Long gone are the notorious years when Spring Break brought a wild influx of college revelers to the Greater Palm Springs area. Today, the season extends through March and April when carpets of wildflowers crop up across the sand, a paradise climate abounds, and an impetus to get outside and enjoy the fruits of the land is prevalent. The oasis is all grown up—and so is Spring Break.
Here’s a roundup of vacation ideas for a decidedly adult spin on the traditional Spring Break. It’s time to have some fun in the sun in the oasis.
Adult Spring Break Idea #1: Pamper
Greater Palm Springs has always been synonymous with pampering. Perhaps it’s the nearly 365 days of sunshine or maybe it’s the existence of robin’s egg blue skies year-round. In any case, there is something to soothe any spirit on your adults-only Spring Break.
- Book a custom yoga retreat at La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Wellness expert Dr. Eden Goldman crafts a specific two-, three- or five-night regimen just for you inspired by the best spiritual centers in India, leading you into mind-body-spirit harmony for the rest of the year.
- Perform a little retail therapy with a stroll down El Paseo, the mini Beverly Hills of Southern California. Fashion for both men and women and an assortment of goodies and snacks in-between will meet you on every block of this stellar shopping destination in Palm Desert.
- Check in to the Colony Palms Hotel after spending the morning window-shopping in downtown Palm Springs and treat yourself to a Colony Palm Retreat. This As You Please spring spa special includes your choice of two massages or facials (or one of each for solo spa-goers), plus an optional lunch at Purple Palm. The package is available through May 15.
- Stay at the Moroccan-inspired Korakia Pensione, which offers mediation sessions and afternoon tea for those seeking a peaceful vibe.
- If you’re looking for a little couple’s therapy, book a Roman Bath Ritual during your weekend at Two Bunch Palms. The one hour personalized massage for two is followed by 25 minutes in a private, candle-lit Roman bath with magnesium rich salts and aromatic oils.
- Pay homage to your body with a hike along the Palm Canyon Trail in the Indian Canyons to the stone pools for a refreshing dunk. You’ll encounter cliffs, waterfalls and rock gorges along the way through the magnificent San Jacinto Mountains.
Adult Spring Break Idea #2: Play
If action is what you crave, choose from a variety of outdoor activities for your adult Spring Break in Greater Palm Springs.
- Get Wet 'n' Wild at the waterpark where you can float on a raft in the Sunset River, body surf in the wave pool or choose from a variety of thrilling waterslides. Rent a cabana and stay for the whole day.
- Book a Big Blue Air helicopter ride and flight-see by air. Or have your pilot take you on a short jaunt to Temecula for some wine tasting while you’re here.
- Adrenaline junkies will love the Adventure Hummer Tours with treks to destinations such as the San Andreas Fault or Joshua Tree.
- Sports fanatics can find exceptional golf on two public championship courses at Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, or world-class tennis at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. After a few games on the courts, treat yourself in the hotel’s Agua Serena Spa to a Retreat for the Feet treatment.
- For a truly breathtaking experience, take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway at the crack of dawn on Easter Sunday for a sunrise service at 8,516 feet overlooking the panoramic landscape below. After sharing in communal songs of faith, hope and joy, try breakfast in the Pines Café.
- Traverse the area’s various cities by car to discover world-class art installations currently dotting the landscape for the Desert X exhibition. Pieces by local artist Phillip K. Smith III and other internationally known artists are featured.
Adult Spring Break Idea #3: Party
The nights may be cooler in March and April—but the nightlife is on fire. This is how adults Spring Break in Greater Palm Springs.
- In Indio, the new Big Rock Pub offers classic rock live entertainment alongside favorite comfort cuisine named for popular songs. Think “Hotel Calamari” or “Fleetwood Mac and Cheese.”
- At the Copa Nightclub, you’ll find a bevy of Bella du Ball, aka the valley’s most beloved drag queen! Stop by for a drink and one her unforgettably hilarious performances.
- Partake in an old-fashioned supper show at the Purple Room where entertainment runs from catty to cabaret in a throwback to the Rat Pack era.
- If dancing is what you crave, the Cascade Lounge at The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Palm Springs features a lively DJ on Saturday nights and Latin sounds on Sundays. After 9 p.m. entrance is always free.
- Trendy bar lovers will delight in three additions to the beer and cocktail scene over the past few years. Grab some pints at the new contemporary British Pub Fox and Fiddle, some artisan brews at the casually cool Draughtsman, or expertly mixed cocktails with an island vibe at the tiny, retro Bootlegger Tiki. Find more hidden hotspots for drinks in Greater Palm Springs here.
Adult Spring Break Idea #4: Please the Palate
Springtime in the desert brings the perfect opportunity to experience al fresco dining at its best. Make it a tasty Spring Break to remember.
- Birba’s tapas and pizzas on the outside patio with their version of an indigenous margarita called the Heated Snake (it bites with a dash of habanero) is a great way to start the evening.
- The always-elegant Spencer’s Restaurant features courtyard dining surrounded by live piano music. The four-star American cuisine with a Pacific Rim influence includes fan favorite coconut-crusted shrimp, as divine as the Moroccan chicken breast rubbed with spices flayed across a bed of fig-studded quinoa. For Easter Brunch, try their eggs benedict, which comes three ways.
- The award-winning Copley’s is housed in the former Cary Grant Estate. Behind the exclusive gate, you can dine outdoors in the front yard on crunchy ahi tacos or savory Maine lobster. Chef Andrew makes his own ice creams so save room for the unique basil variety, perfect for balmy spring nights.
- At Melange at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta, you can experience California family, farm-sourced dishes like Tasmanian Ocean Trout with a strawberry balsamic martini while sitting on the lakeside patio with picturesque and peaceful water views. Or, if you’re staying overnight, order an early dinner of tacos and tequila poolside before venturing out for some nightlife.
- For a dose of romance with your dinner, opt for Lavender Bistro’s California cuisine on an outdoor patio, which beckons you through French doors into a fairy tale setting of hundreds of sparkling lights, fresh flowers and live music.
- If your stay includes Easter morning, an exquisitely fancy brunch takes place at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage high up on a bluff overlooking Rancho Mirage and the surrounding Coachella Valley. Make sure to call ahead for the highly sought reservations.
Adult Spring Break Idea #5: Park It Poolside
Craving the opportunity to do absolutely nothing but laze under the sun during Spring Break? Greater Palm Springs is an oasis of places to stay with cool pools whether you are looking for a social scene, trendy ambiance or something a little more low-key.
- The adults-only Piedmont pool at the sophisticated Miramonte Resort was created with serenity in mind. Situated for incredible mountain views with an adjacent heated whirlpool and food and beverage service, it is the perfect place to zone out with the resort’s signature Miramonte Sunset cocktail of tequila and blood orange.
- Arrive, the modernist boutique hotel with hardcore desert chic, offers a minimalist communal pool surrounded by stunning architecture, which frames the bluest sky. On Sunday afternoons, you can take a Dip and a Drink to Live Music and on Thursdays, Dive In movies are offered at night. Watch a timeless flick while floating on a raft with a martini.
- The funky, hipster-rich Ace Hotel & Swim Club boasts a swim-club pool with a decidedly DIY feel. Think wooden lounge chairs, boozy Arnold Palmers, and live DJs pumping non-mainstream tunes all year round. Frequent full moon drum circles take place poolside and on Easter Sunday, NTS Radio will be playing from noon to 6 p.m. as part of Desert Gold Weekend 2017.
- Sparrow’s Lodge is an extremely intimate, restored 1950s retreat with a modern, rustic vibe. Black cushioned lounge chairs, stone walls, a fireplace that burns at night and a private club-like feel surround the pool. It is a great spot for incognito headwear, glamorous glasses and a pile of trashy magazines.
- For a fun, funky, diverse and always busy scene, The Saguaro Hotel & Pool can’t be beat. Situated in the midst of rainbow-colored architecture with a thriving pool bar serving boozy frozen drinks, it becomes a seasonal hang out place for pre-Coachella revelers and many singles, straight and gay, looking to mingle and meet.
- With its artsy interpretation of Hollywood Regency and air of exclusivity, Parker Palm Springs features the Gene Autry adults-only pool located lawns away from the younger Silicon Valley pool. For some serious privacy, you might rent a cabana with Jonathan Adler furniture and a stocked refrigerator.
No matter how you like to do Spring Break, adults will find plenty to enjoy in Greater Palm Springs. Find cool deals on things to do in Greater Palm Springs with our Chill Pass.