A spa day is more than a few hours delighting in luxurious surrounds—it's an escape from the everyday, a chance to unplug and put your mind at ease. Greater Palm Springs is home to countless world-class spas and resorts that specialize in just that. Old Hollywood used to venture to our hot springs as early as the 1930s. Tap into our oasis' deep well of relaxation with desert-centric spa experiences using exotic citrus, date, and clay ingredients found nowhere else.
At The Spring Resort & Day Spa, the 90-minute Clay and Sandalwood Wrap uses warm clay and sandalwood to make your body feel like it's in a "warm cocoon," inducing relaxation and releasing harmful toxins.
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage perched on a hilltop with panoramic views, draws upon the elements with the Indigenous Desert Clay Wrap; desert clay detoxifies your skin and reduces inflammation.
At Spa Desert Springs at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, an extensive treatment menu built around ancient healing methods and exotic ingredients, such as clay, dates, and citrus, promotes peace and inner bliss.
Spa La Quinta at La Quinta Resort & Club, situated among flowering gardens and pathways at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, offers plenty of ways to unwind and recharge, from full-body scrubs and sacred stone therapy to private bath rituals with aromatic truffles.
The Spa at Westin Mission Hills has it's own apiary and raises bees that provide the resort with fresh, local honey that is incorporated in treatments at the spa, including a Honey Massage that uses a mask of warm beeswax to rebalance the body's energies.
Hot Waters: Then …
Both the city of Palm Springs and the area’s first inhabitants, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, take their names from the natural springs that are found here. For centuries, the hot mineral spring in downtown Palm Springs provided the native people with irrigation, potable water, warm baths, and curative powers. The tribe constructed a bathhouse above the spring as early as the 1880s, inviting residents and visitors to enjoy and relax in its healing waters, which date back to the end of the last ice age, approximately 12,000 years ago.
… and Now
In 2020, a new Agua Caliente Cultural Center will open at the location of Palm Springs’ original hot mineral spring, on the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and North Indian Canyon Drive, and feature a spa and bathhouse with treatment rooms, a tranquility garden, and outdoor natural mineral pools that draw on the valley’s rich history — and promising future — as a place of healing.