A Palm Springs Oasis: The Most Luxurious Pools in the Californian Desert

There’s a reason that Palm Springs is known as the pool capital of the world. This Californian desert oasis has luxurious pools of all shapes and sizes nestled into almost every hotel in the area. So grab your bikini, a good book and your favourite cocktail because Palm Springs is made for pool hopping.


Rainbow-hued buildings, pool parties and taco nights meet at Saguaro’s vibrant hotel pool. Float in the cool blue with a view of the surrounding desert landscape or grab a colourful lounge chair under the breezy Californian palms. Known for its lively pool scene and active events calendar, you won’t ever be bored at this funky swimming spot.

Image: Saguaro, Palm Springs pool | Source: Supplied


Palm Spring’s newest boutique hotel is an adults-only resort that’s inspired by the 1960s French Riviera. Think cozy rattan daybeds, an original Libott pool, serene koi pond, and a verdant orchard with waterfalls, this little oasis is the ultimate place to escape the world for a moment.

Image: Dive’s little oasis | Source: Supplied

JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort and Spa

Hollywood luxury awaits at the JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort and Spa poolside. Set amongst the luscious resort grounds, you have three pools to choose from. Sip cocktails on sun loungers beside the incredible Spa Outdoor Salt-Water Pool and bring the kids for a dip in the Springs Outdoor Family Pool, and save the Whirlpool for a peaceful solo swim.

CTDCA JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Kimpton Rowan

Coachella Valley’s only rooftop pool is the place to be when it gets hot in the city. This dreamy oasis enjoys views of the rugged mountains and city below while ensuring that you feel truly on top of the world. Grab a stylish sun lounger and your favourite magazine because you’re going to be here for a while.

Image: the dreamy Kimpton Rowan poolside | Source: supplied


Designed for a party, this incredible pool sits in the shadow of the mighty San Jacintos, offering nostalgic ‘60s vibes and a sprawling desert backdrop. Head to the hotel on the weekend to enjoy live music around the pool or perhaps a sunset yoga class and a sultry evening dip.

Image: Poolside at ACE | Source: supplied

Fleur Noire Hotel

This pretty little pool is nestled into the boutique Fleur Noire hotel, that’s made up of just 21 uniquely designed
casitas, bungalows and suites. With cheerful sun umbrellas, floral wall murals and a sparkling pool to swim in, this place is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

Image: Fleur Noire Hotel pool | Source: supplied

The Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

A stay at the Ritz isn’t the same without a dip in the pool and The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is home to one of the best. Surrounding by the rolling desert hills of Greater Palm Springs, this pool is the perfect place to catch the colours of the sunset and fit in a few laps while you’re there.

Image: The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage | Source: supplied

The Miramonte Resort and Spa

This sophisticated pool feels like it’s from a bygone era. Embraced by a series of elegant deck chairs, the crystal blue water is illuminated with the colours of the desert sky and the surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains. The ideal place to share an evening drink with a date, this poolside is romantic as it gets.

Image: The Miramonte Resort and Spa pool | Source: supplied

The Sands

Forget Palm Springs, this majestic poolside transports you to a different desert. Designed by renowned interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 designers in the world, this luxe poolside is inspired by the styles and hues of mid-century Morocco.

Image: The Sands pool | Source: supplied

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