Greater Palm Springs seems like it was designed for the luxury traveler. It was, after all, the perpetual sunshine and palm tree-laced landscapes that compelled Old Hollywood to make it their preferred playground. Today, an injection of extravagant amenities like world-class spas, fine dining, high-end resorts, exclusive attractions and world-famous events continue to delight luxury travelers seeking a weekend in paradise.
If you’re seeking an unforgettable getaway to Greater Palm Springs, let this luxury itinerary take your next visit to new heights.
DAY ONE: LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS
When celebrities come to Greater Palm Springs, it’s little wonder they flock to the gorgeous grounds of the Parker Palm Springs. This Jonathan Adler-designed hotel has it all: midcentury modern design, endless acres of whimsical gardens and toiletries from the likes of Bvlgari, L’Occitane and Hermes. Do stay at the Gene Autry Residence for the ultimate experience in both luxury and privacy.
When it comes time for breakfast, don’t hesitate to treat yourself to the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata, whose $1,000 price tag will start your day off with 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar.
An afternoon of indulgence is best spent at the exclusive Thermal Club, a private motorsports facility where members come to play with their favorite toys: Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis being just a few of the supercars you’ll see hitting triple-digit speeds here. Even if you left your own McLaren back home, you can still experience these exclusive racetracks. Simply sign up for a class at the BMW Performance Center West Driving School, located at The Thermal Club. With an M Series BMW at your fingertips, you’ll perfect the art of drifting, cornering and downshifting like a pro.
No matter what time of year it is, Hollywood’s elite find an excuse to flock to Greater Palm Springs. For a taste of the Hollywood life, plan your trip for early January, when Palm Springs rolls out the red carpet to a flurry of A-listers attending the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Surround yourself with the stars by attending the festival’s Awards Gala, undoubtedly one of the most extravagant events of the year.
If your trip falls in the spring, don’t miss a chance to experience the world-famous Coachella Music and Arts Festival in high style by booking an exclusive Safari tent. Not only do you get access to your fully furnished and air-conditioned tent via private parking lot, but you’ll also enjoy breakfast, shuttle service to the stages and the best seats in the house, thanks to your VIP passes.
DAY TWO: SPLURGE-WORTHY EXTRAVAGANCE
With a stay at a lavish luxury villa at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, you’ll wake up to the finest views the oasis has to offer: lush gardens, rolling fairways and majestic mountains, all to be enjoyed from the floor-to-ceiling windows of your ultra-private, ultra-luxurious villa. Take your time getting ready for another day in paradise; after all, your villa comes with your very own private butler. Let him handle the details – like drawing a warm bath or bringing breakfast to your bedside – while you sit back and enjoy the very best service that paradise has to offer.
A luxury getaway simply isn’t complete without a trip to the spa, and in Greater Palm Springs, you’d be hard-pressed to find better than The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage. Perched on a mountaintop high above the Coachella Valley, the Ritz-Carlton Spa exceeds even the highest expectations for service.
For an evening of extravagance in Greater Palm Springs, put on your finest designer clothes and point your town car driver to the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs. The resort’s nightclub, Costas, is a fashionista’s dream, thanks to its chic vibe, couture aesthetic and sophisticated crowd. Toast to your luxury Greater Palm Springs getaway with a $300 cocktail like The Trendsetter, made with Perrier Jouet, Nuit Blanc Rose and edible diamonds. Living in luxury has never tasted so good.