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Hollywood Glam in Palm Springs

Words by Kathy Till
Photos courtesy of Riviera Palm Springs
If “classic Hollywood glam” are words you use to describe the theme of your wedding event, then you must consider the Riviera Palm Springs, one of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts.

As you enter into the resort, you’ll be welcomed by a romantic and nostalgic familiarity that has been passed down from iconic starlets, vintage fashion and films from the silver screen. The large, but intimate feeling 24-acre resort boasts interior walls that are illuminated orange (Frank Sinatra’s favorite color).  

In 2008, the thoroughly remodeled resort had its re-grand opening and every little detail of “Old Hollywood” was taken into consideration. The mid-century modern furnishings inspired the décor and the mysterious artistic creations hanging on the walls – some of which are made out of Guatemalan coins. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to imagine Marilyn Monroe or the “Rat Pack” hanging out in one of beautifully appointed cabanas at the Bikini Pool, which is in the heart of the resort and the hub of entertainment.  
 
Savor the world-class cuisine at Circa 59 and then capture the happenings in the Bikini Bar, Starlite Lounge or the Chiki Bar. Don’t be surprised if someone famous stops by to reminisce and they may even perform just for old times’ sake. At the end
of the evening, as you meander back to one of the 398 luxurious guestrooms and spacious, oversized suites, you’ll notice it truly feels like a boutique resort rather than a sprawling chain hotel.
 
The resort offers everything needed for your wedding event, whether it’s an outside, intimate ceremony overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains or a reception, complete with a seated dinner in the stunning Grand Ballroom for a large group.

There are various activities to take in at the resort; enjoy fun, sun and relaxation by one of the three heated pools or treat yourself to Cleopatra’s Milk Ritual at SpaTerre. For an outdoor adventure, jump on the complimentary trolley right in front of the resort to downtown Palm Springs where you can stroll down the “Walk of Stars.” For some sensational food combinations, check out Workshop Kitchen + Bar, where you can have your rehearsal dinner with a personalized menu. If exploration is on your list, then experience a natural high on the Aerial Tramway while you enjoy a ten-minute ride from the desert floor up to the alpine forest at 8,516 feet.

The 354 days of sunshine and the ambiance of this destination resort will appeal to all of your senses. See, smell, taste and touch all that the Riviera Palm Springs has to offer and when your special occasion comes to an end, know that everyone will leave feeling a little nostalgic of a bygone era.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2015 issue. You can order a copy here.

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