Planning your next trip to Palm Springs for the ultimate desert getaway? Throwing on a bikini, shades, and sunscreen to relax by the pool all day long sounds like a dream rn. So I’m sharing this guide to the best of the best Palm Springs luxury hotels.
There are so many stunning resorts to choose from that you’ll want to stay at all of them. But I hope this guide can help narrow things down for you to find that perfect match!
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Staying in the desert will become your favorite travel destination—you’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated with a new glowy tan to bring back home. Let’s get right into it with some of my fav Palm Springs luxury hotels.
10 Best Palm Springs Luxury Hotels
When it comes to Palm Springs luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Resort & Spa Rancho Mirage is by far the most popular luxury hotel to stay at while vacationing in Palm Springs. They offer picturesque views of Palm Desert and Coachella Valley with world-class celebrity treatment for all guests.
The rooms are spacious with some suites even having their own private spa or balcony views of the Santa Rosa Mountain Range. The entire resort was designed using natural elements to match the desert aesthetic—everything is very aesthetically pleasing.
The State Fare Bar offers an interactive chef’s experience with a market table featuring wines, charcuterie, artisanal bread, and panoramic views. While The Edge Steakhouse serves traditional American-style cuisine with cliff-side dining.
Did someone say ultimate Palm Springs luxury hotels? The L’Horizon Resort & Spa is a unique luxury hotel offered for 21+ adults only. It’s designed with iconic mid-century architecture and old Hollywood accents—everything is so Instagrammable.
This luxury hotel has a crazy history of being the celebrity destination spot in the 50s and 60s—Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and several U.S. Presidents all stayed here.
There are 25 bungalows that have their own patios and outdoor showers to create a personalized private oasis. All of the bungalows are decorated with a vintage and modern feel.
Treat yourself to a luxurious indoor/outdoor massage and spa treatment during your stay. When you’re done head on over to the pool to get your tan on.
When you’re feeling up for it, take advantage of the bicycles that are free to use and explore everything the desert has to offer.
Enjoy having a meal at SO-PA for an alfresco dining experience where they serve eclectic dishes with a farm-to-table vibe. I highly recommend having dinner here to enjoy cocktails around the fire pit.
Stay in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel. With views of the mountains from the rooftop pool and sun terrace, you’ll fall in love with this resort.
You’ll also get to enjoy sipping on fresh cocktails from the rooftop bar and restaurant 4 Saints. Have a sharable luxurious meal made with seasonal ingredients to make Mediterranean-style cuisine.
You can also have fun at their daily evening social from 5-6 pm or join the sunrise coffee service. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated.
You can even book an in-room spa service to stay comfortable in your own space—perfect after a long day of hiking and exploring the desert.
The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort is another incredible place to stay. You’ll have the option to pick between 5 different pools, 2 championship golf courses, tennis courts, a fitness center, a spa, and delicious on-site restaurants.
You can even take a gondola tour along the waterways throughout the resort—it’s like you’re in Italy but in the desert.
The rooms are nice and spacious with plenty of options to accommodate even if you’re traveling with a large group. Most of the rooms have a stunning view of the pools and gardens.
When you’re not out exploring the city of Palm Springs, I recommend spending some time in the spa trying out all of their special treatments to help you relax.
Make a stop at 5 of their restaurants for fine dining—the reviews at all of them are amazing. First, try the Rockwood Grill for a Californian-style cuisine and beautiful water views as you eat.
Then, try Mikado Japanese Steakhouse for authentic Japanese dishes made with fresh ingredients. If you love Japanese food then you’re also going to love Aquifer65 where they have a sushi bar.
For more seafood, you can also try the dishes at Fisherman’s Landing where they serve freshly caught fish. Make sure you try the dessert here too since it’s award-winning.
Lastly, hang out at the Blue Star Lounge for dinner and cocktails on their outdoor patio with fire pits. They offer American-style cuisine.
ARRIVE is a super cute luxury hotel that has aesthetic architecture that incorporates a mix between LA and desert vibes. It’s located a mile away from downtown Palm Springs making all the tourist attractions a short drive.
During your stay, enjoy the pool, lounge, firepits, bar, and bikes. There’s even an ice cream shop on-site to satisfy any sweet cravings.
If you’re a big coffee lover, you’re going to love the Cartel Coffee Lab where they serve delicious espressos and coffee drinks.
Although they don’t have a restaurant at the hotel, you’re a short walk or drive away from delicious restaurants in town. It’s recommended to try EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge, Rick’s Desert Grill, and Trio.
I don’t think anything can top La Quinta Resort and its 41 climate-controlled pools, 53 hot tubs, 5 championship golf courses, and 23 tennis courts offered on-site. This resort is like Disneyland with all of the amenities they offer.
And yes, it’s where Claire/Tayshia’s season of The Bachelorette was filmed, lol.
This resort is massive and offers a number of different room and suite options. You can even book one of the Spanish-style casitas that offer a private patio and hot tub—be sure took check prices and which ones are available during your visit.
If you feel like treating yourself, you can book a yoga retreat, take a fitness class, play tennis, rent a bicycle, or plan a hike. I highly recommend booking a massage or facial at the La Quinta Spa to achieve ultimate relaxation.
At Adobe Grill, they offer authentic Mexican food and over 100 different tequilas to mix into a cocktail—be sure to order their award-winning tamales. At Twenty6, you can enjoy classic American-style comfort food made with locally sourced ingredients and a seasonal menu.
For fine dining, you have to try Morgan’s in the Desert! This is La Quinta’s signature restaurant where they serve contemporary-style American food inspired by Coachella Valley—definitely try their delicious post-dinner cocktails.
While Indian Wells is just outside of Palm Springs, the Hyatt Regency definitely makes the list of luxury resorts in the area. The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells is surrounded by mountain views of the desert and stunning golf courses. With 530 rooms to choose from, you’ll find the perfect place to stay and even get a private balcony view.
With a brand new water park, lazy river, and splash pad the Hyatt is a great option if you’re traveling with a family. You can also use the complimentary bikes and scooters to explore the 45 acres of the resort.
In your free time, you can take a quick drive to some nearby attractions like El Paseo for shopping, the Desert Hill Premium Outlets for discounted shopping, the Palm Springs Art Museum, or Joshua Tree.
Take advantage of the spa and wellness center for a relaxing way to unwind and treat yourself. After, enjoy a nice meal at the 2 restaurants on-site.
The first one is the Roadrunner Cafe that serves California-style lunchtime plates and snacks. The second one is the Agave Sunset bar and lounge where they serve a wide range of American food.
With so much to do and explore, you’ll love staying here!
The Agua Caliente Casino Resort is a fun place to stay for its casino, spa, pools, and restaurants. This resort has won Forbes five-star travel award for its spa, restaurant, and casino.
When you’re not gambling or spending time out by the pool, enjoy watching a show at their concert theatre. You can watch live entertainment from musicians, comedians, or speakers.
If you love golfing, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a huge golf resort on-site to hit a few holes and enjoy taking things slow.
After a long day of moving your body have a nice dinner at the infamous award-winning Steakhouse where they serve USDA Prime Beef, sushi-grade Ahi tuna, and Australian Lobster.
They also have a few other restaurants and bars like 360 Sports and Waters Cafe for you to explore.
Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay at the Miramonte Resort and Spa where you’ll be surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains. You can soak in the views from the balcony or patio from your room.
With 3 pools, restaurants, a full-service spa, golf courses, a 24-hour fitness center, and acres of olive and citrus trees, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy during your stay.
If you book a suite, you can enjoy your own personal hot tub, dining area, and wet bar. When you’re ready to explore, I highly recommend checking out the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tour or heading out to Joshua Tree.
For meals, enjoy the amazing farm-to-table Citrus & Palm Restaurant which is known to serve delicious seasonal California cuisine made with local ingredients. After, you can grab a drink at the Tavern Bar for hand-crafted cocktails to enjoy out on the patio.
The Westin Mission Hills Resort is another popular stay in Palm Springs. The Resort is secluded surrounded by mountain ranges and the Coachella Valley.
Enjoy 3 outdoor pools, a waterslide, fitness center, golf courses, restaurants, and bars. You’re also located near the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Joshua Tree National Park, and Palms Springs Air Museum.
Definitely check out the various bike, horseback riding, and jeep tours in the area to take you on a desert adventure during your stay.
I hope this guide to the best luxury hotels in Palm Springs inspired you to plan your next trip to this magical desert oasis!
If you decide to stay at any of these hotels and resorts tag me on Insta @wtfab so I can see which one you picked! My dm’s are always open if you have any questions.
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The most luxurious resorts in Palm Springs are:
– The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
– L’Horizon Resort & Spa
– Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
– La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Palm Springs is most known for being a desert oasis vacation destination neighboring Joshua Tree.
The best time of year to travel to Palm Springs is from January to April when the weather is the most bearable.
Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.