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Why your next holiday should be to Palm Springs

Desert sunsets, toasty year-round temperatures and stunning mountain views, this southern Californian city has it all.

By Natalie Babic
As you cruise through the streets of Palm Springs, you can’t help but wonder what tales the streets could tell.
Once the playground for Hollywood’s Old Glamour elite - like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presely - the Southern Californian city oozes charm.
Just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Hollywood’s Who’s Who would pop in to escape the hustle and hustle of Tinseltown to spend their days relaxing and of course, partying.
Nowadays, the quirky desert town has become the stomping ground for a variety of people – from nature lovers to architecture fans to those who simply want a place to relax.
With its palm tree-lined streets and toasty year-round temperatures, here’s why you need to visit Palm Springs now.
Resorts for everyone
Regardless of your budget, you’ll find a resort that fits your every need.
If you’re after a spot to just chill by the pool and have cocktails on rotation, the V Palm Springs is your place.
The vibe is fun, the décor is fresh and the view of the mountains is simply stunning.
Arrive also features stunning rooms with the necessary pool at your doorstep.
There are fires lit at night so that when the temperatures drop, you can still enjoy a cocktail by the water’s edge.
V Palm Springs
Get adventurous
Head out into the San Andreas Fault to watch the sunset for a truly unique experience.
Jump aboard a Red Jeep Tour and wind your way in and out of the labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the Fault Zone.
Heading there at dusk will also mean you’ll likely spot a desert critter from a coyote, fox or owl.
Cruise the San Andreas Fault in style.
Food for days
Palm Springs has got restaurants aplenty.
Treat yourself to brunch at Norma’s at The Parker – a known celeb haunt – and make sure you order the Nova Smoked Salmon Ring.
You won’t be disappointed!
But if you’re feeling really adventurous, try the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata…for a mere US$1000!
Norma's at The Parker.
For lunch with a beautiful view, State Fare at The Ritz-Carlton is your place.
Our tip: try the avocado fries!
Or, if you’re after a quick little treat, pop into the trendy Ace Hotel.
Palm Springs is the date – as in the fruit – capital of the world and the Ace makes the most incredible date milkshakes. They’re an absolute must.
The view from the Ritz Carlton is stunning.
House hunting
Even if you’re not particularly a fan of architecture, you’ll be impressed by the quirky designs in Palm Springs.
Think flat roofs, bright colours and pools, pools, pools.
Take a tour with a guide who’ll point out Leonardo DiCarpio’s latest holiday home and walk through Elvis and Priscilla’s honeymoon home.
For more information, visit The Modern Tour.
Pamper, pamper, pamper
What holiday is complete without a massage?
Two Bunch Palms offers a tranquil location so you can switch off from the world and just relax.
If you’re up for something completely different, treat yourself to the Mud Bath and Arnica Wrap. Heaven!
For more information, visit Greater Palm Springs Visitor Information.

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