When it comes time to trade the hustle and bustle of daily life for a weekend of rest and relaxation, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more calming locale than the desert oasis of Palm Springs, CA. This resort destination has specialized in leisure since its Old Hollywood heyday, when stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe retreated to Palm Springs to escape their hectic schedules. If you’re looking to unwind in the desert, don’t miss these top 5 spas in Palm Springs.
1. The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort, Indian Wells
The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort
Set in the heart of Indian Wells at the Miramonte Resort, the Well Spa has long been considered one of the desert’s best bets for total relaxation. A trip to the Well Spa begins on a whimsical note at its namesake wishing well, where guests are given a coin to wish upon. Then, your Tuscan- and Ayurvedic-inspired treatment begins by choosing a stone with a word of intention inscribed on it; that becomes your mantra for your spa experience. Signature treatments at the Well Spa include the “Sticks and Stones” massage, honey massage and couple’s painting party, in which you and your sweetheart spend an hour reconnecting with each other as your bodies become canvases for colorful muds. Other amenities include steam rooms, pools and a wellness-oriented spa menu with delivery service.
2. The Spa at Desert Springs
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
The Spa at Desert Springs may be housed in a 38,000-square-foot facility, but once you step inside, there’s no denying its distinctly intimate feel. With such an expansive space, though, the Spa at Desert Springs certainly offers anything you could ask for of a spa, including a plethora of saunas, steam rooms and pools, including an outdoor saltwater pool. Coed and gender-separated lounges are also available, as is an on-site bistro, where you can refuel after one of the spa’s many signature treatments.
3. Palm Springs Yacht Club at Parker Palm Springs
Between the midcentury modern décor and the lavish spa menu, there’s no doubt that the Parker’s PSYC spa is decidedly Palm Springs — even though the soothing, nautical-inspired hues of deep blue and white make it easy to forget you’re 100 miles from the ocean shore. Even so, plan on dropping anchor at PSYC for a weekend of indulgent massages, facials and body treatments, followed by salon services such as spray tanning or manicures that will have you ready to hit the town. Between the idyllic indoor pool, private outdoor deck for enjoying post-massage libations and enchanting garden paths surrounding the facility, this is one spa that will make you happy to be lost at sea.
4. Spa La Quinta at the La Quinta Resort & Club
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Spanish architecture and clay roof tiles welcome guests to the hacienda-inspired Spa La Quinta at the La Quinta Resort & Club. A bright, energetic and inviting atmosphere beckons guests to relax at Spa La Quinta with their choice of dozens of treatments, from detoxifying massages to desert-inspired scrubs. A full salon is also on-site, and daily fitness classes range from Pilates and yoga to water fitness. Even Fido can get a massage at Spa La Quinta, thanks to its in-room pet massage service.
5. Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa
A 20-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs, the town of Desert Hot Springs is a spa junkie’s favorite, thanks to the natural hot- and cold-water aquifers that run underneath the city surface. Dozens of spas tap directly into these aquifers to fill their pools and hot tubs with rich mineral water, but for the best experience, head to the newly renovated Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa. A full spa menu deepens the transformative experience at Two Bunch Palms, where you can’t help but let go of the stress from your everyday life as you immerse yourself in the healing powers of Mother Nature. After an aromatherapy massage, mud bath or desert-inspired body wrap, retreat to the lush surroundings of the Grotto pool and experience the healing qualities of its mineral water for yourself.