Year-round sunny skies and warm weather make Greater Palm Springs the ideal winter vacation destination, whether you’re travelling with your significant other or with the kids.
Palm Springs’ luxury spas, lavish resorts and intimate restaurants provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic rendezvous.
Set the mood by checking in at the The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, a luxury boutique property that was once a favourite of Albert Einstein and Clark Gable. The elegant grounds, which include a private, 50-foot waterfall, embrace guests with their natural beauty and Hollywood glamour.
For couples who want to take their love to new heights (literally), hot-air balloon rides offer magical 360-degree views of the Coachella Valley, made more unforgettable with romantic touches like champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, courtesy of Balloons Above or HAVNFUN.
In need of down time? Head to The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. Here, you can turn your partner’s body into an expression of art as you play with colourful muds during the Painting Party treatment.
For a meal to remember, reserve a table for two on the intimate patio at Le Vallauris, a French-Californian restaurant tucked away in an historic Spanish home against the San Jacinto Mountains. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better perch to watch the night sky descend on the desert as you toast to a romantic escape.
Desert exploration, biking and hands-on museums are sure to thrill the young and the young at heart.
No matter how diverse your group, the entire family will enjoy an open-air ride into the belly of an active fault line with Desert Adventures (pictured above). From the back of a red Jeep, you’ll learn about local flora and fauna and the desert’s Cahuilla peoples.
If your family loves being active, explore Palm Springs on two wheels with Bike Palm Springs. The city’s flat terrain makes for a fun and easy ride along one of the many bike loops.
Adventures also await at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, where kids can dig for archaeological finds or paint the museum’s signature VW Beetle. Over at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, a children’s area features animal encounters and special shows.
Meanwhile, there’s something for everyone at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. Kids can explore the desert as part of the Desert Rangers program, giving adults the perfect opportunity to enjoy an afternoon at the spa or a round of golf on one of two championship courses.
Before sun sets, check out the world’s largest rotating aerial tramway, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, for views that will make this a family vacation to remember.
Getting There: WestJet flies to Palm Springs 42 times a week from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto.
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