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The Ultimate Guide to Palm Springs Luxury Vacation Rentals

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By Barbara Beckley

Palm Springs is an excellent choice for those who value comfort and relaxation yet want exclusivity with attention to detail. At the heart of this desert oasis are its exquisite luxury vacation rentals, each offering an unparalleled experience of comfort, elegance, and indulgence. From sprawling estates with sweeping mountain views to chic modern villas, Palm Springs luxury vacation rentals redefine the art of hospitality, promising a getaway like no other.

Celebrity Chic Luxury Vacation Rentals

Since the Golden Age of Hollywood, Palm Springs has been a go-to for the rich and famous. It boasts superstar homes galore, from Barry Manilow, Leonardo de Caprio, and Frank Sinatra to Marilyn Monroe, Liberace, and studio owners—all who demanded the ultimate in luxury.

The Dinah Shore Estate – 6 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths

A midcentury marvel inside and out. The former home of Hollywood singer, actor, and TV personality Dinah Shore, it provides a lavish stay in 7,000 square feet of living space on 1.4 acres. It is located in the sought-after Old Las Palmas neighborhood. Designed for Dinah in 1964 by midcentury master architect Donald Wexler, it includes walls of glass, sunken living areas, fireplaces, and polished wood ceilings. Relax and entertain in the living room with generous seating, a grand piano, and a large sunken cocktail bar. Or the dining room with an adjacent state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen. Or the den.

The primary bedroom suite includes a room-sized walk-in closet, a freeform bath with an indoor shower, and an outdoor shower attached to a palm tree! Also, a sauna and Japanese soaking tub. Guests and families choose from five additional bedrooms, including the one-bedroom guesthouse that opens into the pool and spa.

Relax around the pool and spa, outside bar, or play tennis on the private courts. If you’re not playing, you can watch from the private tennis viewing casita, with couches, a kitchen, a bar, and a bath.

dinah shore estate living room

dinah shore estate pool

Sonny & Cher’s Villa Carmelita – 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths

The glamorous Sonny & Cher Villa is legendary for double stardom. It was built in 1930 for Hollywood star Joseph Cotten (he starred in Citizen Kane) and is located in South Palm Springs’ star-studded Mesa enclave. During the 1980s, the villa was home to singer, songwriter, politician, and Mayor of Palm Springs Sonny Bono.

Recently redone by California designer Rudi Polak, the split-level walled estate features brown, black, and white tones punctuated with bursts of color – such as the bright red pool chairs. A chic entry fountain and patio open into the foyer, where a staircase leads to the main living area, dining area, and spacious kitchen. Glass walls open onto the elegant center courtyard featuring a large heated pool, outdoor living/dining area with a fireplace, comfy daybed, and plenty of occasional seating.

To the side of the villa, enjoy the Jacuzzi, built-in BBQ, ping pong table, and outdoor shower. The primary bedroom offers direct access to the courtyard pool and an ensuite bath, including a soaking tub and a separate shower. The other four bedrooms are spread throughout the estate for cozy privacy. Dramatic mountain views are everywhere. And it’s doggie-friendly.

Elegant entrance of a building featuring an ornate wooden door set in a textured wall with symmetrical geometric designs, flanked by ornamental sconces and lush potted palms, under an exposed wooden beam ceiling with terracotta tiled flooring.

Sonny & Cher pool

Casa De Coachella – 4 Bedrooms, 5 Baths

Experience the style of superstar Elizabeth Taylor – and the interior-design talent of her good friend, supermodel Kathy Ireland – in Taylor’s former Palm Springs home. Originally named Casa Elizabeth, Ireland furnished, renovated, and renamed the 4,200-square-foot property Casa De Coachella in honor of being a venue for Coachella Music Festival superstar parties.

It’s often also called “The Jewel of the Desert.” With reason. Impressive original art, including Andy Warhol’s classic painting of Taylor and – who knew – original paintings by Taylor herself, grace the walls. You’ll also find many of Taylor’s possessions from her travels. The interior pairs modern with antiques, such as the huge crystal chandelier. Enormous sliding glass doors disappear into walls. Sip cocktails by the fireplace. Soak in the Palm Springs sunshine around the signature pool featuring a waterfall, spa, cabana, outdoor shower, and outdoor kitchen. Perfect for poolside posing.

Three bedrooms are in the house, and the fourth bedroom and full bath are in the casita. Mountain views frame manicured lawns.

 Luxury Estates & Villas

The Pond Estate – 11 Bedrooms, 11 Baths

Luxury to spare! The Pond Estate offers 18,685 square feet of Southwestern hacienda style on 12 acres in the gated Andreas Hills enclave of South Palm Springs. A one-of-a-kind oasis with a touch of Zen, you’re greeted by a private pond (the estate’s namesake) with a manicured island navigable by a footbridge. Prelude to the main house, guest house, casita, and lavish amenities, including a tennis court, fitness room, media room, grand piano, Hammam, sauna, indoor Jacuzzi, indoor pool, indoor wet bar, outdoor pool, outdoor hot tubs, riding stables – even a helicopter pad.

Beautiful interiors reflect aristocratic glamor, as in the atrium’s terrazzo floors and beaded chandeliers; arched doorways framing free-flowing ambassadorial spaces, and coffered ceilings, stone fireplace, and wrought-iron details in the expansive living room and formal dining room. At the same time, the guest house and casita are stylishly rustic, with stucco fireplaces, terracotta floors, and beamed ceilings. Each with a fully equipped kitchen. All bedrooms have walk-in closets. On the grounds, pathways wind around fountains to the outdoor pool, pool bar, al-fresco kitchen, outdoor dining area, bar, terrace with loungers, BBQ, fire pit, and tennis court. Climate-controlled garages have space for 11 cars.

A serene landscape featuring lush gardens, a reflective pond with a white footbridge, terracotta-colored buildings, and a backdrop of rugged mountains under a clear sky.

An outdoor swimming pool with surrounding sun loungers at a terracotta-colored resort, with mountains in the background and a clear blue sky above.

Bella Vista Estate – 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths

Spanish-style Bella Vista Estate is one of Palm Springs’ largest tennis estates on 1.5 acres in the posh Andreas Hills. This Palm Springs luxury vacation rental offers tennis, and you’ll also enjoy a pickleball court, putting green, a 50-foot lap pool, an eight-person Jacuzzi, and a Baja tanning shelf. And that to a cushy outdoor living room, outdoor kitchen with built-in grill, outdoor fireplace, and 12-person dining table for alfresco meals under the portico. Past the pool, the casita has two bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.

Inside the main house, glass doors and picture windows capture the dramatic views. Eighteen-foot vaulted ceilings and sumptuous seating in the living room create a refined space to gather around the fireplace and grand piano. In the den, there’s seating for 20. The lavish primary bedroom opens onto the grounds and pool, and features a fireplace, and ensuite bath with soaking tub and oversized shower. Both main house guest bedrooms have ensuite baths. One features a spiral staircase leading to a furnished reading loft and outside balcony! The other has a private patio.

Not surprising Bella Vista Estate hosts numerous VIPs, including Oscar winners, politicians, and sports figures.

A luxurious pool area in front of a single-story villa at twilight, with lit interior rooms, outdoor furniture, palm trees, and a mountainous backdrop under a colorful sunset sky.

An aerial view of a luxurious resort with a tennis court in the foreground, a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, and a mountainous backdrop.

Yoasis Palm Springs  – 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths

Revel in grand Bohemian and Hollywood Regency style in this Modernism Week 2023 Showcase House on the 18th hole of South Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons Golf Resort. It overlooks the famous Walt Disney Fountain, which he gifted to the gold resort. Transformed by award-winning local Grace Home Furnishings, posh features include a salt-water swimming pool, two resort-style cabanas, tanning shelf, spa, alfresco dining for 10, fire pit and grill, and attached one-bedroom casita.

Inside this Palm Springs luxury vacation rental extras include automated blinds, skylights, and an optional Tesla charger in the two-car garage. The entire 4,775-square-foot residence is solar powered. Relax and entertain in the formal living room, with a fireplace and wet bar; spacious family room, also with a fireplace; hexagon-shaped dining room, and chef’s kitchen outfitted with JennAir appliances, wine fridge and booth seating for four. All bedrooms have private patios and walk-in showers. The sumptuous principal bedroom has a sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto the pool, cabanas, and San Jacinto Mountains.

A white mid-century modern style house with a red front door, surrounded by palm trees, a manicured lawn with decorative stones and desert plants, under a cloudy sky.

A modern house with illuminated interiors and exterior LED lights at twilight, featuring a swimming pool, lounge chairs, and palm trees in the background.

Sand Acre Estate  – 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths

Revel in the glamour yourself in this 1933 Spanish-style estate on an acre of manicured grounds in Palm Springs’ Movie Colony neighborhood. Red tile roofs, a fountain in the circular driveway, and swaying palms set the tone for an elegant experience. Lux amenities include a tennis court, pool, spa, oversized patio area and poolside cabana. Each bedroom includes an ensuite bath. Two bedrooms are interconnected, and one is upstairs. The large chef’s kitchen boasts a full suite of new appliances including a Viking professional gas range.

Luxurious Mediterranean-style villa with terracotta roof tiles, surrounded by palm trees, featuring a circular driveway and central water fountain, set against a backdrop of mountains under a twilight sky.

Blue Lotus Villa  – 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths

Retreat to Spanish-style luxe on a half-acre, and plenty of living space for friends and larger families in the prestigious Mesa neighborhood of South Palm Springs. Gather in the cozy courtyard, or the spacious outdoor living room in the resort-style yard. Enjoy the lap pool, separate spa, fireplace, built-in BBQ, cheery umbrellas, and outdoor dining area framed by colorful blooms, fruit trees.

Inside this Palm Springs luxury vacation rental, 4,700 square feet make living easy with vaulted ceilings, glass walls and picture windows. Relax by the fireplace in the great room. Enjoy movies in the media room. Entertain in the dining room, and gourmet kitchen with bar seating for four. The primary bedroom features separate vanities and a soaking tub.

A luxurious single-story house with terracotta roofing and a row of sun loungers by a swimming pool during twilight with nearby palm trees and mountains in the background.

Bright and spacious modern living room with high ceilings, large windows, and an open layout that leads to an outdoor patio area with umbrellas and seating. The room features multiple colorful sofas, decorative lighting, and a mix of eclectic furnishings.

 Villa Sierra: That Pink Door House – 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths

Live the mid-mod dream inside this Regency-style super star – featured in countless Modernism Week tours and photos. It’s also all over Instagram. Open the Pink Doors and welcome friends in for cocktails. Sprawling across a double lot in South Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons neighborhood, its 5,300 square feet are ideal for entertaining and poolside chat. Floor-to-ceiling windows blur the boundaries between inside and outside creating multiple entertainment areas. Indoor spaces include a formal dining room, billiard room with a wet bar, and gourmet kitchen. Outside is another dining area, outdoor bars, and BBQ grills, 75-foot pool, spa, a built-in tanning shelf, and 10-person pool cabana. Each of the bedrooms open to the backyard garden.

A modern house exterior at dusk with a central pink door lit by lanterns, flanked by two large agave plants and a pathway with a water feature, with tall palm trees to the right and a neat lawn around.

that pink door

Dunham Estate  – 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths

Think swanky in this midcentury villa, with special features including a glass-walled atrium, sunken living room with a grand piano, and elevated dining room. It sits on a half-acre at the end of a cul-de-sac in the posh-and-private Andreas Hills enclave. Glass walls open onto the grand outdoor covered patio, custom pool, spa, outdoor dining area for eight, built-in gas BBQ, indoor/outdoor wet bar, and expansive desert garden, all surrounded by palm trees. You’ll hardly know you’ve stepped inside – with the villa’s 5,000-square-foot open-concept of multiple courtyards, skylights, plants, vaulted ceilings, and glass walls.

Sip cocktails in the sunken living room around the piano, or showpiece fireplace at this Palm Springs luxury vacation rental. Dine with guests in the elevated formal dining room overlooking the atrium. There’s also a media room with a wet bar, gourmet kitchen with a casual dining area, and counter seating. Choose among three bedrooms, and a casita, all with ensuite bathrooms. The primary bedroom has glass walls, private access to the outdoors, and a show-stopping bathtub surrounded by Sago Palms, barrel cactus and tons of natural light.

Aerial view of a modern luxury house with a swimming pool, surrounded by tall palm trees against a backdrop of mountainous terrain under a clear blue sky.

A modern bathroom featuring a freestanding tub, a large walk-in shower with a glass front, double sinks with gold fixtures on a wooden vanity, two wall-mounted mirrors, herringbone tile walls, and a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of palm trees and mountains. A ceiling fan, skylight, and stylish wall sconces provide ample lighting. Decorative pebbles, stepping stones, and greenery create a natural ambiance in the shower area.

Casa De Tierra – 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths

Prominently featured in Architectural Digest, this one-of-a-kind find (it’s celebrity-owned, but we can’t say who) in South Palm Springs’ Warm Sands neighborhood is the definition of 5-star fabulous. Sporting a mix of modern Spanish with hints of Greek Cycladic architecture, every angle is social media-ready, transporting you via photos to Tulum, Mykonos—even the set of White Lotus. The meticulously manicured backyard invites relaxation and cocktail conversation around the pool, spa, fire pit, multiple alfresco dining areas, and poolside casita.

High-end finishes include marble baths, unique curved windows, a two-sided fireplace, and a lux open kitchen with waterfall stone countertops, SMEG appliances, and island seating for seven! The dining room has a wet bar with a fridge and ice maker. Nestled behind the living room, a sweet reading nook features a fireplace, rattan hanging chairs, and garden views. The jaw-dropping primary suite sports a spa-like tub, double sinks, a dressing/vanity area, and French doors to the garden. One guest bedroom is equally exceptional – a private loft up a flight of stairs with vaulted ceilings, a built-in upholstered banquette, and an ensuite bath including a stone vanity and statement mirror. The one-bedroom casita has an ensuite bath, a soaking tub, and a large walk-in closet. Wow!

A spacious modern living room with white walls, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, and large windows. The room features a seating area with plush sofas and a unique white coffee table, a hanging rattan chair, an open fireplace, and decorative lighting. In the background is an open-plan dining area and a kitchen with white cabinetry and an island.

An illuminated luxury backyard with an in-ground swimming pool at twilight, featuring an outdoor lounge area with a fire pit, cushioned chairs, and a covered patio adjacent to a white two-story house surrounded by tall palm trees.

 Rising Sun  – 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths

Curving lines define this impeccable indoor-outdoor gem tucked in South Palm Springs. Designer décor, soaring ceilings, and glass walls look to the mountainscape and resort-style yard with a pool, spa, three-hole putting green, outdoor dining, and conversation areas. Walled and gated on a third acre, its 3,700 square feet also includes a gourmet kitchen, with an oversized island with seating for four, a dining area, a great room featuring a floating onyx hearth fireplace, and a wet bar. Plus, a casita. The primary bedroom includes a freestanding soaking tub. All bedrooms have ensuite baths. Casita extras include a mini-fridge and an office with a sofa bed.

A modern outdoor patio with seating and a fire pit, overlooking a geometric garden and situated against a backdrop of a pink and blue sky at dusk, with palm trees and a mountainous landscape in the distance.

A luxurious backyard at dusk featuring a symmetric rectangular swimming pool surrounded by neatly trimmed grass and flower beds, with a modern single-level house with large windows and sliding doors, outdoor furniture, and a vibrant pink and blue sky in the background.

The Escape Island – 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths

Super hip and super lux, this one-and-only designed by David Rios is sure to blow your, and your guests’ minds, with its breathtaking design. This showpiece includes a private mini golf course and rooftop artist’s loft bedroom with 360 views from its Little Tuscany neighborhood perch. Also, the large pool, in-ground spa, fire pit, BBQ, outdoor shower, outdoor dining area, and unique turf area for bocce ball, cornhole, badminton and Jenga. Plus, a dumbbell set and yoga mats.

Glass sliders allow seamless outdoor/indoor transition to the chic living room, which features cool backlighting to suit your mood, a bar, fireplace, and Smart TV. Also, a fully equipped open kitchen. And uniquely themed bedrooms, with ensuite bath in the principal bedroom.

A modern living room with a large orange velvet sectional sofa, contrasting black and white throw pillows, a circular coffee table with golden vases, and a fireplace. The décor includes a dark paneled wall with a round golden artwork depicting lips, colorful chairs at a bar area by the window, and vibrant plants and framed artwork. The room features white walls with exposed gray beams on the ceiling and ample natural light.

Apek vacation rental

The Morse House  – 3 Bedrooms, 4 Baths

An impeccable home with a rich heritage and unparalleled experiences. This 3,711-square-foot gem was designed in 1961 by renowned architects Dan Palmer and William Krisel in the stylish Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, and later renovated by Hollywood architect Harold “Hal” Levitt. It was the first to be designated a Class 1 Historic Site within the community—and won the Palm Springs Preservation Award in 2018.

Palm Springs perfection for cocktails at its swim-up pool bar as the sky turns pink at twilight. Inside, the grand hallway is akin to an art gallery. But it’s the sunken living room that provides the maximum extravagance anyone could ask for – with sliding glass pocket doors that disappear into the walls, allowing you and your guests to step directly into the outdoor swimming pool!!

The Morse House

The Morse House

Wexler Steel House #4  – 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths

The luxury of being in one of the only homes of its kind – in the world! Celebrate the experience of the innovative modernist architecture that defines Palm Springs. Built of steel and glass – no wood – by master architect Donald Wexler in North Palm Springs in 1962. Its sleek lines, clean angles and abundant natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows surround you in living history, blending indoor and outdoor spaces for a sophisticated respite.

A grand piano sets an elegant tone in the foyer. Relax in the living area’s curated furnishings perfectly balanced between form and function, around the fireplace and expansive windows. Whip up culinary delights with state-of-the-art appliances in the minimalist chef’s kitchen, and welcome friends in the stylish dining area. Take a dip in the pool or relqax in the spa. Soak up the sun on the patio. Enjoy alfresco meals in the shaded outdoor dining area. Admire the beautifully landscaped grounds. Fall asleep in one of the bright and spacious bedrooms. Thoughtfully designed for comfort and relaxation, with ensuite baths.

Wexler steel house #4

Palm Springs Luxury Vacation Rental Agencies

Palm Springs’ luxury choices are truly endless. Look to Palm Springs’ high-end vacation rental agencies to make your most extravagant vacation dreams come true. Here’s a sampling:

ACME House Company  sets the bar high, with more than 150 privately owned luxury Palm Springs vacation rentals. From midcentury modern masterpieces to Spanish-style villas, every home is thoughtfully curated to provide an unforgettable experience for every vacation or gathering need. High-end furnishings, vibrant color palettes, and carefully chosen decor create a sense of warmth and sophistication. Ideal locations, 5-star amenities, and luxury features such as pools, chef kitchens, hot tubs, BBQ areas, spacious patios, and cozy bedrooms let you vacation in style. Bringing your four-legged friend? Acme has a wide selection of pet-friendly vacation rentals. And for larger gatherings, more than 50 properties with four or more bedrooms.

Luxsy Palm Springs goes above and beyond with extras in its portfolio of upscale Palm Springs estates. Executive chefs, grocery stocking, wine/bar services, childcare, in-home spa services, and an on-line concierge. It’s the official L’Occitane hotel retailer, with L’Occitane toiletries in each vacation rental. Plus, 24/7 guest relations. And world-class technology including a live guest book tablet in every rental for area events and information, entertainment, and direct management contact.

ModMansions delivers the star treatment, with a collection of celebrity estate homes they own – so you’re in direct contact with the owner. Properties include The Cockoo’s Nest in the Movie Colony neighborhood, formerly owned by Dale Wassermann, author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The 5,000-square-foot-plus Songwriter’s Sanctuary, also in the Movie Colony, formerly owned by American songwriter, composer, and producer Michael Masser, who created music for A-listers like Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole. Hollywood star Alan Ladd’s former mid-century modern estate, designed by famed architect Donald Wexler. The Celebrity Hideaway, boasting a heart-shaped pool, in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood. And the Betty Grable Estate on the golf course in the Indian Canyons neighborhood.

Natural Retreats combines the luxury of a private home with lavish amenities, pampered concierge service, and other lifestyle luxuries. Each vacation rental is handpicked for distinctive architecture and design, telling a unique story through creative artwork and furnishings. An example is Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate in the Movie Colony neighborhood, with that famous piano-shaped swimming pool. All rentals have pools with resort-style lounge furniture. Some are large enough to host weddings. Another nice touch – guests receive an in-person property check-in by a team member, who continues as their personal concierge.

psLux specializes in designer mid-century and modern homes – many featured in design magazines and Palm Springs Modernism Week. Examples include psPalms, a six-bedroom, seven-bath, 4,600-square-foot estate in the Las Palmas neighborhood. Pet-friendly psHermosa, at nearly 6,000-square-feet, with nine baths, six bedrooms, full bar, and gourmet kitchen. And newly renovated ps1959, an Alexander by famed architect William Krisel, one of the largest homes of its kind in the Racquet Club Estates neighborhood.

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