Located about three hours’ drive from LAX, The Spring Resort & Day Spa is a mineral spa oasis in the desert. The focus here is tranquility and the resort does a fine job of trying to make every guest’s stay stress-free. The spa’s focus is “cleansing, detoxification and rejuvenation. Treatments are designed to relax the body and soul while stimulating your body’s natural healing process.”
Outdoor showers and covered mineral pools situated on the lushly-landscaped grounds offer a respite from the Southern California desert sun. You can enjoy the breathtaking desert views while sitting among the serene landscaping (the resort insists on guests keeping the talking to a minimum), and drink unlimited amounts of their renowned, award-winning mineral spring drinking water.
There are three naturally-heated outdoor pools, containing water rich in minerals. For centuries, hot mineral springs have long been thought to have great health, wellness and therapeutic benefits. The pools are the hotel and spa’s centerpieces, and have been compared to the famous healing waters of Baden-Baden, Vichy and Evian. The geothermal water at the Spring emerges from the ground at 170°F (77°C) and analyses of the Spring’s water has shown that it contains an even higher content of minerals than average geothermal springs, and that Desert Hot Springs water in particular is especially rich in silica, which can leave skin soft and smooth after a nice, long soak. The spa encourages spa-goers to use the pools thoroughly before treatments, and offers poolside manicures and pedicures so you can continue to enjoy the outdoor facilities while getting a little beauty treatment in.
The spa itself is small, and only contains a coed sauna and a quiet room as the indoor amenities. If you are a hotel guest, use your room to get changed and store your valuables as there is only one changing room at the Spring, and you must get in line to use it. This situation is also a bit awkward and inefficient since this is where the basket lockers are for day spa guests — so if you have stored something in the change room and there’s someone using it, well, you will just have to wait in line to retrieve your things. Possibly to help alleviate this problem, the Spring does allow day spa guests to rent a hotel room on a half-day basis during the week when available.
If you are not spa-going, you can use the pools for $50.00 a day. Otherwise, they are free to use when you stay at the hotel or book spa treatments.
The Finnish and Native American-styled sauna is also a highlighted feature at the Spring. It’s a Finnish sauna in its traditional wood walls, tiered benches, and water for throwing onto the heated stones for steam. In a nod to the area, the sauna is also styled after an Indian sweat lodge, using fire instead of electricity to heat the stones. The Spring encourages spending some quality time in their sauna for all the great benefits of getting sweaty.
Massage & Body Treatments
I received “The Spring Day” 3-hour package, which is a combination of their signature treatments. It started with The Spring Buff: soak in the mineral pools followed by circulation stimulation using the spring water and exfoliating mitts. Then they applied the Sandalwood and Clay body masque. Once the clay is on the body, you are cocooned in warm sheets and blankets. When you’re all nice and warm, an Aloe Vera scalp massage follows. When the head massage is done, the wraps are removed and you then rinse off in the showers located just outside treatment rooms.
I wanted to add a full-body massage to my package, and the spa incorporated it seamlessly into my experience. After I rinsed off all the body masque and Aloe from my hair, I got back onto the table for a 60-minute aromatherapy massage.
The treatments worked for me. They incorporated all the natural resources of Desert Hot Springs with a great technical massage. Hot spring waters and aloe from the hotel grounds are featured in the treatments. My skin felt soft and smooth afterwards, and my hair smelled of sweet Aloe for days. The Aloe Scalp Massage is heavenly and that was my favorite part of the treatment. My therapist spent extra time on the scalp massage doing my neck and shoulders since she knew those were my trouble spots. My therapist knew her stuff. She was always attentive, asked questions, and allowed me to get into my meditative state. She had a soft bedside manner and really took her time with the treatment.
What I didn’t like so much was that there was a lot of movement during the 3-hour treatment. You have to get up and shower, and wait in the sauna in between the different segments. Anybody can come into the sauna while you’re mid-treatment, so you are potentially with other people, which may be a bit disruptive to your treatment serenity. Also, there are temperature changes during this treatment process: the clay starts warm but cools when it hardens. You will naturally feel cold with the temperature change. The beds could be warmer to help with this.
The folks at the reservations desk are very friendly, totally professional and very knowledgeable about everything on their spa menu. The gracious service from the hotel carries over to the spa and they do try and incorporate some of the benefits of staying at the hotel into spa-going. For example, you can order a cheese and fruit plate while you wait for a treatment. The staff does their utmost to make sure your serene experience is seamless and effortless. Pro tip: It’s best to call to make your arrangements. They are very helpful over the phone. Even if you plan on staying at the hotel, since the place is small, they will acommodate you in the right room, or make sure you allow yourself enough pool time before your treatment.
I always feel very calm and centered when I am at the Spring. The hot mineral pools are so soothing. Minimalism at its finest, this spa maintains a natural balance while still offering treatments from qualified therapists and modern spa products in the hotel entrance to the spa. The quaint hotel itself makes it clear the center of the hotel is the spring pools for relaxation and rejuvenation.
- 3 Outdoor Geothermal Pools, one covered/enclosed
- Coed Sauna
- Lounge with Fireplace
- Outdoor Yoga Classes
- Special Health Programs and Retreats Focusing on Cleansing and Detoxifying
$$$$ – Pricey
The Spring Resort & Day Spa
12699 Reposo Way
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 USA
SPA HOURS OF OPERATION
Daily 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
You can use the indoor sauna and outdoor pools 24/7 if you are a hotel guest, during spa hours if you are a day spa guest.
HOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
To check availability call (760) 251-6700. Reservations can be made easily by phone from 7:45 am to 8:45 pm Pacific Time. You can also request treatments online.