Even Joseph and his Technicolor Dream Coat couldn’t compete with the palette of self-proclaimed Joie de Vivre Hotel, The Saguaro Palm Springs.

As the relatively new kid on the Palm Springs block (opened in February 2012) the 245-room hotel, has already made a splash.  Not only is it a Pantone delight—12 shades total—but it’s perpetual summer vacation. Guests wander by the cheery front desk in bathing suits and carrying golf clubs.  It’s bright and inviting—at check in, you’re handed bright pink pool towels.

Rules seem made to broken here.  Want to sneak into the pool afterhours (closes at 10pm)? This doesn’t seem to be an issue.  Want to blast music from your balcony and dance for the guests? No one seems to complain.  That said this isn’t the most kid-friendly place.  At least not for the parents who like to set parental controls; the colors seem to bring out the wild at heart.

Almost all rooms have views of the pool and courtyard, with a king or two queen beds, a flat screen, handcrafted Mexican furniture, and a decently sized bathroom.

If you get too hot, take the plunge in the Olympic-size pool with full bar.  At the first sight of morning sun, guests fill up yellow chaise lounges that line the sides. DJ’s spin.  If you grow tired of the water, there’s bocce ball on the lawn and plenty of hotel bikes available to rent.  Spa services are also a nice way to relax, after your day of relaxing. Hey, no shame here.  Order food from Tinto, the on-site restaurant, with Basque style pinxtos (and some delicious tortilla soup) concocted by Chef Jose Garces.

Gaze into the San Jacinto Mountains as you sip on a Skinny Colada.  Yep, sounds about perfect to me too.

– Arianna Schioldager

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