A Palm Desert getaway still defines sophisticated glamour and easy Southern California style.
Palm Desert and neighboring Palm Springs were, and still are, where Hollywood stars and moguls get away, relax and play. And they’re the perfect place for a getaway of your own, with or without the kids. Here are some of our favorite Palm Desert gems to explore.
Palm Desert is on every serious golfer’s bucket list. And two of the area’s award-winning championship courses — considered 36 holes of the Coachella Valley’s best plays framed by the spectacular Santa Rosa Mountains — converge at the Desert Willow Golf Resort.
The tournament-quality Firecliff course offers 7,056 yards that will put your skills to the test. With numerous water features and more than 100 bunkers or waste areas, its 18 holes are filled with the challenge and beauty of Desert Willow. Designed to help golfers transition to the more challenging Firecliff course, Mountain View offers a more relaxed and traditional experience, exquisitely designed with fence-to-fence turf grass, flowers and flowing water.
Palm Springs was the playground of the Golden Age of Hollywood — and it’s again making a resurgence as a place for the showbiz elite to get away from the bright lights and relax. Discover the glamorous vacation homes of some of the greats of Old Hollywood — from Frank Sinatra to Elvis, Bob Hope to Marilyn Monroe — on a Palm Springs Star Tour. Or experience the desert beauty from a different view aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Journey 8,500 feet up the sheer cliffs and take in gorgeous panoramic views of Chino Canyon in the world’s largest rotating tramcar.
A shopper’s paradise, Palm Desert offers all the retail therapy you need while on vacation. Explore the many spots to find the perfect gift, memorable souvenir, or a little something for you. After all, you’re the one on vacation. El Paseo, “The Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” offers art galleries, gourmet cuisine and over 300 upscale shops featuring everything from décor to designer fashions. It’s destination number one for serious shoppers. With over 100 stores, Westfield Palm Desert brings you the top national brands you know and love. It’s the perfect place for some vacation-wear shopping. And for a taste of local flavor, stop by Shields Date Garden to enjoy exclusively grown date varieties fresh from the garden. Sip a date shake, shop at the store, or visit their on-site café for breakfast or lunch.
Your Villa Resort
With plenty of space to stretch out and recharge, plus like-home amenities, your vacation villa is the ideal home base for your Palm Desert getaway. After a day of exploring, come home to your own desert retreat, stretch out, relax, and get ready for your next day of fun.