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Design Destination :: La Serena Villas Boutique Hotel In Palm Springs

Last month my bestie and I set out for a quick few days in LA and Palm Springs, and we decided to make it a design destination trip, some of which Erin rounded up on her blog, Apartment34. Now - while we both love our husbands - there is something to be said for heading off on a trip with friends who have the same agenda as you! There was lots of hopping around to instagram-worthy restaurants, shops and hotels! But my favorite may have been the La Serena Villas in Palm Springs...

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Originally built in 1933, the mini villas (think adorable Mediterranean-style cottages) were completely revamped in the past few years, each one being built back up to include a private patio and - in some cases - a private spa. I loved the cozy feel of the grounds with their minimal landscaping, and the mountains as our backdrop.

cactus minimalis landscaping | tour of la serena villas palm springs on coco kelley

sunset over the pool at la serena villas palm springs | tour on coco kelley

 pair of peacock chairs | tour of la serena villas palm springs on coco kelley

We arrived right at sunset the first night and caught that magical view from up on the rooftop of the hotel's restaurant, Azucar.

a cozy spot for a cocktail with a big bench seat | tour of la serena villas palm springs on coco kelley

This massive bench seat was the perfect spot to cozy into for a cocktail before heading out for the night. I loved how the more muted palette up here meshed with the backdrop of the mountains.

outdoor fireplace rooftop patio at azucar | coco kelley

We were lucky enough to get a little upgrade for our brief stay, and ended up in one of the larger villas that came complete with a small kitchen and breakfast nook, living room, huge bed and bath, and hot tub!

palm springs style living room with boho style | tour of la serena villas  palm springs on coco kelley

layers of boho fabrics | tour of la serena villas palm springs on coco kelley

The spaces were all designed by Avenue Interior Design, and man do they know what they're doing. Look at that expert layering job!

black and white bedroom with pops of color | tour of la serena villas palm springs on coco kelley

After a good night's sleep we plunged into the hot tub in the morning with our complimentary breakfast baskets that were delivered right to our door. The service here was beyond!

private jacuzzi in our villa!

After our dip, we hit up the restaurant for second breakfast (don't judge)ย because we just couldn't miss out on the chance to enjoy breakfast with a view of the pool from the Frida room.

the frida table at Azucar restaurant | tour of la serena villas palm springs on coco kelley

bold black and white tile and white equipal chairs at azucar restaurant | tour of la serena villas on coco kelley

I loved how open this space was! And don't get me started on that tile. The hotel has so many great, thoughtful design details.

an eclectic mix at the reception area | tour of la serena villas palm springs on coco kelley

The reception area is small but adorable - I love that this boho vibe almost feels preppy too. And - again - MORE good tile.

the pool at la serena villas palm springs | coco kelley

But of course, the main attraction is the pool! Oh man, did we miss out on some good sun time. We were so busy prepping for our talk at Modernism week that we fully neglected working on our tan lines. Which only means one thing...

lounge area by the pool | tour of la serena villas palm springs on coco kelley

We'll have to go back! I'm pretty sure you'll find me lounging right here on one of these big double chaises. There are so many new, well-designed hotels popping up in Palm Springs, it was hard to choose where to go, but I have to say I truly loved our stay here. The villas felt so private and tucked away, the service was fantastic, and it was nice toย notย feel like you were in a typical hotel environment. If you find yourself headed that way, I'd definitely bookmark this spot!