A TASTE OF DESERT LIFE

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A TASTE OF DESERT LIFE
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Where to sleep, sip and eat in Palm Springs.

Just a few hours’ drive from bustling Los Angeles lies an oasis - a desert outpost for the glamorous, elite and festival devotee. The home of mid-century modern architecture, it effortlessly blends desert and design. We've scouted the best places to stay, sip, eat, and explore. From coveted art and kitschy hotspots to hiking and cocktails, here are the best things to do on your next trip to Palm Springs.

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Sleep

Ace Hotel & Swim Club – This lovingly restored mid-century modern hotel is  bohemian, kilim, kiat and army green, and stars two massive swimming pools, spa, live music and award-winning room service. It’s close to cool stuff like downtown Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain, and all kinds of historic desert modern architecture.  

Parker – The private and super-swish Parker has been creatively overhauled by interior designer to the stars Jonathan Adler. This is retro-modern at its best - think vast manicured gardens, sparkling blue swimming pools, croquet lawn, tennis, bocce and pétanque courts, and the Yacht Club which masquerades as the beauty salon of your dreams. 

Colony Palms – Set amongst a charming hacienda, this Moorish-themed Spanish Colonial style hotel is nestled in the heart of the city. Its saltwater pool, botanical spa treatments and super-delicious Purple Palms restaurant has been the place to be seen and pampered since the 1930s. Be there.

Shop

Modern Way for amazing vintage finds and cool modern classics for the home.

The Shops at 1345 is the place to go if you are after cool crockery and super-rare mid-century-inspired home décor.

A La Mod for a well-edited collection of original mid-century modern furniture and homewares.

Dazzles for a tantalising selection of vintage Bakelite jewellery.

The Estate Sale is Palm Spring’s favourite consignment store, filled with treasures from the valley’s residents. Think rare finds at unbelievable prices. 

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Do

Explore the desert's vast wilderness at Joshua Tree National Park, a spot that earned its moniker from its famous and photogenic inhabitant, the Joshua Tree. An hour outside of Palm Springs, spend the day hiking, rock climbing, camping, or simply spellbound by its natural splendour. 

Take to the skies in the Palm Springs Arial Tramway for a different view of the valley. 

Go for a drive and check out Palm Springs’ extraordinary architecture with this guide from the Palm Springs Modern Committee.

Immerse yourself in the palm-shaded hot pools of Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs. The calming effect of the naturally occurring lithium is said to boost moods within 30 minutes.

Take in the Palm Springs Art Museum the epicentre of mid-century modernism.

Hike the fantastical Pacific Crest Trail in San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. In the cool temperatures and warm morning light, hike Tahquitz Canyon. Owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the canyon is considered the home of the shaman spiritual guide Tahquitz.

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Eat

Stop by Melvyn’s Restaurant for after-dinner drinks and a retro spin on the dance floor. Once a favourite hangout of Frank Sinatra, this is a super popular spot during Coachella, when parties frequently buy out the place. 

The Tropicale is a wonderful throwback to dinner clubs and themed cocktail bars. Dine on the patio and delve into Pacific Rim specialities like Baja Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cream, and Jumbo Prawn, Avocado & Little Gem Lettuce Salad.

Copley’s Restaurant is located in what was once Cary Grant’s home. Think waiters in tuxedos serving elegant dishes like Poached Maine Lobster and Charred Asparagus Salad. Heaven. 

Hadley’s Date Gardens to taste the delicious sweet fruit of local desert palms.

Native Foods is a Southern California healthy “fast food” spot for discerning vegans. 

Koffi serves the best coffee in the desert. They have stores in north and south Palm Canyon locations, so you never need go without.