Australian Women’s Weekly’s Natalie Babic writes that with desert sunsets, toasty year-round temperatures and stunning mountain views, Palms Springs has it all. Just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Hollywood’s Who’s Who, like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, used to pop in to escape the hustle and hustle of Tinseltown to spend their days relaxing and of course, partying. Nowadays, Natalie notes that the quirky desert town has become the stomping ground for a variety of people, from nature lovers to architecture fans to those who simply want a place to relax. 

According to Natalie, here’s why you need to visit Palm Springs now: 

Resorts For Everyone: Natalie writes that regardless of your budget, you’ll find a resort that fits your every need. If you’re after a spot to just chill by the pool and have cocktails on rotation, Natalie suggests the V Palm Springs, with a fun vibe, fresh décor and stunning mountain views. She also singles out Arrive, with stunning rooms and the necessary pool at your doorstep, with fires lit at night so that when the temperatures drop, you can still enjoy a cocktail by the water’s edge. 

Get Adventurous: Natalie recommends heading out into the San Andreas Fault to watch the sunset for a truly unique experience, with Red Jeep Tours. Heading there at dusk will also mean you’ll likely spot a desert critter from a coyote, fox or owl. 

Food For Days: Natalie notices that Palm Springs has got restaurants aplenty and mentions brunch at Norma’s at The Parker and their Nova Smoked Salmon Ring and Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata…at a mere US$1000. For lunch with a beautiful view, she suggests State Fare at The Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage. For a quick little treat, she suggests that you pop into the trendy Ace Hotel for their incredible date milkshakes. 

House Hunting: Even if you’re not particularly a fan of architecture, you’ll be impressed by the quirky designs in Palm Springs. Natalie suggests taking a tour with a guide from The Modern Tour, who will point out Leonardo DiCarpio’s latest holiday home and walk through Elvis and Priscilla’s honeymoon home. 

Pamper, Pamper, Pamper:  Natalie asks “What holiday is complete without a massage?” then suggests Two Bunch Palms, which offers a tranquil location so you can switch off from the world and just relax. For something completely different, Natalie advises treating yourself to the Mud Bath and Arnica Wrap. 

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