Palm Springs, California
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Palm Springs served as a hidden oasis for movie stars and famous musicians. Today, Royal Holiday members can emulate the rich and famous by visiting the jewel of California’s desert. From the top of San Jacinto Mountains to the bottom of the 18th hole at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Palm Springs possesses both urban excitement and rural peacefulness. This unique combination has drawn millions of tourists throughout the years, including such figures as Elvis Presley and former city mayor Sonny Bono. Royal Holiday members will do well to follow their example.
The Royal Holiday affiliate in Palm Springs, the Azure Sky Resort, sits just south of the city’s downtown and offers sumptuous condo-style rooms situated in resort-style luxury. With fully furnished units, featuring complete kitchens and secluded patios, guests can relax in privacy. Those looking for public relaxation can enjoy lounging by the pool or simmering in the Jacuzzi. With convenient dining and shopping options nearby, as well as easy access to the entirety of the Palm Springs area, Azure Sky offers everything the discerning vacationer needs.
Palm Springs sits in the Coachella Valley, with mountains on all sides, and visitors can enjoy the impressive views from the peak of San Jacinto, which is accessible via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Those looking to hike and explore nature on the ground may be happier in the nearby Indian Canyons, with wildlife-filled trails winding through palm tree groves and rock formations. Less than an hour away, Joshua Tree National Park offers visitors the chance to see the full spectrum of desert flora and fauna in 800,000 acres of untouched geologic and natural history.
Other vacationers travel to relax, and Palm Springs provides its Royal Holiday members with many chances to unwind. Golfers of every skill level will find the perfect course in a city known for its love of the sport. With more than 100 courses and a number of exciting annual events, anyone who finds peace on putting greens will be at home in Palm Springs. Tours of fabulous Mid-Century Modern homes, such as the Sunnylands estate, can provide a glimpse of Palm Springs’ glamorous past, while shopping on El Paseo, known locally as the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” offers visitors a look at the city’s exciting present. For Royal Holiday members looking for the ultimate in relaxation, however, the desert hot springs north of the city can wash away anyone’s troubles, and the adjacent spa resorts can soothe any remaining tension.
For those interested in taking in a show or patronizing the arts, Palm Springs possesses a number of excellent museums and theaters. Between the Annenberg Theater and the McCallum Theatre, the city offers a venue for every kind of musical act or stage production, while Palm Spring Art Museum boasts a collection that includes artwork ranging from the Mesoamerican era to today. Palm Springs also has some of the finest casinos outside of Las Vegas, perfect for the Royal Holiday member seeking a little excitement.