“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
First things first, the essential thank you’s: this hotel tour is brought to you by Della Los Angeles, a wonderful fashion line handcrafted by a community in Ghana, West Africa. The company’s founder, Tina Tangalakis, invited us to join her for a swanky Independence Day bash at The Saguaro Palm Springs, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, that multicolored gem in the desert I had been dying to visit.
With our men and families out of town, we had the greatest excuse to take an all-girls weekend away from L.A., and the only thought of lizarding by an Olympic-sized pool for a couple days had us all blushing with excitement…
Named after a cactus native to the Sonoran Desert, The Saguaro is an architectural fiesta of vibrant colors derived from indigenous desert flowers.
The resort opened at Sunrise Way and E. Palm Canyon Dr. in February 2012 as a youthful addition to the Palm Springs hotel scene, converted from a old Holiday Inn by the same crew who successfully developed the Ace hotel brands. It was designed by New York design firm Stamberg Aferiat + Associates, who stated the following about their inspiration:
We turned to the desert for the color palette and organized the color in homage to the paintings of Victor Vasarely and Yaacov Agam. In this way when the buildings are viewed from one direction, the spectrum reveals itself in one way as compared to the opposite direction. The effect on each balcony allows one to be encircled by counterpoints of the spectrum, creating a warm, welcoming feeling. The balcony colors then inform the palette of the guest rooms. The Equipale lounge furniture, chosen especially for comfort and for being “of the earth,” enhances the warm embrace of the guest rooms. The balcony colors reappear on the doors of the guest rooms, enlivening the hallways and bringing the color experience full circle. VIA
If you’re down to play, make sure you check into a pool view suite. You’ll be right in the action, with your own private deck in the shade where you can keep the bubbly on ice and the party going even after the pool closes. See all the room options here.
Photography by Laura Austin
Styling by Aban Sonia