Palm Springs Spa Guide: Our Top Desert Spa Picks
Palm Springs is a desert paradise known for its Old Hollywood glamour, mid-century modern architecture, breathtaking landscapes, fabulous pools, and of course, some of the best spas. If you’re headed to Coachella, a little relaxation after a long weekend of partying might be just what you need to recover from the madness. Here are some our favorite spa picks along with top local recommendations for the ultimate pampering experience in Palm Springs:
The Riviera opened in the 1950s and was a hangout for Rat Pack legends like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The hotel was recently renovated with a nod to its classic retro glamour. Azure Spa offers a luxurious relaxation experience with 18 treatment rooms and a rare and expansive Watsu pool. This season, try the Spring Renewal Ritual, a detoxifying ritual experience that includes an invigorating body scrub followed by a thermal hydrotherapy soak and massage.
1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs (760) 327-8311
Wander the beautifully manicured grounds at chic Avalon Hotel, which is home to Estrella Spa. The spa features a menu of natural options, from body scrubs with Vichy showers to Natura Bisse facials and reflexology massage. For a unique CBD experience, the “benefits-based” massage treatment featuring Highland Pantry CBD will give you a “vacation-happy glow.”
415 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs (760) 318-3012
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Return to the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age at L’Horizon Resort and Spa, a resort featuring 25 custom-designed bungalows set against breathtaking mountains and desert landscapes. If you are traveling with your pup, you’ll love the personalized mini nameplates for your dog’s collar. Hotel guests can enjoy an afternoon by the pool with complimentary hand and foot massages. For a truly indulgent experience, try the evening Aloe and Ice, which includes a custom massage along with a cooling and hydrating facial. The treatment is done at dusk to set the tone for relaxation, renewal, and healing.
1050 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 323-1858
Salon 119 is a local favorite for beauty and spa services. Whether you’re heading for a night out on the town or to Coachella or Stagecoach, Salon 119 will get you festival-ready with hairstyling, manis, lash extensions, and makeup application. Braids and styles start at $35. You can also enjoy a little self-care with body treatments, massages, or an Image Skincare facial.
245 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 327-4800
With 41 swimming pools and 53 hot tubs, La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is the ultimate desert oasis. The luxurious Spa La Quinta offers a peaceful spa environment to recharge. Wine lovers will want to experience the Wine Down Massage, which begins with a flight of wine, followed by a 50-minute massage that incorporates essential oils to match the wine’s aromatics. After the service, enjoy a full pour in the sage room or tranquility garden.
49-499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta (760) 564-4111
La Dolce Vita is a unique male-only property where gay men will find a haven of relaxation in a peaceful and comfortable environment. The property is home to the only professional Men’s Spa in Palm Springs. The Relaxation Experience is a guest favorite, begining with a custom 60-minute massage followed by a calming aromatherapy facial. After a treatment, head over to one of the heated pools, steam room, or hot tub—or relax poolside while enjoying views of the stunning San Jacinto Mountains.
1491 Vía Soledad, Palm Springs (760) 325-2686
The Parker Palm Springs’ colorful mid-century style by Jonathan Adler is a design lover’s heaven. Head past the immaculately designed grounds to The Palm Springs Yacht Club, where you’ll find a charming country-club atmosphere with dreamy nautical decor. The 18,000 square-foot spa offers sea-inspired treatments like Ahoy Mate! and Yachtsman’s Voyage. Try the Perfect Potion for a 60-minute custom massage, 60-minute pore cleansing facial, and a mani/pedi.
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 770-5000
This 38,000 square-foot Spa at Desert Springs offers 48 treatment rooms, a salon, yoga studio, spa bistro, fitness facilities and heated outdoor saltwater lap pool for the ultimate spa experience. For a day of pampering, reserve the private 600 square-foot VIP suite which is staffed by a personal butler and includes a private entrance, two-person outdoor hydrotherapy tub and another indoor tub. Coachella fans will enjoy a little festival detox with the Good Vibrations Massage, a soothing treatment that relieves sore and tired muscles.
74-855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert
Located steps away from famous Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Mountain Resort and Spa is a serene hotel with a cozy four-room spa. The spa provides a lovely retreat where guests can find tranquility and enjoy the natural desert settings. After a long day in the sun, visit the spa for their April Special: the Sunburn Rescue and Repair, a 60-minute treatment that includes the application of organic aloe vera and calming cucumber gel, then finished with a body butter to rehydrate skin.
155 S Belardo Rd. Palm Springs (760) 325-1301
The elegant Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is set on a beautiful hillside. The spa takes a holistic approach to wellness and treatments incorporating the natural healing powers of the desert with local indigenous herbs and plants. The Spirit of The Mountains treatment will put you into a state of pure relaxation with exfoliation, a warm stone massage, detoxifying wrap, and scalp treatment.
68900 Frank Sinatra Dr, Rancho Mirage (760) 321-8282
The world-famous Spa at Two Bunch Palms is home to centuries-old mineral springs with therapeutic and mood-enhancing properties. The spa is known for having an amazing staff of healers and therapists. Visitors enjoy a wide range of treatments from Reiki and Chakra Balancing to Deep Tissue and Lymphatic Drainage massages. The property also offers an extensive program menu that includes yoga, meditation, art classes, and retreats.
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs (760) 676-5000
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