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|15 Sep|6 mins

Palm Springs, Here We Come

What to pack, where to eat and where to get your quartz crystal bowl fix.
Elle Glass
15 Sep
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Palm Springs is so much more than a place to crash post Coachella. It’s the town where the rat pack ran to, where Steve McQueen called home when he called Ali McGraw his wife. Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and more chased hot-hot sun and cool Californian poolsides of what they called the Colony to wash away the memories of LA and the Big Apple.

Here’s our tips for the desert oasis.

Advice
|15 Sep|6 mins

Palm Springs, Here We Come

What to pack, where to eat and where to get your quartz crystal bowl fix.
Elle Glass
15 Sep
Share:

Palm Springs is so much more than a place to crash post Coachella. It’s the town where the rat pack ran to, where Steve McQueen called home when he called Ali McGraw his wife. Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and more chased hot-hot sun and cool Californian poolsides of what they called the Colony to wash away the memories of LA and the Big Apple.

Here’s our tips for the desert oasis.

Via Instagram @willtres @sammy_leetham

Fly… In through LA, rent a car and hit the highway. It’s just under two hours, but feels like a world away.

Pack… Light. This place is – to use a line of David Lynch’s – hotter than Georgia asphalt. Think lots of linen and lightweight fabrics in plenty of pastels. And, of course, sunglasses (you’ll need them).

Stay… Somewhere with a pool. We love the retro feels of the Ace Hotel & Swim Club. They’re breakfast burritos are a come-again kind of affair. Within biking distance of downtown and a very attentive drinks poolside drinks service.

Brunch… At Cheeky’s. It’s an old-school diner that refuses to take reservations, seats only 30 and whose pastries – baked on site – you’ll come back fro some and time again. They call it a day at 2pm so get in fast and be sure to order the baked Hawaiian toast with salty coconut cream. Worth the queue, no matter the temperature.

Via Instagram @matildajerf

See… Palm Springs from on high thanks to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway at One Tram Way. The ride from the Valley Station to the platform is an easy 10 minutes in a rotating (!) tram car and well worth it for the view / drop in temperature (yes, pack a jumper). Choose your footwear wisely too: the hikes are just beyond. Chino Canyon is

Bliss out… At the Integratron Sound Bath. Forty-five minutes out of town in the Yucca Valley, in a massive dome in the middle of what feels like nowhere treat yourself to a sound bath (also known as a sonic healing session). For the uninitiated, this involves quartz crystal bowl played live, among other things, with the end goal of “relaxation, rejuvenation and introspection”. The man behind the George Van Tassel, said that the structure is “based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and” – this is our favourite part – “telepathic directions from extraterrestrials”. Be sure to book though. As with anything that involves crystal bowls, it’s pretty popular.

Drive… Through Joshua Tree National Park. In the day, it’s a landscape you won’t be able to take your eyes off. At night, the stars shine that you’ve never seen before and you can hear the calls of the locals (that is, the hyenas). Be sure to pack plenty of water and have your course charted out – phone reception is patchy at best.

Palm Springs-ready outfits for her...

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Faithfull Garnier Top

Billabong St Lucia Pants

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic

Faithfull De Flori Top

Chimi Eyewear #006 Sunglasses

Faithfull Roberta Woven Bag

Tony Bianco Barca Wedges

Warehouse Candy Stripe Playsuit

Faithfull Clemence Pants

Shevoke Hepburn Sunglasses

And for him...

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Burton Menswear SS Stripe Polo Shirt

Cerruti 1881 Short Sleeve Tri-Colour Knit

Cerruti 1881 Palm Leaf Print Shorts

Lacoste Slim Fit Core Polo

Mosmann Swim Shorts

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Prepster Trunks

Polo Ralph Lauren Stretch Straight Fit Chinos

Polo Ralph Lauren Thorton II

Scotch & Soda Regular Fit Classic Oxford Shirt

Tee Ink Marshall Boardshorts

Elle Glass
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