Friday, November 30, 2012

The Viceroy at Palm Springs - a little retro luxury

Fancy a little luxurious getaway with me?  
Pour yourself a drink (it's Friday evening after all) and start scrolling down. 

I have just had the good fortune of spending a couple of days at the Viceroy of Palm Springs. This hotel is absolutely stunning. Interior designer Kelly Wearstler has weaved some serious magic here. I am not normally a fan of yellow, preferring the cooler end of the colour spectrum of blues and neutrals, but the citron yellow of the Viceroy paired with white and black is so stylish.

I was a bit unsure of where to stay in Palm Springs. I wanted somewhere close to downtown as I was travelling alone and wanted to walk to dinner and feel safe at night. I also wanted to spend some time by a pool and have a little luxury. I am so glad I chose the Viceroy. It was not that much more expensive than much less luxurious hotels nearby and once I'd settled in I was not concerned about the money at all, as the attention to detail in the interior decorating, the customer service and the grounds were worth every dollar. I was also given a generous 25% discount on everything (room, resort fee and any food and drinks) and a free upgrade to a poolside room just by asking. It always pays to look on the internet for other deals at the hotel you want to stay at and then just ask what the hotel can do for you.

I love the design of my room - the plaster detail above the beds, the divine hanging bedside pendant lights, the black trim that totally transforms the flat hotel ceiling and the striped carpet. There were so many simple touches that would not have been too expensive to implement that really updated the original hotel rooms and made them very stylish. Another example is the mirrored handles on the wooden wardrobe doors. These seemed to be just stuck on the original doors but added a great deal of glamour to the room.

Each room had a balcony with a wicker table setting over looking the Adult's only pool . This pool has lots of trees around it which gave the room a fair bot of privacy but there are heavy curtains that you can pull over your balcony if you want. 

The bathroom was simple but white and clean and the robe was the most comfortable hotel robe I've ever worn. There was also a great range of toiletries in lovely big generous bottles.  The marble tiled floor gave a nice finishing touch. 

The grounds of the hotel are lovely.  I was extremely relaxed by the pool and even had a very reasonably priced cooked breakfast there one morning.  I was so relaxed! What a great way to end my holiday in California.

It's would be a fantastic venue for a wedding or big party.

The management let me photograph one of the private one bedroom villas that are situated right next to the large pool and spa. I would love to go back and have some time with Phil in this villa. It is so beautiful.

A very well equipped kitchen. 
Although if I was in such a romantic luxurious place I wouldn't be cooking!

What do you think? Gorgeous??

I didn't spend all my time in Palm Springs by the pool. I managed to drag myself away one morning to go for a hike in the Indian Canyons just about 5 miles away.  It is so surprising to find an oasis in the middle of the desert. So cool walking amongst the palm trees and by the running water.

I didn't like this sign below at all though. Especially as I was hiking by myself - although I only hiked (more like a nature trail than wilderness) a couple of miles and did pass people on my way but I was very wary... especially as down in the palm grove there were heaps of holes in the sand. I saw something move in one of the holes and thought it may have been a lizard or something. When I asked the ranger what made and lived in the holes, he said tarantulas...oh great - that's when I decided to head back to the hotel and lie by the pool!

So I'm back home now and come crashing back to the reality of motherhood. My poor little boy has been projectile vomiting all afternoon. The poor little boy is so uncomplaining. Hopefully he sleeps well tonight.

I'll post more of my travels over the next week. I didn't blog much while I was away as Bloggsy really annoyed me - and I was too busy having fun!!

hope you all have a great weekend
Fiona xx

**All my own photos and this is not a sponsored post**


  1. Lovely photos Fiona although I have to say that dining room with the patterned wallpaper on the ceiling makes me feel ill looking at it!

    Freaky about the rattlesnakes and tarantulas...ekk!

    Hope Jonty is better soon.

    xx Karen

  2. Glad you're back safe! Have loved all your IG photo's. Hope your little man feels better.. Mx

  3. Fiona! I have lived in So Cal my whole life and I have this urge to go on vacation right here after all of your pics! Where have these places been my whole life. :)

  4. Welcome home,glad you had a great trip.Nothing like a good dose of spew to bring you back down to earth.Looking forward to seeing all our holiday snaps..xx

    PS: I'm having a giveaway..

  5. I love the yellow.Not normally a colour I would use but it looks stunning-love dee x

  6. beautiful place and beautiful photos! glad you had a great time away. I bet your family are so happy to have you home again.
    Jodie x

  7. Since, I was about to get married, we decided to visit the choicest tourists destinations in Maldives, so we booked a room at the famous “Alpha Maldives”, which allowed us to spend some private moments together, and watch out the amazing sceneries around us.


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