Pride Comes to Palm Springs

Palm Springs Annual Pride weekend kicks off this Thursday with 3 full days of events, parties, and a parade celebrating the LGBT community in the Palm Springs area. The weekend begins on November 3 with the Viva La Vida Street Party on Arenas Road. There will be live music and an outdoor beverage lounge for those 21 and over from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
The 2-day street festival opens at 10:00 am on Saturday in downtown Palm Springs where Palm Canyon will become a pedestrian village of artists, musicians, and vendors. Beverage gardens will be available for adults and The Children’s Headquarters offers games and crafts for kids. The day will host nearly a dozen other events including a Pride 5k, a Viva La Vida Pool Party, and ends with the Arenas Road Block Party beginning at 6:00 pm.

On Sunday morning Pride goers will be out in full force for brunch up and down Palm Canyon. Dish Creative and 849 will be offering special Pride Parade seatings to enjoy mimosas and the highly anticipated Pride Parade. If Drag Brunch is more your speed, be sure to head over to Rio Azul for $5 house margaritas and $10 bottomless mimosas.
The highlight of the weekend is the annual Pride Parade, which steps off at 10:00 am Sunday morning in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs (Tachevah & Palm Canyon). The parade typically draws crowds over 50,000 so plan on arriving early to find the perfect spot to watch the themed floats roll by. Once the parade wraps up, be sure to head back to the Pride Festival downtown for more crafts, music, and support Greater Palm Springs Pride, a 501C non-profit dedicated to the history, diversity, and future prosperity of the Palm Springs LGBT community.
For more information on Palm Springs Pride or to purchase tickets to any events (the parade and festival are free), be sure to visit their website:

Written by Nicole Bowen of The Darling Niki

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The Shop Cafe’s Halloween Karaoke and Costume Contest


October 28th, 6pm-12am

Join us for karaoke and a costume contest! Drinks and food specials will be served!
1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to the best costumes.
Free Karaoke!!!!

The Shop Cafe Specialty Drinks
Delicious Specialty Drinks and Food Will Be Served!

The Shop Cafe Halloween Karaoke Night




14500 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Inside of the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa

Vintage Vibe Festival Comes to Palm Springs

This weekend kicks off Modernism’s Fall Preview, the unofficial start of the desert season, with dozens of events inspired by the Mid Century architecture and lifestyle of Palm Springs. With hundreds of Modernists descending on Palm Springs a new festival is making its debut just in time. The Vintage Vibe Festival is a 3-day celebration of all things vintage, which is defined by the organizers as pre-1999. Festival-goers can expect a variety of events including a vintage marketplace at the Palm Springs Convention Center, concerts, and a kickoff pool party Thursday evening.
The Palm Springs Convention Center will be transformed into a vintage dream with vendors from all over California, a haircut & shave salon, pinup photoshoots, and a Sunday book signing by 60s it girl, Donna Loren. Donna’s book, “Pop Sixties: Shindig!, Dick Clark, Beach Party, and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive” is a journey through photos of her time on Dick Clark, Shindig, and Beach Party. The marketplace is the perfect spot to grab a few unique Mid Century pieces for your home, cool coffee table books, 1940s art, or some fabulous vintage clothing from any decade. A variety of concerts will be offered (and tickets are required) throughout the day from bands like Nick Waterhouse, The Cactus Blossoms, Best Coast, and The Junglecats.
The weekend will also offer a vintage arcade, free Swing Dance lessons at the marketplace, yard game tournaments for ping pong, jenga, and corn hole, plus the kick off pool party at The Saguaro Hotel on Thursday evening with the band, The Flux Capacitors.
Tickets are still available for the full weekend or specific events on the Vintage Vibe Fest website.
Hotel rooms are available! Book Now!

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Written by Nicole Bowen of The Darling Niki
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Completely Remodeled Premium Soleil Suite #126


Each of our Premium Soleil Suites is uniquely decorated and include a hot 6×10′ private, jetted mineral water pool inside of the suite. These are mini-pools and not just your run-of-the-mill hot tubs.
A complete remodel of Premium Soleil Suites #125 and #126 has just been completed and they look amazing. The video below features #126. Enjoy the healing properties of mineral water in the privacy of your own suite.
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Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa
14500 Palm Drive
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Fitness Center Facility Now Available to All Guests

The Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa is proud to announce the addition of complimentary fitness center facility access, provisioned by our friends at the nearby Desert Hot Springs World Gym location. The World Gym facility is equipped to fulfill almost any fitness regimen needs while traveling away from home. As a guest of the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa, there is no need to sacrifice your careful attention to your fitness routines. The World Gym is open 7 days a week and features state of the art equipment from Stra Trac and Cybex. Over 25 machines are available, in addition to free-weights, as well as a cardio theater for your entertainment. The World Gym is a full-fledged health club and not a little room with a few rickety treadmills and machine-weights, like those offered at many hotels. If maintaining your fitness routines while away from home is important to you, we have you covered.

World Gym hours:
Sunday: 8am-3pm
Monday-Friday: 5:30am-10pm
Saturday: 8am-5pm
Please note that these hours are subject to change without notice.
For more information, please see the Desert Hot Springs World Gym website, or stop by or call our Front Desk.

Remodeled 1 Bedroom Mountain View Suite

Recently, we have completed the remodel of our first, 1 bedroom Mountain View Suite. Decked out with a unique decor, our Mountain View Suite offers a kitchenette/dining area, remote controlled and zoned a/c and heat, 2 flat-screen TVs with DVD players, King-sized bed, large private balcony with a beautiful view of the San Jacinto Mountains and an awesome bathroom with a walk-in shower. Wi-fi is always complimentary at the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa.

This suite is designed for maximum comfort. Check availability and book online from our website, or call 760-329-4481 to book through our Front Desk.

We’re always offering great specials and deals. Be sure to check out our Specials page on our website to see what’s going on at the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa!


Updating and Redecoration of Our Soleil Suites Are Underway

We are continuing our efforts to remodel and upgrade the hotel. We have completed the remodeling of two Soleil Suites, numbers 123 and 124. Along with the 6×10’ jetted mineral water pools that are offered in all of our Soleil Suites, these two redecorated suites offer other enhancements.

Our two Premium Soleil Suites now offer king-sized beds instead of the queen-sized beds offered in our Standard Soleil Suites. These comfy beds offer more room to stretch out for a great night’s rest.

In addition to the single flat-screen television that has always been included in our existing Soleil Suites, our two Premium Soleil Suites offer a flat-screen TV in the pool room, easily viewable from the private pool. There is also a third flat-screen television that has been added to accommodate the seating area in each of these suites. All three TVs are connected to a DVD player in the room to afford easy viewing of your selected content from all three key relaxation areas of the suite.

Behind each of the headboards in these suites are LED back-lights that can be adjusted in a variety of different colors from a remote control by the bed. Select the color that most suits your mood.

Both of these rooms also include recessed ceiling lights, controlled by dimmers, to further enhance the atmospheric mood of the rooms. Dimmer switches are located by the bed for easy control of the lights without having to get up and walk to a nearby wall.
A built-in service area offers a microwave and surface areas for the preparation of drinks and snacks. An area for hanging clothes has also been added in place of the armoires offered in our Standard Soleil Suites.

These two suites represent prototypes of what is planned for the upgrade of all of our Soleil Suites throughout the rest of this year. Our Premium Soleil Suites will eventually replace our Standard Soleil Suites. If you prefer to stay in one of our Premium Soleil Suites instead of a Standard Soleil Suite, please be sure to specify that when booking your reservation with the Front Desk. Shortly, we will be offering a way to book our Premium Soleil Suites online, at which time we’ll update this blog post with a ‘book now’ button, along with the inclusion of a new page on our website to include information about our new Premium Soleil Suites.

Update- Premium Soleil Suites can now be booked online: Book Premium Soleil Suite

Tour de Palm Springs Bicycle Ride Event

The Tour de Palm Springs is an annual bicycle race birthed out of an event organized by Tim Esser in January 1998 called Spokes for Different Folks. The bike event allowed cyclists to ride 5, 15, 25 and 50-mile routes. About 400 cyclists participated in that event that raised $20,000 for area Coachella Valley charities.

Tim and his mother Fran formed a non-profit organization called CVSPIN and the first Tour de Palm Springs was held in 1999, with 1,000 riders participating. A 100-mile ride was also added.

Since this first ride in 1999, the Tour de Palm Springs has been held every year and has continued to increase its ridership. In 2012, a total of $275,000 was dispersed among 142 local charities in the Coachella Valley.

The next event is scheduled to take place on February 8, 2014. CVSPIN has a goal of attracting 10,000 riders to this upcoming event. Ride routes range from 1 mile up to 100 miles. Registration will take place on North Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, one block north of Tahquitz Canyon Way, not far from the Forever Marilyn statue. If you are interested in participating, more information can be found at the official Tour de Palm Springs website.

We have rooms available and are located about 10 miles from the ride’s registration location.

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Redecorated Single Queen Room #201

Here at the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa, we are continuing our efforts to update and redecorate our hotel.  Pictured is one of our recently redecorated Single Queen rooms, # 201. It’s a whole new world of color at the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa.

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Redecorated Single Queen Rooms

Here at the Aqua Soleil and Mineral Water Spa in Desert Hot Springs, CA, we continue to update our property with new and innovative amenities and designs. Most recently, we have been working on the updating of our most popular room type, our Single Queen rooms. Each one is uniquely decorated with vibrant colors. A new world of color has come to the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa.