parker palm springs stay

Roam+Board :: Parker Palm Springs

[trip style = sun + luxury]

{Editor's Note: I chose this property as the first of two stays this week with the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism and it is Trip Styler approved! I will definitely be returning.}

What Harkening back to the Palm Springs Hollywood hideaway era, the Parker is a place of privacy and intrigue. Purposefully unnamed photo shoots and 70's rockers are lost in the grounds away from the public eye. And that was just yesterday. Palm trees towering above guide the way through curvy trails and quaffed, yet bushy foliage. Select openings reveal  grassy clearings with butterfly chairs surrounding a fire pit, a rope hammock {large enough for deux} hanging between twin palms and a chic lemonade stand beside the pool.

When you first arrive at the resort, a dramatic wall of white concrete geometric blocks leads to a grand entrance with tall orange doors. Very Jonathan Adler, the hotel's designer with a penchant for bold, playful, geometric and clashy. Everything is done well with extras like Hermès soap and a plastic access card designed with an antique bronze key and gold ribbon loop.

The Parker is a property that balances the almost impossible task of offering a no-stone-unturned stay with a sense of unfinished business, making first-time guests repeat offenders!

Where Palm Springs, California. Ten minutes away from the airport and three minutes outside of town.

When Any.time.of.year. Weekends are busy with LA's escape and recording artists, but nab a spot in the front row by booking in advance. Winter is popular with Jr. snowbirds and there's a select few who love a spring fling. Locals say the summer is unbearable, but if you can stand the heat and pool time is your only mission, accept it.

Who/Why You are a hat and sunglasses type who is only "seen" when you want to be. Your perfect afternoon is spent playing pétanque {bocci} and sipping spiked lemonade, followed by a rousing game of croquet. At night, lounge beside a circular mid-century mod indoor fire {all that's missing is the sunken living room} with a gin martini---shaken, not stirred.

Cost From approximately $200/night in the off-season, with a mandatory $30/room/night resort fee which includes wifi throughout the hotel, valet parking, gym, steam, sauna, local calls, sparkling water and a morning coffee wake-up call.

{Trip Styler Tip :: If you go to the hotel's spa {PSYC}, ask about the whisky, vodka or gin pre-treatment shot. Follow it up by brunch at Norma's.}

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[photos by @tripstyler]