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Romantic Guide to Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is the perfect desert oasis getaway, full of romantic spots for relaxing in the sun, wining and dining, and hitting the town. Whether you're visiting for a honeymoon, anniversary, or just because, here are my favorite spots for the enjoying the desert with your partner!

Good for
  • Couples
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

6 City Tips

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8 Places

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Tramways

Coachella Valley Preserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Deserts

The Grotto at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa

Spas

Copleys On Palm Canyon

Restaurants

Havnfun Hot Air Ballooning

Balloon Rides

Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa

Hotels

Two Bunch Palms

Hotels

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Hotels

Megan S's City Tips

  • If you're going out in the evening, remember the rules of desert weather. The temperature definitely drops once the sun goes down, so dress accordingly!
  • Warm climes make this a popular winter destination, so you can expect Palm Springs to be crowded from January through April. You may experience fewer crowds May through October, but keep in mind that temps skyrocket into the 100s (Fahrenheit) during summer.
  • Some hotels have pools that are adults only. Ask for this if you want to get away from louder areas with kids!
  • Don't forget to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen — this is the desert!
  • In restaurants, remember that tips are not included for small parties. Add 15-20% to your check.
  • Palm Springs has long been a popular vacation spot for LGBT travelers, and in addition to some wonderful nightclubs, it offers some fabulous annual events for same-sex couples to enjoy, including White Part Weekend, which happens each April.
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    Tramways
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    Megan S Says:

    The Aerial Tramway is one of the most popular things to do in Palm Springs, and the journey up is just the beginning. It's a spectacular trip up 8,516 feet from the desert floor to the alpine forest, and as the world's largest rotating tramway, you'll always have a phenomenal view. Once you reach the top, there are plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy together, from snow play to hikes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a romantic picnic to share at the top, or splurge at one of the two mountain restaurants, with the lights twinkling below you.
    • Be sure to take water with you, summer or winter.
    • Carry layers with you, as the temperature can drop drastically from hot desert to cool mountain.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must if you're in Palm Springs 16/12/2018
    • PS Landmark 16/12/2018
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    Address:
    1 Tramway Rd
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-1828
    Phone:
    +1 760-325-1391
    Other:
  • Coachella Valley Preserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Deserts
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    Megan S Says:

    Take a break from the city to the quiet and beauty of the Coachella Valley Preserve. Situated northeast of Palms Springs, this enchanting nature preserve is (virtually) untouched desert, repleted with sand dunes, palm oases, and a variety of desert critters. Take a romantic hike, and maybe even catch the sunset.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you stay for the sunset, be sure you're out by 6pm, as they shut the gates.
    • You can also up the romance factor by exploring on horseback. Ask at your hotel for tour options.
    • There are 25 miles of hiking trails to choose from, so there is a fit for every skill level.
    • Bring in a picnic — and of course plenty of water!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • McCallum Pond to Moon Country Vista 16/12/2018
    • A nice dessert walk with history and a variety of landscapes 10/12/2018
    • Coachella Valley Preserve
    Address:
    29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Road
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
    Phone:
    +1 760-343-1234
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • The Grotto at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
    Spas
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    Megan S Says:

    Located at the adults-only Two Bunch Palms Resort, The Grotto literally offers healing waters. This collection of amazing mineral-water pools are relaxing, restorative, and best of all set in a tranquil, tree-filled environment. Pair them with a relaxing couples massage or other spa treatment, and you have yourself a blissful afternoon.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Non-resort guests receive access to The Grotto and resort grounds with the reservation of any 60-minute treatment.
    • Spring for one of the full-day packages for the utmost in relaxation.
    • To keep the water theme going, consider one of the spa's "Water Therapy" immersion treatments.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Desert Hot Springs
    • actual grotto is nice 10/12/2018
    • Good Place 05/12/2018
    • The Grotto at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
    Address:
    67425 Two Bunch Palms Trl
    Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-6034
    Phone:
    +1 800-472-4334
    Other:
  • Copleys On Palm Canyon
    Restaurants (American, Contemporary)
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    Megan S Says:

    What's more romantic than an old movie starring the dashing Cary Grant? Having dinner at his former estate! Situated in the guesthouse of Grant's grand hacienda, Copleys On Palm Canyon recreates Hollywood glamour alongside contemporary cuisine from acclaimed chef Manion Copley. You'll see many couples celebrating occasions in this cozy yet sophisticated spot — and for good reason!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Ask your server for dish recommendations and wine pairing ideas — everyone here is extremely knowledgable and eager to help!
    • Try to snag a seat outside on the fabulous patio.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 276 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another Excellent Meal in Palm Springs 16/12/2018
    • A new favorite 09/12/2018
    • Copleys On Palm Canyon
    Address:
    621 N Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5512
    Phone:
    +1 760-327-9555
    Price range:
    USD 31 - USD 50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Havnfun Hot Air Ballooning
    Balloon Rides
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    Megan S Says:

    The couple that soars above the desert together... has a phenomenal experience that they will remember forever! There are several balloon companies that will take you up over the desert, for the romantic ride of a lifetime. Many trips also include a champagne toast and brunch.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Most trips take place at sunrise, and many offer free shuttles from your hotel.
    • Ask at your hotel for details about the various companies, so that you can choose the package that works best for you.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in La Quinta
    • Amazing Ride! 27/09/2015
    • Awesome trip! 19/01/2015
    • Havnfun Hot Air Ballooning
    Address:
    78710 Avenida Naranja
    La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253-7800
    Phone:
    +1 760-646-8884
    Other:
  • Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa
    Hotels
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    Megan S Says:

    The healing mineral water pools of the desert are a popular Palm Springs experience, but many are quite pricey. Thankfully Aqua Soleil offers an affordable option for couples on a budget. While the mineral water pools here may not be as fancy as those at some of the flashier Palm Springs resorts, they still offer relaxing pools and areas to lounge, along with an array of indulgent spa treatments.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Check popular deal websites for discount offers. There are often special rates available here.
    • Since it's more affordable, this attracts a younger crowd than some of the other spas.
    • There is a full menu of spa services, including a couples massage. However, those on a budget can access the pools for a small daily fee. Keep in mind that day use is only available on weekdays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 22 Hotels in Desert Hot Springs
    • They allow Dogs!!! 11/12/2018
    • Spa review only 09/12/2018
    • Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa
    Address:
    14500 Palm Dr
    Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-6836
  • Two Bunch Palms
    Hotels
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    Megan S Says:

    This adults-only resort is the ultimate in couples getaways. It was designed with couples in mind, so each villa offers loads of privacy.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Make sure to check out the spa!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 22 Hotels in Desert Hot Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very outdated and in need of renovation 11/12/2018
    • Under construction, much of the pools are closed, rooms awful 10/12/2018
    • Two Bunch Palms
    Address:
    67425 Two Bunch Palms Trl
    Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-6034
  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club
    Hotels
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    Megan S Says:

    When the sun goes down in desert town, the hippest kids make for the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, one of the most happening night spots in Palm Springs. Grab your sweet by the hand and dance the night away, or cozy up in the Amigo Room, laughing to the jokes of a local comic. (If you bring along your suits, you might even sneak in a swim!)

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • With its drum circle, tarot card readings, and poolside beats, the monthly Full Moon Party is especially fun. Check the calendar to see if it's happening during your visit.
    • If you prefer something even livelier, head to Toucan's Tiki Lounge, the popular gay nightclub where you can get your groove on to high-energy DJs. Most nights feature themed dance parties, and there are even weekly cabarets.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 76 Hotels in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family Trip 03/12/2018
    • Stupendous Getaway! 24/11/2018
    • Ace Hotel & Swim Club
    Address:
    701 E Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-8811
    Phone:
    (760) 313-6930
    Other:
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