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What's New in Greater Palm Springs in 2021


While 2020 has been a difficult year, travelers can set their sights on Greater Palm Springs as a must-visit destination in 2021 as a variety of offerings are on the horizon that range from new and renovated hotels to a surf club in the middle of the desert! Below, please find information on developments in the region for the remainder of 2020 and into the new year.

Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Oasis: Opening January 2021, Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis will offer a unique desert spa experience where guests can soak in the only fresh-flowing geothermal mineral pools in California and with the majestic backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains. The resort will offer 40 overnight accommodations, ranging from spa suites with private mineral spring tubs to balcony-view rooms facing the stunning western mountainscape.


Palm Springs Surf Club: Slated to open July 2021, the Palm Springs Surf Club is designed for surfers, by pro surfers including Kalani Robb, Cheyne Magnusson, Tom Lochtefeld, Eric Muñoz and the rest of the Pono Acquisition Partners team. It’ll feature a wave pool with SurfLoch technology, cabana space, a restaurant, gym, spa, surfboard shop, and more. In addition to the Palm Springs Surf Club, two other surf properties are in the works – DSRT SURF in Palm Desert and Coral Mountain in La Quinta.

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum: Opening in downtown Palm Springs in 2021, the museum will celebrate the history, culture and modern times of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. It will also be the home of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring.


Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City: Opening in late 2020, the Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City consists of over 30,000 square feet of gaming and a 12,000 square foot outdoor Agua Caliente Pavilion, which will host live entertainment and special events with an amazing view of desert landscape and picturesque mountain tops.


Desert X: The third installment of the internationally acclaimed biennial desert art exhibition returns in 2021, starting Feb. 6. through April 11. Visitors can explore new outdoor art installations across the desert region for an exciting socially-distant experience.



Casa Cody: The 29-room Casa Cody, Palm Springs’ oldest operating hotel located in the Racquet Club Estates neighborhood, is reopening late 2020 following a property-wide renovation under the management of Casetta Group. Casa Cody is comprised of historic structures including the Adobe House, California Ranch Home (known as Winters House) and the Olympic Cottage, a home once used to house athletes during the Los Angeles 1932 Summer Olympics.

Tailor Shop: Opening in December, Tailor Shop is a new cocktail bar serving craft cocktails with sights, feel and tastes from around the world along with small bites by one of the world’s top sushi chefs Engin Onural. Engin also owns Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey and The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge in Palm Springs.

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs: Opening Nov. 24 following a renovation and conversion of the pre-existing property, Riviera Palm Springs, Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs is located just minutes from downtown Palm Springs. The resort will include 398 rooms; multiple Margaritaville-inspired dining options with indoor and outdoor seating; a St. Somewhere Spa, the city's largest resort spa; all-new family-oriented programming; and more than 40,000 square feet of combined wedding, meeting and event space.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells – This fall, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells debuted a new waterpark and lazy river including two – 30-foot dueling waterslides and a 450-foot lazy river making the new addition nine pools total – including an adults only pool, a family pool and kids pool.


Air Service: This fall, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) was acknowledged as the fastest growing airport in the country. The airport added additional flights to existing routes as well as increased air service including flights from six new destinations. New destinations include Boise, ID; Eugene, OR; San Jose, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Reno, NV; and Oakland, CA. The airport also welcomed two all-new carriers to the destination, Southwest Airlines and Boutique Air.

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