Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs, California has for decades been a welcome retreat from the Los Angeles metropolis, only 110 miles away. Beginning in the 1930s it attracted many showbiz celebrities who built some grand homes and infused the sleepy desert town with a charge of glamour. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis are among some of the most well-known Palm Springs residents who flocked to the sunny desert destination and spurred the development of ritzy golf resorts, stylish hotels and spas. The city never lost its small-town charm however, and remains a draw for all types of vacationers, whether they prefer the posh or the natural. Outside the city limits, the area still feels like the Old West, with horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and even old mining ghost towns to explore around the mystically-beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. Diamond Resorts International®, a global leader in the vacation ownership industry with over 370 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries, maintains two unique properties in Palm Springs – Marquis Villas Resort and the Palm Canyon Resort.
Ideally situated for picturesque views of the San Jacinto Mountains, Marquis Villas Resort is located in the heart of Palm Springs. This stylish retreat provides elegantly furnished, oversized accommodations with one or two bedrooms as well as fully-equipped kitchens and private patios or balconies to watch the changing colors of the surrounding hills. Diamond Resorts Reviews recommends taking in the inspiring view from the heated outdoor pool or hot tub. Additional in-room amenities include cable/satellite television, internet, a cozy fireplace and air conditioning. A fitness center and tennis court will help you burn off any extra energy before soothing your muscles in the jetted spa. Enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones at the BBQ area.
Diamond Resorts Reviews is thoroughly impressed by the 1.5 acre heated pool with tumbling waterfalls that lays at the heart of Palm Canyon Resort, a literal desert oasis. Swimmers of all ages can explore lush grottos, rest in the in-cave whirlpool spa, or zip down the thrilling water slides. Accommodations range from a junior villa up to a three-bedroom unit that can sleep 10 people. Well-equipped kitchens and living/dining areas offer all the modern comforts of home. Private balconies or patios will let one enjoy the desert environment. WiFi access, mini-fridges and microwaves are standard. There’s also a fitness center and volleyball courts, as well as multiple dining options on site.
Regardless of which property one chooses, the Palm Springs area will promise endless things to do – whether it’s festivals, open markets, events or live entertainment. Diamond Resorts Reviews recommends a trip on the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. Opened in 1963, the twelve-and-a-half minute ride climbs up North America’s sheerest mountain face through five life zones (biomes) on its way to the Mountain Station where the temperature can be 30-40 degrees cooler than the desert floor.