Traveling to the glamorous resort oasis of Palm Springs is a journey fit all girls and their besties should take (simply road-trip from LA or fly straight there). Celebrities from the golden age of cinema to today’s millennial heartthrobs have both flocked there by the dozen. The tranquil Southern Californian city is known for its dry desert heat, temperate nights, and over 300 days of sunshine a year. We're talking a paradisaical sanctuary where you can shop, sip poolside cocktails and party til you heart's content. Here's our definitive guide to how you and your girlfriends can do it best...
Where to Sleep
As a resort city, there are plenty of decent accommodation options, but venturing to the technicolor wonder that is The Saguaro would be a wise choice. Neon rooms with quirky furnishings match the equally colorful exterior and gorgeous pool area. This is the place that summer fashion magazine shoots are made of, with even K-Stew and R-Patz gracing its halls once upon a time.
Where to Relax
If you’re staying at The Saguaro, there’s almost little reason to leave the hotel. Get the girls together for some serious pampering with their extensive selection of spa treatments, try the daily yoga classes, or kick back poolside with boozy frozen drinks from the pool bar. Want something a little quirkier? Head on over to Two Bunch Palms , which offers spiritual and physical relaxation in the healing mineral waters of The Grotto pool. The Avalon Hotel is a great spot too - a guided meditation on the shady lawns or transformational breath class will do the trick.
Where to Shop
When venturing to Palm Springs, be sure to pack light, as the vintage and retro shopping here is incredible. Pick any stretch along Palm Canyon Drive and you’ll stumble over a ton of cute boutiques and classic vintage stores. Don’t miss Just Modern and Route 66 West for gorgeously designer accessories, cute home décor and authentic Bakelite jewelry.
Where to Eat
What’s a girls getaway without brunch, right?! Wilma + Frieda is just up the road in Palm Desert and has some of the best brunch items around. The short rib eggs bennie justifies the drive in itself. For a touch of Hollywood glamour, located in the former guesthouse of 40s silver screen star, Cary Grant, Copley’s restaurant offers elegant and innovative food served with a side of nostalgia. Their happy hour cooking classes are a winner.
Where to Drink
If you’re down for Polynesian cocktails and tiki bars, Palm Springs has them by the boatload. Elixir Pool Bar & Grill is a pretty chill place to get an umbrella’d tropical beverage, whilst Tonga Hut is a fun and festive spot for a refreshing drink and live music. Although they close a little early, the always busy E l Jefe , off the lobby at The Saguaro, is a Mexican cantina and tequila bar that's equally lively.
Where to PartySplash House
is a pool party music festival that's a must-do. On the weekends of June 10-12 and August 12-14, two Palm Springs venues will host poolside DJ sets from noon to sundown with a party shuttle going between each location so you can catch it all. After dark, the party keeps rolling at the Air Museum with an opening night concert and party into the early hours.our pick of the travel apps , these gorgeous weekend bags and a playlist to get you in the vacay mood...