Take That First Step

The new year is for setting goals, knowing you will make a few and miss some others. But you can enjoy the journey just the same.

Carolyn Patten Health & Wellness

The New Year, New You package at the Spa at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa includes a facial, massage, and deluxe body polish.

Even though some January resolutions have a history of dissolving into the crisp February air, both science and your BFF know the secret to keeping those promises — it’s not steely determination, but the simple celebration of success along the way.

Lots of sweet rewards keep the glow going, so we’ve rounded up some of the month’s best beautifying, relaxing treats at the desert’s spas to reward yourself — and your BFF — for each step. What are you waiting for?

The Spa at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is offering the Yule Be Delighted full-body massage with aromatherapy oil and Apple Harvest Facial with apple stem-cell exfoliation and a cranberry-pomegranate mask. Each 50-minute treatment is $132. Monday through Thursday specials include the 50-minute Swedish massage or hydrating facial with hair and scalp treatment ($99 each) and the 50-minute Swedish massage plus 25-minute Express Facial for $149.

Sunday through Friday specials at the Spa at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa include the Arctic Berry Facial to amp up collagen formation, a Winter Wellness Aromatherapy Massage to bolster the immune system, and the Winter Wellness Shea Butter Polish to smooth and stimulate skin. Each is $155, or get all three for $355 in the New Year, New You package. For stressed and weary complexions, there’s the $165 Winter Radiance Facial, employing alpha beta complex, a retinol peel, and a mask drenched in hyaluronic acid and marine extracts to get the new year glowing.

Sunstone, the Spa at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, is promoting
its Elemis Biotec Custom Facial, which includes oxygen infusion, microcurrent, light therapy, galvanic, or ultrasonic treatments, depending on your skin’s most pressing needs. Expect immediate visual results in plumping, circulation, and lift. The 50-minute treatment costs $155. A 50-minute detox body scrub and back massage, also $150, increases circulation with a blend of lemongrass, cypress, ylang ylang and rosemary. And don’t forget your feet: The Bourbon Bubbler Pedicure, 50 minutes for $55, includes a gingerbread-scented soak in antioxidant vitamins, a brown-sugar and pecan-whiskey polish to smooth, and a blend of softening shea and cocoa butters

Estrella Spa at Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs features a
50-minute custom facial and a 50-minute Swedish massage, each available Monday through Friday for $105 (regularly $145 for 60 minutes). The spa is also offering 25 percent off the second service received on the same day, and a bottle of champagne with five or more services.



Estrella Spa’s treatment rooms feature chic, calming colors and a crackling fire.

Spa Las Palmas at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa has great values for Sunday through Thursday appointments for the Winter Butterscotch Hot Stone Relief treatment and the Revitalizing Winter Facial, both targeting weary winter skin and tired muscles. Each is $129 ($135 Friday and Saturday).

For a whole-body treat, Azure Spa at the Riviera Palm Springs has the Winter Wellness Ritual, a combo of stimulating body scrub, thermal hydrotherapy soak, and restorative massage. The 110-minute treatment is $199 (regularly $250).

Thinking ahead to the months to come, consider a yearly membership in the Saguaro Social Club at Saguaro Palm Springs. For $300, membership includes access to the pool, hot tubs and fitness center, daily yoga, free cruiser bike use, and 20 percent off all spa services.


Azure Spa at the Riviera Palm Springs
1600 N. Palm Canyon Drive,
Palm Springs 92262

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

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

Spa Las Palmas at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage 92270

The Spa at Saguaro Palm Springs
1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs 92264

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

The Spa at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage 92270