Design Destination: La Serena Villas, An Oasis in Palm SpringsAuthor:Abigail Stone
Palm Springs needs little introduction. One of Los Angeles’ favorite getaways, just two hours east of the city, it has a mythology solidified by the illustrious crowd — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Liberace, Elvis — that retreated here for rest and relaxations. Their legend forged the city’s reputation as a haven for the good life, with leisurely weekends, cocktails by the pool and sunny afternoons, far from the chaos of everyday life, among its list of pleasures.
La Serena, a new hotel in the heart of downtown located within walking distance of Palm Canyon Drive’s most lauded restaurants, galleries and shops, captures this romance of the city’s heyday, combining the privacy of secluded villas with the luxurious amenities of five star accommodations.
Originally built in 1933, and recently reimagined by award-winning architect, May Sung of Subu Design Architecture, the hotel sits on over an acre of meticulously landscaped grounds, a vibrant swath of green against the dramatic San Jacinto Mountains.
Honoring the original building’s Spanish Revival architecture through a modern lens, Sung has created a hotel that filters all the romance of the thirties through a modern lens. Designed around a central outdoor pool, each of the 18 private villas, with playful interiors by Avenue Interior Designs., are outfitted with generous closets, sumptuous bathrooms and private patios graced with claw foot bathtubs and fire pits. Two of the villas have a private pool spa. With a tapas-style restaurant, bar and rooftop lounge there’s no reason to leave the premises.
La Serena Villas, 339 South Belardo Road, Palm Springs, 844.932.8044