Mother’s Day Destinations

Colorful and Cheery Mom

The Saguaro offers the most kaleidoscope of vibrant hues throughout the hotel and pool in Palm Springs. I call this the “end of the rainbow” resort. There are 16 bold colors throughout this 245-room hotel, that was once a Holiday Inn.

Now managed by Joie de Vivre Hotels, renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat infused the colors of indigenous flowers found in the desert  with the lines of the mountain range next to the expansive pool and inviting courtyard area. The grounds and gardens were renovated in Feb. 2012. Hummingbirds flit around the brilliant purple blooming Mexican sage.

The property offers an on-site spa featuring indigenous treatments that Mom will adore. She might enjoy relaxing around the outdoor, heated Olympic-size pool or in the evening, soak in one of the two outdoor hot tubs and enjoy the twinkling stars.

Ready to play bocce ball? Croquet? of Ping Pong? This family friendly property offers lot’s of fun games to keep you entertained. At 8 a.m. they offer yoga to help you start your day.

After a swim, dress for dinner at Tinto’s located on-site. Tinto, is an expression in Spain, used to describe red wine. Executive Chef and Iron Chef Jose Garces creates an intimate restaurant at The Saguaro serving Basque food. Take a seat and order Mom a fruity white sangria paired with plates of charcuterie & cheeses. Be sure to try the large prawn brochettes with shrimp and chorizo, grape tomato and espelette chile. The dates wrapped in bacon are heavenly.

1800 East Palm Cyn. Drive, (877) 808-2439 –

Kick-back at the Viceroy

The Elegant Mom 

Originally a 1930s Inn called Estrella Resort & Spa, the Viceroy Palm Springs has a wonderful history of old Hollywood stars such as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford swimming in one of the three pools. Designer Kelly Wearstler took the 74 room Inn and designed the suites to resemble Old Hollywood Regency style into a more modern and  fabulous look.

Don Devine, the Manager of Guest Services runs the Viceroy seamlessly. With a hospitality degree from Toronto, Canada, Devine is extremely personable as he strolls around the property greeting guests with a “Cheers”.

There are three revitalizing outdoor pools – including a family pool and adults-only tranquility pool. All are  surrounded by citrus trees and manicured gardens. Two large jacuzzis and nearby poolside cabanas offer extra shade and comfort.

Fine dining inside Citron Restaurant or Poolside offers guests a multitude of culinary options. Executive Chef Warren Cordoba makes a terrific Watermelon French Feta salad with wild mint from his on-site garden topped with preserved strawberries.

For an entrée, the grilled Tamarind marinated shrimp is served Cuban-style with rice and black beans, a little cilantro and dressed with a preserved lime and butter sauce. Both are light, fresh and ideal for a light summer meal.

Afterwards hop on one of their complimentary bicycles to tour around downtown and uptown Palm Springs. It’s only one block away. 415 S Belardo Road, (760) 320-4117 –

Ace offers 2 chlorine free pools

 Bohemian Mom 

If Mom went to Woodstock or now goes to Coachella, she will love ACE. This mid-century 170 room hotel, spa & resort is located near the heart of  Palm Springs. Built on the foundation of a 1965 Howard Johnson hotel, Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs offers two chlorine free pools and hot tub soakings everyday til 2am.

The fully decked-out gym is open to hotel guests 24 hours a day. Mom will have full access to regular poolside events, including DJs, bands, yoga classes, impromptu dance parties, Bingo and a large amount of lounging.

Mom may never need to leave the property with two dining options from the old Denny’s restaurant — now King’s IMG_2172Highway and the Amigo Room. Chef Brian Kiepler redefines roadside diner fare with his Farmers menu. He use local, seasonal and organic ingredients and sustainably raised meats wherever he can. Try the chilaquiles, Parmesan hash browns, brioche French toast and healthy Tofu and veggie scramble.

Checking out a few of the bohemian-style rooms, Levi Strauss made the denim headboard in the Desert safari suite. All rooms are earth-friendly with sustainable elements. Vintage furniture, old record players and clipped on wall art give the rooms an organic feel. Some have a garden patio and others a fireplace.

This place is dog friendly, so don’t leave spot home. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr. (760)325-9900 –


The Parker has a South Beach Whimsical Vibe

The Eclectic Mom

Parker Palm Springs has an interesting history. It first was built as a Holiday Inn in 1959. Later, “the singing cowboy” Gene Autry purchased the property and created Melody Ranch. He built a house and after purchasing the California Angels baseball team, built a Spring Training facility for the team.

The Givenchy took it over years later and Merv Griffin eventually ran the resort. Remember the Robert Downey Jr. arrest in 20o0?

You can reserve the Gene Autry two-bedroom/two-bathroom home with an enclosed patio. It offers a large living room dining room, terrace and kitchen.

Nearby is the Gene Autry “Adults Only” pool. Mom may enjoy a swim in the completely chlorine-free. It is family friendly.

They offer a body-temperature indoor pool for Mom when the Palm Springs sun gets too hot. There is also an indoor whirlpool if she simply wants to enjoy a good soak.

In 2004, The Parker Palm Springs was remodeled with the help of designer Jonathan Adler and the grounds by Judy Cameron. One doesn’t feel as if they are in the desert with the lush and overgrown vegetation.

Be sure to book a spa treatment at the onsite spa. The onsite restaurant Norma’s offers an eclectic menu and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr. (760) 770-5000 –

The Glitzy and Glamourous Mom

Lot's of Bling at the Riviera
Lot’s of Bling at the Riviera
Here is where modernism meets South Beach, Florida. Original architect and visionary, Irwin Schuman fashioned the resort after major Vegas hotels like The Sands, The Flamingo, and The Stardust.
Opened in 1959, the Riviera Resort immediately became the Palm Springs’ go-to hot spot for celebrities and sophisticates like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin. Recently, the Riviera received a $70 million dollar rejuvenation.
Driving up to the friendly valet to enjoy a facial at the spa, I was instantly wowed with the jewel colors used throughout the property. Purples, reds and yellows pop with color.
Walking past the opulent outdoor playground with elegant pool side cabanas to enter the spa, I admired the oversize pool. The Riveria has one of the largest pools and two poolside bars. Guests float on rented Signature Pool Pillow floats.
Peeking into a guest room most offer garden, mountain or pool views. The Riv signature beds (300-thread count linens layered between a pillow top mattress, featherbed, down-filled duvet and down-filled pillows) will guarantee Mom a good night’s sleep. She will enjoy breakfast on her private patio or balcony, and “Jack Packs” (iPod/DVD/computer docking station and digital alarm clocks).
If the desert is too hot during the day, let Mom escape to The Spa Terre with its 18 treatment rooms, a rare and expansive pool, and Exotic Balinese, Thai and Indonesian treatments. The Royal facial is worthy of any Queen.
1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive (760) 327-8311 –

Movie Star Mom

IMG_2378Desert Modernism at its finest is located in Uptown Palm Springs. Iconic architect Albert Frey designed The Movie Colony Hotel in 1935. It was one of the first buildings Frey designed in Palm Springs, during a blossoming time for architects to build mid-century architecture.
The 16 rooms have been renovated in 2012 with white plantation shutters, refrigerators and luxurious bedding. It’s simple in decor with comfortable private patios and terraces with lounge chairs and tables.
The staff strives to make guests feel at home. They offer a lovely continental breakfast with baked goods from Aspen Mills, fresh fruit, granola and beverages. Around sunset, guests gather around the outside bar for complimentary red and white wine hour.
This hotel became a relaxing getaway for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jim Morrison. The pool is private with views of the mountains. There is also a bubbling jacuzzi. 726 N. Indian Canyon Dr. (888) 953-5700.

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