Where? Greater Palm Springs, California
Exactly? We stayed at the brand new Hotel Paseo in Palm Springs’ exclusive, luxury shopping district of Paseo.
When? April 2018 aka festival season!
Why? As part of the Road trip with Visit California, stop number two was one of my all time favourite places, Greater Palm Springs. I’d visited Palm Springs 2 years ago for the Coachella Festival, but as most of my time was spent in the festival grounds, so I was determined to revisit and discover this incredible city.
It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and interesting locations I’ve been to, a desert oasis, surrounded by snow capped mountains with breathtaking views in all directions and the mid-century architecture is inspirational. Greater Palm Springs (or GPS for short), is becoming one of the most popular instagram destinations, which is why, rather than 48 hours in Palm Springs I decided to devote this blog post to something way more useful to my fellow instagrammers and lovers of fashion, architecture and all things aesthetic….
One of the most iconic insta shots in GPS, you’ll see even before you even enter the city limits! On your drive from LA to Palm Springs you’ll come across the majestic wind farms. Thousands of acres of desert land filled with gigantic, graceful and beautiful wind turbines. A good place to park to get great, undisrupted views of the turbines and the mountains beyond, is the Amtrak Train station car park, on your way into Palm Springs take exit 120, Indian Canyon Drive, pinpointed on this map link.
Opening shot Bonnie wears dress by Hansine and sandals by Blowfish Malibu at Office. Wind farm shot Bonnie wears silver co-ords by Boohoo.com
Many of the hotels in Greater Palm Springs adhere to the mid century aesthetic, incorporating quirky interiors, 50’s style architecture and bursts of kitch colour. The newest hotel in town (it literally opened its doors last month) is the trendy Hotel Paseo in the boutique shopping district of Paseo. Nestled in behind Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren, expect a chic clientele of trendy tourists, who’ve opted to stay here in order to utilise the brand new luxury spa and the AC3 restaurant, which is Palm Springs’ coolest restaurant of the moment, serving up delicious, beautiful plates of American, Mexican and world classics with decent portion sizes too. I highly recommend the Lobster Macaroni!
But the piece de resistance of the hotel has to be the chic, symmetrical pool area with a super trendy airstream caravan installation, it’s insta ready for you! The rooms are minimal and chic, with all mod cons including rain showers, kitchenettes, comfortable beds, stunning balconies views, abstract art works and our suite even came with a pool table and mini bar in case you fancy a late night party! How very Palm Springs!
Rooms from $299 per night, check out www.hotelpaseo.com for more details.
Bonnie wears baby blue top and cullotte co-ord set by Boohoo.com
Hotel Paseo’s trendy new AC3 restaurant with stylish interiors and abstract artwork and below the view from our balcony of the pool at The Paseo.
Why not start off your trip with a guided tour by the super knowledgable (and enthusiastic) guys from The Palm Springs Mod Squad. It’s the best way to get acquainted with the iconic mid-century architecture style of the city, learn about its celeb history and see some incredible buildings and interiors, whilst getting the lay of the land.
You can pick from ‘martinis and mid century architecture tour’, interiors, essential Palm Springs or something more customised to what you’re interested in. Essential Palm Springs Tour costs $70 for a 90 minute guide and you meet at the famous Saguaro Hotel (aka the one that looks like a rainbow exploded on it, see below). Check out www.psmodsquad.com
Bonnie at the very insta friendly Hotel Saguaro wearing swimsuit by Primark above and orange jumpsuit by Asos below. Did someone say ‘pink wall!’
You can’t come to Palm Spring without taking a mini adventure into the desert to experience the truly epic Joshua Tree national park. It’s about an hours drive from Palm Springs through some otherworldly scenery, it is very impressive.
Once in the park make sure you have plenty of water, paper maps and petrol in the tank! The park is vast and it has limited mobile connection and no service areas like cafes. You really are out in the outback. But with this comes some seriously incredible back drops and almost lunar landscapes. From hundreds of miles of cactus fields to giant boulder ranges to mountains, it’s one of the most interesting and instagrammable destinations I’ve been to.
Entry costs $25, you’ll need a good few hours to even brush the surface, so make sure you have enough provisions and sunscreen with you. I’d definitely take a hat, proper walking shoes and covered shoulders if you plan to hike as the temperatures are searingly hot. Click hear for more details.
One of the chicest and perhaps most exclusive places to stay in Palm Springs is The Parker. Famed for it’s outlandish decor (see below), celeb guests and total privacy, The Parker is a decadent, bohemian hotel filled with objets d’art, quirky sculptures and the entrance… well if you like insta walls, take a look above!
Frank Sinatra got married here, hundreds of celebrities, politicians and royal families have stayed there over the decades, famed as a classic mid-century modern building, with a pink roof, set in 15 acres of stunning gardens, Sunnylands is today a non profit making trust. You can visit the house and gardens for free and take some sublime insta shots while you’re at it! Pictured below.
The building itself is a feat in modernist architecture but that’s just on the outside. Head in and you’ll be treated to a whole host of incredible exhibitions including the current Andy Warhol exhibition which is on until 28 May 2018. Adult entry is $12 Check www.psmuseum.org for listings.
Filled with murals and artworks, the super hipster Ace Hotel and swim club is not only a great place to stay, but also an instagrammers dream. The rooms are awash with retro inspired interiors, the food looks too good to eat (try the tacos!) and the vibe is ‘only trendy desert cool kids allowed’. The iconic mural below is a top insta spot.
Palm Springs is famed for being kitch. If this city had a spirit animal it would be the flamingo. Et voila! Head to the entrance of the JW Marriot hotel and spa you’ll see a whole host of GPS’s spirit animals wandering around.
Above Bonnie wears Pink jacket by mbyM at Debenhams, swimsuit by Primark and below Bonnie wears jewellery by Ottoman Hands and sequin swimsuit by Asos.
If like me you were visiting Palm Springs because of Coachella Festival, you may not have much time to check out the area outside of the festival grounds. But the famous murals all over Coachella town are well worth a visit if you have time. Here are a few other useful tips for festival first timers, especially ones coming from abroad.
Above and below Bonnie wears blue floral dress by Studio by Preen at Debenhams, jewellery by Ottoman Hands, sandals by Blowfish Malibu at Office.
That’s all from Greater Palm Springs, still one of my favourite destinations in the USA. Next stop West Hollywood.
For more information about Greater Palm Springs and to find your oasis within its nine cities, see www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com
Bon Voyage xx
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Wow! Yes they are insta worthy I love it! I’ve always wanted to go to Coachella
Well, I suppose I would at least have to check out Joshua Tree. That to me would be the most intriguing. Props though for the pic tips re: the Ferris Wheel. That’s awesome. lol
Hotel Passeo has got to my favorite among the ten if i were to choose the best. Love the dresses you have picked out for each of the places.
Great thank you
Omg the Joshua Tree National Park looks so beautiful, that place is so fantastic ! You look so gorgeous in that dress with the blue flowers .
Thanks so much
The wind bine is my absolute favorite when driving through 29palms. Love that pic of you too.
Looks like Palm Springs is a really great place to visit. So much to do and enjoy. I love the sunshine views, I could use a warm place to visit right now.
I love sunshine views too x
Sounds like a great place to stay at if you’re eve in Palm Springs. I love that the hotel has this modern vibe. It’s really lovely! Love that pool!
Palm Springs has to be one of the most Instagrammable locations that I have ever seen. For a start I love the vibrant aesthetic of the bright murals at the Ace Hotel but I also would love to go to Joshua Tree National Park as that has been a vista that has been on my wishlist for quite some time!
Oh I’m jealous! But then again I’m not as young as you. You’re beautiful and just made Palm Springs look 10 x more fun than the one we go to with my family every year! lol!
haha! really! that’s good
Wow! I like your gig! TI’ll be following your blog, all these new places with so much fashion and style.
Thanks so much x
Omg these really are stunning locations. I’ve never been to palm springs so this was interesting and I loved looking at all the pictures.I really want to take a trip there now.
These places look amazing, brilliant list of places to visit and great festival tips. It’s a great place for instagram! You look great in your pics too
thank you x
Great choice. Be sure to check out Morten’s Botanical Garden (near the Ace Hotel) next time you are here. It’s a quirky but cool place and very photogenic.
I’ll have to try it next time x
Beautiful locations and great outfits! Wow, you really go all out in each and every single post. I wish I have the patience to do so. :D
thanks so much x
These are some beautiful photos, makes me want to go! Great post!
I have never been to California and want to go so bad. These places look amazing! I am more excited now than ever about planning a trip. Great pics!
Oh my gosh, there are too many amazing places to pick a favorite! I’ve never visited Palm Springs but I love the mid-century modern aesthetic, so I think I’d be in heaven there!
Joshua Tree National Park looks gorgeous! That’s totally my vibe and I’m sure I’d be snapping a ton of IG photos there.
it was amazing x
Your pictures are gorgeous! I love the idea of flamingos at a hotel. I want to visit here so bad .
you should it’s great
I love the way all these locations look! It’s so much different than in the south where I am! Your photography is gorgeous!
Stunning photos! I would love to visit all these places, especially the museum and the Joshua Tree National Park. :)
You have really done Palm Springs justice – it looks amazing. I would love to visit Sunnylands Center and Gardens
Palm Springs looks like a dream to me. so much sun!! I have the same swimsuit from Primark, love it! And loved your blue floral dress too!
It’s my favorite x
Thank you for telling us about your trip to palm springs where you came across majestic wind farms with thousands of acres of desert land filled with graceful wind turbines.
I love that area x
What perfect spots for Instagram photos! And I adore that palm tree one piece bathing suit. Too cute! :)
hehe me too x
Great tip to wear flats. You won’t want to be struggling in heels in a place like this. I looks so beautiful.
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