ESTRELLA SPA: Inspired by traditions of alchemy, holistic health, and global herbal medicine, the menu at Estrella Spa boasts original treatments. Try the Grown Alchemist Facial, which uses 11 facial massage techniques to optimize the skin cell function. Poolside services in private outdoor cabanas include massages and manicures and pedicures. Avalon Palm Springs, www.avalonpalmsprings.com
SPA LA QUINTA: A vast menu offers a lengthy array of facials for everyone, including the special guy in your life. Don’t miss the Men’s Rebalancing Facial, which rejuvenates and counteracts the skin exposed to sports-related activities. Bonus: For the special pooch in your life, as a guest at the resort you can even book an in-room massage for Fido. La Quinta Resort & Club, www.laquintaresort.com
SPA AT MISSION HILLS: This secluded spa is the ideal retreat for privacy, pampering, and the latest in body and facial treatments. Try The Lift, a facial that rejuvenates and firms with Skin Authority products that include performance-based, medical-grade ingredients and vitamin C–infused microdermabrasion crystals. Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, www.spaatmissionhills.com
photo courtesy of omni rnacho las palmas resort & spa
Luxuriate and unwind with wild ingredients and the desert’s exotic settings.
For the Body (and Soul)
SPA LAS PALMAS: Rejuvenating treatments that include essential oils and organic products native to the desert are a specialty here, and the luxury extends to hair, nails, and makeup in the salon. Moms-to-be can indulge in the Desert Blossom Prenatal Massage, which promotes deep breathing. Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, www.spalaspalmas.com
SPA HIBISCUS: Great for small parties or a girlfriends’ getaway, this seven-treatment-room spa provides guests with a relaxing atmosphere. Body treatments include Hawaiian Legend Body and Volcanic Mud Detoxifying rituals; employing sugar cane from Maui and warm volcanic mud, respectively. Embassy Suites by Hilton, La Quinta, www.eslaquinta.com/spa.php
THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, RANCHO MIRAGE: This luxury day spa, perched high above Rancho Mirage in a serene setting, offers the perfect retreat. Bask in the warm desert air on the private terrace of your treatment room, plunge into a refreshing pool, or practice yoga in the fitness center. Immerse yourself in the Spirit of the Mountains renewal treatment featuring holistic and indigenous herbs and plants designed to rejuvenate the body and reawaken the spirit. www.ritzcarlton.com/
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Hilton Palm Springs' Elements Spa has a nine-treatment-room spa.
Uniquely Theirs (Must-try Specialties)
AGUA SERENA SPA: Known for its exquisite skin and body treatments, this spa offers a full spectrum of salon services, wellness and fitness classes, and packages for couples. Indulge in a Cactus and Date Scrub while your better half attends the Vino & Vinyasa or Scotch & Stretch class — a private yoga lesson followed by wine or scotch tasting. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, www.aguaserenaspa.com
ELEMENTS SPA: Experience the elements — rain, wind, fire, and earth — within the luxurious treatments offered at this intimate, nine-treatment-room spa. Unwind in the eucalyptus-infused steam room and refresh in the state-of-the-art Swiss shower, which combines an overhead rain and nine adjustable body jets to create a therapeutic experience, before indulging in the bubbling, hot Seaweed Mud Wrap. You’ll leave looking de-aged and detoxified. Hilton Palm Springs, www.elementsspahiltonps.com
THE WELL SPA: Inspired by a Tuscan villa, this 12,000-square-foot spa — boasting steam rooms, water therapies, the secluded Aqua Well Pool, and the River Bench (a private heated saltwater pool with waterfalls) — offers a rejuvenating experience. Unleash your inner Renaissance artist with Pittura Festa, a body-painting party using therapeutic mud. Miramonte Resort & Spa, www.miramonteresort.com