Palm Springs is an oasis-like town a couple of hours' drive inland from LA, and the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is its coolest hotel.

Rooms are decorated with black-and-white photos, Persian-style rugs and retro furniture; a record player and private patio with a fireplace add to the quirky vibe.

A pilgrimage to Joshua Tree National Park is a must, as is a trip on the aerial tramway to the forest-clad peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains. Evenings are best spent mingling with fellow guests at a party around the pool, or sipping cocktails in the Amigo Room bar.

Head to the caravan for boozy snow cones and other tasty treats.

WOW FACTOR: Palm Springs' mid-century architecture and sunshine give it a unique glamour.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours

WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer

GO: Doubles from £62 ( springs). Virgin Atlantic ( flies to San Francisco from £437. Virgin America ( flies from San Francisco to Palm Springs from £134 return.