Palm Springs is a beautiful desert city about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. This resort offers year-round warm weather and clear skies. It also offers incredible natural beauty, breathtaking hiking trails, golf courses and great restaurants.
The Greater Palm Springs, including surrounding cities such as Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, and Indian Wells, includes more than 100 golf courses and is home to many resort hotel properties that offer a wide variety of activities and amenities. You may also want to visit the hot springs in nearby Desert Hot Springs.
The peak season in Palm Springs is the colder season elsewhere in North America, lasting from early September to late May. Because summer is so hot and prices drop, daytime temperatures often exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit, creating a low season between June and August.
Resorts in Palm Springs
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Palm Springs
Parker Palm Springs is the city’s ultimate retro luxury resort, offering a very different feel from the old-fashioned luxury hotels at La Quinta Resorts. When it first opened in 2004, Parker Palm Springs spearheaded the city’s latest revival and has once again become a stylish luxury destination.
Consisting of the first Holiday Inn in the state and a series of bungalows, this Jonathan Adler-designed hotel is set on 13 acres of lush, landscaped gardens and plants with paths all around. There are multiple swimming pools, a giant outdoor chess board, croquet court, tennis courts, petanque courts, and even a poolside lemonade stand and snack bar.
When you get hungry, the resort also has a nice (but expensive) retro coffee shop and restaurant called Norma’s, as well as a stylishly designed fine-dining restaurant called Mister Parker’s. There is also a beautiful spa, humorously named Palm Springs Yacht Club.
Located on the outskirts of Desert Hot Springs, Two Bunch Palms is a secluded luxury getaway about 30 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. Desert Hot Springs is one of the rare places in the world where hot and cold springs occur naturally, close to each other.
Said to be Al Capone’s refuge in the desert, the spa now offers a range of luxury treatments, hot and cold pools, and healthy food. The pool and spa are fed and heated by natural mineral water flowing from the on-site 99°F (32°C) underground aquifer. Health is the focus here, with a healthy restaurant serving locally sourced food (mostly organic and vegetarian) and an on-site juice bar.
The resort’s rooms, suites and villas are beautiful and luxurious with natural linens and products. Some are designed for technical detox and no phones or other electronic devices are found or allowed. There is also a day pass to use the spa and mineral pools.
This grand and luxurious grand resort is located in Palm Desert, just 30 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. Palm Desert is a great place to play golf and shop. There is a large Westfield mall nearby and the property is just 10 minutes from El Paseo, the Coachella Valley version of Rodeo Drive.
The JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Desert Springs has everything you could want for a great vacation experience: two golf courses; five resort-style pools; a wellness spa; Small river with a gondola to take guests around. The stream also reaches the central island in front of the hotel’s main entrance, which is home to a flock of pink flamingos. There are tennis courts and at least 8 dining options on site.
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is located on a low hill overlooking the entire Coachella Valley. The resort’s mountainous setting creates beautiful views from the guest rooms and suites, and there are more than 20 miles of hiking trails that begin or are included in the resort.
Foodies will enjoy two on-site restaurants: State Fare Bar & Kitchen and The Edge Steakhouse. State Fare focuses on locally sourced produce and offers seasonal menus. True to its name, The Edge sits on the edge of a ridge with stunning views of the valley below.
This luxury resort has numerous wellness activities, including group sunrise and sunset walks, lawn games, and bike loans. There are two large pools: the main pool and an adults-only cliffside pool. Of course, there is also a large and luxurious spa-like the Ritz-Carlton. The Ritz-Carlton is located on the Rancho Mirage on Frank Sinatra Drive, near Highway 111, about 15 minutes from Palm Springs.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a large family-friendly resort in Rancho Mirage, about 40 minutes from Palm Springs. This is 240 acres of fun and relaxation, including its own water park.
There’s a 27-hole championship golf course for golfers and a 20,000-square-foot European spa for spa lovers. There are 25 tennis courts and 3 large resort-style swimming pools, one of which is for adults only. In addition to the pool, the resort has its own two-acre water park called Splashtopia. The park boasts a number of attractions, including its own beach, a lazy river, and two 100-foot water slides.
There are five different restaurants on the property, and if you still want something different, you’re right across from The River, an upscale shopping and dining destination, as well as several restaurants and a movie theater.
This large-scale development is both a hotel and part-owned property, so the units are mostly one- and two-bedroom apartment-style accommodations. They are very spacious and most have full kitchens, washers/dryers, furnished patios or balconies, free Wi-Fi and separate master and second bedrooms.
Marriott’s Shadow Ridge features an 18-hole championship golf course, full-service golf center and pro shop. There are six resort pools, one with water slides, and the hotel has its own movie theater, free for guests, and shows old movies.
When you get hungry, there are several restaurants on site, including a Starbucks and a small 24-hour convenience store. About half a mile to a large shopping center with Walmart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s and several banks and restaurants.
Shadow Ridge Resort is located on the border between Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, 25 minutes’ drive from Palm Springs. Marriott’s Shadow Ridge has two sections: Villages and Enclaves. They all share the same facilities. The second part, the residential area, was built recently, but the units are slightly smaller.
This Hyatt Regency hotel is located in Indian Wells, which hosts the annual BNP Open Tennis Tournament every March, approximately 40 minutes from Palm Springs on Hwy 10. It shares some amenities with Renaissance Indian Wells right next door; They sit next to the 36 hole club at Indian Wells Golf Resort.
In addition to some decent-sized rooms, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has 70 suites, including some gorgeous villas and penthouses. The hotel features four different dining options, 24-hour in-room dining and a small takeaway coffee bar in the lobby.
For water fun, you can choose from seven pools (one for adults only), one with a 60-metre spiral water slide. Of course, there is also a full tennis center with multiple courses of different types (regular, clay and turf) and a full golf center with two championship golf courses.
Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs combines classic Spanish-style cottage accommodations with modern interiors and luxury amenities. This boutique luxury resort is a member of Design Hotels, part of Starwood with unique architectural features. It’s kind of an urban Palm Springs resort because it’s right in the middle of the city.
Avalon Palm Springs features 13 private villas and 54 guestrooms set on 4 acres of manicured gardens. Villas are mini-houses with full kitchens, fireplaces and living rooms, and all rooms and suites have a striking Hollywood Regency style.
There are three swimming pools, each surrounded by private cabins, two jacuzzis and a small but well-equipped spa. This boutique luxury hotel features a restaurant called Chi Chi in The Avalon, which serves American cuisine.
More importantly, the Avalon Hotel has been here since the 1920s, placing you in the heart of historic downtown Palm Springs. Located on Belardo Road one block from the shopping and dining on Palm Canyon Drive.
Designed to compete with Las Vegas hotels of the time such as The Sands, this retro 1960s resort retains its mid-century modern style, although it has been completely renovated with all kinds of modern luxuries. The property is located at the north end of downtown Palm Springs and can be crowded during busy holiday weekends and events.
Rooms at the Riviera Palm Springs are large and you can explore 24 acres of landscaped grounds. There are two large swimming pools, life-size Jenga and Connect Four games and a full retro video arcade.
The Riviera has four different dining options, as well as a number of snack bars and cozy cafes. Guests can enjoy a full-service spa and a large fitness center with an extensive wellness program. They offer everything from yoga classes to free two-hour bike credits.
This spacious 360-acre property is located in Rancho Mirage. About 5 minutes from Hwy 10 and only 15 minutes from Palm Springs Airport. The Westin has two championships Troon golf courses and three swimming pools, one with a 60-foot water slide.
The property offers three different restaurant options as well as 24-hour room service. The Westin offers an extensive children’s program with camp-like activities throughout the day and into the evening. The hotel has more than 500 rooms, including suites and grand villas. The Spa at the Westin Mission Hills offers a wide variety of treatments alongside daily amenities such as hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms.