Palm Springs has classically been known as a desert haven where Los Angeles elite escape for mini vacations filled with fine dining, shopping and most importantly, relaxation. The L’Horizon Hotel and Spa has maintained the city’s prestige through hosting guests for a private, luxury experience with their intimate bungalows and indulgent spa treatments. Guests step into a world of exemplary accommodations at this lavish boutique hotel.
Built as “The Horizon” in 1952 by William F. Cody, an architect that helped shape the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, the hotel quickly became a celebrity hot spot. During the 1950s and ‘60s, it drew Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, producer Jack Wrather and a number of US Presidents to come experience the sprawling, three-acre desert sanctuary.
In the Heart of the Desert
Los Angeles designer Steve Hermann was brought in to revitalize the property in 2015 while still keeping its mid-century character intact. The original style of the hotel is now combined with modern and vintage furniture to create a nostalgic yet contemporary space for a whole new generation of trendsetters. Hermann’s addition of an open-air spa and alfresco restaurant SoPa added even more to the attractive vacation spot. The welcoming interior creates an air of residential luxury leaving guests to feel right at home in the heart of the desert.
The 25 bungalows throughout the property are designed with handpicked decor and custom finishes to create an intimate space filled with comfort. Entering into their bungalow guests will never have to remember a room number, as each domain is personalized with a gold, etched name plate. Exposed wood, marble accents, and stone walls bring natural touches to the room against its mountainous desert backdrop. The indoor-outdoor feel is enhanced by glass doors that provide plenty of natural light for a tranquil stay. Guests can also lounge on their own private outdoor patio or reach the ultimate relaxation with an outdoor shower using lush Le Labo bath products.
One of the most impressive aspects of L’Horizon is its signature presidential suite The Residence–a secluded oasis formerly home to Hollywood entrepreneur Jack Wrather. The more than 3000-square-foot habitat comes with a private, full-sized pool and yard. Unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape deliver eye-catching views of the natural, mountain terrain. The Residence can be booked as a one-bedroom accommodation or upgraded to the full two-bedroom home, both options leaving guests to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and luxury amenities.
Outside of lounging in the spacious bungalow rooms, the hotel boasts an inviting indoor-outdoor Spa for pampering guests in a peaceful setting. From massages to facials to aromatherapy, relaxation is guaranteed with services customized to fit each guest’s desires. Other activities like private personal training, yoga classes and guided hikes add an element of fitness perfect for any guest wishing to stay active during their getaway. The onsite restaurant SoPa is also a welcoming draw, with a refined dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. The garden-esque outdoor seating creates an enchanting setting where a flavorful, local menu of European and Californian dishes please the palate thanks to Michelin-star Chef Giacomo Pettinari.
Aside from the number of amenities throughout the property, L’Horizon is also located within minutes of Palm Springs’ bustling downtown. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are some of the main attractions for visitors taking advantage of the city’s offerings. The area is also home to multiple casinos, museums and design studios creating a unique landscape for exploring the classic destination.
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