Not Your Mother's Palm Springs

The desert oasis is making a big comeback with new hotels and nightlife aimed to give the city a vibe that rivals Vegas and Miami.

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Maui
Maui

Maui

With more than 120 miles of coastline, Maui tops Mandy Ingber's list. Channel your inner roar, and strike a warrior pose, as you take in the sights and sounds of the deep blue Pacific splashing against the island’s rocky headlands. 960 1280

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Ibiza

Ibiza

“This is one of the most beautiful, soulful spots I have been to,” says Ingber of this Mediterranean island off the coast of Valencia, Spain. “Bohemian, a place where living and enjoyment are an art -- even just sitting on the beach feels like yoga here!” 960 1280

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Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Bali

“I have wanted to travel to Bali, and have seen the pictures of the Viceroy -- luxury resort!” says Ingber. Luxury, indeed: The family-owned-and-operated property on the Indonesian island of Bali is home to 25 villas, nestled on a hill overlooking the “Valley of the Kings.” 960 1280

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Harbour Island, Bahamas

Harbour Island, Bahamas

This island, located off the northeast coast of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, may be a trek to get to, but it’s worth it for the “quaint, sweet town [vibe] and casual, beachy feel,” says Ingber. We’re betting you’ll agree as you stroll past colorful rows of homes and “om” away on the island’s pink sand beaches. 960 1280

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Ganeshpuri

Ganeshpuri

This small village, about 50 miles north of Mumbai, is “very poor, but soulful and where many gurus have lived and died,” says Ingber. Explore the village’s Siddha yoga tradition at the local ashram, then while away the hours in one of the hot springs near the area’s Tansa River. 960 1280

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Chiva-Som Resort

Chiva-Som Resort

This world-class resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, is on Ingber’s travel wish list. “They have programs tailored to detox, weight loss and rejuvenation here,” says Ingber. “Sign me up! Sometimes I want to be the one on the retreat!” 960 1280

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Kauai

Kauai

“Incredible setting!” says Ingber of this Hawaiian island. “Not only were we in a gorgeous, Bali-style house but the boat ride up the Na Pali Coast is dreamy. Waterfalls and beautiful hikes. So much wild nature here. One of the most bountiful and beautiful places I have been to and taught in.” 960 1280

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One & Only Palmilla, Mexico

One & Only Palmilla, Mexico

Ingber gives this Los Cabos resort overlooking the Sea of Cortez high marks. “I have been here twice, and have had some lovely yoga sessions in this beautiful setting,” says Ingber. “Many of my clients love Mexico because it’s sandy and close -- and we love the sunny weather!” 960 1280

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Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

This ancient city, one of the last inhabited and built by the Mayans, appeals to Ingber for many reasons: “The ruins and the blue of the ocean. The open-night sky. This spot is a dream … we were at a private estate. Heaven.” 960 1280

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Sha Wellness Clinic

Sha Wellness Clinic

This medical and luxury spa, overlooking Spain’s Costa Blanca coastline, also makes Ingber’s shortlist. A big draw is the surrounding natural beauty; the resort is situated in the Sierra Helada Natural Park, home to protected areas of plants as well as vibrant marine wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins. 960 1280

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Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

This region in southern France is another personal favorite; Ingber stayed at a private estate in the country. “We had fresh eggs from the chickens on the property and practiced yoga daily,” she says. “A little sweaty in the summer, but with a farmers’ market and incredible architecture!” 960 1280

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Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

This posh oceanfront hotel, built on a stretch of sand near the Costa Rican town of Santa Teresa, came recommended by a friend. “It’s on my wish list,” says Ingber. With 2-story villas built around a saltwater pool, a restaurant with organic fruits and veggies, and tropical gardens, we can see why. 960 1280

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Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Opened in December 2008, the 2,034-room Encore is all about pure opulence, including the gorgeous European Pool. The classically elegant pool surrounds a unique outdoor casino. 960 1280

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Mondrian Los Angeles

Mondrian Los Angeles

This ornately designed Sunset Strip hotel has an exclusive pool and poolside lounge, and more scene than even the Sunset Marquis. The Mondrian Los Angeles’ white walls and hanging potted plants gives this pool a beachy feel -- despite it being several stories above bustling Sunset Boulevard. 960 1280

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La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences

La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences

La Reunion Antigua Golf Resort is an outstanding luxury pick, located in the shadow of 4 volcanoes -- 2 of them active -- about 30 minutes from the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Rooms have private patios with infinity-edge swimming pools, but the resort also has a main pool as well as a separate kiddy pool. These gorgeous volcanic views are hard to beat. 960 1280

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Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is without a doubt the sexiest resort on Grace Bay, and a large part of its appeal is thanks to its stunning pool surrounded by palm trees. The pool features 4 hard-decked islands. 960 1280

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The Joule

The Joule

The Joule is one of the coolest -- and most luxurious -- hotels in Downtown Dallas. And it features one of the most talked about pools in the states. The Joule's cantilevered pool juts out over Main Street, so swimmers can get a glimpse of pedestrians below. 960 1280

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Biltmore Coral Gables

Biltmore Coral Gables

Built in 1926, the iconic Biltmore, a national landmark, brings timeless luxury to Miami’s hotel scene. Though far from any beaches, it offers -- among many other luxuries -- an amazing pool. This 22,000-square-foot pool is the largest in the continental U.S. Actor Johnny Weissmuller, better known as Tarzan, was a swimming instructor at the pool many years ago. 960 1280

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Gansevoort Park Avenue

Gansevoort Park Avenue

This 249-room hotel with flashy decor, lots of bars, and an outdoor pool is the uptown sister to the original, once wildly popular Hotel Gansevoort. The Gansevoort chain knows how to do their pools. One of only a handful of rooftop pools in New York, this is the only one that features a sexy pin-up mural. Plus, the pool has an underwater sound system and is a popular scene during the summertime. 960 1280

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Ventana Inn & Spa

Ventana Inn & Spa

Situated on more than 200 acres of picturesque land -- in Big Sur, CA -- , the Ventana Inn & Spa looks like a rustic cabin nestled in the woods -- yet it features a long list of on-site amenities, including 2 pools. This pool is in a secluded spot for a reason -- it's the resort's clothing-optional pool. So forget your bathing suit and enjoy a dip au naturel. 960 1280

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Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

The beautifully designed, 780-room Grand Wailea has one of the top US spas, a prime location on one of the best US beaches, and 9 pools -- including arguably the best one in Hawaii. The massive main pool has several fun features, including volleyball nets, a waterslide, and a rope swing. Dive in! 960 1280

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Four Seasons Maui

Four Seasons Maui

An immaculate, art-filled property fronting Wailea beach, the Four Seasons Miami stands at the pinnacle of the area's resorts, offering spacious rooms, a top-notch staff and a slew of amenities, including three high-design pools. The poolside cabana staff refills guests' free glasses of ice water, and employees patrol the lounge chairs with cold towels and spray-bottles of Evian to spritz guests' faces. 960 1280

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Royal Corin Resort

Royal Corin Resort

For Costa Rica’s Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa, this 54-room boutique hotel has a lot to offer, including great views of Arenal volcano, a lovely spa, a bar with an outdoor terrace, an on-site restaurant and a beautiful pool. This hot springs pool features natural thermal waters that help guests relax and take in the scenery. 960 1280

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The Raleigh Hotel

The Raleigh Hotel

Some things at the Raleigh Hotel are vintage-bordering-on-dated, but not the stunning free-form pool. This pool became a Miami landmark when former swimmer and movie star Esther Williams leapt from its waterfall diving board in a sequined bathing cap. 960 1280

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Soar to new heights to get a unique perspective of Palm Springs. There are several tour companies that offer hot-air balloon rides, including Balloons Above, Caliente Tropics and Sunrise Balloons. Some local tour companies provide guided tours for families or romantic escapes with champagne for couples. 960 1280

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For more than half a century, Sherman’s Deli has been serving up Kosher-style favorites from matzo ball soup to hot pastrami sandwiches. It also offers some of the most decadent desserts in Palm Springs, California. Other popular casual dining spots include Cheeky’s, Aspen Mills Bakery, Bit of Country and Pinocchio in the Desert. 960 1280

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The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies celebrated music and dance from the 1940s through the disco era of the 1970s. The cast ranged in age from mid-50s to 80+ years young. With lavish, Vegas-caliber productions, performances were held five days a week, October to May. The Follies were located in historic Plaza Theatre -- a charming, neon-encrusted historic movie house that is an attraction unto itself. The Follies played their last show in 2014, although there are plans to restore and reopen the theater in the near future. 960 1280

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Located at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Palm Springs Art Museum is a true treasure. The modern building, designed by renowned California architect E. Stewart Williams, houses an extensive collection of international modern and contemporary art. The museum is also known for its contemporary and studio art glass exhibits. 960 1280

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It is estimated that nearly half of the population in Palm Springs identifies as gay or lesbian, and it consistently ranks as a top destination for LGBTQ travelers. The city boasts more than two dozen resorts that cater to the gay community, along with a lively night scene with several gay bars and nightclubs. Visit Gay Palm Springs for more information. 960 1280

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Jump into a big red jeep for your next adventure-- exploring the Palm Springs area. Desert Adventures, an outdoor adventure and eco-tour company, offers tours to see the San Andreas Fault, Palm Springs Indian Canyons and Mecca Hills. 960 1280

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Dubbed the “Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway,” Elvis Presley’s first Palm Springs home is where he and Priscilla enjoyed their honeymoon and frequently stayed during their first year of marriage. The house is a wonderful example of the mid-century modern architecture that is found throughout Palm Springs. Elvis fans and architecture enthusiasts alike can take a guided tour of the privately-owned house. 960 1280

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Moved from Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, the Forever Marilyn statue enjoyed a temporary display in Palm Springs. The 34,000-pound sculpture was located at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way, where it remained until March 2014. 960 1280

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Nature lovers should visit Joshua Tree National Park, located approximately 35 miles east of Palm Springs. 960 1280

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The Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a nostalgic reminder of the city’s historic and current ties to Hollywood. Palm Springs was home to several celebrities, including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. The city continues to attract a new crop of stars with the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which has grown in popularity. 960 1280

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PGA Tour named Escena Golf Club as one of the top 10 public golf courses in California. Escena is not only one of Palm Springs’ most challenging courses, but it’s also one of the most beautiful. There are more than 100 golf courses in Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley. 960 1280

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Since its completion in 1963, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has carried more than 12 million visitors up the stunning cliffs of the San Jacinto Mountains. The 12-minute ride on the world's largest rotating tram offers riders breathtaking views of Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. At the top, travelers can walk along nature trails and visit the Mountain Station’s educational center, gift shop and restaurants. 960 1280

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With its colorful palette inspired by local fauna, The Saguaro is one of Palm Springs’s newest hotels. Including The Saguaro, there are more than 100 hotels in the city, which means there’s something for every taste and price range, including full-service resorts, boutique hotels, historic inns, private vacation homes and condos. 960 1280

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Looking for a way to cool down during your stay in Palm Springs? Head to Knott’s Soak City Water Park. The city’s only water adventure park, it has 16 acres of water rides and attractions, including the Sunset River, Surf Rider, Pipeline Point and Riptide Reef. 960 1280

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The Indian Canyons -- located on Agua Caliente tribal land just minutes from downtown Palm Springs – is an amazing natural desert setting that visitors can explore along its more than 100 miles of hiking trails. The Palm Canyon’s groves of fan palms are particularly beautiful. 960 1280

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