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Margaritaville Resort, Palm Springs, USA
There are 26 Margaritaville hotels and resorts spread across the US, Caribbean and Central America that channel the relaxed, colourful and let's-enjoy-life philosophy of the American singer Jimmy Buffett. This is one of the newest properties, opened in autumn 2020 in a heritage resort dating from 1959 that sits in the north of Palm Springs. It is large but not overwhelming, with two pools, three bars and almost 400 rooms and suites. Being part of a well-known hospitality brand, and the only Margaritaville Resort on the US west coast, it is popular with couples, families and groups; there are also venues for weddings, conferences and other events. Weekends are busiest, and the resort is a good pick for sociable travellers who enjoy cocktails and spa treatments.
Look across to the mighty San Jacinto mountain range to the west. The resort's gardens have the feel of an oasis with their palms, roses and lawns.
Located in Downtown Palm Springs, the Tahquitz Canyon and the Moorten Botanical Garden are a short drive away.
By plane: flights to Palm Springs take 14 hours from London with a stop in Phoenix, Arizona. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport. Parking costs $18 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Fans of the colourful, tropical holiday mood that is the Margaritaville trademark will love this hotel, as well as families and couples in need of an easy, pool and spa-based break. The piped music may never stop, but at least it's good - think Steely Dan and Van Morrison. There's also live performers some nights.
Service & Facilities
The complimentary bikes, which come with a helmet and map, are the perfect way to explore Palm Springs.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Games room
- Kids' playground
- Bike hire
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Premium Studio rooms, with one or two king beds, are generously sized with a standalone bath and private balcony or patio. For all the relentless theming, bedrooms are cheerful and comfortable with high quality bedding and good housekeeping.
Standard, Deluxe, Premium Studio, Latitude Suite, Chill Out Suite, Hemisphere Suite, Paradise Suite, Jimmy Buffett Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, coffee maker, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The cocktails, mixed with five or more ingredients, are more impressive than the food and come with witty names like Jamaica Mistaica. Had a good night? Then a hearty breakfast of avocado country toast with a stiff Hello Texas Bloody Mary, served in the Come Monday Café, will set you right.
Come Monday Café: open daily for breakfast. Serving any style eggs, pancakes and acai bowls.
5 o'Clock Somewhere: poolside bar, snacks and frozen cocktails. Open daily, 11am-7pm.
JWB Grill: casual restaurant, US favourites. Open from 11:30am Mon-Fri (5pm Sat-Sun).