While the Rat Pack who made Palm Springs famous may have long since checked out, the endless sunshine and scenic vistas that first attracted them remain. Though surrounded by desert, Palm Springs is a colourful oasis of modernist architecture, blousy pink bougainvillea and a hip, retro vibe, with superb shopping, restaurants, spas and golf.
Outside the town, walking trails lead through canyons and past towering palms, or ride the Palms Springs Aerial Tramway to Mount San Jacinto State Park to capture views of the rugged landscape from an elevation of 8,516 feet. Under an hour away, the iconic boulder and cacti-strewn landscape of the Joshua Tree National Park makes a worthwhile day trip.
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California, United States of America
With panoramic views, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is an elegant desert retreat nestled in the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains, and perfectly positioned for accessing post-modern Palm's Springs best shopping, dining, golf, art and desert adventures.
Parker Palm Springs
Canyon Sands, Palm Springs, California, United States of America
The Parker Palm Springs is a resort that brings together a quirky, retro design making it an ideal escape from the mundane. With 13 acres of landscaped gardens it creates a palm fringed oasis.