What We Love
- In the center of Palm Springs, but feels worlds away thanks to fragrant gardens and stunning Moroccan architecture
- Delicious free breakfast served daily around the fountain in the courtyard
- Free bicycle rentals, afternoon mint tea service and Sunday yoga classes
- Vintage movies screened each night under the stars. Request your favorite classic flicks at the front desk
- After dark, the hotel is lit by firepits and glowing lanterns
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- In keeping with the serene, romantic vibe, there are no TVs or phones in the rooms
- Because there’s no bar, you can bring your own wine and beer
- No on-site restaurant, but there is free breakfast daily and a local restaurant can deliver room service
- Children 13 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
There’s something special about this hushed little Moroccan hideaway. Perhaps it’s the buildings themselves, a series of 1920s and 30s bungalows built by a Scottish painter who had lived in Tangiers. Perhaps it’s the illustrious history—Errol Flynn sunned himself by the pool, Rudolph Valentino seduced his second wife and Churchill practiced painting in one of its lofty rooms. But whatever it is, we feel more transported after a night here than after an entire week’s vacation at other hotels.
Bed and Bath
The 28 rooms—split between the original home and the bungalows across the street—are all different but are unified by an effortless boho vibe. Think sleigh beds draped in gauzy netting, Persian rugs topping cool stone floors and whitewashed walls beneath beamed ceilings. Some rooms up the romance factor with fireplaces, Japanese soaking tubs and private patios fragrant with citrus and oleander.
You’ll start each morning dining on homecooked meals around a fountain in the courtyard, a riot of olive trees and date palms, bougainvillea and orange blossoms. By day, lounge by one of two pools, play a round of bocce, borrow a book from the hotel library to read in the hammock or take the bikes for a spin around town. At night, couples recline on striped loungers piled in Turkish pillows while the hotel screens classic Hollywood flicks beneath the stars.
In the Area
Start the morning with a hike up to Tahquitz Canyon or the Seven Sisters Waterfall at Indian Canyons. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, go to local favorite Cheeky’s for brunch; you’ll find banging breakfast items alongside some of the best Bloody Marys around. After you’ve fueled up, take a design and architecture tour with Palm Springs Modern Tours; you’ll see masterpieces by Albert Frey, Richard Neutra and John Lautner. If you’re looking for a date while you’re in the desert…head out to Shields Date Garden, where you can cool off with one of their famous date shakes while gazing out at the trees.
How to Get There
We read about Korakia and decided to give it a try. We booked a 3 night stay in early January and it really is very quiet, zen, and romantic. The staff is AMAZING. You really feel welcomed and are taken good care of the entire visit. The breakfast on the patio is wonderful. Each morning there are three breakfast choices and everything we tried was wonderful. All in all - I loved it. The salt water pool was like a bathtub on a cool winter day.
Full disclosure the bathroom in the Adobe room needs a remodel. I also would have like to darken to the room more at night. The lovely and romantic lanterns behind our room shined a lot of light in at night.
Overall a big thumbs up! I would definitely go back.
I have a lot to say about my experience having stayed at Korakia twice now in Limnos-- as well as the negative photocentric comments below. Let's get right to the heart of Korakia.
If you haven't stayed here, Korakia is a mind-blowingly beautiful and blissful experience unto itself. I believe the spirit of the place is meant to be appreciated with the desire of the management to attract quiet, thoughtful people who are in search of non-intrusive time spent among other fully formed adults-- a place where one can get the break so many of us desperately need from the fast paced, hustle and bustle of the narcissistic selfie-taking world "out there'.
Here's what I mean:
A couple of weeks ago my bestie and I drove cross country from Virginia Beach en route to my home in the Bay Area. Korakia was the light at the near end of our tunnel and we just couldn't wait to get there. We got in around 8, settled in and headed straight for the pool. The first time I stayed there before, we had the pool completely to ourselves and languished for hours floating on our backs under the twinkling stars and swaying palm trees. We're talking pure, unadulterated bliss, people.
This time, there was a nice quiet couple in the pool. We all smiled and softly said hello to each other. It's a good sized pool so we barely felt their presence. We kept our voices down and our movements to a minimum trying to give them the same experience of barely being aware of us, as we were of them-- they just felt like two people in love, off in their own world-- and then it all came to a screeching halt.
Two random young women who I'll refer to as the "pretty people" mentioned below, came into the pool armed with iphones. My friend and I immediately thought "uh oh, here we go" and sure enough for the next two hours they did nothing but take selfies, in and out of the pool, together, alone, posing this way then that way, handstand, splashing-- the search for the perfect shot just never stopped. And the irony is that I don't think they ever got the perfect shot because as we know, the perfect shot of oneself doesn't exist when there's internal issue that drive the compulsion to endlessly obsess on one's outer sense of beauty, even when it's at other people's expense. If they knew the transparency in which they'd revealed their inner emotional state, they'd be embarrassed-- if they had the consciousness to understand how by doing that, it robs everyone else of their own experience.
After our cross country trip, exhausted with aching bodies, we refused to allow ourselves to be driven out of the warm waters of the pool with fan palms flowing in the cool night breeze, the very reason we were there, so we did our best to ignore the obliviousness going on around us, but it was impossible, and it largely ruined the one night we had to take in all that is Korakia. Fortunately we had our warm, beautiful, exotic room to retreat to. The two of us fir just fine in our queen size bed. By the way, the linens were beautiful, pillows luscious and bedding exquisite.
The next day while at our delicious sun-soaked breakfast of crepes, huevos rancheros, fresh juice and excellent coffee in the beautifully appointed, spacious courtyard, we saw the same women sitting at breakfast, taking yet more selfies. We watched the people around them clearly share our disdain for what had become an unforgivable intrusion. We wished these self-indulgent nitwits would just hurry up and leave so the rest of us who were there for the experience of Korakia could actually enjoy it.
I would hazard a guess that the reason Korakia has a special Photoshoot schedule/rate, is to afford their other guests a truly relaxing experience while allowing a time and place to photograph to your heart's content. Korakia and my friend and I aren't against selfie taking-- it just should be done within the structure Korakia had designed specifically for it. Imagine if you had lost a loved one, couldn't be in your house, went to Korakia for meditative contemplation only to be barraged by mindless narcissism-- the pointlessness of it would almost kill you if your grief didn't. We don't know why the people who are there are there. There's probably a good reason if someone chooses a zen space to be in, and an expectation of not having disruptions abound.
I'm writing this in hopes of helping keep the soul of Korakia intact. If you plan on doing selfie photoshoots and that's why you've chosen Korakia, be an adult and cough up the money to book the Photoshoot schedule and do that. Otherwise, notice the endless beauty and enjoy the quiet sanctity of the space. If this isn't appealing to you, then go elsewhere where superficial beauty is the only name of the game.
Artist, imaging specialist for NASA and former model.
They will try very hard to charge more ( the photograph package) if you are pretty.
This place does have morocco and Mediterranean style rooms, however, everything is mini-version. The two pools are too small to accommodate 5+ people at the same time. The lobby/breakfast area is tiny that you are invited to other guests‘ conversations all the time. The “queen” bed is more like full size, not comfortable even for two skinny girls to share.
All you can get from the stay is probably a nice picture. At similar prices, your vacation experience would be more enjoyable if staying at near by Ritz-carlton.
What made my stay awful is the fact that we visited with a group of good looking girls(all stayed at this place for couple nights). Because we are good looking and we like to take pictures, they think we are “social media influencers”. To be clear, I don’t even have an Instagram account, and I am taking pictures only with an iPhone.
Every time after just 2 or 3 minutes taking pictures with a phone, some staff always came up to ask us “not to take *excessive* photos”. We kindly asked for the definition of “excessive photos”, like whether it was because of the time (we took less than 3 minutes), or it was because of the location (we were at public areas and our own rooms). None of the staff could give a proper explanation of the rule.
And of course, we couldn’t understand why we were not allowed to take photos with our *phone* at the *public* areas for 3 *minutes*.
We guess it was because we are good looking and they think we are “social media influencers”, thus wanted to charge more for every picture taken.
Apparently this place’s No 1 principal is not to serve guests, but to charge every penny they can.
It was a *very* unpleasant stay. My friends and I chose to stay there for 3nights to celebrate my bestie’s baby moon. It’s a group of 9 and we booked 4 rooms. The experience was utterly unbelievably bad. To clarify, I don’t even have an Instagram account, and none of my friends are the so called “internet influencer”. However just because I brought a Canon 5D III camera, it made my stay by far the worst experience.
The first morning, 2 friends and I went to have breakfast, I brought my camera attached with a tripod. However the waitress came to me and said “we don’t allow professional photographer unless you pay for a package.” I said I’m not a professional at all, yet she seemed to be convinced the other way. And then she said usually guests here only use their phones to take photos. Please note that I hadn’t even take a single photo at that point of time. Although I think it’s a little obnoxious , I still agreed and later on I used my phone to take a few photos of my friends. The waitress came back again and said, please no *excessive* photos.
Note that after breakfast we went out to palm spring for some activities, i.e., we didn’t even spend any time in the resort.
Second day in the morning , another friend came to visit us, and we want to take a group photo, and before I even had a chance to take a look at the photo, another waitress came to us and said no photos.
Then after breakfast some of us went to Joshua tree national park and the others went to shopping. Again we spent no time in the resort.
Third day in the morning, we went to the lobby area at 7:55 am, 5 mins before the breakfast started to serve at 8 o’clock. There was no guest, and I just want to take a few photos to save the memory. When it’s approaching 8, we actually went to the staircase behind the lobby, just so that we wouldn’t disturb the waitress to start serving breakfast. At 8:03 AM, another waitress found us in the back and same thing. At that point of time, I already lost any interests in this hotel. So I just left and went back to my room.
Because all 9 of us were super pissed at the hotel, we all went to Ritz to find our friend who was visiting the other day, and we had a blast.
The 4th morning, I had to run to catch a flight. However my friends told me they were stopped by a waitress again when they were only using their phone to take photos. And the waitress said there was complaints from “guests”, which is obviously bs. We didn’t spend any time in the resort. My friends apparently had a long argument with them and then they admitted that they thought we were the “internet influencer”.
Anyways, if you happens to own a semi-decent camera or want to take photos for your memories, don’t stay at this place.
Really amazing setting and a great way to escape the high energy vibes of places like the Ace or the Parker. This is a cozy, quiet, beautifully appointed place for adults to come and relax and enjoy each other in a non-party-forward atmosphere.
My wife and I stayed for two nights - a rare Saturday - Sunday combination and enjoyed everything about the place. The breakfast is included and very delicious, if not a little understated. The villas are minimalist and well appointed. It is comfortable but stops well short of luxury and we appreciated that. The bathroom is spartan with a cozy stone shower. The kitchen is airy and comfortable if not a little clapboard in its construction. The rooms are low ceilinged and cool and comfortable. The grounds are exquisite and we enjoyed every square inch when we could pull ourselves away from the pool, which is the gravitational center of the grounds. Please note we stayed on the Mediterranean side and only really milled around on the Moroccan side during breakfast hours. Both sides looked amazing.
The room for improvement comes in the value I think. We paid a very premium rate for one night and a much more average rate for the second night. At a premium rate, I expect ample parking, which there wasn't, and ample seating around the pool at 9:30 am, which there wasn't. These were minor annoyances and did not impact our experience overall, but these details would need to be addressed to make the place a truly premium destination.
That said, the service was impeccable and our stay was nothing short of everything we wanted. Would be a great wedding site BTW.
One other note, we found the massages to be a bit subpar. While we loved having a lengthy massage on the grounds, the masseuses were not excellent in their technique. Another small room for improvement.
Oh one more thing, and I hate to say this, but every day we found at least one GIANT cockroach in our room. We're from NYC and this didn't bother me so much, but my wife did get a little unsettled by it.