If someone casually told me they’d be vacationing in the Sonoran Desert, I’d tell them to stop pulling my leg. Sounds like scorpions and a sunburn. But the moment a friend or colleague mentions Palm Springs, another mental image pops up entirely: and it isn’t one I’d run from. The desert city oasis is known for hot springs, boutique hotels, world-class golf courses, a vibrant art scene and midcentury-modern architecture. The valley surrounding has become synonymous for the massive Coachella music festival, but offers hiking, biking, horseback riding, off-roading, hot air ballooning and so much more. Just a couple hours from Orange County, you can shop-till-you-drop at the nearby Desert Hills Premium Outlets or lounge poolside.
If you’re looking for a spot to rest your head for the night that’s just minutes from the fun, check into Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs (MargaritavilleResorts.com). Don’t be fooled, this isn’t a knockoff pina colada thirst trap: rather, a casual-luxe state of mind wrapped in mid-century aesthetic. The ambiance here is inspired by the laid-back lifestyle of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and features a unique blend of modern amenities and tropical vibes.
More than 300 fresh and fun guest rooms, suites and villas unlock the island feel, while drinks, dining options, event space and thoughtful amenities ensure the fun doesn’t stop when the sun comes up again. Speaking of which, the resort showcases a pair of swimming pools, including the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Pool nestled in the midst of all the fun (including nightly s’mores at the firepits here from 5 pm - 9 pm) or the tucked away Lone Palm Pool with plenty of sunshine and a full-service tiki bar - both surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping.
The beautiful St. Somewhere Spa is the largest resort spa in Palm Springs featuring 18 treatment rooms for unforgettable massages, body treatments and skin therapies.
Sample the cuisine at the signature JWB Grill, featuring prime steaks, coastal fare, and everything in between, or just stroll into your day with a coffee from Joe Merchant’s Provisions on-site. Whatever escape you’re looking for is moments away: to the trails or the tram, art museum or living zoo and gardens. There’s always something going on in Margaritaville.