When you think of the most luxurious, nature-based way to relax after a long day of sightseeing, do you wonder what could top a massage enjoyed in the cool of a desert evening? Now, picture yourself taking this getaway with the kids, and the entire family finding unique and spirited ways to bond as a unit
in an atmosphere which is as warmly familiar as it is fresh and rejuvenating. Seem impossible? Well, then the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs must be the stuff of fantasies.
The kitschy-meets-mod decor is unique and quirky, and serves a greater purpose than simply transporting you from the humdrum everyday; it also happens to care for our earth. Its sustainable elements include recycled materials, low VOC (low volatile organic chemical) paint and repurposed furniture.
The vintage feel doesn’t stop there. Unlike some hotels, rooms at the Ace are individual. Some feature outdoor patios, some fireplaces; some have record players and vinyl at the ready. Shampoo is from drugstore-esque brand Rudy’s Barbershop, and the minibars boast a delicious comfort food staple: cheesy popcorn. Add to these deliberately cozy elements Ace’s dog-friendly policy, and it’s easy to see this haven as a home away from home.
If you’re feeling sociable, leave your room and snuggle up at one of the hotel’s communal fireplaces or listen to live music at the Amigo Room Bar.
If the little ones are in tow, drop them off at the playroom on your way to bingo or take them with you to a crafting session. The weekend of April 27 is a perfect time to schedule a getaway with the tykes, for Kimmel Kids will host a three day Crafting Community. Children will participate in interactive workshops including leatherwork, underwater photography, creative cookie making and even a mobile sewing station courtsey of sponsor Splendid. Join in on sunrise yoga or watch them let loose at the skateboarding 101 class, then cap off a funfilled day by sitting under a starry sky and listening to stories.
Of course, the adults will want to indulge a bit, though; it is a vacation after all. That’s where the Feel Good Spa comes in, offering indulgent organic treatments and wellness classes that focus on areas such as aromatherapy and raw foods. Book a facial, a hot stone massage or a natural body mask brushing, and allow all your stresses to fade away.
Whether you’re looking for a spa retreat or a party every night; a romantic trip for two or a family-style vacation; the homestyle welcome shown to guests at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs will refresh you, embrace you and send you home with a little more pep in your step.
If you can’t make it to Palm Springs, Ace also has locations in Portland, Seattle and New York.