Desert Oases: 17 Stylish Southwestern Escapes

Tour some of the Southwest's chicest hotels. From ultra-hip Palm Springs to historic Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, find tips for bringing resort style to your own home.
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Viceroy Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

Spread over four acres at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the hotel's manicured grounds are separated into intimate, citrus-filled courtyards. An elegant fabric pavilion provides a sheltered meeting spot or glamorous setting for a romantic dinner. Image courtesy of Viceroy Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

First created in 1938 by Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, the Butterfly, aka Hardoy, chair was a popular fixture of '50s design. The original chairs were leather on a steel frame and meant for interior use, but thanks to their forward-thinking design and popularity, they were quickly adapted for outdoor use. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

Tastemaker Jonathan Adler is the mad genius behind the Parker's eclectic, funky, retro-inspired vibe. The lounge off the lobby combines an atomic-age chandelier with global fabrics, vintage furniture and several of his signature ceramic pieces. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Carefree, Ariz.

Aptly named "Latilla" after the restaurant's defining architectural feature — peeled wood beams that run between the vigas or wooden supports that make up the ceiling — the resort's restaurant is an elegant setting to enjoy chef-prepared organic, regional cuisine. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Carefree, Ariz.

A swath of blue set against the backdrop of a 12 million-year-old granite formation and the rugged beauty of the Sonoran Desert, the resort's pool truly is an oasis. Although the property feels worlds away, it's less than an hour's drive from Phoenix, Arizona's capital and largest city. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, N.M.

This hotel takes its name, architecture and distinctive design style from Andalucia, Spain, the country's southernmost point that is home to bull fighting, tapas and flamenco dancing. This ancient region is a mix of diverse styles — from Gothic to Romanesque to Moorish — that Andalusians have blended into a colorful design approach uniquely their own. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Viceroy Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

A favorite haunt of the hottest celebrities of both yesterday and today, the nearly 80-year-old hotel was completely redesigned in 2003 by style icon Kelly Wearstler. She honored the hotel's history with a modern take on glamorous Hollywood regency style that combines carefully selected antiques with her signature quirky styling. Image courtesy of Viceroy Palm Springs

Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

Everything old is new again in the hotel's lounge where the look is oh-so retro. A freestanding cone fireplace surrounded by leather poufs is the room's social center, while vintage chairs arranged as multiple conversation areas encourage guests to grab a cocktail and sit a spell. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, N.M.

Located in the heart of Santa Fe's historic district, this landmark boutique hotel blends Old-World style with modern amenities. Designed to resemble Taos Pueblo, an ancient Pueblo Indian structure, the building's façade features adobe walls and protruding pine vigas. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Viceroy Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

Originally opened in 1933, the hotel's private villas have long served as secluded getaways for Hollywood A-listers. Clark Gable romanced future wife Carole Lombard here in 1939; other Golden Age guests include Joan Crawford and Bing Crosby. Image courtesy of Viceroy Palm Springs

Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, N.M.

This historic hotel is as eco-friendly as it is chic. Originally constructed in 1939 by Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotels fame, it was fully renovated in 2009 to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's strict guidelines for LEED Gold certification. It is the only LEED-certified hotel in New Mexico and one of very few in the country. Low-VOC paints and building materials, coupled with a rooftop solar water heater that provides more than half of the hotel's needs, contributed to the prestigious designation. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Viceroy Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

The hotel's restaurant, Citron, has seen its share of the celebrity scene; recent A-listers include Matthew McConaughey, Robert Downey Jr., Hilary Swank, Orlando Bloom and Gwen Stefani. Like the rest of the property, the restaurant's bright and airy palette was chosen to represent Palm Springs' reliably sunny weather. In fact, the area typically enjoys more than 350 days per year of abundant sunshine and clear blue skies. Image courtesy of Viceroy Palm Springs

Westward Look Resort, Tucson, Ariz.

Spread over 80 acres at the outskirts of Tucson, the city's oldest and first resort offers sweeping views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and Sonoran Desert, where native cacti and mesquite trees dot the horizon. Begun as a family home in 1912, the property became a thriving dude ranch in the '40s, then a resort in the 1960s. Hollywood soon discovered the property with A-listers such as Vivien Leigh, John Wayne and Dean Martin as frequent guests. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

The hotel's lemonade stand is the perfect place to rehydrate after a day spent in the desert sun. The metal mesh Bertoia barstools are topped with colorful cushions and shaded by a yellow-and-white striped awning — a perfect fit for the resort's '70s vibe. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, N.M.

A saturated Southwestern color palette of red, gold and black gives the room a warm, earthy feel. The zigzag pattern topping each wall is a widely recognized Native American symbol often used to represent lightning. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif.

Compared to the resort's color-filled public spaces, the guest rooms are a soothing oasis of white with touches of modernist and global influences. A glittering Moroccan wedding blanket tops the minimalist canopy bed. Traditionally part of a Berber bride's wedding dowry, the blankets are woven of undyed cotton and wool by the bride's mother, then covered in metal sequins and colorful woven bands containing symbols meant to protect the owner from bad luck. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Westward Look Resort, Tucson, Ariz.

Preserving and beautifying the 80 acres of Sonoran Desert surrounding the resort is the goal of the on-staff environmental team. Their eco-friendly approaches include incorporating native, drought-resistant plants like these Red Bird of Paradise bushes and practicing xeriscaping, or landscaping that requires little to no irrigation. Image courtesy of Oyster.com