Arrive to the tune of chilled champagne and strawberries when you book the Retreat to Romance package at Viceroy Palm Springs. During your stay, indulge with a breakfast credit at the Hollywood Regency-style Citron restaurant, a couples massage, and late checkout. Find an outdoor living room on your personal patio at San Giuliano Hotel, home to suites with private hot tubs and kitchenettes. Sink into tranquility at Villa Royale Inn, where couples relax around two pools or the hot tub in its own palm-shaded courtyard. A full, beautifully presented breakfast and rooms furnished in antiques add charm. At El Morocco Inn & Spa, newlyweds duck into “sheik,” fantasy-inspired bedchambers. Three of the 10 rooms, dubbed “Sultan’s Playpens,” open to huge, 7-foot round beds swathed in color-drenched sheers. For an ethereal, highly romantic oasis only steps from downtown Palm Springs, discover the two 1920s villas at Korakia Pensione dressed up in Moroccan or Mediterranean décor. French chateau elegance meets modern amenities on the rolling, estate-inspired grounds at Lake La Quinta Inn. Curl up by the fireplace in a suite and take in views of the lake and the Santa Rosa Mountains.
Lounge around the mineral pool in between pampering couples treatments for a spa-style honeymoon. Or set a day aside to spa out together. Up in Desert Hot Springs, the therapeutic, tepid mineral water has been soothing weary spirits with its colorless, odorless healing properties for generations. Along with the exotic El Morocco Inn & Spa, The Spring Resort and Day Spa and Two Bunch Palms are among the top-rated retreats. The serene, internationally renowned Sagewater Spa even offers intuitive readings for couples. Golfers who appreciate a full resort experience might consider The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort with packages that include massages made for two, aphrodisiac samplers, and late-morning breakfast in bed. Or get lost in the Spanish-Moorish architecture and lush gardens at Spa at Mission Hills at Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa. The four-diamond JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa draws couples to Spa Desert Springs’ decadent spa vacation packages. An on-site Starbucks, tennis, two Ted Robinson-designed golf courses, and several restaurants make it easy to settle in and stay a while.
Most meals are memorable when sitting across from your soul mate, but standout area restaurants love to pair fine food with your just-married flirtation. French favorite Le Vallauris and its charming garden have long been touted as one of the most romantic restaurants in Palm Springs. For a warm, luxurious atmosphere with fire pits on the patio and live entertainment, head to Morgan’s in the Desert in La Quinta. Or stay in downtown Palm Springs for haute menus in a simple setting at Zin or Johannes. One of the many local steakhouses is another safe bet for mood lighting and a fabulous meal.
Should you step foot outside your suite, plenty of honeymoon-worthy adventures await nearby. Each year, thousands of couples admire dramatic views hand-in-hand as they glide up the mountainside in the world’s largest rotating tramcars. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has been a highlight for honeymooners since 1963, offering year-round activities and dining at the top. Stroll the designer shops along El Paseo for a new ensemble to wear around town or find bargains at the outlet shops northwest of Palm Springs. Learn how to season your newlywed kitchen with gourmet instruction from Cooking With Class. For serious photo opps, book a hot air balloon ride, rent a classic or convertible car, or step into a horse-drawn carriage in downtown Palm Springs.