The Perfect Gift

Spa treatments and services that will soothe away holiday stress.

Carolyn Patten Health & Wellness


Spa treatments and services are the perfect “one size fits everyone” present, guaranteed to create smiles, oohs, and ahhs. Our December selections are gift-wrapped with that extra holiday touch.

The Spa at Colony Palms Hotel reopened in November after renovations that include a new couple’s treatment room and VIP suite room, as well as a new relaxation room. To celebrate, the hotel is offering a Romantic Escape from Sunday to Thursday through Dec. 29. The package is ideal for a “home-away” retreat, with overnight accommodations, two 60-minute massages, $100 dining credit at the Purple Palm Restaurant and a welcome bottle of wine.

Renovations at the Spa at Colony Palms Hotel include a serene new relaxation room.

The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa is rolling out four December specials for a total body reboot. The Pumpkin Spice Body Polish uses fine cane sugar laced with Vitamin C, copper and zinc for protection and a pumpkin spice hydrating lotion for a bit of polish. The Pumpkin Delight Facial combines organic pumpkin enzymes to gently exfoliate and a mask with powdered honey and detoxifying clay to refine and plump. The Candle Massage promotes soft, supple skin with a Swedish massage that features warm candle oil and natural scents. Finally, the Classic Mani-Pedi is made more festive with a glass of chilled Champagne. And, the Well is also offering a “Buy 2, Get 1 For You” special for all gift certificates this month.

More holiday spa specials include: The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton — Chocolate Truffle Body wrap and Chocolate Truffle Facial served up with assorted chocolate truffles and Champagne; Elements at Hilton Palm Springs — Desert Duo massage and facial with organic aromatherapy, Serenity Scrub with lime blossom, mask with wildflowers and clay and hydration with macadamia oil, and a gift box with the purchase of a $100 gift card; Rock Spa at Hard Rock Hotel — Harvest Moon Scrub with honey/coconut scrub and caramel body milk and Sugar & Spice Massage with caramel body milk; and Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa — Berries and Bubbly for Two soak, scrub and massage, Rasmopolitan Vodka Pedicure and Brandied Pear Scrub and Massage

J. W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is launching its new Spa Wellness Membership with special values for those who purchase this by year’s end. Early bird joiners will receive accommodations in a Signature View guest room, along with the highly-touted InBody body composition analysis.

This is aimed at providing an overall review of the balance of body fat and lean mass. It supplies details about intracellular, extracellular and total body water, along with “segmental lean analysis,” which is a look at the total fat and lean mass in each limb as well as the core.

Membership includes full spa access, one 60-minute treatment per month, fitness classes and wellness lectures, and discounts on spa and salon services, retail products and at the Spa Bistro, and other resort restaurants.

The inviting spa whirlpool at J.W. Marriott Desert Springs.


Elements Spa, Hilton Palm Springs
400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs 92262

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

The Spa at the Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. 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

The Well at Miramonte Resort & Spa
45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells 92210