The Azure Sky Hotel is our new favorite adults-only desert getaway

South Palm Springs is already teeming with high-end shopping, but with the so far enduring flexibility of remote work policies, everyone’s favorite desert town can hardly cope with renewed demand for weekday visits from restless Angelenos. This means that new properties appear every day and become even more specialized than before. Enter Azure Sky, a truly tiny, cutting-edge guesthouse with just 14 rooms and an adults-only policy that guarantees serenity on the grounds. Although there are only a few rooms, each is incredibly spacious, leaning more towards apartment size than a typical hotel, and many come with their own kitchenette, another perk for a longer visit. .

Santa Barbara-based Acme Hospitality partnered with owners, Eastern Real Estate, to create this desert haven, with designers John Janulis and Anne L’Esperance tapped to transform the retro property into a peaceful oasis. Together with Cioffi Architect, the pair transformed Azure into the genteel retreat it became in two years. Their palette puts modern in “mid-century modern” with lots of creams, blacks, and neutrals, and thoughtful finishing touches like linen bathrobes and patio hammocks.

With crystal-clear views of the San Jacinto Mountains, three distinct room sizes, and an all-new pool, this hotel is designed to be a haven for all types of travelers, provided they’re over 21. of Palm Spring’s new luxury escape.

With just 14 rooms and a 21+ policy firmly in place, this desert hotel is as serene as it gets

Many small luxury guesthouses have chosen to ignore the issue of children altogether, and it seems single travelers and parents are thanking them. Whether it’s a weekend getaway with the kids tucked away, a longer mid-week ‘workcation’, or even just a one night splurge, this hotel is the quiet place to be. par excellence with a beautiful aesthetic to match. To further enhance the serene vibe, the pool is in a separate area away from the main courtyard where the bulk of the rooms are. Instead, this grassy area – with a fire pit and views of the mountains – is a great place to gather over drinks or an alfresco business session at one of the outdoor tables assigned to each sequel. If you’re feeling frisky, the grassy meadow in the middle could easily accommodate a yoga class or a blanket for a late-night stargazing session.

A brand new swimming pool is set away from the main block of bedrooms, providing a spacious patio that older properties rarely have, while maintaining a vintage feel

Since there are only 14 rooms on site, even if the hotel were fully booked, there would be plenty of space for guests to relax on the enclosed grounds, which include two fire pits, a full bar just next to the lobby and check-in area. , and a huge amount of lounge space around this pool. The pool was originally located in the main courtyard, but during the renovations the designers chose to fill in the old one and build a brand new water feature in a more spacious secondary courtyard. Unfortunately for pickleball fans, they scrapped a few courts to install the new swimming hole, but its retro tile details and oversized lounges make it a better bet for beating the sometimes oppressive desert weather in the end. With more chairs available than possible guests, this pool has the kind of space to spread out that isn’t often available at smaller resorts — and that bar just off the lobby is just steps away. if libations are a necessary upgrade during your stay.

Pool at Azure Sky

Pool at Azure Sky

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Head to sister property Villa Royale, which is just a block away, for dinner at their on-site restaurant, Del Rey

Though the Azure Sky Bar is easily accessible and the lobby space quickly turns around to provide guests with a continental breakfast and coffee every morning, there’s no formal restaurant on the grounds. Instead, visitors are encouraged to walk a block and visit the hotel’s sister property, Villa Royale, where their Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Del Rey, serves stiff drinks and tapas. fillings every night of the week – a rare and consistent schedule in Palm Springs’ weekend-focused dining scene. Grab a table in the outdoor courtyard or head to the dark but romantic speakeasy for a Spanish martini served with olive oil, chorizo ​​and olives. For plates, the patatas bravas and short rib empanadas showcase Del Rey’s share-and-snack style — get two or three dishes per person for the best experience.

Gorgeous suites with light wood, painted brick walls, and custom finished millwork are apartment-sized havens for a weekend or weeklong getaway

Although the name might lead you to assume that the blues will dominate, at Azure Sky each room door is painted a deep red-orange color, to mimic the color of the sunrise. The rooms themselves are filled with custom woodwork, including built-in beds, and mosaic tiles in the walk-in showers make even the small bathrooms feel spacious. Room decor showcases desert sunlight without any of the garish, kitschy colors that sometimes come with mid-century updates, and enclosed back patios are a great place to relax or soak up the sun with lots of privacy. Guests can choose from Agave Suites, which are one bedroom and larger; the Olive Suite, which most translates to a Junior Suite and Fig, a Studio Room – there are only two here. The rest all include mini kitchenettes in addition to living space.

Though South Palm Springs manages to feel away from the crowds that can descend on downtown, it’s only about a five-minute drive to the central shopping and dining district. If you’re looking for a heartier breakfast than croissants and bananas, drive the five minutes to Farm, a Provencal-style restaurant that feels like you’ve been transported to the French countryside. Nothing goes better with a stay in the desert than pancakes and croque-madames. Or, if you need a last splurge on the way out of town, head to 1501 Gastropub in the city center for a classic lunch – salads and sandwiches served in a spacious brasserie-style dining room. It could be the last great restaurant in Palm Springs before hitting the freeway again, or the first place to welcome you on your next visit.

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