When searching for a California vacation home, I don’t need a McMansion. A gorgeous view and/or pristine pool will do.
This Palm Springs vacation rental known as Villa Amelia satisfies both of those requirements plus another one: a decent price. In September, you can rent this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $175 a night for two nights or $150 a night for three nights.
The whole space is tiled in Italian stone slate, creating a rustic chic feel grounded in earth tones like rust, chocolate and caramel. Proving that less is more, simple, yet elegant touches stand out: a flagstone fireplace, handsome leather furniture and twigs as decorative wall art.
The beds are covered in 600-count sheets with down pillows and down mattress pads to create an extra layer in the cocoon of softness.
When you’ve emerged from one heaven, fall into another: the pool.
The fenced-in 15- by 30-foot saltwater pool and spa looks out to the San Jacinto mountain range. With Palm Springs temperatures averaging more than 100 degrees in September, you won’t want to be anywhere but the water.
And how’s this for a nice touch: Upon arrival, guests receive a free bottle of California wine, grapes, cheese and crackers as a welcome to Villa Amelia.