California coastal vibes, pastel pink front doors and hot desert retreat on San Diego & Palm Springs holidays

Watch the sun dip behind the desert as you sink into your Palm Springs hotel pool. Or, perched on the Sunset Cliffs of San Diego, it’s Champagne picnics as the Pacific Ocean turns a darker shade of blue. Luring you just two hours outside of Los Angeles, San Diego & Palm Springs holidays are grown-up California spring break style out on the ocean, cruising palm-lined millionaire mansions or stumbling upon high-end restaurants locals try to keep a secret.

Coachella Festival has put Palm Springs on the map again, but long before the hippy tassels and cowboy boots of A-list partygoers descended, the likes of Frank Sinatra, Greta Garbo and Elvis Presley were hiding out here. Surrounded by the San Jacinto Mountains, mid-century modern architecture and botanical gardens, it’s all country-club luxury and unpretentious glamour. So beautiful are the front doors of houses, that one even has its own Instagram hashtag - #ThatPinkDoor. And if you ever fancy leaving your pool, there’s always a soak in the Desert Hot Springs or the Aerial Tramway up to Chino Canyon for a romantic summit dinner.

San Diego is as well heeled as Palm Springs but with a livelier fashion, surf and arts scene. Whether you’re ocean bound, strolling the exquisite Balboa Park Gardens or enticed by the best Mexican restaurants north of the border, you’re in prime position for some of the most beautiful beach towns in the state. Our hand picked holidays to San Diego & Palm Springs include Pacific Coast hideaways with beachfront rooms and iconic architecture. It’s all glitzy coastal La Jolla vibes, snorkelling in reef protected waters and crossing that distinctive blue bridge to exclusive Coronado Island.

Our Personal Travel Experts know the best hotels to stay in, whether you want a sultry desert break or an oceanfront resort. Give us a call and we’ll help craft your dream San Diego & Palm Springs holiday.

  • San Diego’s Balboa Park is home to a fantastic collection of the city’s attractions including the Air & Space Museum and San Diego Zoo
  • The Cabrillo National Monument, the sight of the first European landing on the West Coast, offers a great escape from the heart of San Diego
  • The cultural and historic heart of the city is the Gaslamp Quarter, now home to a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops
  • In just two hours from both San Diego and Los Angeles you can reach Palm Springs, a retreat for Hollywood stars since the 1920s
  • A well renowned golfing destination, Palm Springs is also famous for its natural hot springs and restorative spas.

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Time difference:

GMT -8 hours

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Flying time to destination:

12¾ hours

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This was one of my favourite spots in California. I loved the feel of the Gaslamp Quarter; it’s definitely one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods with hip nightspots, trendy restaurants and funky boutique shops. Stop at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop for an amazing Chocolate Sundae.

Melissa Fritchley