Nestled in the desert of inland California, Palm Springs is actually quite the luxurious escape and travel experience. Known for its unique architecture, Palm Springs has earned itself the reputation for being a modern mid-century or “retro” design style and gives visitors the perfect blend of nostalgia and contemporary. In fact, Palm Springs has the largest collection of mid-century residential architecture in the world that is showcased every year at the Modernism Week celebration. It’s no wonder why many A-list celebrities, including the Kardashian-Jenner family for example, own homes in the beautiful desert oasis of Palm Springs. But aside from being surrounded in gorgeous desert landscape, Palm Spring offers quite the night life experience as well. The town comes alive as bars start serving drinks and clubs open up their doors. The town offers unique architecture styles and over-the-top luxurious bars incomparable to anything else.
Relax all day and play all night is the name of the game in Palm Springs. But what better way to do that than in complete style and luxury? Palm Springs is a desirable getaway in it of itself but having the right lodging and amenities can completely transform the way you experience this calming desert. There are many over the top hotels offering some of the most relaxing experiences for travelers all over the world. But there is, however, one that stands out from the rest. The Parker is the most exclusive, luxurious and most expensive hotel in Palm Springs – plus the added bonus of celebrity sightings!
The Parker is a gorgeous hotel in Palm Springs that fully encompasses the flavor of Palm Springs. Its architecture style has stayed true to the mid-century modern style Palm Springs is so infamously known for but has been kept updated with the latest interior design trends and influences making it a truly magnificent getaway and a celebrity hot spot. The hotel takes on very neutral warm desert tones or deep dark tones on the walls and floors. From there, each room is carefully decorated according to its theme with extravagant décor, lavish furniture, and bright pops of color everywhere you turn. The lobby features a tall white brick wall and a very deep classicism aesthetic. The furniture is grand with velvet materials, flashy patterns, or deep colors, while the décor remains modern or contemporary tying it all together. The dining area, however, dives deeper into the classicism aesthetic with deep walls, funky bright patterned chairs, leather booths, and eclectic artwork covering the walls.
The rooms are kept very light and clean compared to the rest of the hotel interior. The rooms feature neutral or white aesthetic with vibrant colors used throughout the interior design. What’s most notable about the hotels rooms is the amount of texture used when designing the rooms. From the rugs to the throws to the art on the walls, The Parker does not fall short of gorgeous modern luxury through chic designs and rich textures that derive inspiration from the surrounding desert. The rooms also feature bright eclectic details throughout the interior that can be seen on the cabinets, mirrors, and even lamps – the more you look at the rooms, the more you fall in love with them.
The Parker offers gorgeous rooms and interior escape, but how about the rest of this place? Well if the interior hasn’t sold you already, the amenities will. The amenities include over-the-top luxuries that will have you living the A-list Palm Springs lifestyle. For starters, the hotel features three extravagant pools, each tailored to a specific experience. Each pool, two outdoor and one indoor, offers drink and food service and is carefully designed and decorated with different style influences, so no matter what kind of pool experience you are looking for, The Parker is ready to deliver.
Aside from the gorgeous pool oasis you will get to experience is the incredible grounds and activities. The grounds have been carefully manicured and kept that way for their visitors. The grounds offer lush gardens and walking paths, quaint shaded sitting areas, and even a large outdoor fire pit surrounded by a circle of white chairs. The Parker also includes only the poshest outdoor activities include croquet, tennis, and pétanque. They also are readily available to settle any disputes, provide official rule books, or act as a ‘referee’ for any of your activities. They also have a giant chess board, a golf course, and bike cruisers in case you would like to explore off the hotel grounds.
The Palm Springs Yacht Club
Probably the most remarkable feature of The Parker is their Palm Springs Yacht Club – yes you read that right! While Palm Springs is nowhere near the ocean (or any major body of eater for that fact) The Parker has still found a way to create an exclusive club their visitors never want to leave. The Palm Springs Yacht Club is actually The Parkers spa and wellness services. This free-standing emporium of treatments and wellness is completely customizable to the specific person. The Palm Springs Yacht Club features fifteen private treatment rooms all ranging from facials, massages, reflexology, wraps and more, and are completely tailored to your specific needs or skin type.
Upon entering, you will be greeted with a brilliant nautical themed lobby area that takes on a vintage aesthetic with a modern twist. Large stripes, old-school nautical décor, and giant crystal chandeliers will have you feeling apart of the most exclusive amenities in Palm Springs. You will be given a white cotton terry robe, sandals, and a key to a private locker room to store your things. From there, you are welcome to choose the services you would like to partake in, and the staff will build your catered wellness plan from there. With years of experience in hospitality and wellness treatments, the staff at The Parker are prepared to give you the most relaxed experience of a lifetime.
It’s true that The Parker is a hot spot for celebrity sightings during the summer. Celebrities such as Mark Wahlberg, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Chelsea Handler, and Leonardo DiCaprio are no strangers to The Parker. In fact, Robert Downey Jr. had a legendary drug-induced meltdown at The Parker and was arrested off the property. It caused so much attention that celebrities turned to using alias names when visiting The Parker. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, for example, checked in under the names “Bryce and Jasmine Pilaf” when they first started seeing each other after filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith. While celebrities make their way to The Parker all year long, your best shot at sighting a celeb is in January during the Palm Spring International Film Festival.