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My Fantasy Bachelorette Destination – Parker Palm Springs

In celebration of Survive Wedding Season’s May Bachelorette theme I wanted to tell you about my fantasy bachelorette weekend location. If I was to plan my own destination bachelorette girls getaway weekend I would choose to spend two nights at the Parker Palm Springs and never leave the premises. From Los Angeles it’s roughly an hour and a half drive to the oasis known as Palm Springs and for me, this hotel is a secret and heavenly playground with an almost childlike – Alice In Wonderland – layout and design of the grounds. Sure there is lots to do in Palm Springs, but at the Parker there is lots not to do and many ways to play all weekend long.

Parker Palm Springs North Pool

Parker Palm Springs North Pool

I first went to this hotel as a weekend away with an ex. It was a surprise getaway to decompress and enjoy doing nothing. Frankly, it’s more than a hotel, it’s truly a magical, timeless destination. And maybe it was because I took time sitting at the pool to address envelopes for my friend Yea’s Bridal Shower that I had it on my brain that Parker Palm Springs would make for fabulous bachelorette scenery or maybe it was the group of women in the spa pool that made me wish my girls were there. It is also a very romantic place, just make sure you are there with the right person (like we have any control over that). 

Parker Palm Springs is located at 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 and is a Le Méridien Hotel. The property was formerly Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch and Merv Griffin’s Givenchy Resort and Spa and it is situated on thirteen acres of landscaped gardens surrounded by the desert and mountains. There are 131 rooms and 12 very private, one-bedroom villas. You can also reserve the Gene Autry Residence – a two-bedroom home that includes a living room, dining room, full kitchen, two-bathrooms, extensive closet space, and an outdoor lawn area.

The grounds at the Parker

The hotel has four pools -with bar service and comfortable lawn chairs, a golf course, tennis courts, and an incredible spa. The spa is called PSYC- Palm Springs Yacht Club - where I had an intensive massage (and fell asleep) and made the most of their indoor pools, saunas and jacuzzis. I did not use the gym, but I understand they have a full 24-hour gym. If the spa is too much work the different gardens have hammocks, fire pits and croquet sets to take over. 

For food there are two options: Norma’s and Mister Parker’s. Norma’s is known for their brunch. I’ve been to both this one and the one in the Le Parker Meridien in Manhattan and it is probably the best brunch restaurant in the country. And if your girls are like my girls, brunch is on the top of the to do list with plenty of mimosas and Bloody Marys. Mister Parker’s is a brasserie inside the main building that is deep, dark and swanky with great cocktails and delicious entrees. But, if you have a lot of vegetarian friends, they are not going to really feel it so keep that in mind. 

So what would be my ideal bachelorette weekend plan? I’d aim to get to the hotel in the late afternoon on Friday and have drinks and then either go into town or get food delivered and spend an easy night in catching up with my girls. Saturday would involve brunch at a place in town called Cheekys, a hike and maybe some tennis, poolside drinks, a massage at the spa with some time in their pools, some early evening cocktails followed by dinner at Mister Parker’s with drinks at the bar after. Sunday would include more pool time and brunch at Norma’s before heading back to LA in the afternoon.

Its always time for brunch at Normas at the Parker

It's always time for brunch at Norma's at the Parker

Parker Palm Springs is also a very popular wedding destination, so my bachelorette party would likely take place sometime during the wedding season – as that’s when the weather is perfect. Definitely keep that in mind if you are thinking to copy me and plan a girls weekend there. And do not go in the summer unless you like it really, really hot (est. 103 degrees and dry).

The Parker is not an inexpensive place, but it is worth every penny and I am sure you could call about getting a group rate depending on the size of your party. Plus they continually have excellent spa and foodie package deals on their website. But if you are looking for lower price point Palm Springs hotel options be sure to also look into the Ace Hotel and the Colony Palms Hotel.  The Colony Palms also has an incredible poolside restaurant called the Purple Palm. You could also look into renting a house for the weekend – most of them have great pools and outdoor spaces, and lots of bedrooms. And there is a casino in town and outlet shops on the way back to Los Angeles. Need I say anymore?


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