The Cahuilla people were the original inhabitants of Palm Springs, California. They called it “Se-Khi,” meaning “boiling water.” Accurate, given that the city’s temp exceeds 90˚ F about 180 days a year. Baking in the desert sun of Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is now known as a “resort city:” a pretty good indication that it’s a hotbed of vacationers and tourists —and luxury hotels ready to cater to these guests’ needs.
Resorts and hotels dot the landscape of Palm Springs and it can be confusing to decide what’s best. Thankfully, we’ve researched the area for you and weeded out the unworthy. We’ve selected three resorts at a variety of price points, from family-friendly to adult-only luxury.
From $83/ night
If you’re looking to soak up the California rays, the sun deck at Palm Canyon might be a good place. The 1.5 acre pool has been praised by past guests and is outfitted with water slides, waterfalls and even grottos with whirlpools. Also available for recreation are indoor basketball and volleyball courts, a games room, billiards and a gym. If you’re in a more relaxed mood, try the sauna or full-service spa, where you can get facials, scrubs, massages, wraps and more. The guest suites are similarly comforting, with a kitchenette, seating area and private balcony. If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s a poolside bar and grill, Splashes, for a quick bite.
From $175/ night
This 81-room, pet-friendly property overlooks the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, offering views of its rolling greens. A 15-minute drive will land you in Palm Springs’ city center. On-site, you’ll find a fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, a games room and two outdoor pools. For relaxing, there’s a massage studio and dry sauna. For food, you can whip up something in your in-suite kitchenette, or use one of the five gas barbecues on site. Spill barbecue sauce on your shirt? An on-site launderette will help you clean up. The hotel serves hot coffee everyday until noon. Saturday morning socials add donuts to the mix and give guests an opportunity to learn more about the area.
From $458/ night
Worried about other people’s crying infants spoiling a good night’s rest? That won’t be a concern at this five-star resort: L’Horizon is adults-only. Before its renovation, this 25-room boutique hotel was a favorite of celebrities in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The spa is a highlight of the property, with four treatment rooms and an outdoor space. Massages, facials, body treatments, aromatherapy and even a fresh juice bar are available within its white canvas cabanas. For luxurious dining, on-site restaurant SO•PA is open to guests everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can enjoy the cuisine alfresco, or order in-room service for a truly pampered experience.