Ever since the first starlet dipped a perfectly pedicured toe into a Palm Springs pool, pampering has been a desert way of life. Here’s a sampler of where to treat yourself to lavish settings and exclusive products.
Discover the best of mid-century modern indoor/outdoor well-being at Le Spa at L’Horizon Resort & Spa in Palm Springs. The spa’s four luxurious cabana treatment rooms, each with a private outdoor shower, invite you to combine desert chic with massage, body and facial services based around the natural, active ingredients of Naturopathica body products. Try the Arnica Deep Tissue massage or Seaweed Wrap packed with vitamins and minerals.
The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Enjoy pure, natural honey — collected from on-property beehives and blended into exclusive products in the bee apothecary — at The Spa at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. The “Bee Pampered” menu is part of the spa’s stylish new makeover. Choose from the Honey Massage including heated beeswax along the spine “to infuse the body with beneficial properties,” said spa director Christina Cabrera, a Honey Lavender Sugar Scrub, Honey Hydration Wrap and Honey from Heaven hand and foot treatment. With each, you custom blend a Honey Body Polish to take home.
Escape to sweeping vistas and treatments with holistic, indigenous herbs and plants at the opulent Ritz-Carlton Spa on a hillside in Rancho Mirage. “From the moment you enter, our 222-crystal quartz chandelier begins your restorative healing,” spa manager Shelly Anne Myrie said. Spacious treatment suites with outdoor terraces are the perfect setting for the Spirit of the Mountains experience — a balance of desert herbs and mineral salts featuring an exfoliation, warm stone massage, detoxifying wrap and a scalp treatment; or the Desert Wildflower Poultice massage. Afterward, indulge in the views from the outdoor Jacuzzi.
Barbara Beckley, LA Times Custom Publishing Writer