Desert Sublime: Korakia Pensione

The "hidden Mediterranean Oasis in the heart of Palm Springs" is offering a number of specials.

A NOT-SO-SECRET SECRET SPACE: Those who claim the desert, unlike a thickly wooded area or a foggy seashore, can hold no secrets, clearly are not acquainted with enough arid-amazing landscapes. True, when you're in the desert the vistas tend to be huge, and the flora can be on the sparser side, a scene that only makes the whole uncluttered sweep all the more spectacular. But the desert does hold a number of mysteries, if you know which corners to peek around and where, exactly, to go in search of something a bit esoteric. One of the not-so-secret secrets of the desert resorts happens to be a stay-over property that stands, with elegance and funkiness, both, just a few blocks from Palm Canyon Drive, the bustling thoroughfare at the haute heart of the Palm Springs dining scene. It's...

KORAKIA PENSIONE, a "hidden Mediterranean Oasis in the heart of Palm Springs" that remains busy throughout the calendar (and definitely during the big music and architecture festivals of winter and springtime). That said, summertime does have its specials in the desert, and the snapshot-lovely, fountain-cooling hideaway is featuring a number of enticing add-on packages in the weeks to come. Find your paramour, cuddle together, and pore over the offerings, like...

THE ROMANTIC GETAWAY, which includes strawberries and bubbly, plus a pair of 50-minute massages. Shall there also be rose petals filling your room? That's part of the amour-laden loveliness, yes. The add-on price? It's $300. Other add-ons include a Honeymoon Welcome for $79 (think Champagne and rose petals) and the Escape & Celebrate for $550 (a massage a deux, a private candlelit dinner created by Le Vallauris, and an "oversize bouquet of flowers"). Do note these are add-on treats, in addition to the fee for your room. And do note that you may feel away-away, in a secret nook of a hotel, even though you're only a few walkable blocks from the bars and shops of Palm Canyon Drive. Can the desert have secrets? Can Korakia Pensione boast a few festive add-on specials? Yes and yes, are the definitive answers.

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