As the summer heats up in the oasis, there's no better time to chill by the pool. From hotel day passes and water therapy to local hidden treasures, this guide will show you how to make a splash in Greater Palm Springs.
THE DAY PASS
Here, the day pass reigns supreme, granting access to some of the most exclusive and stunning resorts in the area. Below are some of the best pools for snagging a day pass, as well as a few insider tips on each hotel.
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
During the weekdays, this popular hipster hangout opens its pool gates to the public for $20 a day. During the weekend, it goes up to $30. Be sure to call ahead as public day passes are limited by the day.
It’s a little shocking that a pool with a view like the one at The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs would have a day pass at such a great rate. Swim, sunbathe, and soak up the views for just $10 a day at the tallest pool in town.
Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa
This Rancho Mirage oasis has a few great day pass options. A standard day pass will run you $25 per person. Relaxing with friends? Rent a Las Brisas Daybed for $25 per person (4-person minimum). A cabana starts at just $150 for up to 6 guests and includes a fridge, safe, snacks, and drinks.
FREE ACCESS HOTEL POOLS
Not many people know this (even locally), but there is a hotel or two in the area where the pool is open to the public, no day pass needed.
The highly insta-worthy pool at Arrive Hotel is open to the public every day of the week, free of charge. If you’re lucky, you might catch some live music or even a water-side yoga class. As a fun bonus, dogs are allowed poolside! Kids however are not, so just make sure that everyone in your party is 21+.
If socializing by the pool is your thing, The Saguaro is the place for you. And it’s free! This lively and fun hotel is your adult playground away from home, and it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll find life music or a DJ on the weekends. If you need a break, pop on over to the pool bar to take your ‘chill zone’ to an entirely new level.
GET WET, GO WILD
Wet n’ Wild is guaranteed to leave you with some great memories. From massive water slides to raft rides, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check out Kahuna’s Beach House, a 4-story, highly interactive funhouse the whole family will enjoy. There are also plenty of events throughout the year, such as Dive in Movies and Adults-Only Night, too.
THE HIDDEN TREASURE
Sometimes, the best experiences are the more unique ones. Such is the case with Monarch Hot Springs. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, a single hot spring sits on several stunning acres of land in Desert Hot Springs. Available through Airbnb, book 2 hours to watch the sunset, hang out with friends, or spend a little time with the one you love. Monarch Hot Springs is also a private nursery and wildlife preserve.
With a pool like the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, you may not find anything more comprehensive. From water slides and exercise to swim lessons and recreation, this pool has it all - and for all ages. Day passes start as low as $6 for non-residents. Youth/seniors start at $4.50 for non-residents. There are also fitness passes and masters passes, if fitness or lap swimming are your focus.
At the Joshua Retreat Center in Joshua Tree, water is treated as a healing entity. Available to all retreat attendees (and locals for $40 a month), swim yourself to better health and enjoy the mandatory solitude that comes with it. It’s a reflective experience - literally.
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