A visit to Palm Springs, California, is an exercise in wellness in itself, with the clear desert air, baby blue skies and mountain vistas. If they’re not enough for you, though, there are plenty of hotels with spas that offer any number of massages, soaks and facials, not to mention yoga and other wellness pursuits. You can enjoy them after a hot day sightseeing, hiking or playing golf – or even if you’ve just spent your waking hours sunning yourself by any number of glorious hotel pools.
Nothing says wellness like a resort built on natural springs, which are low in sulphur and rich in lithium, with therapeutic and mood-enhancing properties. At Two Bunch Palms, you can soak in a sunken pool of the spring water or take a lithium bath. The communal areas feature hand-crafted vintage tiles and lots of lovely ipe wood. You won’t miss a treatment given there are 19 indoor and outdoor spa therapy rooms, as well as a yoga dome, tennis courts and fitness studios.
The spa at Palm Mountain Resort uses only natural, non-animal tested and organic ingredients, with a range of treatments including desert must-tries like the Golfer’s Massage and Sunburn Rescue & Repair. Other classics include the Desert Clay Body Mask and Palm Mountain Signature Facial. When you’re not in the spa, poolside misters will make sure you never overheat, and there’s a lawn and table games for guests including croquet, Jenga, ring toss and a variety of board games.
The Well Spa at Miramonte Indian Wells offers a range of events, from Violin, Vino & Vinyasa – outdoor Vinyasa yoga to violin music followed by a trunk show and wine reception – to Full Moon Yoga. As it’s about a half-hour drive from Palm Springs, the desert views are of the Santa Rosa Mountains, rather than San Jacinto, but are just as mind-meltingly gorgeous. Choose from three different swimming pools – a hot, cool and a quiet option.
There’s lots to recommend at the spa at L’Horizon, which has indoor and outdoor sections, with white canvas cabanas and private showers outside and four treatment rooms inside. You can get massages, facials, body treatments and aromatherapy, plus there’s a fresh juice bar. Adults-only means just that, and Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and several US Presidents are among the hotel’s former guests.
This is a real designer hotel, created by English Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard – think Moroccan spliced with classic mid-century Palm Springs. The spa has three treatment rooms, including a couple’s room, and offers therapies using naturally sourced ingredients from Morocco. The Pink Cabana restaurant does Mediterranean food with a Moroccan influence and Californian twist – try the red crab roll with a griddled milk bun, aioli, celery and California paprika vinegar potato chips.
Very few hotel pools in Palm Springs can match the views of the San Jacinto Mountains seen from the rooftop pool at Kimpton Rowan. There, you’ll also find the High Bar, which serves aviation-themed cocktails – try the Free Upgrade, with tequila, Aperol, coconut orgeat and a touch of mezcal. There are in-room spa treatments on offer, including Aroma Journey and Mother-To-Be Harmony massages and a spirulina body wrap. Guests also receive discounted yoga classes from Power Yoga Palm Springs.
Opened in 1936, this luxury hotel has a Moroccan vibe with a Palm Springs twist – think suzani headboards, Spanish colonial architecture, ceramic floor tiles, covered ceilings and arched entryways. The “casitas” are little chalets dotted around the grounds; there are also rooms and suites. Many have fireplaces and clawfoot bathtubs. The signature spa treatments include the Garden Retreat – a “sensory journey” featuring an “aromatic moistening” followed by a custom massage and foot exfoliation and reflexology.
This Hilton sits below the Santa Rosa Mountains within walking distance of Old Town La Quinta, a resort city 40 minutes from Palm Springs by car. The Spa Hibiscus at the hotel has a meditation suite and boutique shop, while the team offers hot stone, deep tissue and signature massages, plus a range of body wraps and soaks. Guests get a free cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary evening reception daily.