Finding Salvation

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Salvation Mountain / near Niland, California / Bring plenty of water, it is hot!

 

 

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Ace Hotel Palm Springs

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ace-hotel-8ace-hotel-1-5ace-hotel-2 ace-hotel-3Palm Springs is quite possibly the coolest little desert gem ever. And within said gem, Ace Hotel & Swim Club is more than reason enough to take that absolutely gorgeous drive out from LA. A great place to soak in the endless sunshine and poolside vibes, its proximity to Joshua Tree National Park and other must-sees like Salvation Mountain and Moorten’s Botanical Garden and Cactarium means that it is the perfect spot to relax, down a cocktail or two and get a facial before continuing the rest of your adventure.

Effortless cool and decor that simply oozes Coachella Valley meant that the checkout process practically involved a crowbar and an eviction notice to get me outta there.

Recommend:

  • Feeling like you’re constantly in a photoshoot for some very cool magazine.
  • Ordering the queso fundido and ceviche and washing them down poolside with a cocktail whilst watching the sun set behind the mountains. Glorious.
  • Making funny faces in the old school photobooth. Again. And again. And again.
  • Releasing your inner diva at the Amigo Room’s regular karaoke night.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs / 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 / enquire.psp@acehotel.com

Long time no see

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So…it’s been a while. And after months of absence our reunion has been highly emotional. The last few days this here blog and I have run across a beach and flung ourselves into each others’ arms in slow motion. We’ve skated across a crowded ice rink searching for someone only to realise we’re the one each other has been waiting for our whole lives. You get the picture.

It’s not like I meant to leave for so long, but there are times when fortunately and unfortunately other competing goals take off and shoot you in another completely polar direction for some time. One part of my life was growing in a big way and consuming all my time and energy, mentally, physically and emotionally.

So our trip abroad came at the perfect time. It was a release from work pressures and time to reacquaint ourselves with things that bring pure pleasure and immerse ourselves in adventure and wonderment. What a way to feed one’s soul.

Our journey was both leisurely and fleet-footed as we practically consumed our surrounds as if stars and horizon-eating roads could sustain us. A teaser of the west coast took us into the desert then up Highway 1 to take in Big Sur. We collected pine cones and driftwood in Oregon until the big lights of New York City ultimately drew us in. And then as always happens, it was homewards for us but full, happy and satisfied.

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