2016 WORLD LUX 7A. THE RAYNES REPORT WORLD LUSURY Issue 2016 - Korakia Pensione A Little Bit Of Heaven In Palm Springs JPGPhotography and text by Mark Raynes Roberts



Korakia Pensione

A Little Bit Of Heaven In Palm Springs




Imagine sitting in the courtyard of the Korakia Pensione each morning for breakfast, and being greeted by an array of colorful hummingbirds bathing in the ornamental fountain, while the distinct perfume of bougainvillea vines and oleander bushes create a California dreamscape you won’t soon forget.  

Built in 1924, The Moroccan villa, originally named Dar Marroc, was the former hideaway of Scottish painter Gordon Coutts.  The villa served as the venue for Mr. Coutts to re-create his earlier life in Tangier by employing a wide variety of architectural features that promoted a Moroccan decor.

A visionary with a dream to re-live his art-filled Moroccan days, the flamboyant Mr. Coutts hung his paintings in the library, where he regaled his guests with tales of adventure.  Dar Marroc quickly became a gathering place for musicians, visiting artists such as John Lavery, Agnes Pelton and Grant Wood, and celebrities such as Rudolph Valentino and Errol Flynn.  It is rumored that even Winston Churchill has painted in the villa’s Artist Studio.

Rescued from disrepair in 1989, Dar Marroc was renamed Korakia (Greek for “crow”) and crafted into a Mediterranean-style pensione.  The resort, now housed in two lovingly restored historic villas, rests on one and a half lush acres, consisting of bungalows, guesthouses, gardens and pools.

Located in the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains and within easy walking distance of restaurants on Palm Springs’ main thoroughfare, Korakia is the perfect romantic getaway for couples seeking a place of  peace and solitude, and not surprisingly was recently named “one of America’s sexiest hotels” by The New York Times.

Korakia provides a wonderful sanctuary and starting point for your vacation in Palm Springs where you can enjoy the myriad of five-star golf and tennis resorts.  For the more adventurous, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and the San Jacinto Mountains are all within a one-hour drive, providing some of America’s most beautiful scenery and landscapes.

The winding drive along Highway #74 through the San Jacinto Mountain range is well worth taking, and provides spectacular vistas high above the Mojave Desert.  The geographical change taking you from the desert plain to the lush mountainous pines surrounding the small town of Idyllwild, becomes a pleasant throwback to nostalgic America.



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