Melt into a massage. Let salt scrubs and hot stones seduce you. Turn that fantasy facial into a reality. Make a date for a new hairdo. Get polished, pampered, and plucked. Exfoliate and luxuriate at possibly half the rate during Palm Springs Desert Resort Cities Spa & Salon Month. And do it all guilt free, because it’s for a great cause.
Throughout October, select Coachella Valley salons and spas, in partnership with The Girlfriend Factor and Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention and Visitors Authority, are offering discounted spa treatments, salon services, and/or spa-themed getaway packages.
“Our world-class resorts, spas, and salons have really embraced this event, not only to support The Girlfriend Factor, but to make their outstanding wellness and beauty services accessible at very affordable prices,” says Joan Busick, president and founder of The Girlfriend Factor, a nonprofit organization that provides educational grants to local women. Many spas and salons have created custom treatments specifically for this event. (Visit
www.palmspringsspaandsalonmonth.com for a complete menu of services.)
Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente casino • resort • spa offers the Desert Diva package (at more than half off the regular price), featuring a massage, manicure, pedicure, facial, cabana lunch, and more.
In Desert Hot Springs, Miracle Springs resort created the Lucy & Ethel package for double the fun. Grab your favorite girlfriend, split the bill, and get the full treatment: facial, massage, manicure, and pedicure.
Guys, you’re also invited to indulge. Most spas and salons provide excellent packages tailored for men. This month, Salon 119 & Spa offers the His & Hers salon package, which includes discounts on hair cuts and color treatments. Or choose from other procedures, from massages to ear candling, at reduced prices.
Spend the day in the spa at the Spa Resort Casino (save the gaming for later) enjoying the Bling it On package. Get a massage, facial, plush Spa robe, lunch, and indulge in the famous Taking of the Waters’ five-step process (steam, sauna, eucalyptus inhalation, hot mineral-spring soak, and cool down).
If you’re looking for a slumber party, take advantage of Hilton Palm Springs’ Great Spa Giveaway, which includes a one-night stay in one of Hilton’s immaculate rooms and a generous credit toward your choice of treatment at elements spa. Can’t do an overnighter? Spoil yourself with Elements Spa’s Desert Diva Day, featuring a massage and one of the following: facial, full body scrub, manicure, or pedicure.
In addition to affordable pampering, Busick notes that the campaign is a fun way to promote local spas and salons while raising awareness for The Girlfriend Factor. “Girlfriends and spas so go together,” she says.
Participating Spas and Salons
Agua Serena Spa, Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas, and Spa, 44600 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells. 1-760-674-4100; www.grandchampions.hyatt.com
Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa, 14500 Palm Dr., Desert Hot Springs. 1-760-329-4481; www.aquasoleilhotel.com
Elements Spa, Hilton Palm Springs, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs. 1-760-318-8528; www.palmsprings.hilton.com
Feel Good Spa, Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 1-760-866-6188; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings
Hacienda Hot Springs Inn & Spa, 12885 Eliseo Rd., Desert Hot Springs. 1-760-251-2885; www.haciendahotsprings.com
J. Russell! Salon & Spa, 72996 El Paseo, Palm Desert. 1-760-340-6353; www.jrussellthesalon.com
Medical & Skin Spa at Agua Serena Spa, Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa, 44600 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells. 1-760-6744106; www.grandchampions.hyatt.com
Miracle Springs Resort, 10625 Palm Dr., Desert Hot Springs. 1-760-251-6000; www.miraclesprings.com
Salon 119 & Spa, 245 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 1-760-327-4800; www.salon119.com
The Spa, Spa Resort Casino, 401 E. Amado Rd., Palm Springs. 1-888-999-1995; www.sparesortcasino.com
Spa Desert Springs, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, 74855 Country Club Dr., Palm Desert. 1-760-341-1856; www.spa.desertspringsresort.com
Spa Esmeralda, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, 44400 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells. 1-760-773-4444; www.renaissanceesmeralda.com
Spa Las Palmas, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, 41000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage. 1-760-568-2727; www.rancholaspalmas.com
Studio M Salon and Spa, 2465 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 1025, Palm Springs. 1-760-327-9000; www.studiomsalonandspa.com
Sunstone Spa, Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa. 32250 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage. 1-760-202-2121/1-888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com
Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, 67425 Two Bunch Palms Tr., Desert Hot Springs. 1-760-329-8791; www.twobunchpalms.com
The Well Spa, Miramonte Resort & Spa, 45000 Indian Wells Ln., Indian Wells. 1-760-837-1652; www.miramonteresort.com