Honeymooning in Palm Springs, The Rossi Hotel | UK WEDDING BLOG

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I needed some Winter sun a few weeks ago and so California called. Palm Springs has been on my list for a while now so my husband and I booked a very last minute, spur of the moment trip. I’d love to share more on our favourite discoveries there below including the dreamy Rossi boutique hotel {the second best small hotel in the US}. Palm Springs is also my new favourite place in the whole of America 😍.

Just two hours from LA or San Diego, Palm Springs is a beautiful, a palm tree desert valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It gets less than four inches of rain per year and the sun is always shining. It’s steeped in history and since the 1920s has been a favourite for movie stars due to its proximity to Hollywood. Over the last few years, events like Coachella have attracted crowds of young people and with them, hip new hotels, restaurants and bars have opened making it the ideal time to visit. Stylist Magazine have called it 2017’s most stylish holiday destination and I couldn’t agree more. It’s a super fun place, a hipster hang out with fun coloured hotels, midcentury architecture, retro cars, palm trees, wide quiet streets and all the food you could dream of. For an American city it’s super laid back, pedestrian and bike friendly and has that dreamy Californian vibe where nobody has a care in the world. I mean, imagine waking up to those blue skies every single day. Being in the desert there’s cacti and palm trees on every single street corner but this also means that the city gets incredibly hot in the summer so be warned!

For all of the crazy fun {pool floats and cocktail party} kind of vibes of Palm Springs, there’s also a laid back luxurious spa side to it which is where The Rossi Hotel fits in nicely. Just two blocks from the heart of downtown but a world away from any noise or hustle and bustle the location is perfect.

Unassuming from the outside, you step through a gate and into a lush palm lined tropical hideaway.

I kept saying that it felt like we’d escaped to Morocco because of the pretty lanterns and almost Riad like feel to the place. It’s a complete private escape and walking through the gate to the secluded pool area felt like an oasis in the middle of the desert {literally!}. Every room is a private suite with it’s own courtyard and hot-tub which is perfect for honeymooners. Some have gardens and sun loungers attached too. The suites are spread around a central pool with the dreamiest loungers. Jazz music plays whilst you soak up the warm sun, that kind of dry heat which I love, and you sink into a cloud like pillow. I think I’ve mentioned before in some honeymoon pieces how I always judge a hotel based on their pool loungers, The Rossi wins hands down for this. After a few days of hiking through national parks, cycling and exploring around the city we couldn’t wait to have some relaxation time by the pool.

It’s a small hotel, in fact it was voted the second best small hotel in the whole of America last year on TripAdvisor and as such we didn’t even realise it was running at full capacity during our stay because we only ever saw one other couple by the pool! They were returning guests and said it was exactly the same last time for them, I think because everybody has their own outdoor lounge areas then you don’t even realise that other guests are staying with you. It’s also been voted as number five for romance in the USA which shines through with the twinkly candle lit pool area at night and little extra touches in every room.

You’re pretty much left to your own devices, there’s no big reception area here you’re left with a key and the gate code to come and go as you please but with staff just a phone call away should you need anything. There’s iced mint and fruit infused water left by the pool each day to keep hydrated but other than that you’ll need to organise breakfast for yourself. There’s the option of room service from the grill restaurant down the street but extra charges for this. This is quite standard practice in American hotels though, breakfast is very rarely included. We were more than happy with this as it’s America and food is available 24/7. I don’t think you’ll ever be more than a couple of minutes away from some kind of yummy food outlet, there are tonnes of restaurants to choose from {and walk to which we loved, there’s nothing worse than having to get in the car to go everywhere} as well as a microwave and fridge in your room.

Talking of the room, we were in the Ranch Hacidena suite, a light and airy bedroom with french doors opening up onto our private patio with a hot-tub and garden with views up to the mountains. The suite is one of the oldest from the original hotel building inspired by Old Hollywood glamour with some . For us as Europeans we may have come to expect quirky original features but for America where hotels and houses tend me to be large scale and in a word bland this is a real treat. The owners have travelled the world finding unique pieces for every room, each one styled differently.

I mean, bedroom goals! I’m a big fan of white walls, dark wood and greenery.

There was a separate dressing area with wardrobes, a mini bar and microwave and then the only original bathroom left in the hotel.

 

Talk about retro! I’m amazed at the condition of the tiles after a hundred odd years and the beautiful mosaic floor. It may not be exactly to our taste but it definitely felt old school movie star era. Rest assured though, I got a sneak peek at some of the other suites {here} which all have modern bathrooms. But I think this has a charm.

As the sun sets the candles get lit and the fairy lights switched on. We walked into town for dinner and then came back to sit under the stars and light our little chiminea with pop-corn and hot chocolate left by the hotel.

We truly loved our stay at The Rossi Hotel. Waking up and stepping out to this view every morning before a morning by the pool or a day out exploring. Here are a few of our favourite places we visited in and around Palm Springs;

  • The Joshua Tree National Park; about a forty minute drive away.
  • Indian Canyons Hiking Trails.
  • In n Out burger, a West Coast favourite for the best ever cheeseburgers {look up the secret menu too}
  • Dinner at Birba, an al-fresco pretty lit pizza restaurant
  • Hiring bikes to cycle around the modernism neighbourhoods. Incredible houses, street scenes and old cars.
  • Dinner at Las Casuelas Terraza, a great Mexican with pretty tiled tables perfect for people watching.
  • The outlet malls at for great bargains and designer shopping
  • Palm Desert for all your mainstream shopping
  • Lunch at Reservoir at the Arrive Hotel and ice creams at the next door Ice Cream & Shoppe
  • Moorten’s Botanical Garden full of cactus
  • Stopping by some of the trendy hotels, The Ace, The Parker Palm Springs and the Saguaro.
  • And finally, just eating frozen yogurt soaking up that Californian sunshine. The dream!
  • You’re also only two hours away from the Coast, San Diego or LA.

More photos and info on all of these places here on my personal travel blog.

Is Palm Springs on your list? California is just the dream for honeymooners, especially if you’re doing a fly-drive. More on all of our California posts here and a vlog below.

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R <3 xx

{I was a guest of The Rossi but as always would never ever recommend anywhere I didn’t truly love. All opinions are my own}

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