Palm Springs brings together a great blend of history, culture and excitement to deliver an exceptional holiday for you. Throughout the city you'll be in awe of the stunning architecture and gorgeous buildings. There are plenty of museums and galleries to check out to learn about the history and heritage of Palm Springs and see beautiful works in a variety of mediums.
With so much sunlight and amazing climates, there's plenty to do outdoors as well whether it's strolling along the streets or hiking on a trail.
While there's plenty to keep you busy in Palm Springs, it's always a comfort to have somewhere that feels like home where you can relax and rest your head each night, even when you're on holiday. To experience a bit of luxury while in Palm Springs consider renting a villa. Here are our top 10 rental villas in Palm Springs:
1. An Elegant Spanish Estate
This five-bedroom, five-bathroom Spanish Estate can be found in The Movie Colony neighbourhood and is rumored to be where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio spent much of the time together while in Palm Springs. Built in 1933, there's plenty of privacy to be found here with the home hidden behind 15-foot tall Spanish wooden gates.
You'll be treated to views of the San Jacinto Mountains as well as the home's gardens themselves lush with fruit trees. There's even a private tennis court and a gorgeous outdoor pool with an Elephant-shaped fountain.
Inside the villa is perfectly decorated with warm, light colours and comfortable furnishings throughout. The great room boasts exposed beams in the rafter ceiling, and you can enjoy conversation around the dining room table as you dine on tasty meals prepared in the chef's kitchen, which was recently updated with stainless-steel appliances.
The master bedroom will have you longing to crawl into the king bed and drift peacefully to sleep after a relaxing soak in the master bathroom's tub. All bedrooms boast en suite baths, so there won't be any fighting over shower time here! When you're ready to venture out Sand Acre is only a short drive to Palm Canyon Drive and all of its restaurants, attractions and nightlife.
2. Alexander Modern
Literature lovers will enjoy staying in the original home of author Harold Robbins, known for his novel Carpetbaggers. The home was renovated in 2012 and with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, there's certainly no shortage of space here.
The villa, covering 4,000 square feet, is situated on a corner lot and is a great place to relax in privacy. Walls of windows throughout the home let in tons of natural light and offer stunning views of the beautifully landscaped property. The architectural details here are sophisticated and lovely, combining contemporary stylings with warmly coloured decor, walls and floors.
The master bedroom features a king-size bed in addition to not one, but two seating areas and an awesome 42-inch TV while the other bedrooms are outfitted queen beds. All are decorated with upscale, gorgeous linens you won't want to wait curl up in and drift off to sleep. In the living room, the fireplace is the perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine after a day of adventures or you can unwind with your favourite movie on the 60-inch TV.
The backyard is a serious oasis with a stunning pool and spa surrounded by lush foliage. Truly experience outdoor living at the kitchenette, bar and grill. The villa is also pet-friendly so bring Fido along for the trip!
3. Joseph Cotton Estate
If you're hoping to stay in the old digs of the rich and famous, this seven-bedroom, four-bathroom stunner is the place for you. And it sleeps up to 16 guests, so invite all of your friends and/or family!
The Spanish-style villa was built in the 1920s and served as the former stomping grounds for June Lockhart from "Lassie" and Joseph Cotton of "Citizen Kane" fame. This is the first time this sprawling home has been available for rent, so don't miss the chance! You'll find yourself staying on a half acre of land, but the villa is fully-walled and gated so privacy is not an issue here.
One of the best features here is the private outdoor swimming pool and sundeck that are both gorgeously designed. It will be refreshing to take a dip on hot days or soak up the warm sun and perfect your tan as you enjoy the surrounding palm trees and mountain views.
Cooks will love the huge kitchen with restaurant-grade appliances where you can whip up all sorts of culinary treasures to share with your guests around the French farm table.
There's not one but three master bedrooms here, all boasting gabled, beamed ceiling and tons of space. In each you'll find a queen-size bed, and master bedroom one is outfitted with a walk-in closet while master bedroom two features a private fireplace. Both share a huge master bath with an unbeatable clawfoot tub where you can enjoy a relaxing soak each night. The other bedrooms are appointed with twin or full-size beds.
The villa is in a great location with easy access to shopping downtown as well as hiking just steps from the front door.
4. Hollywood Hideaway
This eclectically decorated five-bedroom, 4-and-a-half-bathroom home can be found in the Andreas Hills neighborhood of Palm Springs and provides with you 360-degree views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Not only are the views stunning, but the grounds as well. A lovely, landscaped yard boasts a private outdoor pool and spa with a gorgeous sundeck to boot. There's even an outdoor fireplace to enjoy in the evenings and a built in barbecue grill.
Inside there's plenty of room to move around in the 5,700 square feet that sleeps up to 10. Step inside to find bright, open space and a living room boasting a plasma TV, gaming systems and even a wet bar.
The kitchen is a real selling point here with an oversized stove, sub-zero appliances and gorgeous granite countertops. You're sure to enjoy cooking here!
Throughout the home you'll find modern-contemporary furniture and decor that's brightly coloured and quite lively. The master suite is a true oasis, offering soothing views of the back garden, which you can enjoy from the king-size bed, and the master bath is appointed with double sinks, marble counters and a seven-head walk-in shower, also in marble. If you prefer baths, there's also a Jacuzzi tub. The other bedrooms feature queen or twin beds, and the fifth bedroom can be found in the guest house with another king bed.
The palatial home you're less than three miles from all the excitement of downtown Palm Springs.
5. Twin Palms Sinatra Estate
This four-bedroom, six-bathroom villa was designed in 1947 by Stuart E. Williams for Frank and Nancy Sinatra, and it exemplifies true mid-century architecture and luxury.
This historic home brings together the past and the present to create a wonderful place to stay. Period-style furniture and decor create a fun ambiance here whether you're taking a dip in the piano-shaped swimming pool or lounging in the living room sipping cocktails at happy hour.
The kitchen still retains its charm but has been updated with modern cabinetry and appliances and was sponsored by Viking. Each bedroom boasts an en suite bathroom. The master bedrooms is appointed with a spacious king-size bed while the others have comfortable queen beds.
Crank some favourite Sinatra tunes as you explore the home and check out the memorabilia that can be found throughout.
6. La Chureya
Rustic charm and serious luxury can be found at La Chureya, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom villa that sleeps up to 10 guests here. If you're looking for privacy, there's more than 1.25 acres of land behind the gated grounds, which was built in 1934.
As you pull up you'll notice the private tennis court where you can enjoy a friendly game as well as the main house and the guest house. Between the two residences there's more than 4,700 square feet and once you step in you can appreciate the open airiness.
Entering the main house, you'll see a love great room complete with Restoration Hardware leather couch and the original wood-burning fireplace where you can snuggle up on chilly nights.
Amateur cooks and chefs alike will want to spend all their time in the amazing kitchen that brings together modern conveniences with old-world charm, complete with stainless-steel appliances and a sub-zero refrigerator.
For a relaxing night in, check out the media room with its 71-inch plasma TV with Bose surround-sound. The master bedroom is a treat with a king bed, 42-inch flat-screen TV, en suite bath and walk-in closet. No living out of suitcases here! The other two bedrooms feature king or queen beds and their own, private bathrooms as well so each guest can get ready in peace each morning.
The grounds are expertly manicured and well-kept here, and there's even a rose garden and palm trees in addition to a beautiful inground pool. Enjoy the space as you take in the breathtaking mountain views.
7. Arthur Elrod's Escape
This four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa was designed by Arthur Elrod as his private home from 1962, when it was built, until 1964. Now it's up for rent, so don't miss out. A reflection pool and fountain greets you from the start and ushers you into a home that combines old-school charm with modern amenities.
The living space also serves as the entertainment area complete with a game table and fully stocked bar. Under a stunning chandelier you can enjoy meals in the dining room prepared in one of the home's two kitchens. For more casual eating, relax in the breakfast room and dine on your morning meal as you take in views of the bamboo garden.
Each of the spacious bedrooms boasts a queen double or twin bed and features an en suite bath. Throughout the villa you'll be charmed by decor and furnishings reminiscent of the '60s, and the bright colours keep it feeling vibrant and lively.
Outside is a gorgeous private, inground pool where you can take a refreshing dip each day then relax with a good book on the covered deck.
8. Murray Canyon Golf Villa
If you're hoping to stay in a celebrity's home, book the Murray Canyon Golf Villa. It was once the residence of singer Keely Smith, which sits on the 10th and 11th fairways of the Canyon Country Club.
This four-bedroom, five-bathroom sleeps up to eight guests comfortably, and with 4,400 square feet, there's plenty of privacy. You'll want to spend ample time outdoors enjoying the stunning pool and private courtyard that treats you to amazing Indian Canyon views.
Inside you'll find a contemporary design. The open living space provides you with unbeatable outside views that let in tons of natural light, creating a bright and lively atmosphere. The kitchen is a dream and you'll certainly want to prepare home-cooked meals here.
Comfort is the first word that will come to mind when you see the bedrooms outfitted with cosy beds and gorgeous linens. Relax in the evening in the master bathroom's soaking tub or in front of the entertainment area's fireplace with a glass of wine or other libation from the wet bar.
9. Modernist 1BR Romantic Racquet Club Colony
If you're looking for something a little more private and romantic, consider this one-bedroom, two-bathroom home in a desert oasis. This condo is situated in the Racquet Club Colony, which is comprised of 20 units.
Inside the condo you'll find funky and modernist decor furniture. The master bedroom boasts a queen-size bed where you'll drift peacefully to sleep, and the master bath features a stunning marble walk-in shower.
You'll have your choice of two private patios where you can enjoy the climate while taking in views in the gorgeous tropical landscaping, and your view from the condo overlooks the community's pool and spa. Head over to cool off or soothe achy muscles.
Each morning you can prepare a hearty, delicious breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen to give you energy throughout the day.
10. Villa Via Dei Cieli
Villa Via Dei Cieli translates to the way of the heavens, and you're sure to feel as if you've found your own little piece of heaven in this four-bedroom, three-bathroom villa.
One of the best features is the saltwater infinity pool with slide that's sure to get plenty of use as well as the 10-person saltwater Jacuzzi where you can sooth tired muscles after days of exploring. Live it up outdoors with the indoor/outdoor bar area, outdoor grill and oven and fireplace.
Warm colours and decor create a welcoming, peaceful vibe and the open layout delivers a smooth flow throughout the home. Luckily the entertainment part of the home is separate from the bedrooms, so if some people want to stay up with others want to sleep they won't be disturbed. Speaking of, the bedrooms are quite spacious here with lovely linens that will help you slumber well.
The villa is not far from the Joshua Tree National Monument and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.