1 . Riviera Resort and Spa

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 588 - 8311

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You don’t need to have had a chart-topping hit music single or award-winning movie role to stay at the new Riviera Resort and Spa, but we can’t promise that your guestroom neighbor hasn’t. This super-posh luxury retreat in Palm Springs features a chic Thai-inspired spa and 24 acres of pure bliss.

We think all the hype about the Riviera is well deserved, considering it boasts quite the colorful past. Over the course of 50 years, it’s been the elite stomping grounds of household names like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley. Now, after a $70 million rejuvenation, this Coachella Valley hotspot is ready for more action. And action it will have with 406 glamorous guestrooms and suites decorated with images of Hollywood icons, four swanky restaurants and lounges including a Bikini Bar and 45,000sq. ft. of event space. The SpaTerre is luxury to say the least. There are 18 treatment rooms for exotic Balinese, Thai and Indonesian beauty rituals, along with soaking tubs and steam rooms. And there are three championship golf courses minutes away from the resort grounds. So are you ready to party like a rock star?

Highlights

Celebrate in one of the Riviera’s eight private poolside cabanas featuring vintage art of classic Miss America contestants and top-notch amenities.

Fun facts

The Riviera was in the 1963 film “Palm Springs Weekend” where actress Connie Stevens had her rendezvous lunch by the pool with actor Robert Conrad.

Getting there

From the Palm Springs International Airport, follow Tahquitz Canyon Way until Sunrise. Take a right on Sunrise and then a left onto Vista Chino. Continue until Indian Canyon Drive. The Riviera Resort and Spa will be on your right.

2 . Viceroy Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 320 - 4117

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You’ll be swept away when you stay at the same premier Palm Springs resort that was once a Coachella Valley getaway for Hollywood icons such as Gone With The Wind’s Clark Gable and singing sensation Bing Crosby. And we promise, Viceroy Palm Springs will treat you like a star, too!

This boutique resort is dripping with Hollywood Regency style – from the full-service destination spa with private outdoor treatment cabanas to the three oversized pools and expert yoga training. You can explore those features, that is, if you even want to leave your luxury room, studio, suite or private villa bordering one of four courtyards speckled with citrus trees and bougainvilleas. And there’s no way you won’t feel happy surrounded by the vibrant yellow walls of Citron, Viceroy’s distinctive restaurant featuring modern Californian cuisine. But seriously, if you don’t feel happy just standing within the grounds of Viceroy looking up toward towering San Jacinto Mountains, you may need a vacation more than you think.

Fun facts

Viceroy Palm Springs initially opened as a bungalow hotel in 1933.

Highlights

Viceroy Palm Springs is pet-friendly! It offers dog walking and sitting services and access to a manicured lawn where your pooches can lounge while you’re in the pool.

Getting there

From Los Angeles, take I-10 and exit onto CA-111 to Palm Springs. CA-111 becomes Palm Canyon Drive where you will turn right on Tahquitz Canyon. Turn left on Belardo Road and Viceroy Palm Springs will be on the right.

3 . The Colony Palms Hotel

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 557 - 2187

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What combines a harried mobster ownership that led to a legendary underground speakeasy and brothel and Seabiscuit – the famous champion thoroughbred racehorse? Colony Palms Hotel. With a history like that, it’s better to see for yourself why this newly revamped Palm Springs resort is so popular.

You really should experience this boutique resort for yourself, but we’ll tell you about it, anyway. Once owned by mob enthusiast Al Wertheimer and Robert and Andrea Leeds Howard – Seabiscuit’s proprietor – The Colony has gone through a major renovation by Los Angeles designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard to regain its Hollywood swagger. The 56 beautifully-appointed guestrooms and suites boast San Jacinto Mountain views, fine Italian linens and mini bars stocked with premium beer, wine, champagne and spirits. Once you’ve lounged in the oversized pool and whirlpool you can take it up a notch at the onsite Moroccan spa with a relaxing body scrub and massage treatment. And if you’re feeling extra greedy in the self indulgence department, add on one of many exclusive luxuries to your stay, like in-room chocolate covered strawberries or an imported gourmet cheese tray. A delicious entrée at Purple Palm Restaurant and Bar is the perfect way to round off your night.

Fun facts

The Colony Palms Hotel was originally named The Colonial House.

Highlights

The Palme d'Or Residence is the hotel’s finest accommodation with two separate private garden terraces and a “comically large outdoor Jacuzzi.”

Related Onsite Offerings

Concierge, housekeeping, dry cleaning and laundry services, outdoor pool, hot tub, poolside terrace, gym, meeting space and spa.

4 . Miramonte Resort

Indian Wells, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 237 - 2926

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With the undulating peaks and hills of the green Santa Rosa Mountains surrounding you at Indian Wells’ Miramonte Resort, you’ll feel safe, warm and utterly indulged. This Southern California getaway is known for its two championship golf courses and one-of-a-kind 12,000-sq.-ft. spa.

The Well Spa, voted one of the Top 10 Resort Spas in North America and the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveler, is reason enough to stay at Miromonte in one of 215 guestrooms, suites and villas. Besides being set on 11 acres of fragrant citrus groves, rose gardens and olive trees, the Tuscan villa-like spa holds 13 treatments rooms, a co-ed courtyard and open-air showers. But wait – it gets better. Wile away the hours relaxing on signature river benches in a saltwater pool. Or try the bagno vino – a wine bath rich in vitamins and minerals. And if you feel like getting dirty, have a Pittura Festa (Painting Party); it involves decorating your partner with vividly-colored muds and clays. Oh yes, the golf! Home to the 2007-2009 LG Skins Game, Miramonte’s 18-hole golf courses at the Indian Wells Golf Resort are adjacent from the grounds. You can even have your swing evaluated at the Callaway Performance Centers!

Highlights

The onsite Grove Artisan Kitchen is known for its fresh seasonal California cuisine.

Related activities

Hot air ballooning, desert jeep tours, El Paseo shopping and entertainment district and Empire Polo grounds.

Getting there

The Miramonte Resort and Spa is just a 30-minute drive from Palm Springs International Airport and less than two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego.

5 . Parker Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 543 - 4300

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We bet you never thought you’d have the chance to stay in the very place a true musical American icon lived. At Parker Palm Springs, you do. As a botanical dream surrounded by palm trees and rising up from Southern California desert, this resort gives you a bit of fame and definitely conveys fortune!

With grand accommodations like the Lanai patio rooms with entrancing poolside terraces and the Junior Suites that open up to the original estate gardens, it’s hard to imagine that it could get any better. It does get a bit more interesting, however. Say, like the Gene Autry Residence. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom villa was once home to the American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, television and in movies for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s. That’s pretty cool and all, but we know you'll think the resort activities are, too! Ever play petanque? It’s a French game played on sandy lanes that involve balls smaller than those used for bocce games – its better in real life, we promise. And you can play it at Parker Palm Springs! Or croquet, tennis and golf are always options.

Population

Parker Palm Springs has two indoor pools – one for men and one for women – that are used for aqua aerobics and therapies.

Related Onsite Offerings

Norma’s and Mister Parker’s restaurants, The Lemonade Stand, room service and The Palm Springs Yacht Club spa.

Fun facts

The Parker Palm Springs was formerly known as the Gene Autry's Melody Ranch and Merv Griffin's Givenchy Resort and Spa.

6 . Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Palm Springs, California

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So, we’re not going to lie. This place is quirky. But quirky in a really awesome Desert-meets-New-Age-Ranch kind of way. You aren’t going to find anywhere else in Palm Springs like Ace Hotel and Swim Club. And you won’t forget it, either.

Rising from the wreckage of an old 1960s Howard Johnson motel, the hotel’s five acres are surrounded by rolling green mountains and sand. You might even imagine a tumbleweed blowing by. What makes this place so unique is, well, everything. The chief designers wanted the hotel to have “elements of camping, communal living and nature.” And they delivered. The various guestrooms and suites’ walls are draped with white canvases and decorated with vintage National Geographic photos. There are even vinyl album collections in the rooms. And you’ll find all the amenities of a five-star hotel during your stay, too. The spa is unpretentious yet completely indulgent. Get a massage in a Mongolian yurt or let off some steam in the sauna. And the dining? Excellent. King’s Highway is stationed in an old roadside diner and features fresh, organic and local ingredients. And ice cold (and affordable!) beer is served in the Amigo Room. We know you’ll like this place!

Related Onsite Offerings

Ace Hotel and Swim Club offers great packages including The Easy Rider, The Ranch Hand and The Wouldn’t it be Nice to Stay One More Night.

Highlights

Get a Body Smoothie treatment at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club spa. It is a body wrap made from fresh fruits and vegetables in season.

Fun facts

The hotel is creating a 4000-sq.-ft. event center called The Commune that will include a circular pool and intimate amphitheater.

7 . Andreas Hotel and Spa

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 327 - 5701

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Lucky for you, the Andreas Hotel and Spa’s location is to die for. Well, we don’t really want you to die, but you will feel like you’re in heaven when you step foot onto the hotel grounds, located smack dab in downtown Palm Springs. It has beauty, comfort and most importantly, location!

It’s pretty. This newly renovated Spanish Revival-style hotel was originally built in 1935 and now holds 25 deluxe guestrooms and suites. Stone entryways, terra cotta-colored buildings and red clay roof tiles make you feel completely welcome. The boutique property’s decorations reflecting styles of the 1930s are successfully complemented by luxurious amenities, including an outdoor fireplace, marble and stone bathrooms and pillow-topped beds in each of the rooms. And if you want spa treatments, you’ve got them. Swedish, aromatherapy, deep tissue, hot stone and even bamboo infusion massages. Indulge in these and other treatments or save the body wrap for later and putt around at the nearby Tahquitz Creek Golf Course or the Indian Canyons Golf Resort. With the hottest restaurants, bars and nightclubs just outside the Andreas’ gates, you’re in for a sizzling Palm Springs stay!

Highlights

Andreas Hotel and Spa has a centrally located pool in the courtyard surrounded by comfortable designer chaise loungers.

Related Onsite Offerings

Complimentary continental breakfast, poolside Jacuzzi, outdoor fireplace, business lounge and fitness center.

Fun facts

Andreas Hotel and Spa was recently nominated for the coveted Gold Nugget Award for Architecture and Design.

8 . Hotel Zoso

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 325 - 9676

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It claims to be the “pulse of Palm Springs.” And we agree. Hotel Zoso is located in the main artery of this Southern California hotspot. It boasts retro-futuristic designs, oversized accommodations and a commanding entrance with glass pyramid-like structures illuminated against the azure skies.

This four-acre mod hotel, formerly a Marriott Marquis, really is convenient to a bunch of cool stuff in Palm Springs. Cool stuff meaning it’s minutes away from championship golf courses, the aerial tram and the international airport. While the hotel’s location is impressive, its interior is extraordinary. Sleek décor complete with Herman Miller and Brown Jordan Wave furniture grace the rooms and pool area equipped with a misting system. And eatZ. At Hotel Zoso is this 162-room hotel’s pride and joy. Mexico-born executive chef Juan Leon creates delicious California cuisine like the seared tuna and all natural Angus Zoso burger platters. And if you’re up for an unforgettable cultural experience, visit the Indian Canyons, only minutes from Hotel Zoso.

Highlights

The rooms and suites at Hotel Zoso offer breathtaking views of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains.

Fun facts

Hotel Zoso's new spa, opening in 2009, will feature traditional and medi-spa services focusing on anti-aging, inner health and beauty.

Getting there

From the Palm Springs International Airport, continue on Tahquitz Canyon Way. Turn left onto South Palm Canyon Drive and left on Arenas. Turn left on Indian Canyon and Hotel Zoso will be on the right.

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