfitted this string of private villas and stylish suites in vibrant, sunny hues and crisp black and whites. The luxury resort formerly known as The Viceroy now falls under the purview of Proper Hospitality. The staff is ultra-friendly and pool is practically an institution - the perfect spot to chill with a Pimm’s cup all afternoon.
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Photo: Hotel Lautner
WHAT: This distinctive compound gains its moniker from famed architect John Lautner. Featuring four separate units, succulent gardens and an attached event space, it is an idyllic retreat perfect for small groups or an intimate soirée. Structurally, the architecture is basked in all the retro spectacular style of its world-renown designer.
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Photo: Condé Nast Traveler
WHAT: Ace Hotel's take on a classic diner serves up traditional roadside fare all day and late night. The most painfully cool a former Denny's is capable of blossoming into, it's all taxidermy, mid-century oranges and classic-with-a-twist menu faves. Bonus, there's also bingo night.
WHAT: If craving some old school Palm Springs vibes, look no further further than the piano bar at Melvyn's. A romantic and nostalgic den to get dolled up, swill martinis and dance the night away, be sure to order the tableside caesar salad. The pomp and ceremony around its preparation will have you channeling your inner Eliabeth Taylor.
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Photo: Workshop Kitchen and Bar
WHAT: Michael Beckman’s minimalist dinning establishment features a rotating seasonal menu of local ingredients and flawlessly curated dishes. Upscale, refined and utterly scrumptious, its farm-to-table menu scores big with those looking for super healthy, high-flavor cuisine.
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Photo: Garces Group
WHO: El Jefe
WHAT: The tequila bar at the Saguaro takes its cues from the eclectic street food stylings of Mexico City. Chef Jose Garces, holder of an American Iron Chef title, crafts a sumptuous menu of zest-filled tacos and tequila. Cozy up for happy hour and super fresh comfort food.
WHAT: One of the newer establishments in Palm Springs, this chill, backyard-vibe cocktail joint feels like a slice of hipster heaven in the desert. More Silverlake than Sinatra, it often features live music and a range of shows from comedy to burlesque.
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Photo: Hacienda Cantina
WHO: Hacienda Beach Club
WHAT: Part vegas day party, part ultra-sleek eatery depending on the time of day, this unlikely oasis is a youthful departure from the more subdued, rarified air of country clubs and exclusive resorts. Daylight hours bring thick bass beats and the heavy party set. In the evenings, the outstanding menu draws a more sophisticated crowd.
WHO: Bootlegger's Tiki
WHAT: This fun tiki themed den is owned by Earnest Coffee’s Jaime Kowal and Chris Pardo. Happy hour happens daily, offering up a full spectrum of tropical libations to wet your whistle and take the edge off the desert heat.
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Photo: Visit Greater Palm Springs
WHAT: Palm Springs is a wonderland of sweeping panoramic views of mountains, immaculately landscaped lawns and epic sunsets. There’s no better roost that the aerial rotating tramcar to take in the bird's eye view.
WHAT: The legendary course offers private lessons and golf school for enthusiasts of all levels. Swing in for an afternoon or indulge daily to your heart’s content. Offering world-renown instructors and flawless greens, it promises to satisfy even the most discerning sportsmen.
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Photo: The Fine Art of Design
WHAT: This high-end vintage and consignment boutique is stocked with the crème de la crème of ultra chic, one-of-a-kind pieces. If planning a sojourn to the color coordinated treasure trove, be sure to leave extra room in your suitcase for a few new friends.
WHAT: One of the best kept secrets in the desert, this consignment store is a design lover’s dream. Stock up on awesome antiques and vintage straight from local residents. The prices are swoon worthy.
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WHAT: Luxury outlet shopping has never been better. Brands from the likes of Yves Saint Laurent to Barney’s make this attraction a one-stop-shop for any indulgence under the big, bright desert sun.
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