SPRINGTIME IN THE DESERT... can be compared, in color and energy and excitement, to a big New Year's Eve balloon drop or old-school dancing fountains or a brass band suddenly marching through the quiet establishment where you're quietly dining. It's got a lot of moving, marvelous parts, from the nearly supernatural show of flowers popping up on the desert floor to the perfectly excellent weather to the cornucopia of major festivals and events that fill up the calendar. (Oh yes, there's Mojave Maxine, too, a celebrity tortoise who probably deserves her own springtime category.) But even if you're way into attending the Coachella Music & Arts Festival each year, or Stagecoach, or The Dinah, or one of the many golf or tennis tourneys, you can find yourself gazing in the direction of summer, when life grows a mite more relaxed around the desert resort cities. If summer in the extreme sunshine is your jam -- for with extreme sunshine comes extreme(ly relaxing) swimming -- then get on board with a warm-weather package. The Colony Palms Hotel is already offering one for the heat-up days of 2016, and it has a perfectly tempting name: The Carefree Summer Package.
"CAREFREE," as a concept, doesn't enter our modern vernacular very much -- we do so love to tell everyone how busy we are, busy busy busy -- but a respite at this Spanish Colonial slice of Palm Springs history is flush with carefree-a-tude. There's the all-important pool, with dining and a nook-sized bar just steps away from the splash zone, and there are the funky bright prints, the textiles with global flair, to make you feel a tad chic-y (or as chic-y as you want to feel, we suppose). As for the "carefree" end of the deal? There's a 50-minute massage (so carefree) and "Special Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner menus for two at our on-site restaurant, The Purple Palm, featuring seasonal California cuisine (very carefree). And in addition to swimming, and pool-close relaxing, consider taking one of the hotel's loaner bikes for a spin, an activity you may not get to engage in all that often in your busy, busy, busy life at home. Details, prices, all that? You can line up your warm-weather getaway now: The Carefree Summer Package is good through the final day of August. So, yes, if you are festing this spring, this might be your go-to chill-out hotel.