Palm Springs golf could be considered a necessity for some. Here’s what else you need in Palm Springs. (Photo: Getty Images)
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suggests that you can’t get the finer things in life until you have the basics: Food, water, shelter, blah, blah, blah. Maslow missed the memo. The basics are more than physiological necessity in Palm Springs. They’re an opportunity to experience A-List luxe and Coachella couture. Your climb to self-actualization begins now.
Eat Like You’re the Chairman
Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club is a throwback to an era when you didn’t eat thick slabs of prime rib “because paleo,” you did it “because Tuesday.” The unassuming eatery has early bird specials from 5-6 p.m. and nightly Ratpack-era crooning, but they revive swinging ’60s glam without being corny. Bernie’s is just genuinely cool and swanky, so leave your fedora at home.
Creature Comforts: A dirty martini is still the answer to life’s important questions. Bernie’s stirs a mean one, but Rosemary Clooney wouldn’t pass on the Got a Crush on You, the house-infused vanilla vodka and ginger beer concoction.
It’s safe to assume that Bar‘s owners spent so much time getting ambiance and drinks right that they skipped ponderous debates over what to call their new-in-2013 establishment. Bar’s name is a straightforward testament to the fact that you can find luxury in places that don’t give you sad-wallet syndrome or judge your Levi’s and Chucks. Art nouveau and urban style collide without clashing, and there’s ping-pong and bocce on the patio Thursday-Saturday.
Creature Comforts: Craft cocktails probably aren’t what Maslow had in mind for sustenance, but he also probably never had a Valentine at Bar. Tequila, raspberries and beer prove that sudsy brews are underrated mixers.
Shelter in an Exquisite Place
Under a deluge of status updates and “outrage” over the color of Starbucks cups, four walls and a roof do not a sanctuary make these days. The Spa at Desert Springs provides a bomb shelter for the soul. The massive compound dedicated to seeing you unwind has more than 45 treatment rooms, so if lounging poolside and mountain views don’t do the trick, book an Ayurvedic package. The holistic approach uses herbs and oils to massage you into a blissful state.
Creature Comforts: While living the spa life, let your S.O. off the leash to experience the best of Palm Springs golf at Escena. Tee times for less than $50 on weekdays mean anyone can seek mental asylum on the back nine.
Ride in Style
Turns out Hummers can do more than double-park at Trader Joe’s. On Adventure Hummer Tours, you explore the best of Palm Springs natural splendor on a five-hour drive through Joshua Tree National Park. Learn about the stealthy critters that call the Mojave Desert home while you conquer terrain in air-conditioned comfort. Luxury packages include a stop for smoky southwestern grub at Willie Boy’s Saloon and Dance Hall.
Creature Comforts: Know what happens when you tell Kimye they’ll be touring Palm Springs in a sub-compact with manual windows? Neither does Luxury Rent A Car. Don’t rough it in Palm Springs. Call and spring for a Range Rover.