Stay at the Parker Palm Springs for a Perfectly Relaxing Getaway
Written By: Elizabeth Nutt The Perfect Girls’ Weekend in Palm Springs
Photographed By: Michael Wesley
Styled By: Candace Verdone
Models: Valerie James, Ally Mello & Karol Martin of Brand Model & Talent
Planning a girls trip is easy: Pick a date, gather your gals and prepare for a weekend of laughter, adventure and some serious bonding time. Oh, wait—then you have to think about all of the pesky details that go into pulling off the ultimate getaway. Planning the perfect girls weekend requires selecting a fabulous destination, for one, and then there’s the task of exploring options for lodging and crafting the perfect itinerary. And that’s where things get tricky. Especially because when it comes to planning a girls weekend, the West Coast truly has it all; there are myriad options for every type of girls group, from desert to ocean, city to mountains. With so many choices and incredible destinations—all of which are easily accessible whether you’re driving, flying or taking the train—how is it even possible to decide where you’ll go, let alone how you’ll tailor your weekend specifically for you and your friends?
Well, rest assured: It is possible to plan the most memorable, epic girls’ weekend because we did the legwork for you, scouring some pretty impressive luxury hotels from north to south, and east to west. As a result, we’re confident that we’ve found something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to pop champagne at a downtown rooftop, paddleboard on the Pacific, get pampered like A-listers at a top-notch spa, party poolside all day or book a private outdoor yoga class, we’ve got you covered. Check out the third installment of our guide to the six best West Coast girls weekend getaways (we’re pretty certain you’ll want to do them all), which are sure to keep you and your girls smiling from check-in to checkout.
The Parker Palm Springs
The Parker Palm Springs has an incredibly classy but also playfully preppy feel, which will transport you and your friends from the desert directly to the atmosphere of a chic East Coast yacht club. Pack your loudest Lilly Pulitzer dresses, a printed bikini and your tennis skirt (or something you can comfortably play croquet in) and prepare for a classic girly getaway in Palm Springs that will prove unforgettable. When you book a stay at the Parker—a hotel that refers to itself as an estate—you’ll never want to leave.
And you don’t need to leave the hotel during your stay, because the Parker has it all in the way of a perfect girls weekend escape. A boutique hotel with only 144 rooms, the Parker sits on 13 acres of land and offers countless opportunities for you and your girls to hang together outside. Lounge and gossip in the hotel hammocks, book a private outdoor yoga class or take a group tennis lesson—the hotel has an on-staff tennis pro ready to assist you. And do not forget to order a pastis and play pétanque (the French version of bocce), or engage in a competitive game of croquet while you sip a Pimms Cup. You will never feel classier.
When you need to cool off, head to one of the hotel’s two outdoor pools—one of which is adults-only. Then saunter over to the Lemonade Stand, an adorable, Instagram-worthy lunch spot right by the pool that offers drinks and light fare. You’ll also want to explore the Palm Springs Yacht Club, which boasts a 24-hour gym and complimentary weekend yoga classes, as well as a spa so luxurious you could easily spend the entire day there. After your spray tan or Swedish massages, relax together on The Deck, the spa’s tranquil outdoor patio space, and order some champagne—because, hey, you deserve it.
For dinner, head to Mister Parker’s, which offers bistro food in a stylish, seductive atmosphere, and has an extensive wine list organized by the following three categories: crazy, sexy and cool. Top off the night with s’mores by the hotel’s outdoor fire pit. And before you leave on Sunday, stop by Norma’s for brunch and splurge on an incredible meal from their famed Mom Can’t Make This section of the menu. Here you’ll find items like the super blueberry pancakes or the chocolate decadence French toast and you can sip on a fresh-squeezed lemonade while you count the reasons why estate life is so much better than real life.
You won’t want to leave the hotel, so you should also…
1. Hit up the Parker’s own Trina Turk Boutique, in the lobby
2. Challenge one of your girlfriends to a game of chess on the hotel’s giant outdoor chessboard
3. Indulge in one of the ‘pie shakes’ at Norma’s as an afternoon treat
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.770.5000 | www.theparkerpalmsprings.com
S Q U A D /// Goals. You’ll Never Want to Leave Your Girls’ Weekend at The Parker Palm Springs.