It’s interesting to drive around the desert and see developments named after famous places. In Rancho Mirage, if you travel west on Gerald Ford Drive past Versailles — not the renowned royal palace outside of Paris, but a gated community — you will soon pass the entrance to La Toscana, named after the picturesque region in Italy known to Americans as Tuscany.
Has Palm Springs inspired any developments around the world?
I came across this headline this morning: “RM600mil Splash Park to be built on seafront land within Palm Springs.” RM is an abbreviation for the Malaysian ringgit, the Asian country’s official currency. The water park will be constructed in “Palm Springs Resort City,” which is located more than one hour south of capital Kuala Lumpur in the beachfront resort city of Port Dickson. I bet this might be the first time “Palm Springs” and “seafront land” have appeared in same headline together.
There’s more than just a water park coming to “Palm Springs,” according to the article: “Apart from Splash Park, other exciting development components will include an international destination-based spa retreat village, international hotels and serviced residences, a wellness zone, a marina and duty-free shops.”
A marina in Palm Springs? That’s a first, I’m sure.