Go Back In Time At This Desert Oasis
Go back to the 1920’s and enjoy a tranquil stay at this Mediterranean and Moroccan design influenced desert paradise in the heart of Palm Springs. You want peace and relaxation? This is your new home away from home!
A short shuttle from the open air Palm Springs International airport, you will arrive at Korakia Pensione in about 5 minutes; very convenient, especially for travel-worn guests!
S. Patencio Road actually divides the property; the Moroccan side on the East side and the Mediterranean design compound on the West side. Guest registration is based in the Moroccan side, so walk through the gorgeous key-hole shaped entrance and you’re there!
Just inside the open design office is a desk where one of the all-female staff will greet you and get you registered in and walk you to your room. The first stay I was warmly helped by Daiana and she made me feel very welcome. So far, so good!
Bedside the office area is a Moroccan tea stand I highly recommend to enjoy throughout your stay – I did! Beside that is a lovely library (a hangout of Scottish painter Gordon Coutts, who owned the Moroccan villa in the 1920’s) with seating (don’t sit in one of the resident cats who sleep there sometimes, Roosevelt & Sasha!) so you can peruse the historical reference books and perhaps make friends with other guests at the same time.
I choose the ‘Bedouin’ room, both for its simplicity and tucked away location. Slightly set back from the pool and nicely tucked in between other suites, it was perfect for me. Enjoy the walk to your rooom, as you pass the gorgeous Moroccan style fountains and antiques dispersed throughout the property. Most of the white washed stone buildings are covered in beautiful Bougainvillea vines (breathe!), with citrus blossoms, olive trees, oleander bushes and soaring date palms filling in the empty spaces of the compound perfectly. Gorgeous!
Walking into the stone building the Bedouin room is set in, one feels the cool temperature as the insulation of thick stone work keeps out most of the heat very nicely. I believe there is an air conditioner inside, but, it was cool enough naturally that I never used it.
We were greeted upon entry of this antique filled room by the voice of (the late, great) Amy Winehouse, who’s vinyl record was playing on the Crosley record player set on a wall unit shelf. Nice touch! Otherwise, there are no other electronic entertainment devices: no tv or radios here! A remote control for the a/c unit was on a serving trolley where a Keurig coffee machine rested, as well as, at my request, an electric kettle, as I prefer tea. Nice touches!
Walking past the entry area through a stone arched entry into the bedroom space is a Queen mattress footing the approx 250 Sq. Ft. room on the left, set on a high stone platform, and was very comfortable – a soft firm. The washroom was small but with all the essentials including a stone shower stall. A nice assortment of bathroom amenities were supplied, by Damana, and were of very good quality.
Otherwise, an antique wall unit held the record player, records and an assortment of books. Beside it are the double French doors that open onto the small but very cozy stone patio which has a bistro table and two chairs. It was perfect to sit out in the shade early mornings enjoying my tea and the sounds of so many birds hustling and bustling about.
After settling in, changing into our bathing suits and slathering plenty of high-SPF sun protection lotion on, we walked out to rest poolside. It’s a short walk past a lovely wall fountain area, and the lush foliage with so many lovely scents of their own throughout. We found a couple metal lounge chairs and (noisily) pushed them into sun facing positions and crashed. Every twenty minutes or so in the 80+ November temps heat we would step into the gorgeous infinity design salt water pool and lay in the water on our backs, gazing at the Palm leaves waving lazily high above us, taking in the warmth of the desert Sun. This was incredibly relaxing for me!
Fortunately, each pool has a stand where large dispensers of iced water infused with lemons or limes and cups are set to help keep hydrated. This is very important and necessary, so we were thankful as being newly arrived, we had still to go out to get some groceries for our stay.
We were still in time for lunch, so we ordered a salad with fresh fruit drinks and enjoyed poolside. Service was quick and very friendly. The wifi worked great out in the compound so plenty of pics were taken and sent to family and friends enjoying the cold Fall temperatures back in Toronto. Sorry, not sorry!
The sun here does fall behind the San Jacinto mountain range a bit early, by approximately 4pm it was gone. We enjoyed a few hours so soon after we retreated to our room to shower and change. It was time to pick up some sundries for our stay. At the office area you can ask for complimentary use of their bikes, so we made the 10-15 minute ride up to Ralph’s grocery store. It is huge with everything one would need and we filled up a few bags of essentials like water bottles and snacks for our stay.
Later, after returning from the pleasant ride, we walked back out to the main drag (it was pitch black by 7:30pm) S. Palm Canyon Drive, where many restaurants, bars, clothing and souvenir shops await. It’s very clean and safe to walk to and fro, checking out so many places I was dizzy by the end! The stops we made to eat were all very nice in design, service, food quality and prices. There shouldn’t be a problem finding something to suit your own tastes. Or, instead order in as many fast-food delivery options are at your disposal too. Enjoy!
We walked back to the Mediterranean side compound to the rear area afterwards, and joined a small group already seated/laying on the wooden deck used for both weekend yoga classes (do register and enjoy this!) and nighttime outdoor classic films projected onto a wall. On this night we enjoyed a Marilyn Monroe Classic, ‘The Prince And The Showgirl’. We lay against some of the many pillows of different sizes and got comfortable and enjoyed the evening (a bit cool, we grabbed our hoodies when we got back) under the millions of twinkly stars above. Beautiful and very romantic mood setting!
I might as well say the following days were Groundhog Days, as we woke up early to sit outside and enjoy freshly made breakfasts (included) with other guests on the patio area at the entrance. The kitchen staff made wonderful pancakes, bacon, huevos rancheros and crepes with plenty of fresh fruits and juices on the side. Absolutely delicious!
Then we spent the day poolside, with hours of suntanning, floating in the pool, and drinking plenty of water. Relaxing and daydreaming the only activities until the sun set each night! Of course, walk around both compounds and get some lovely keepsake photos to remember your stay by. Some of ours are included here. Be careful, as I believe photo taking cannot be done in a manner that may disturb other guests, or if you are part of a group, you may be asked by staff to book a photo session for a fee but in areas they will prepare and clear for you. Something to be aware of and you should ask about on arrival. They have a strict ‘do not disturb other guests’ policy. I get it, that’s the mantra of this relaxing, quiet, peaceful paradise!
By the end of five days, we both felt completely relaxed and rejuvenated. Never were we bothered by loud noises in or outside the room. The rest and quiet does do miracles to recharge oneself. Only getting away like this do you realize the importance of escaping the rat race of work life and noises and stresses of big city living to rehabilitate one’s soul and re-energize oneself back to optimum levels. Just what the doctor ordered!
It’s always hard to leave a paradise like this, and especially after making new friends with this most wonderful and welcoming staff of this most unique and special desert hideaway. Do get down here and get a dose of rest and rejuvenation for yourself!
Rating; 10/10 Superb!
257 S. Patencio Road, Palm Springs
Tel: (760) 864-6411
Tips: Least busy on weekdays; No alcohol is served here, so if required, pick some up outside; A no ‘party’ type of resort, keep that in mind; part or all of resort occasionally rented out for weddings; Not a ‘full-service’ property, breakfasts only included, lunch for fees, no room service (no phones anyway) except for cleaning; no loud conversations in the pool areas; no children under 13 allowed; most rooms just a mini bar fridge included, but ask staff for kettles or special needs for assistance; couples massages avail for fee; bikes and wifi are included; get ready to relax and enjoy the quiet!