Think pamper, fantasize the bliss, get your chill on at 10 of Palm Springs most salubrious spas. Just a couple of hour drive from Los Angeles, or by jet from the east coast, San Francisco or any other part of the world, the glitzy desert playground presents a perfect break from reality. Sure it sizzles in the dessert during the summer but you can still keep your cool with any of the treatments offered at these eight fantasy facilities:
Sit back and chill out while you pick your spot in the sun:
1. At the spa at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, you can space out at the adult pool– which is kept cool throughout the summer, and enjoy a cooled down Swedish massage. The rub is done with a lotion that is 6% menthol, which delivers a tingling sensation that not only soothes warm skin but also helps relieve aches and pains, perhaps gained from an early morning golf or tennis game. Couples massages are also offered for “twice the cool.”
2. Agua Serena spa at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa offers a heavenly You-Cool-Yptus Scalp Massage performed talented therapists who will part your hair, mist on some eucalyptus mist to impart an immediate cooling sensation and then go to work kneading your cares away. Follow this with the Brew Up Relaxation treatment, a truly original offering that allows you to enjoy an ice-cold Blue Moon beer while soaking your feet in beer. Then a nail technician will scrub away at your precious feet with Moroccan oil orange zest scrub and finish with a lemon body balm to seal in moisture. Just try to keep your feet from dancing! Pretty heady stuff.
3. The spa at the trendy, party-central SAGUARO Hotel & Pool pampers your person with a full package that includes the euphoric, signature pressure point massage coupled with a moist heat of wild crafted compresses comprised of indigenous desert herbs. After the 90-minute rub down, comes a classic European facial of 100% organic products that promise to cool—highlighted by a cucumber and parsley mask combined with Hungarian paprika gel to stimulate and oxygenate the skin.
4. Rock ‘n Roll with a“Here Comes The Sun” scrub at Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel which runs 50 minutes and costs $99. The luscious body treatment starts with a light application of agave nectar body oil followed by a full body exfoliation with Honey Lavender-infused body scrub. Then a layer of Coconut Lime body milk is applied to leave the skin hydrated, silky and smelling delicious. Put the icing on the experience with Anti Aging Facial (additional charge) for 50 minutes, which includes a peptide-rich Lactic Acid peel to exfoliate dead, damaged skin to minimize fine lines, reduce breakouts and brighten skin.
5. The chic L’Horizon Hotel spa has a zesty offering of a Lemongrass Mimosa body scrub within a private indoor/outdoor room with its own cooling outdoor shower for 45 minutes. Unlike most spas that offer standard sugar or salt scrubs, this spa uses crushed bamboo in their blend, lending a perfect balance between strong exfoliation and gentle cleansing and leaving sun- kissed skin soft and pool ready. After the head to toe scrub, a Sicilian Bergamot lotion is applied for ultimate softness.
6. Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa turns bodies to gel with a Hydrating Coco Mango Ritual. For 75 minutes of total bliss, spa-goers are scrubbed down with a luscious coconut mango mixture followed by a sensual massage before floating back out into the arms of their vacation itinerary.
7. The Waxing Moon at the Estrella Spa at Avalon Hotel and Bungalows is a head to toe holistic health treatment that takes place in the Vichy Shower room starting with a rich, full body exfoliation using elements of fair trade sugar, organic Shea butter and jojoba oil. After a scrub and wash, the body is treated to a moisturizing rub and a relaxing scalp treatment. This is followed by a customized facial utilizing Dr. Alkaitis’ Raw Organic Facial line, known to bring out an inner glow. The whole treatment lasts a glorious 105 minutes.
8. The boutique Studio M Salon and Spa delivers the potent Powerful Prescription Facial Peel that includes a skin-boosting peel that provides an elevated experience with remarkable results. The intensive facial treatment delivers instant and visible skin balancing effects, targeting dehydrated, uneven skin tones, fine lines and problem-prone skin. It is the ultimate boost for the appearance of visibly smoother skin – leaving the skin feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and radiant!
Pampering doesn’t get much better than this.