Spa Bliss

While much of the country deals with cold and snow, desert spas make sure the sun never leaves your face.

Carolyn Patten Health & Wellness

Estrella Spa’s poolside cabanas offer a calming atmosphere to enjoy before or after spa services.

It’s time to start bragging.

Winter is one of the happiest times in the desert. Compared with the rest of the country, much of which is blanketed in snow, we’ve got it pretty good. You might even see us walking around in sandals. Add a romantic, pampering service at a world-class spa, a taste of something bubbly and sweet, and you can keep that happy feeling going indefinitely. This month, it’s easy to find your bliss:

The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, is promoting its side-by-side Soul Mates massage with warm chocolate-scented massage oil. After the rubdown, enjoy chocolate truffles and a glass of Champagne, plus a 10 percent savings on retail purchases at the spa boutique.

Estrella Spa at the Avalon Hotel & Bungalows has an option that aims to rekindle romance. The Better Together package for two includes a two-night stay at the hotel, two hour-long massages, two passes to Pilates Plus in Palm Springs, plus delicious smoothies and green tea delivered to the room each morning. The resort fee and parking are also included.

Sunstone Spa’s many facials include this month’s special, the Diamond in the Rough.

Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is offering precious gemstone–themed treatments , with the Polished Gem for Two package. A softening and nourishing scrub of raw sugar, clay, and rose oil preps skin for a full massage with rose quartz, which is known to warm and relax. The Rocks and Roses Massage uses traditional Swedish techniques and adds a super-hydrating rose cream, applied with warm lava stones. The rose aroma is said to open the heart chakra and encourage a deep feeling of calm and rejuvenation. To combat and reverse the damage caused by the intense desert sun, therapists assert you’ll see immediate results with the Diamond in the Rough Facial, which incorporates a powerful mask infused with crushed diamonds to encourage the skin’s natural regenerative abilities.

For the epitome of luxury, try the Golden-Dipped Manicure-Pedicure Duo, meant to renew dry hands and feet. A classic mani-pedi is enhanced with lightly scented Moroccanoil to leave your digits shimmering like gold.

Rock Spa at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs updated its spa menu with a number of specials. We suggest trying the Everglow package, which includes the Sweet Tea Body Scrub, Synchronicity Massage with agave body oil, and a moisture application of coconut-lime body milk. Spa products are made by Farmhouse Fresh, a highly regarded natural and organic bath-and-body line.

The Spa at JW Marriott Desert Springs has spa specials all month long, available Sunday through Friday. Winter Wellness bundles a Winter Mint Shea Butter Scrub with a Winter Mint Aromatherapy Massage (which uses frankincense, lavender, and spearmint) and the Arctic Berry Facial Peel and Peptide Illuminating System. Leave the spa with silky, hydrated skin from head to toe. Couples Revive is a two-hour experience that begins with side-by-side massages in the couple’s spa suite followed by a shared bubble bath chock with trace minerals, cooling facial masks, lavender body spray and moisturizer meant for mutual application, and treats of Champagne and fresh fruit.


Estrella Spa at Avalon Hotel & Bungalows
415 S. Belardo Road
Palm Springs 92262

Rock Spa at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
150 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs 92262

The Spa at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert 92260

The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
68900 Frank Sinatra Drive
Rancho Mirage 92270

Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
32250 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage 92270