The Parker Palm Springs

Anna Paola is the founder of amazing swimwear brand Paolita (yes, you’ll recognize her designs if you’ve seen Ellie Goulding or Kourtney Kardashian wearing them on Insta!). When I asked the lovely Greek/Mexican-American designer to share with us one of her favourite hotels in the world, I expected nothing less than a place that is effortlessly stylish and cultured, just like her and her brand.

So it comes as no surprise that she would choose a resort in California’s chic Palm Springs – a resort town long popular with Hollywood starlets and Silicon Valley types looking for an indulgent break. Meet: The Parker Palm Springs.


Anna Paola – a flower among the palm trees!


The Welcome

Anna Paola says: “It is so grounding to sit by the pool surrounded by desert mountains.” This gorgeous resort is set amid palm trees and earthy mountains that gives the entire resort a true sense of calm.


Anna Paola chillin’ by the pool


Sweet Suite

The rooms are a design aficionado’s dream. A creative, discerning traveller like Anna Paola loves the quirky touches and amazing attention to detail at The Parker. Just look at that throw pillow!



The Grounds

There’s something majestic about the sprawling grounds of The Parker. Surrounded by nature, it’s a world away from the highways and glitz of LA, but still retains that chichi air.




It’s an Instagrammer’s paradise, with pops of colour and funky art around every corner.


Just say no… but take a pic first



Open sesame!



Grab a bite by the pool or at Norma’s eatery. The yellow awnings will make you smile for no reason at all…




In case you need further incentive to relax – because, you know, the palm trees, mountains, and chic poolside charm aren’t enough – the spa is an absolute must-try.



What to Pack

For inspiration for what to pack for a stylish stay at The Parker Palm Springs, Anna Paola shares some of her favourite new pieces that can be found on!


Black Magic Aquarius


Chariots Grace


Mandalay Kimono


Retro beach look


Paolita striped tunic
725 AED –

Paolita blue swimwear
430 AED –

Women’s Gold Retro Cat Eye Sunglasses
59 AED –

Bobbi brown cosmetic
130 AED –
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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