The Ultimate Luxury Guide to Palm Springs

If you want luxury in California, look no further than the desert oasis of Palm Springs. The rich, famous and influential descend on southern California for the golf courses, casinos, fine-dining and selection of Palm Springs vacation rentals. Whether you want to spend your time relaxing or getting out into the desert for an adventure, this destination has it. Keep reading for a guide on how to have a luxurious trip to Palm Springs.

Why Palm Springs?

There are lots of reasons to choose Palm Springs for a luxury vacation including the location, activities and experiences. Just imagine yourself in the middle of the desert surrounded by sand stretching into the distance with mountains and canyons dotting the landscape. You’ll leave the noise and chaos of larger cities behind and relax.

There are plenty of things to do here such as hiking, seeing giraffes at the Living Desert Zoo and playing golf. Whatever you like to do to unwind and experience luxury at the highest level, Palm Springs will have it.

The Best Places to Stay

Most hotels and apartment rentals are in Downtown Palm Springs where you’ll find several hotel chains and lodges with large outdoor pools and elegant interior designs. If you plan to spend most of your time enjoying the amenities and fine-dining on your luxury holiday, Downtown is the best place for you.

The second most popular neighbourhood is the Uptown Design District. You’ll find the streets lined with designer shops selling all kinds of clothes, shoes and accessories. Some of Palm Springs’ best restaurants are in this part of the city too. Most hotels and rentals here cater for a certain level of luxury and sophistication. Some have exotic designs and themes while others have incredible spas and world-class facilities.

Not everyone visiting Palm Springs wants to spend their time in a concrete jungle. Some people come to escape the noise and stress of the city and want to relax in a quiet area in the middle of the desert. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, check out Palm Desert, a small town that’s a short drive from Downtown.

The various trails are perfect for hiking in the spring and fall while skiers and snowboarders fill the town when the weather gets cooler. And yes, some of the peaks do get snow! You’ll find some of Palm Springs’ most exclusive resorts showering guests with indulgence in Palm Desert.

The Best Places to Eat

Whatever type of food or cuisine you crave, you’ll find it in Palm Springs. Several world-class restaurants line the streets in Downtown and Uptown Design District where you can find multi-course meals, international cuisines and some of the best steak in the country.

Some restaurants have internationally recognized chefs cooking up the meals while others sell tacos for a few dollars. So, whether you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner or just feeling peckish, you’ll be able to satisfy your hunger.

For high end food, try Miro’s, which has a reputation for find quality meats. If your budget is more modest, try Tyler’s Burgers, or for a quick, cheap lunch on the go, you can’t go wrong with The Sandwich Shop.

The Best Places to Drink

A luxurious vacation would be incomplete without unwinding with a cocktail or glass of wine at the end of the day. And Palm Springs has everything you could ever need. Don’t forget, the rich and famous are regulars in this city, and they demand the very best.

If you’re staying in Downtown, you’ll find lots of bars, lounges and exclusive spots for a drink or two. Expect themed interiors and a relaxing atmosphere to create the perfect vibe for patrons, such as Bootlegger Tiki, a fun Polynesian style bar where you can find a selection of exotic cocktails, fine wine and craft beers (and a great Happy Hour). In fact, One of the most popular times at the bars in Palm Springs is in the late afternoon for Happy Hour. Expect two for one on cocktails and half-priced drinks that are excellent value for money.

If you look hard enough, you may be able to see the celebrity hangouts and rub shoulders with the famous. Try the hottest Mexican bar and kitchen in town, El Mirasol, or the ever-popular Avalon Hotel.

Day Tours

There are lots of places in Palm Springs to take a day trip and enjoy the natural beauty. You have the choice between going for incredible views, relaxing in the hot springs or seeing wildlife. If you have enough time, you could visit all of the best places over a couple of days.

The first stop of most people’s itinerary is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the city’s most famous attraction. Rotating cable cars take you up to the top of the mountains as they turn around giving passengers a 360° view of the canyon below. The best time to visit is in the evening to watch the sunset and see the magic of the sparkling city lights.

Anyone who visits Palm Springs should also take a day trip to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This has many animals including giraffes, lions, and hedgehogs along with several others. The animals are inside enclosures that mimic their natural habitat, and it feels more like you’re in a nature reserve than a zoo.

If you want to experience one of Palm Springs’s hidden spots in the mountains, visit Idyllwild Village. The village is 80 kilometers from Downtown and takes approximately one and a half hours to reach. Expect a charming village surrounded by natural beauty with lots of hiking trails in the mountains. And have your camera ready as you drive along to get to the village passing some of California’s most scenic views.

Luxury in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is often said to be the playground for the rich and famous. And it is. You can find unparalleled luxury in Downtown and Uptown Design District or head for a quieter retreat at Palm Desert. Enjoy your stay!

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Hayley is the author behind A Life of More, a travel and lifestyle blog with the goal of helping you to live a happier and more fulfilled life, whether you're currently travelling or happily settled.

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