So you've heard about the healing mineral waters that put Desert Hot Springs on the map, but you need some proof.
The seventh annual Healing Waters Spa Tour on Jan. 28 gives participants a chance to visit a cross-section of spas and discover the services they offer.
“The Healing Waters Spa Tour is so much fun, there is truly a spa for every taste and budget,” says Healing Waters Spa Tour Committee member, Carol Corcoran. “This fun tour has sold out every year in the past, and we're looking forward to another successful event this year!”
There are more than 20 exclusive spa resorts in Desert Hot Springs offering the wonders of the healing mineral waters. Choices include a Moroccan oasis, midcentury modern, old world Spanish, dog friendly, clothing-optional, and the legendary 1940s Two Bunch Palms with its rich history and air of mystery. The tour makes stops at up to seven or eight spas over the four hours.
VIDEO: See the offerings of Agua Soleil Hotel and Spa, which is part of the Healing Waters Spa VIP Tour.
Choose between the VIP Guided or Self Guided tours. Enjoy the views of the spectacular mountain scenery from the boutique hotels and enjoy a refreshing cocktail at each spa while the unique treatments, services, and healing elements are showcased for you. VIP tour participants may choose from four coach locations (Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, the Cabot Museum and Two Bunch Palms) and two bus options.
photo courtesy of two bunch palms resort & spa
Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa is the most well-known stop in Desert Hot Springs.
Note that the self-guided tour does not include the Desert Hot Springs Inn and Agua Soleil Hotel. An After-Party will be held at the Hacienda Hot Springs Inn featuring food, cocktails, and live music.
Desert Hot Springs is one of few places in the world that has a dual aquifer, meaning both hot and cold sparkling water emerge from the earth containing healing minerals for drinking and immersion. First discovered by pioneer settler Cabot Yerxa, the waters have been long thought to alleviate many ailments including arthritis, dry skin, sunburn, and to support improved cardiovascular function.
Healing Waters Spa Tour, 4-8 p.m. Jan. 28, 760-285-3903, www.healingwatersspatour.com
photo by karen r. graninger
Steam and soak in the mineral water at El Morocco Inn and Spa where a featured treatment is Couples' Moroccan Massage.