Holidaying In California
The desert city of Palm Springs is not necessarily the first choice of many when considering a holiday in California, but the charming area boasts many examples of stunning architecture, which along with the hot springs and the sunny climate make this a destination which is definitely worth visiting.
For old school glamour and echoes of the charm of a bygone era, the Avalon Palm Springs has plenty to offer and it makes the perfect choice for a relaxing getaway. The hotel is something of a hidden gem with plenty of character and a secluded feeling which makes it ideal for a romantic break.
The four star boutique hotel has a stunning interior design aesthetic created by Kelly Wearstler, who designed a style and colour scheme which seeks to combine the best of classic and modern elements; think rooms with neutral tones paired with bright splashes of colour, comfortable armchairs and deluxe beds. The hotel lies nestled between the downtown Palm Springs area and the stunning backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains, which means there are some marvellous views to be enjoyed. The Avalon group discovered the property back in 2003 and the accommodation consists of 67 sumptuous rooms and 13 villas with one or two bedrooms, which are equipped with every convenience. It is easy to imagine stars of the silver screen both past and present checking in to this resort to enjoy seclusion and tranquillity, and indeed it is always a popular choice of hideaway for those looking for a sense of escapism.
The hotel has three pools, a spa and restaurant as well as expansive grounds and it has long been regarded as a desirable place to stay, due to the winning combination of location and facilities. All of the accommodation is bright, spacious and airy with plenty of natural light flooding in.
There are plenty of good restaurants to choose from in the area, and The Chi Chi Restaurant within the hotel serves a menu which fuses Latin style cuisine with modern Californian influences, serving dishes prepared using the best of locally sourced fresh produce. Diners can expect hearty fare such as empanadas, tacos and burgers served alongside all day breakfasts, a varied cocktail menu and a selection of juices created to give you everything from glowing skin to mental clarity.
Executive Chef Tara Lazar has developed a menu inspired by many of the dishes she encountered during her travels, which she has put her own spin on using the best ingredients to devise innovative dishes which give a nod to the South of the Border. The rooms and suites at The Avalon all come equipped with every amenity you could desire during your stay and the welcoming feeling makes you feel as though the hotel is a home away from home.
Relaxing by the pool is the ideal way to unwind during your stay, with comfortable loungers to recline on beneath the shade of parasols. There are beautiful views to behold everywhere, with lush palm trees and colourful flowers creating a pretty ambience. Poolside dining is available from Chi Chi too, with the emphasis on a relaxed, grazing style of dining of light dishes which can be enjoyed throughout the day.
The sprawling manicured gardens are full of picturesque fragrant flowers which create that classic Palm Springs ambience which the area is so renowned for. This is the place to switch off your phone, soak up the sun and forget about your everyday cares. The peacefulness of the environment is complemented by the hotel’s Estrella Spa which offers a choice of treatments and therapies which are designed to relax mind, body and soul. The focus here is on treatments which concentrate on wellness rather than solely beauty, and the spa is a retreat which centres on relaxation, balance and harmony.
For more active pastimes, the surrounding Coachella Valley is renowned for outdoor pursuits and stunning scenery, and there is plenty to choose from when it comes to activities such as hiking on some of the winding trails, horse-riding and cycling which are all available locally.
Ask the hotel concierge about booking a hot air balloon ride (available locally) which is a unique way to get a superb aerial view of the area.
Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum to soak up a little culture during your stay and enjoy collections of work by a mixture of western and contemporary artists.
Book a walking tour with the Palm Springs Historical Society to take in the celebrity homes and mid-century architecture the area is famous for.
For shopping enthusiasts, the Downtown and the Uptown Design District has a vast selection of stores selling artisan goods, fashion and antiques.
Avalon Palm Springs
415 S Belardo Rd