Balance Out a Coachella Journey with a Relaxing Palm Springs Retreat

Dusk at the Colony Palms Hotel

Coachella’s 2011 lineup announcement caused quite a stir yesterday. A new kind of earthquake hit Los Angeles, along with its population of music devotees, after news of performances by Kings of Leon, Lauryn Hill and Duran Duran exploded across the Web.

Just a couple hours east of Downtown L.A., the renowned three-day music festival summons the almost instant idea of a mini vacation. But hotel rates are high and house rentals are few, so anyone interested in attending should book lodging reservations now. A no-brainer we know, but here are a few top notch suggestions to aid in planning not only an action-packed journey to the desert, but a pampering one as well.

Colony Palms Hotel: The historical 1930s speakeasy-turned-luxury boutique hotel offers spacious Spanish-style accommodations, a spa, and an acclaimed restaurant for all breakfast, lunch, and dinner needs. Fragrant jasmine surrounds the cabana-lined pool, and after a long day of rocking out, the idea of sunset cocktails paired with unobstructed views of the mountains becomes pretty enticing.

572 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, Calif., 800.557.2187.

Hotel Zoso: Nestled in the middle of Downtown Palm Springs, the newly opened, modern hotel offers sleek rooms complete with designer accouterments, including Herman Miller chairs and Frette bedding. Its unmatched location makes it easy to party on, as various restaurant and nightlife options await just down the street.

150 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, Calif., 760.325.9676.

Parker Palm Springs: Known for its playful Jonathan Adler décor and legendary breakfast haven, Norma’s, the celebrity hideaway puts guests at ease with a full-service spa and array of fitness offerings. A private Yoga lesson or an hour tennis session on one of the property’s red clay courts might be a good tactic for getting back into the swing of things after a long weekend of partying.

4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, Calif., 760.321.4629.

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