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Relaxation awaits at these Palm Springs resorts

Palm Springs and its surrounding desert communities are renowned for their resort spas, which promise relaxation and restoration, all with dramatic Mount San Jacinto views as a backdrop.


Palm Springs Yacht Club, Parker Palm Springs: Recently expanded, the spa at the Parker now has a lovely outdoor English garden and cafe and a handsome — and quiet — lounge. A raj-style tent for yoga honors the desert locale. An exten­sive list of treatments reflects the spa’s playful vibe: There’s the anti-aging “matriarch facial” and the “rock star massage” that incorporates hot stones.
Where: 4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Phone: (760) 770-5000
Web: theparkerpalmsprings.com

The Spa, Spa Resort Casino: In the middle of downtown, begin a spa visit with a “taking of the waters,” a private soak in a sunken tub filled with mineral water at this recently revamped resort. Steam, sauna and eucalyptus-scented rooms add reinvigoration. Body softening treatments include a cookie dough scrub (sweet!) and the Agua Caliente mud wrap, named for the resort’s tribal owners. Nonhotel guests are welcome for a daily fee; book early for weekend visits.
Where: 401 East Amado Rd.
Phone: (760) 778-1772
Web: sparesortcasino.com

SpaTerre, Riviera Resort & Spa: Sited within the completely modernized, 1959-built resort, SpaTerre occupies a former nightclub space frequented by the Rat Pack. But instead of Frank, Dino and Sammy, there are expert therapists. Signature treatment the Balinese massage includes a choice of aromatic oils. Chill out in the relaxation lounge in one of two heated Jacuzzis. Nonhotel guests can book a treatment for access to the spa facilities and the heated saline pool.
Where: 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Phone: (760) 327-8311
Web: psriviera.com


Two Bunch Palms Resort: A Hollywood hideaway for decades, this oasislike resort and spa is famed for its natural hot mineral water pools, mud baths and the in-water watsu massage. Day spa use ($25) is allowed if a treatment is booked, but all guests must adhere to the resort’s whisper-only policy, and there’s no cell phone use except in the parking lot or in a hotel room. Breathwork sessions are the spa’s most exhilarating new treatment method.
Where: 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail
Phone: (760) 329-8791
Web: twobunchpalms.com

Miracle Manor Retreat: Starry nights are remarkable at this super-small (only six rooms) remade motor hotel owned by L.A. graphic artist April Greiman and architect Michael Rotondi. Therapeutic mineral water in the spa-tel’s pools is refiltered and comes from an underground aquifer that originates nearby. Breakfast is complimentary. The owners advocate sustainable practices, including an indigenous desert landscape, organic bedding and construction that utilized recycled materials.
Where: 12589 Reposa Way
Phone: (760) 329-6641
Web: miraclemanor.com

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