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Coachella Festival 2018 Guide

Greater Palm Springs is California’s desert oasis, once Hollywood’s playground for the likes of Elvis Presley, the Rat Pack and Marilyn Monroe, and now drawing the attention of today’s celebrities including Miley Cyrus, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna, as well as music superstar Beyoncé.

Greater Palm Springs has become a prominent spot for internationally renowned events including the ultimate bucket list experience Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – 13-15 April, 20-22 April, 2018

Each April, Greater Palm Springs transforms into a music mecca as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival descends upon the Empire Polo Club in Indio. With performances by the music industry’s top talent, larger-than-life art installations, iconic desert sunsets and plenty of celebrity sightings, these two weekends are nothing short of magical. Beyoncé, Cardi B, Migos, and Post Malone are some of the top acts headlining in 2016.

To ensure you get the most out of your three-day experience, check out these hotspots on where to stay, eat, drink and unwind in California’s desert oasis;

Where to stay

Aside from onsite camping, hotels are the next best option for the ultimate experience. While most are located a bus ride away from the festival grounds, there are plenty of great packages available to guarantee you get the best value for money.

Top selections include Hilton Palm Springs,  Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs  and Renaissance Palm Springs travel packages that include three nights’ accommodation, 3-day General Admission or VIP passes, shuttle transfers to and from the festival grounds, as well as admission to the Day Club pool parties held at Hilton Palm Springs.

Celebrities will be flocking to Facebook founder Ezra Callahan’s exclusive luxury hotel ARRIVE in the north end of the Uptown Design District in Palm Springs. So be sure to keep an eye out to make your Coachella experience even more glamorous!  For a unique stay try Hotel Paseo’s airtream trailer!

Where to eat & drink

The food line-up is almost as worthy as the artist line-up each year at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, with the likes of Mexicali Taco & Co, Roy Choi and The Grilled Cheese Truck among favourites from previous years.

But you’re going to have to depart the grounds at some point – so checkout the hotspots around to fuel up at include WP Kitchen + Bar showcasing globally-influenced fare, Cheeky’s where you can enjoy locally sourced breakfast with a cup of organic coffee or Tuscan-inspired Italian eatery La Spiga Ristorante Italiano serving up authentic tiramisu.

Where to party afterwards

Hip hotels with poolside DJs attract the cool crowd in Greater Palm Springs. With casinos, clubs, trendy bars and late night happy hours, there’s little reason to stay home in Greater Palm Springs on any night of the week – especially during your Coachella trip.

Top spots include The Ace Hotel & Swim Club where desert vibes are spinning all weekend, late night partying at Zeldas nightclub boasting themed nights and plenty of cocktails, or head to Riviera Palm Springs for the casual shoulder rub with a celebrity.

Where to unwind after a jam-packed three day festival

Being one of the world’s leading wellness destinations, there are plenty of options to unwind and rejuvenate around town after the festival whether it be a luxury spa session, hot stone massage or perhaps a yoga class.

Head towards Two Bunch Palms and enjoy healing waters, gourmet farm-to-table cuisine, as well as an award winning spa and daily yoga classes, relax in private villas with intimate hot tubs at the ultra-refined Parker Palm Springs, or simply turn the world off with a soak in natural, hot springs mineral spas in a number of Desert Hot Springs around Greater Palm Springs.

Get Cultured!

For those not wanting to follow the crowds and are looking for more unique experiences we have you covered!

From March 3rd –May 28th 2018 the Palm Springs Art Museum will be showcasing the Andy Warhol exhibit titled ‘Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation’.

Get your Modernism on. Palm Springs is the perfect destination for those seeking a hip, architecturally cool city to explore. For over 100 years, artists, designers, architects and Hollywood stars have been drawn to this corner of the Southern California desert making the city a hot bed of creativity. On a 90min Mod Squad Tour you will get to discover what makes Palm Springs the mecca for mid-century modern architecture.

Kate Webster

About Kate Webster

Kate Webster is a travel journalist that captures the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.
Kate Webster
Kate Webster
Kate Webster is a travel journalist that captures the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.
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