While Greater Palm Springs is brimming with excellent restaurants, historic attractions, outdoor activities and cool museums, some visitors spend their entire day at a hotel pool—which is a vacation in itself! Greater Palm Springs has a solid reputation in and around its buzzing and iconic hotel pools that truly capture the recreational spirit of pool culture. Open 365 days a year, these luxury hotels offer unique pool cabanas with dedicated service and tons of goodies for an unforgettable poolside experience.
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa | Rancho Mirage
Sprawled on 365 acres, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is a AAA four-diamond luxury resort that offers world-class amenities—a pampering spa, seven lighted tennis courts, two champion golf courses and multiple dining options—but the three swimming pools deserve plenty of distinguished attention. The main resort pool, Las Brisas, recently opened a 73-foot water slide with a loop, and there are two Jacuzzis to chill out in. There are nine poolside cabanas (from $300) for prime seating and plenty of refreshments. Las Hadas, the adult “chill pool” offers four cabanas that are perfectly situated near the poolside bar and up front and center for live entertainment and poolside spa treatments (like massages and reflexology). The quiet pool, La Paloma, features four cabanas for those who seek further retreat within a quiet retreat.
Arrive Hotel | Palm Springs
The 32-room Arrive hotel is the first Palm Springs hotel to be built ground up in more than a decade, and the owners (including former Facebook employee Ezra Callahan) went to great lengths to make it stand out. Check-in is at the bar, and most hotel requests are done via text. But pool lovers will rejoice over the rules for the eight poolside cabanas: they are free for all guests! Each first-come, first-serve cabana comes with its own day bed and firepit along with separating curtain dividers that can expand the cabana if you have a big party. Guests can even order cocktails and food from the poolside restaurant (though it’s not required to stay here).
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa | Indian Wells
This luxury resort features an impressive pool area with exciting H2O cabanas. Each of the five private cabanas (ranging from $100 to $350 depending on size and day of the week) include a flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, personal cooler, private safe and individual power outlet. They’re also equipped with an outdoor sofa section, chaise lounge chairs, complementary fruit platter and bottled water, a beach ball and H20’s very own “swag bag” including fun-in-the-sun goodies like sunscreen and sunglasses. Have a huge party? The Santa Rosa cabana can accommodate up to ten people and includes a gorgeous backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort | Palm Desert
An award-winning restaurant, a lagoon, a golf course, four swimming pools… what doesn’t JW Marriott offer? The popular resort pampers its splurging guests with 5 poolside cabanas and 14 poolside VIP daybeds, complete with bottle service and catering. Each VIP cabana has dedicated servers, multiple lounge chairs, tables and plenty of privacy while the daybeds are plush poolside beds for ultra comfort. Cabanas require a minimum $1000 food and beverage spend on weekends, while daybeds require minimum $300 during the week (double on the weekend). JW Marriott recently debuted a DJ series with some of Greater Palm Springs’ best female DJs behind the decks every Saturday, in addition to a new seasonal summer cocktail menu. For even further privacy, girlfriends can head to the spa suite cabana, complete with private massage rooms, sitting areas with fireplaces, bathrooms with programmable showers and private outdoor gardens with whirlpool and cabanas.
With its retro design, Riviera Palm Springs is a perfect example of a historic, midcentury modern hotel (one of the oldest in Palm Springs opened in the late 1950s), and most guests make a beeline to the outdoor sanctuary with two shimmering pools, Chiki and Bikini, where, back in the day, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin used to lounge. There are 9 cabanas (many tucked away for more privacy) available for hotel guests, with rates starting at $250 during the weekday. All cabana rentals include bottled water, fruit platters, soft drinks, 32” TVs, misters and chaise lounge chairs. Bottle service is also available.