Desert Hot Springs, Miracle Springs Resort and Spa
By Waleed Rashidi
Why you must go: You like pools, you love spa therapies, you long to relax, you’re all about great dining and service, but you don’t want big city distractions and you definitely don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to get it all. Well, the Miracle Springs Resort and Spa covers the aforementioned requests with ease, boasting a courtyard with eight pools, each filled with natural, good-for-you mineral water pumped straight from its aquifer sources, plus a full service spa therapy center, excellent in-house restaurants and enough room to ably handle most large functions. Phew! Furthermore, it’s all situated several miles away from the bright lights of Palm Springs in the secluded foothill community of Desert Hot Springs, which is both good (no traffic, no drama) and gooder (Palm Springs isn’t that far away at all). First, there are the resort’s many pools, each cooled to a different specific temperature (yes, they’re cooled, not heated, as the water’s naturally hot)—perfect for an early morning swim (we started ours around 6:00AM), especially on colder days, all without that imposing chlorinated stink. The multiple pools also means not having to compete for space with other guests, bettering your chances of some stretch out room. The massages and facials are first-rate, performed by expert personnel (and fellas, don’t forget, there’s a male facial package available, which is worth trying out) in a pampered, quiet setting away from the goings on of the resort. This spa service is complemented by a boutique boasting product ranges from both Sothys and L’Occitane. Nabbing a comfortable poolside room is a key, as the private patio in the outside courtyard are beautiful and if you’re lucky, you’ll have a perfect view of the San Jacinto mountains (there’s a deliberate break in the building’s architecture to ensure that the range could be sighted from a host of locations).
Miracle Springs Resort and Spa, 10625 Palm Dr., Desert Hot Springs, (760) 251-6000. Rates from $99-$599, 110 rooms
Where to eat: Hitting the in-house restaurant, Chuckwalla’s, is suggested, where you’ll encounter a reasonably-priced menu of awesome, assorted American fare, from seafood to salads to delicious desserts. Or, if you’re simply too relaxed to make the walk, just spring for some scrumptious room service.
What else to check out: The modern casinos are just down the I-10 to the west, and the city’s just east. But the historic locations of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms, well north of Desert Hot Springs, sport many sightseeing opportunities for the real desert rat in all of us.