Four Desert Spas You Can’t Miss
Bliss is beautiful at the Parker Palm Spring’s stylish PSYC spa and fitness center.
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Before golf courses and mid-century modern homes, the land occupied by the desert cities of the much-frequented Cochella Valley offered a simpler, even spiritual purpose. Two centuries ago, the native Cahuilla Indians uncovered the area’s mineral hot springs, a treasure that would provide generations a source of healing and vitality. While the landscape may have changed, the spirit of relaxation and rejuvenation lives on with the glorious spa culture of Palm Springs and surrounding cities.
From unrivaled ambiance to mind-blowing treatments, these havens of health offer something special for each lucky visitor’s mind, body and soul. We tested quite a few (tough job, I know) and narrowed down a list of four favorites we think you should consider for your next desert sojourn. Take a deep breath, and let’s begin …
Spa La Quinta
La Quinta Resort Spa and Club
Where: La Quinta Resort Spa and Club 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta 800-598-3828, laquintaresort.com
Why: Hollywood royalty, baby. From Garbo to Gable to U.S. presidents, many have sought refuge in this elite resort since 1926. While the property and facilities have expanded over the years, none of the essential charm was lost in the process.
Top Treatment: The HydraFacial. Skin will emerge silky smooth, dewy and bright with this new breakthrough, multi-step skin rejuvenation system utilizing cutting-edge hydradermabrasion technology. Improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation, congested pores and uneven skin tone with no surgery, injections, discomfort or down time. (30 minutes/$250; 90 minutes/$375)
The “Aaaah” Factor: The tranquil gardens lined with bougainvillea and blossoms will lure you to sweet surrender.
PSYC Palm Springs Yacht Club
Parker Palm Springs
Where: The Parker, 4200 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 760-770-5000, theparkerpalmsprings.com
Why: Formerly the Merv Griffin Resort Hotel, then the Givenchy Spa and now part of the Meridian group of luxury boutique hotels, this retro-hip, Jonathan Adler-designed haven for the happening hits all the right buttons.
Top Treatment: Guilty Pleasures—a 45-minute Sugar Scrub, followed by a 60-minute Tailor Made Massage and a 60-minute Spa Pedicure. ($285)
The “Aaaah” Factor: As stated in their manifesto, “We believe you are only young once ... but you can be immature forever.”