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Step foot on the Dive Palm Springs property, and you’ll immediately be transported to the French Riviera of the 1960s.

Dive Palm Springs opened in August 2019 after a two-month renovation. The hotel was built in 1954 as the Sunrise Villa, a western-style hotel. Over the years, it changed names and themes, ultimately becoming the Alpine Gardens before transforming into Colt’s Lodge in 2015. Since being purchased earlier this year, the 11-room property has been “extensively redesigned, both inside and out,” new owner Abdi Manavi says. “We have developed a sense of luxury in all the rooms, and a feeling of serenity throughout the different areas of the grounds.”

The hotel features furnishings by Serena & Lily and Anthropologie, premium linens, and original murals. Most of the King rooms come with an outdoor patio, complete with an oversized daybed, and one has a private hot tub. The most magical room is the La Reve, French for “The Dream.” This room has a custom ceiling mural and wallpaper by Christian Lacroix, a solid brass queen bed with an ultra-comfortable Tuft and Needle mattress, and a red-tiled bathroom with a rainfall shower and smoked glass two-way mirror between the bedroom and shower.

“Dive is more than a hotel,” Abdi says. “It’s a private luxury time machine. Evoking the casual elegance of Saint Tropez in the 1960s, we created Dive to transport our guests to a romantic forgotten world where it’s still safe to relax, play, explore, and release all the trappings of modern life.”

Dive is an adults-only property, and can host events for up to 150 people, including weddings, retreats, and reunions. Guests have been raving about the lush grounds, cozy daybeds, the restored original Libott pool, the koi pond, and The Orchard — Dive calls this its “vacation spot within a vacation spot,” as it has a two-person swing chair, waterfall, comfortable couches and loungers, and a vintage neon sign of a diving girl, affectionally nicknamed Lulu.

“My business partner Dale Fox and I have created an intimate atmosphere for our guests, as you would have staying at a friend’s house,” Abdi says. “We are here to provide magic and ensure our guests are relaxed and happy during their stay. Though I take on the role of an owner and general manager, my business card says ‘Liaison to Happiness.'”

Dive Palm Springs

Treat your other half to a weekend getaway at Dive Palm Springs this Valentine’s Day. The newly launched hotel will be offering a special package to help set the mood for an intimate and romantic evening in one of Dive’s most luxurious suites – Paris or Orchid.

The Paris suite offers secure private access from the street and spectacular touches such as a vintage ornate 1910 belle époque Parisian elevator transformed into a full canopy bed and lounge and a large outdoor patio with a lounging area. The Orchid Suite is a decadent experience with a large outdoor patio and private hot tub, indoor movie theater, and very own private three hole putting green.

For $2,500 / night the package includes:

  • Stay in either the Paris or Orchid suite which will be personally decorated with rose petals and candles
  • Intimate and private prix-fixe dinner set up in the room’s private patio
  • Bespoke cocktails and oysters served at the hotel’s fire pit, nestled under an orchid tree
  • 1 bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Champagne
  • 1 bottle of premium French wine
  • Sexy Couples Gift Package (Contents will be a surprise)

Reservations can be made online or by emailing bonjour@divepalmsprings.com.