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David A. Keeps

Think you’ve heard it all when it comes to DJ pool parties? How about a bash where you don’t have to listen to that boom-boom bass unless you really want to? In Palm Springs, where cool kid hangouts like the Ace Hotel keep the Coachella vibe pumping through the summer with regular musical acts and weekend poolside electronic sets, one hotelier has stepped up with a quietly bold idea. This Saturday, June 20 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Hyatt Palm Springs (doubles from $229) inaugurates its new, once-a-month “Silent DJ” pool parties.

Here’s how it works: Guests receive wireless headsets and have the choice of listening to two channels—either the live DJ set or a completely different playlist of pop and mainstream tunes—which may make for an intriguing mash-up of poolside choreography. Oh, and there’s no cover charge or dress code, and you don’t have to be a hotel guest either. (Just be 21 and drink—and dance—responsibly.)

Hoping to create the atmosphere of a club—minus the noise—the Silent DJ concept is something of an experiment for Palm Springs, a city with a sizable population of serenity-seeking second home owners and retirees, where the sidewalks tend to roll up around sunset and the array of nightlife options are limited to hotel lounges, casinos, gay clubs and downtown bar-restaurants. 

Of course, daytime weekend pool parties have been going strong for a couple of years now, and the Hyatt Palm Springs’ Silent DJ events—also slated for the 4th of July, August 8 and Labor Day—follow the hotel’s weekly Saturday afternoon Aqua Libre sets, which run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and are hosted by resident DJ Jon Brian. Along with water misters, cold towels and cocktails, the Hyatt pool bar offers VIP bottle service and, for those who want to make a night of it, the hotel’s “take the elevator home” rate includes a 20 percent discount on rooms when there is availability.

David A. Keeps is on the Los Angeles beat for Travel + Leisure. The host of Ovation TV's "Art and The City," he writes regularly about travel and design. Follow him on Twitter at @davidkeeps and Instagram at @davidkeepsinsta. 

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