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At SANDS HOTEL & SPA in Indian Wells, an eye-catching doorway in a landscaped corridor leads into the MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD-designed, Moroccan-inspired hideout. Photography by jamie kowal.
The tallest building in the city, KIMPTON ROWAN PALM SPRINGS, also has its only rooftop pool. Photography by LAURE JOLIET.
Scoops of strawberry-rose ice cream from KREEM. Photography by Bianca Simonian.
SPARROWS LODGE offers personalized spa treatments in a tent setting. Photography by george duchannes.
The Presidential Suite at Sands Hotel & Spa boasts a private patio with running fountain and seating area. Photography by Jamie Kowal.

Palm Springs

by C California Style

Glam at the Sands by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Even in soaring temperatures, Palm Springs and its surrounds offer ways to kick back and keep cool in the summer months.


Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s glam touch is on full display at the new Sands Hotel & Spa (sandshotelandspa.com) in Indian Wells. Take in the Moroccan-inspired patterns throughout the 46 guest rooms, pool area and Mediterranean-driven The Pink Cabana restaurant. Meanwhile, families and cocktail-sipping singles peacefully coexist around the stunning rooftop pool at downtown’s new Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs (rowanpalmsprings.com), which boasts views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the sprawling Coachella Valley beyond. At Sparrows Lodge (sparrowslodge.com) tap into the desert’s healing vibes with a Whole-Body Purification treatment in the open-air massage tent.


Celebrated chef Engin Onural puts his creative spin on sushi rolls at uptown’s Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey (sandfishps.com). On East Palm Canyon Road, Kreem (ilovekreem.com) scoops perfect-for-peak-heat ice cream flavors such as lemon meringue and coffee lavender.


Browse unexpected home goods and accessories at Thick As Thieves (shopthieves.com), from jewelry made in Tel Aviv to wood-block art pieces from Joshua Tree.


Vicariously explore the rugged landscapes of the West via the work of American photographers in “Journey Through The Desert—The Road Less Traveled” on view through Nov. 25 at the Palm Springs Art Museum (psmuseum.org).

Written by JESSICA RITZ.

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of C Magazine.