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Travelling to Palm Springs

We are just back from the trip of a lifetime, road tripping California and Nevada. We planned to visit LA, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. But fell so in love with Palm Springs that we decided to stay there the longest. 

I don’t know if it’s the incredible scenery, the weather or the people but I left honestly wanting to buy a holiday home there. And me being me I’ve already been on realtor.com and there are some amazing deals so I might have to add this to my vision board, a holiday home in Palm Springs. 

Everything about Palm Springs is lush, as you drive up the mountains and palm trees are just jaw dropping, then the heat hits you. Yes that’s what I love guaranteed heat. The city itself is so easy to get around especially if your driving on the opposite side of the road for the first time. The architecture is exquisite, we just wanted to take shots of all the buildings endlessly. 

Then there’s this relaxed Californian attitude which is really different to any other state I’ve visited. The food is super healthy and tasty and the whole place is so chilled. We stayed at a gorgeous boutique hotel called the ARRIVE, the rooms are arty and contemporary, the staff were so accommodating and the setting was breathtaking. We loved every minute and didn’t want to leave. So the hotel has its own small restaurant where the food is delectable and service again is ace. Then they have this cool coffee shop on one side and partner ice cream store on the other. The layout is so well planned as you can park behind your room, so no stress if you have loads of luggage like moi. Yet the pool is also right in front of you which I just love because I’m so forgetful and always need to go back to the room so it’s perfect when it’s only minutes away. Then it’s all in the detail, outside their 32 guestrooms you have your own outdoor fire, just like around the pool at night and in the morning. The rooms feature an abundance of natural light, stunning views of the San Jacinto mountain range and all the comforts of home and the showers are immense!

So in Palm Springs I conquered a massive fear, I have always been petrified of heights but heard that the aerial tramway is a must. It’s the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world and goes up over 8500ft. I actually thought I was going to pass out when I saw it, but I did it and am so proud to say it was one of the most magical moments of my life. 

As we approached the top I felt a feeling of utter joy and was completely taken aback by the beauty of the mountains, the desert and Palm Springs. Because I was so petrified before I went up I planned to go up and straight back down. Wow what a total turnaround, I didn’t want to leave and we decided to trek for a while down the other side of the beautiful mountain. This is Mother Nature at its uttermost blissful,  staring down over the scenery I was completely in the moment, mindful and in a state of calm. I meditated while taking in this clean air of the mountains and will never in my life forget that moment. So thank you to our friends Randy and Joe in Palm Springs for suggesting this I will be forever grateful. 

We finished our visit at  draughtsman restaurant a few minutes walk from our hotel and again I can’t recommend it enough. We had the pleasure of sitting under the trees outside, with live music, the best cocktails and the most delicious dinner. Plus my  hubby had to try the impossible burger, which is a new trend. It’s not meat but tastes just like it and of course I also had to test the goods, wow so tasty. 

We also indulged in a bit of shopping at a Simon Shopping Destination only 15-20 min from the heart of Palm Springs. Desert Hills Premium Outlets® is home to the largest collection of luxury outlets in California. Just over an hour drive from Los Angeles and 20 minutes west of Palm Springs.

I hope that one day I can turn my vision board into a reality and come back to California not for la but to stay in Palm Springs for weeks or even longer and bring my kids to experience this blissful desert setting that is loved by Hollywood icons, getting away from the hustle and bustle of Showbiz and being able to relax in privacy. 

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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