Seeking deep relaxation? A spa is a great getaway for mind, body and spirit. Spa vacations can help you de-stress, and there are all kinds of treatments to make you feel refreshed. Spa treatments also provide many health benefits and leave you feeling great. The greater Palm Springs area has no shortage of spas, and the beautiful city and surrounding areas make it a marvelous oasis to wind down and relax in. Whether it’s the quiet calm of bubbling water or the soft lighting and calm voices, spas make you feel relaxed the moment you walk in the door. A quality spa treatment isn’t just a way to help de-stress, it’s good for your overall well being—and may come with health benefits too.
Notable Spas and Their Unique Treatments
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert
Treatment to Try: Moor Mud Ritual, Date Scrub
The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa offers has many treatments for relaxation. This luxurious spa has a full-service salon plus as a fitness center and a yoga studio. The spa offers herbal spa treatments including a Moor Mud Ritual, said to help treat arthritis and detoxify the body.
The Hamman treatment, begins with a relaxing steam bath, a scrub and then a massage. Hammam is a Moroccan tradition in which the entire body is cleansed. Overall these treatments are said to relax the body, loosen muscles, and relieve pain.
La Quinta Resort Spa, La Quinta
Treatment to Try: Dog Massage
Do you travel with your best friend? Why not enjoy the ultimate in relaxation together at Spa La Quinta, where you can schedule a dog massage for your pet? Book yourself an in-room massage, and get one for your dog too. The resort is very dog friendly and offers numerous services and extras for pet lovers, like food and water bowls and plush pet beds. It’s a great choice if you like to travel with a canine companion.
Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Treatment to Try: Cooling Body Therapy, Indigenous Desert Clay Wrap
The Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage offers several unique spa experiences. To beat hot desert weather, try their Cooling Body Therapy where your therapist will wrap you in a chill aloe vera wrap or “cocoon” that soothes, moisturizes and repairs your skin all over. This is a perfect choice if you’ve gotten a sunburn during your visit. It finishes off with a foot massage, for the ultimate in relaxation.
If you’d like to enjoy a truly desert experience, the Indigenous Desert Clay Wrap uses healing desert clay to detoxify your skin and reduce inflammation. The treatment starts with a body brushing, then moves on to the clay wrap. With facial acupressure and a scalp massage you’ll be renewed and relaxed.
Sea Mountain Nude Resort and Spa, Desert Hot Springs
Treatment to Try: Nude Therapy, Tandem Massage
The Sea Mountain Nude Resort and Spa is a unique spa for ‘open-minded adult women and couples only’. Whether you’re looking for massages, meals, nude tanning, or a bite, this spa caters to the freest spirits among us.
“Nude therapy” began in the 1930s and many people feel that being naked is comfortable and greatly increases relaxation. Plus, you can get more Vitamin D at the resort and many claim that nudity can improve sleep and skin health.
The Swedish massages and mineral water showers are two of the other most favored services offered at the Sea Mountain Nude Resort and Spa.
Salt Air of the Desert Spa
The Salt Air of the Desert spa is an incredible getaway where visitors can experience Halotherapy, also referred to as Salt Therapy. This involves lounging in a comfortable space that has been infused with tiny particles of medical grade salt. Salt therapy fans report that sessions relieve pain, improve breathing, reduce depression and anxiety, and treat skin conditions.
The Spring Resort and Day Spa, Desert Hot Springs
Treatment to Try: Clay & Sandalwood Wrap, Immune Boosting Buff
The Spring Resort and Day Spa offers body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, a sauna, and massages. The 90-minute Clay and Sandalwood Wrap and the Immune Boosting Buff are two of the most preferred treatments. The wrap treatment uses warm clay and sandalwood to make your body like a “warm cocoon,” allowing it to relax and release harmful toxins. The boosting buff uses exfoliation and a lymphatic massage with a relaxing rosemary body glaze. The mineral waters at The Spring Resort and Spa are also amazing and you can be assured you will leave refreshed.
Two Bunch Palms Spa, Desert Hot Springs
Treatment to Try: Mud Bath, Angel Reading
Two Bunch Palms Spa is one of the most renowned spas in the Palm Springs area. This legendary spa offers unique treatments like mud therapy, water therapy, massage therapy, plus body therapy, natural nail care, personal wellness stations, and wellness classes.
One of the most unique facial treatments is the Oxygeneo Facial, which uses oxygen to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. You can also try an ayurvedic massage in which two therapists work on your simultaneously or you can attend a Shaman Clearing Session where you can “align yourself with your sacred destiny.”
Venus de Fido Spa, Palm Desert
Treatment to Try: Salt Table treatments, Salt Cave therapy
At Venus de Fido you can experience Halotherapy, also referred to as Salt Therapy. The spa offers a couple of different treatments where salt forms the basis of relaxation and healing. Venus de Fido offers the healing touch therapy of Reiki as well as reflexology and scalp treatments — all on a bed filled with salt.
You can also try their Salt Cave. This involves lounging in a comfortable space that has been infused with tiny particles of medical grade salt. The spa says visitors have experienced relief from skin conditions like dermatitis, acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and have felt a reduction in symptoms from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues — even snoring has been abated, say visitors.
Westin Mission Hills Spa, Rancho Mirage
Treatment to Try: Honey Massage, Honey Hydration Body Wrap
The Westin Mission Hills has its very own apiary and raises bees that provide the resort with fresh, local honey. The honey and beeswax are also harvested for several treatments at the spa, including a Honey Massage which uses a tincture of softened beeswax to re-balance the body’s energies. A soothing massage follows.
The Westin Mission Hills Spa uses that same local and sustainable honey to make a luxurious body polish for its Honey Hydration Body Wrap, and in its Body Scrubs. Honey has hydrating properties but the light, luscious scent is also sure to help you relax .
Well Spa at Miramonte, Indian Wells
Treatment to Try: Body Canvas Party
Want something adventurous to do with your partner? The Well Spa at Miramonte offers a Body Canvas Party. First, you’ll paint each other with a colourful array of special muds and masks. Then, you’ll rinse and then enjoy a 50 minute couples massage.
So many spas in the greater Palm Springs area go beyond the typical services and offer other treatments that are inspired by European and other worldly cultures. Not only are they enjoyable on their own, but they’re definitely something to brag about when you get home! If you’re looking to unwind after a long workweek, a spa in Palm Springs might just be what you need.