Planning a memorable vacation is an art, and when it comes to finding the perfect getaway, your accommodation can make or break your experience. If you're a person who enjoys all-things luxury, renting an over-the-top villa or vacation home is the perfect start to a few days of 'treating yourself.'

Popular vacation rental platform Vrbo recently unveiled the latest installment of its prestigious Vacation Homes of the Year list. This highly anticipated list showcases the crème de la crème of vacation homes across the United States. The brand has meticulously handpicked these homes based on a set of strict criteria, and well, you can bet each one bring all the 5-star vacation vibes that you need. In short, these properties have been chosen to ensure an extraordinary vacation experience that goes above and beyond expectations.

EBONY was invited to experience one of the stunning properties firsthand. Nestled in the heart of the California desert, this oasis of luxury and relaxation—located at 282 W Santa Catalina, Palm Springs—is only a couple of hours away by car from Los Angeles. From the iconic Joshua Tree National Park to exquisite dining options, Palm Springs offers numerous opportunities for adventure, relaxation and culinary delights.

From holing up in a luxury villa to going on picturesque hikes, here's to experiencing Palm Springs like your favorite celebrity.

The home's living room area. Image: courtesy of Vrbo.

Where to Stay

The featured VRBO property offers an expansive desert escape that caters to large groups and families, providing the perfect setting for creating lasting memories. The location is ideal for exploring surrounding attractions and experiences that make this destination special. 

The vacation home is 7,000 square feet with 18-foot ceilings and a breathtaking outdoor space that features a private pool, inviting guests to relax and soak up the sun in complete privacy. The addition of a mini golf course adds an element of fun and entertainment for all ages, while a sunset-viewing pavilion provides a stunning backdrop for memorable evenings. 

Inside, the home offers a spa lounge complete with a sauna and steam room, ensuring ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. Additionally, the stocked chef's kitchen caters to culinary enthusiasts, enabling them to create delicious meals and unforgettable memories.

The ktchen area of the Palms Springs' home. Image: courtesy of Vrbo.

Where to Play in Palm Springs

Experience the magic of glamping in style in a vintage 1953 Silver Streak trailer, where you can stargaze through the telescope. Get cozy at the submerged fire pit and make your own s'mores. Challenge friends and loved ones to a round of mini golf on the 45-foot course with trick holes and a tunnel finale.

If you’re looking to take in the great outdoors, Joshua Tree National Park offers a mesmerizing blend of stunning desert landscapes, iconic Joshua trees and impressive rock formations. Exploring the park's diverse hiking trails provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the serene beauty of the desert. Whether it's a leisurely stroll through the Cholla Cactus Garden or a more challenging hike up Ryan Mountain for panoramic views, each trail offers its own unique charm. Additionally, the park presents endless photo opportunities, with breathtaking sunsets, vast open vistas and intriguing geological formations.

Looking to unwind? There's no need to leave the property. Enjoy the views from the stunning pool and infinity hot tub. Or take in a sunset view from cozy swingasans. You can also take relaxation to a whole new level with a spa session, complete with a full dry sauna, steam room and a tranquil waterfall tub in the private spa lounge.

Hiking at Joshua Tree. Image: courtesy of LeAura Luciano.

Where to Eat 

For those seeking to immerse themselves in the allure of Hollywood glamour and indulge in an art-deco aesthetic, look no further than The Colony Club. Nestled within the captivating ambiance of the hotel and bungalows, the restaurant offers a gastronomic journey that seamlessly blends American Continental and classic European cuisine. With a focus on utilizing locally-sourced ingredients from local farms and purveyors, each dish is a sensory delight.  

Despite being just a short 5-minute drive away from charming downtown Palm Springs, Vrbo's Vacation Home of the Year offers incredible spaces for dining. Here you can dine under the stars in the 18-person dining pavilion. For guests who prefer the comfort and privacy of their vacation home, staying in and savoring a meal is an enticing option. A professional chef can be arranged to cater to their specific preferences and dietary needs, curating a personalized menu that tantalizes their taste buds.