C California Style

The pool at Villa Royale.
La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.

Desert Bloom

by C California Style

With the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week and Desert X on the horizon, the desert is hottest during the winter months

STAY Villa Royale is a new adults-only hotel option in the Deepwell area, with 38 distinctive guest rooms tucked into a historic Mediterranean Revival-style 1947 bungalow court with three pools. The Portland, Ore.-based development and design team behind the property has incorporated original art throughout, such as photorealistic oil paintings by Cuban artist and poet Juan Antonio Casas, and opened Del Rey, a Spanish-influenced restaurant helmed by chef Louis Martinez. Another special touch? The option of hitching a ride to the airport in the property’s 1960 Oldsmobile. From $130/night. 1620 S. Indian Trail, Palm Springs, 760-327-2314; villaroyale.com. La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort still reigns supreme as the grande dame of the desert since 1926. Its 45 acres are primed for serious R&R and a luxurious stay in its range of Spanish-style casitas, suites and villas, plus La Quinta’s five golf courses, seven restaurants, and fitness and wellness facilities. Over President’s Day weekend (Feb.15-18), splurge on the Ultimate Polo Package ($20,000/two guests) which includes a private helicopter charter from Los Angeles via Blade Helicopters, VIP seating at polo matches in the Owner’s Suite at the Empire Polo Club, plus lunch and a polo lesson with world-renowned polo player Guillermo ‘Memo’ Gracida Jr. From $179/night. 49499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, 760-564-4111; laquintaresort.com. EAT Fuel up on classic Wexler’s Deli house-made pastrami sandwiches and the All American Snowcone, created specifically for its desert location at the Arrive Palm Springs hotel. 1551 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760-507-1650; wexlersdeli.com. The welcoming and laid-back Grand Central feeds the need for avocado toast, Mariage Frères teas and other all-day staples in its downtown spot, with heartier options come dinnertime. 160 La Plaza, 760-699-7185; grandcentralpalmsprings.com. READ Writer Adele Cygelman helped put Palm Springs back on the map when Palm Springs Modern: Houses in the California Desert was published in 1999. Out in February, her latest book, Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design (Gibbs Smith, $45) shines a light on the seminal midcentury interior designer who was responsible for some of the area’s most distinctive spaces from the mid-1950s until his death in 1974.

Written by JESSICA RITZ.