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Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs

Editor's Pick
257 S. Patencio Road
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 864 6411
Fax: 760 864 4147's insider take:

In 1989 architectural preservationist Douglas Smith faithfully restored the former hideaway of Scottish painter Gordon Coutts, built in 1924 as an homage to his beloved Tangier, and later restored the Mediterranean villa of early screen actor J. Carrol Naish next door. Today the two villas comprise a posh B&B that's a popular backdrop for fashion shoots and romantic trysts, with its Moorish carved wooden doors, citrus blossoms, olive trees, oleander bushes, bougainvillea vines, and Moroccan fountains. The 29 unique rooms, split between the simply romantic Moroccan villa and more eclectic Mediterranean villa, have been enjoyed by Alicia Silverstone, Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, and Chris O'Donnell. Most have fireplaces, French doors, and antiques, as well as kitchens, sunken bathtubs, and four-poster beds. The secluded 1918 Orchard House—with, as its name suggests, a private orchard, three fireplaces, a stone Jacuzzi filled by waterfall, and indoor-outdoor baths—is the most in demand and must be booked months in advance. The resort shows outdoor classic and foreign films nightly, such as Cinema Paradiso.

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