There’s Something About Palm Springs… Part II of III

Moving along on our tour of Palm Springs hotels, our next stop will be the Korakia Pensione, a Mediterranean inspired oasis of relaxation. Originally a residence built in 1924 entitled ‘Dar Marroc’ for painter Scottish painter Gordon Coutts, the Korakia was designed to imitate the art and architecture of Tangier. Eventually Dar Marroc became a retreat for artists and musicians for Coutts to entertain with his collection of art and books, as well as setting up a studio in which his visitors could explore their own creative side. It was rescued and refurbished in 1989.

Today, there are two villas: the Moroccan and the Mediterranean each surrounded by gardens, pools, adjacent patios and individually named rooms.[1] The wonderful mix of materials include stone tiles, high wood beam ceilings, Moroccan rugs, and mosaic tiles. But let me add that this place isn’t just vintage boring–Forbes Traveler names it one the “Sexiest Hotels in America” so there must be some spark waiting to be lit. And allow me to quote from their website: “Lanterns and fire-pits flicker, illuminating the heated pools at night. Classic and foreign films glimmer on a nearby screen. A Moroccan daybed beckons for stargazing.” And I would like to add that this place still caters to the creative serving as an outlet where writers flee smoggy LA to be thoughtful, quiet and creative in the mountainous hot springs.

Can you imagine anything better?

koakia inside
korakia aegean
korakia bed
korakia casablanca
korakia exterior
korakia hammock
korakia in
korakia orchard house
korakia out
korakia pool
korakia-pensione


[1] Like the ‘Bedouin Suite’ or ‘Aegean Bungalow’. I mean, really, sign me up yesterday.

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