Imagine a getaway that combines the luxury of modern amenities with the charm of historic architecture. That’s what you find at La Serena Villas in Palm Springs, which has just been awarded a prestigious Michelin Key, setting a new standard in hotel experiences. As someone who adores exploring unique and luxurious destinations, I couldn’t wait to dive into what makes La Serena Villas stand out.

What is a Michelin Key?

Before we explore the villas themselves, let’s understand what a Michelin Key is. Most are familiar with Michelin Stars, which honor the finest restaurants. Similarly, Michelin Keys recognize hotels that provide exceptional experiences. This year, for the first time, Michelin expanded this concept to the U.S., selecting only 124 hotels out of nearly a thousand candidates. La Serena Villas, being one of these select few, now represents a new international benchmark for travelers.

The Historic Charm Meets Modern Luxury at La Serena Villas

La Serena Villas in the heart of Palm Springs

Nestled in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, La Serena Villas has been redefining luxury since its original construction in 1933. With just 18 rooms, this boutique hotel offers a personalized experience that larger hotels simply cannot match. The property spans over an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds, featuring a salt-water pool just off the lobby and restaurant. Each private villa boasts its own patio, complete with a romantic clawfoot tub and a cozy firepit, perfect for those chill desert nights.

Dining and Entertainment: Azúcar and Sugar High Rooftop Lounge

La Serena Villas Azúcar restaurant
Interior of Azúcar restaurant


No stay at La Serena Villas would be complete without a visit to Azúcar, their on-site restaurant. Offering a modern take on contemporary Latin cuisine, Azúcar provides a culinary journey that complements the serene ambiance of the hotel. Above, the Sugar High Rooftop Lounge presents one of only three rooftop bars in Palm Springs. Here, guests can sip on specialty cocktails while taking in breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains—an ideal setting for both relaxation and Instagram-worthy moments.

Celebrating Excellence in Hospitality

The Michelin Key is more than just a recognition of La Serena Villas’ beautiful settings and amenities. It’s a testament to the exceptional service and dedication of the staff. Alex Kirkwood, CEO and founder of Kirkwood Collection, expressed his pride in the team, emphasizing their passion for crafting unforgettable guest experiences. This award not only celebrates their current achievements but also fuels their ongoing commitment to excellence in hospitality.

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat from the vibrant city life or an intimate getaway with luxurious touches, La Serena Villas promises an outstanding experience, now Michelin-approved. Learn more here.

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