Summer Croquet at The Parker Palm Springs


Happy Throwback Thursday! I’m re-sharing a post from one of my favourite places – The Parker Palm Springs. If you ever find yourself in the area – I definitely recommend you stop by this hotel for lunch or for a longer stay.

When I was booking my recent trip through the Californian desert, I came upon the very hip + unique Parker Palm Springs hotel and resort. It was first built as a Holiday Inn in 1959 before Gene Autry (the singing cowboy) coverted it into his Melody Ranch. Merv Griffin puchased and operated the resort in the 90s before it opened as The Parker Palm Springs in 2004. There’s a lot of history and nostalgia in these walls and designer Jonathan Adler has given the hotel a modern update with a heavy retro influence.

I spent a lot of time getting lost in the Alice in Wonderland-esque gardens with its tall hedges and winding paths. I eventually found my way to one of my favourite spots, the croquet lawn.


My Style – I try to keep everything light, colourful and fun when I’m on vacation. Mornings usually mean sliding into my bikini and pairing it up with a cool and flowy swim cover-up like this one. I love the beaded detail and bright orange colour. I went with flip-flops so I wouldn’t slip around the pool.


Croquet is actually way tougher than it looks. The ball is usually made of wood and really heavy. You have to give it really good WHACK to make any sort of difference. Not like mini-golf at all….

The Parker Palm Springs has a dedicated croquet lawn, gym, spa, tennis courts, bocce ball, ping-pong tables, swimming pools, hammocks for lazing around and an outdoor fire pit. It would be impossible to have nothing to do here, unless that’s what you’re looking for.


I think it’s time for lemonade.


Sexy Wavy Beach Hair – My hair has been lightening up over the summer with the sun. I also get super lazy about my thick locks when the humidity is as insane as it is in Palm Springs in the summer.

An easy trick is to wash or wet your hair, apply leave-in conditioner or a curling formula and pull back into a tight bun in the morning. Then proceed to dry your bangs or fringe quickly with a blow dryer. By lunch, pull out your bun and scrunch your hair with some curling cream and let it air dry for the rest of the day. This or a top knot is my summer hair go-to. I’m trying to avoid heat-styling as much as possible.


I had a lovely two-night stay at The Parker and I would highly recommend it if you’re heading to Palm Springs. Rates drop significantly in the summer months and it’s the perfect place for a smart luxury getaway. They also run a sister property in New York City that also houses The Burger Joint.


To learn more


The Parker Palm Springs

4200 East Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, California


(760) 770-5000