Thursday, August 23, 2012

Some Like it Hot

As I said in my previous post, times have been hectic and stressful. I usually combat such times with excessive gym going or vacationing. So perhaps it was fate working everything out that a Living Social escape I had purchased weeks ago was ready to be cashed in Monday night.

But I have to tell you, I almost didn't go on this trip. I just didn't feel like it. I felt guilty for not being at home, where I felt I was needed. But the people in my life are a true blessing, and I was given the support and encouragement that it was OK to go away for one night.

So go away we did to Palm Springs. I hadn't been there in a few years, which is part of why I purchased the deal. The majority of my reasoning was based on the beauty of this hotel and how downright fun it looked. And the Saguaro was all of this and more!

I know now I would have definitely regretted not going on this mini vacation. The desert air did me good. I felt completely refreshed. Our first night there we dined at Tinto, where they have amazing food and cool, soothing sangria. The pool is open until midnight, so we floated around under the stars for a while. The next morning we had breakfast in town and then hit up the pool again. They were doing a photo shoot that morning, so it was nice and quiet. Poolside at the Saguaro is heaven! The water is perfectly warm, the jacuzzi is a fun shape, and the bar makes the best skinny margarita ever (they use agave syrup). But the best part was being surrounded by so many inspiring, happy colors and wonderful architecture. All the rooms were painted a different color, so it is like staying in a rainbow. Everyone is so friendly and sunny there too. The rooms overlook either the mountains or the pool -- perfect scenery. And each room comes with a vintage camera and coffee table books to keep you extra entertained. How cool is that?! Every morning there is yoga, bikes are lent out throughout the day, and there's a shuttle to downtown. And right now downtown Palm Springs is sizzling, not only from the heat, but because of their tribute to Marilyn Monroe (which is where this giant statue is located).

In all honesty, this is the best hotel I have stayed in to date. It's fancy without being overtly so. It is just fun. And everyone's attitude coupled with the area only makes it a more positive experience. My boyfriend even raved about how much he enjoyed his stay (and he hates the heat)! I am already looking into going back. Next time, I want to hit up the spa. I'm thinking girl's getaway, bachelorette party, anniversary, and birthday trips are all in order. I strongly advise you to check this place out. It just opened in February (it was a former Holiday Inn) and I have a feeling it will be getting more and more popular. So go before it is full year-round and the price goes up.

Joie de Vivre!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like fun and I LOVE all the bright colored umbrellas and pool area! So glad you had a chance to get away from the everyday stresses, I know how much you needed it. Wishing I lived closer... the Mr. and I used to go to the desert quite often for a little get away when we lived in So. Cal.