Here’s to ’14
Salute the old year and ring in the new, desert-style
Revelers can enjoy a decadent New Year’s Eve Venetian Bacchanal or poolside partying under the stars at Viceroy Palm Springs and Citron.
David A. Lee
Whether it’s retro chic or traditional dining and dancing you seek, make the last moments of 2013 memorable and usher in the new year with flair. Remember to call ahead for reservations.
Welcome 2014 at Viceroy Palm Springs’ Venetian Bacchanal, an elegant black-and-white masquerade ball with free-flowing Veuve Clicquot, a decadent four-course dinner, dancing, and balloon drop. Revelers can also celebrate under the stars at Citron’s poolside reception while DJs Lady Sinclair and Aubrey Hansen spin tunes from their balcony perch. In-pool entertainment, roaming nibbles, and social stations open at 8 p.m. 415 S. Belardo Rd., Palm Springs. 760-318-3016; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
The Oasis Ballroom at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa hosts cocktails and Champagne, food stations, dancing, live music, multiple video screens, and a midnight toast and balloon drop. Hideaway, the resort’s arcade, keeps the younger crowd busy with a kids’ New Year’s Eve party. 71333 Dinah Shore Dr., Rancho Mirage. 760-328-5955; www.westinmissionhills.com
A sumptuous grand gala buffet and live entertainment from R&B singer Mercedes Moore await poolside revelers at Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa. Enjoy party favors and a Champagne toast at indoor/outdoor seating or in private cabanas for up to 10 guests. Or, sip the night away at swanky Starlite Lounge, with music from Martin Ross. 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-327-8311; www.psriviera.com
Step back into the ’60s at The Purple Room and mingle with the ghosts of Frank and Dino at this newly revamped swinging supper club in Club Trinidad. A three-course prix fixe dinner, entertainment by the cool cats of The Gand Band, party favors, and a balloon drop make this party a smash. 1900 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-322-4422; www.purpleroompalmsprings.com
Trio in Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District also celebrates with a three-course prix fixe; partygoers can sidle up to the bar for unlimited Champagne, wine, and well cocktails. 707 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-864-8746; www.triopalmsprings.com
An early seating at elegant Wally’s Desert Turtle offers fine dining from the à la carte menu; a second seating features a six-course meal, party favors, Champagne toast, and dancing to a five-piece band. 71775 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage. 760-568-9321; www.wallys-desert-turtle.com
The chic Tropicale Restaurant, reminiscent of old Palm Springs, serves a three-course prix fixe dinner with live piano music. Wait for the countdown in the restaurant or lounge, or meander next door to the hot new Copa Room, where early evening live jazz will transition to celebratory music with multiple bands, DJs, dancing, and a Champagne toast. 330 E. Amado Rd., Palm Springs. 760-866-1952; www.thetropicale.com, www.coparoomps.com
The über-hip Ace Hotel & Swim Club mounts a full-scale party in the cavernous Commune, complete with multiple bands and festivities. Sample the hotel’s eclectic offerings, including two pools, fire pit areas, and dining as you reminisce about auld lang syne. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-325-9900; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings
The new Hard Rock Hotel greets 2014 in Roaring ’20s style with a Great Gatsby celebration. Relive the extravagance, decadence, and passion of the era with colorful performances and generous libations. 150 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-325-9676; www.hrhpalmsprings.com
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa hosts a four-course dinner with music from John Stanley King, party favors, and Champagne. 44600 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells. 760-341-1000; www.indianwells.hyatt.com