Staycation in Palm Springs

By DeAndra Jalisa

July 22, 2020

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Living in Los Angeles, we are one of the top travel locations in the world, but sometimes I want to get away from the city. Last weekend I decided to take a much-needed staycation to Palm Springs. Living this quarantine life without any vacations SUCKS. But since I live in LA and Palm Springs is only a 2-hour drive from me, I was all game. I called up my BFF, and we headed out for our mini adventure.

Where to Stay

Palm Springs is one of my favorite getaways; it’s a hidden gem in the desert with big Cali palm trees and eclectic vibes. I have stayed at multiple hotels in Palm Springs, as they all have their unique style. For this trip, we decided to stay at the Sands Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells, which is about 20 mins away from Downtown Palm Springs. I’ve wanted to visit this hotel for years, as my former boss Martyn Lawerence Bullard designed the property. He is known for his beautiful patterns and textiles, so it was fascinating to see it in real life.

Staycation in Palm Springs

When we arrived at the hotel, our check-in was contactless and secure. Everything was sanitized, and masks are a requirement in the concierge area. After registration we headed over to our charming room suite, it was like walking into a Moroccan paradise, I was in awe. Everything was perfect and clean; the hotel even put a seal on the door, which stated the room was thoroughly sanitized and ready to accommodate us.

The Room

Staycation Palm Springs

We stayed in the Deluxe Suite, which included one king bed, separate seating area, fully stocked mini-bar, oversized bathroom with walk-in shower, and deep soaking tube. Also, we had a private patio, OMG so gorgeous and spacious. Everything was beyond dreamy, and we were excited about our stay.

Staycation Palm Springs

The Pool

After we got settled in, we headed over to the pool for some sun and cocktails. It was HOT AF – 111 degrees with humidity, so you know we had to get into the pool, or we would have had a heat stroke lol. Masks are not required at the pool area, but social distancing was in full effect. The drink menu had some refreshing cocktails, I had the pink lemonade cocktail and two boozy popsicles – definitely a must-have in the summer heat.

We hung out by the pool for a few hours and then tried to find something to eat. Just a side note – during quarantine, everything closes early, even the hotel’s restaurant closes at 6 pm so it could become tough to find food unless you want fast food. Luckily we found a great Thai restaurant 8 minutes away from the hotel, which stayed open until 9 pm.

Staycation Palm Springs

The Pink Cabana

The next morning we woke up and had brunch at The Pink Cabana located on the property. It’s a beautiful restaurant with so many unique elements. I loved the gallery walls, wallpaper, and eclectic seating. Could this be at my house, please? Totally Instagram worthy! The menu doesn’t have too many options to be 100% honest. So if you are a heavy breakfast eater, I would suggest finding a local diner or restaurant to fill you up. With that being said they do have some decent lunch options. Also, they provide free coffee, and we made do with a simple plain bagel with creme cheese, tomato, salmon lox, and fruit — which was kind of pricey but it didn’t break the bank.

Since we only stayed one night, we didn’t have enough time to book a massage, but our server suggested we should check out the space. The vibes were to DIE for, a total inspiration for my future home decor, such a beautiful relaxing area. When I come back next time, I will definitely try out their massages.

The entire property was gorgeous and accommodating, I will definitely be back again for another stay.

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