Spa Like a Greater Palm Springs Native
One can easily spot a Palm Springs native in August; they dwell in ‘hot spots’ but you won’t hear them utter a word about triple digits. They cool off in the coolest spas, under the hippest restaurant misters, take midnight hikes on Museum Trail and early morning walks on the lush green golf courses. And then, they indulge in frozen date shakes and gelato. Followed by rolling the dice and dance at the smoke-free casino, and soak in the culture at the Palm Springs Art Museum. And so much more!
Take a page from their daily agenda. Spend precious personal downtime exploring the mysteries and wonders of the summertime desert. From sunrise to the sunset and beyond a dazzling array of swimming pools and sparkling spas are waiting to greet you. And why not start your desert sojourn in water – especially the splash of spa water! Unique to the desert, but also world-class (and beloved by the locals), here are our top spa picks for staying cool in the summer:
Tucked within the Spanish-style resort, the spacious and airy Westin Wellness Spa features 14,000 square feet of tranquility. Treatments in this cool oasis include a range of massages based on techniques from around the world, luxury facials, delicious fruit, salt and sugar scrubs, balancing skin treatments. Plus they have an array of salon services to prepare for a night out (hair, nails, make up). The Spa’s facilities also include steam rooms, a Jacuzzi and a hydrotherapy room. And it has a relaxation lounge, along with yoga classes, group fitness classes, personal training, and weightlifting. And there are THREE outdoor swimming pools, one with a 60 ft. waterslide!
The 38,000-square-foot Spa Desert Springs in this reinvented JW Marriot desert icon is pure luxury! With 48 treatment rooms, including two couple’s rooms and two spa suites, the extensive treatment menu incorporates ancient healing methods and locally sourced ingredients including citrus and Coachella Valley dates. There’s no shortage of rejuvenating experiences. Including a saltwater lap pool, eucalyptus steam rooms, a coed relaxation lounge, lemon grass and lavender hammams, and a desert rain shower. There’s also a Spa Bistro, boutique and full-service salon.
Nestled along the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the desert enclave of Indian Wells, the Esmeralda at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa brings the magic and tranquility of the area’s healing powers. The spa garden’s cascading waterfalls and tropical flora surround personal treatment areas and outdoor cabanas (perfect for massages on summer evenings). And the spa menu includes desert-inspired therapies. Designed for the face and body and rehydrating body treatments designed to counteract the effects of the desert sun. Male spa guests enjoy a men-only lounge and a special menu of treatments. In a word –bliss!
For an elegant and one-of-a-kind retreat, look no further. The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, Rancho Mirage offers 15 treatment rooms, many with private terraces, natural rock outcroppings and outdoor showers. Feel at peace in the outdoor relaxation lounge; feel revived in the refreshing plunge pools and 24-hour fitness center with indoor/outdoor yoga and meditation spaces. This desert sanctuary has a personalized approach to wellness. It incorporates nutrition, exercise, movement, stress reduction, and reflection, encouraging the conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest. The exquisite hillside setting embraces this gorgeous retreat.
This soothing spa oasis combines the aura of a dream destination with a large helping of wellness energy. Inspired by the rejuvenating quality of the nearby natural mineral springs, massage experiences, skin therapies and body treatments are pure mind, body and spirit paradise. When you’re not relaxing at the Spa, take a dip in the two resort pools with poolside cabanas. Or rev up at the Fitness Center. Relax and celebrate too as you dive into the joyful spirit of the resort’s chic, mid-century Palm Springs aesthetic combined with Margaritaville’s casual-luxe island feel.
The Spa at Andreas offers a full line of nourishing body treatments, organic facials and skin care, an array of massages and foot treatments (ideal for summer sandal feet). The deluxe couple’s treatment suites feature oversized Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces that add a romantic touch to your spa experience. Its located in the heart of historic downtown Palm Springs just a short stroll from the city’s shopping and dining. The Andreas Hotel offers the amenities of a Palm Springs resort (tucked away with awesome views and a beautiful pool), along with relaxing and therapeutic treatments and easy access to this must-visit city’s popular nightlife.
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