When it comes to perennial sunshine and adult leisure, Palm Springs is unrivaled. This Southern California desert town pleases everyone from golfers to design aficionados. An abundance of restored Mid-Century Modern architecture pleases the eye, while more than 150 golf courses create a surprisingly green scene in the Sonoran Desert. About 100 miles from Los Angeles and San Diego, this resort town lures many a city-dweller seeking a weekend oasis as well as snowbirds ready for a warm, week-long retreat.
The technicolor palette decking the walls of The Saguaro Palm Springs
is an apt welcome to Southern California's favorite getaway town. Set in front of the San Jacinto Mountains, The Saguaro has an upbeat interior of vivid reds, greens, blues, yellows, purples, and pinks—12 shades in all. Its perpetual pool party, creative cuisine, and aim-to-please staff only add to the cheery vibe. Also apt: The trend-setting hospitality group that runs the show at this 245-room hotel. Joie de Vivre translates as "the joy of living," and what a joy it is at The Saguaro. Check into your room, with views of the pool and courtyard, and soak up sunny, chic accommodation. Each room is appointed with a king or two queen beds, a sitting area with flat-screen TV, a work station, handcrafted Mexican furniture, and luxury bath products and linens.
Go for a dip in the Olympic-size pool, which is lined with canary-yellow chaises and mature palm trees. It's the centerpiece of this design-forward enclave in the desert, and features a bustling poolside bar.. At night, join under-the-stars revelry around the fire pit. But not before you indulge in dinner. At the helm of Tinto, the on-site restaurant, Chef Jose Garces has assembled a menu of Basque-style pinxtos. Like tapas, pintxos are served in small portions, and the chef's menu includes the likes of lamb-loin brochetas, and truffled chestnut soup. The wine list, a fitting tribute to the appellations of Northern Spain and Southern France, is equally tantalizing.
Palm Springs may be dry, but this vivid new addition to the scene is anything but. Jump in, make a splash, and celebrate the colors and flavors of the desert with this Escape.