How to have this honeymoon: We approve of the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs for just about any special occasion: anniversary like the O’Leary-Eustaches are doing, bachelorette weekend, destination wedding, mini-moon or even a family reunion. Spanning 450 acres in the posh Palm Desert region right outside Palm Springs, the property has its own nightclub, a spa the size of a Roman palace, and a poolside scene to rival Los Angeles and Las Vegas hot spots.
Speaking of hot: Temperatures in the desert climb to over 100 degrees by the end of May and stay there till the end of September. This is also when you can find the best hotel rates. Winter is high season.
If you don’t live in Southern California, note that Palm Desert is a 2 1/2-hour drive from LA or San Diego, and about 90 minutes from San Bernadino. Stay 3-4 nights there next time you visit one of the big So Cal cities, and you’ll see why it’s locals’ favorite quick escape.