“Rejuve! An adults-only retreat offering space, serenity and spring-fed geothermal pools, just 20 minutes from Palm Springs”
The hotel has been lovingly restored to preserve its mid-century features: formica countertops and floors garnished with period-perfect rocking chairs and fake fur rugs. The laidback vibe invites you to make yourself at home: brew a cup of organic tea in the communal kitchen; watch the sunset turn the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley lavender from the back patio; turn in early. Luxury is a long soak in the satiny, mineral-rich water that bubbles up from a deep aquifer to fill 3 pools, and maybe an aromatherapy salt glow to slough off the layers of 21st-century stress. This restorative retreat will make you feel like you’ve really been away.
- A great alternative to the typical Palm Springs experience; off-the-beaten path, yet within easy reach of great shops and nightlife
- Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park, famed for its other-worldly geological formations
- Crystal-clear, mineral-rich water directly from a natural aquifer; great for soaking tired muscles and boosting your metabolism
- Snazzy mid-century modern architecture and furnishings
- Adults only; the peace is part of the pampering
- The laidback, early-to-bed vibe (no noisy pool jets after 10 pm!) and fend-for-yourself minimalism may be too low-key for some
- Likewise, the ‘unplugged’ ethos; if you must have room service or go into withdrawals without a TV, book elsewhere
- There’s only one massage bed, so ensure you schedule your scrub early
- Breakfast is the only meal available
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- Spa Hotel
- Breakfast only (+ basic self-catering)
- Adults-only resort
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The 10 pool-facing rooms with platform, king-sized beds are as ascetic as a monk’s cell: white-on-white with concrete floors, wood-plank bookshelves, and pegs for towels and robes. Four rooms have a kitchen and every room has a semi-private patio with a small table and chairs.
Call it sensory deprivation or balm for an overactive mind, the stark minimalist décor washes away the superfluous and reinvigorates overwrought senses like a cool splash of water. During the day, the desert sun floods through the French doors. At night, pull the curtain across to block the neon-turquoise glow of the pool and relax into a deep sleep.
- Air conditioning
- Communal kitchen
A continental breakfast buffet is set out in the lobby from 8 to 10, and included in your stay. Fill your plate with fresh fruits, cheeses and breads. Add a hard-boiled egg and tomato slices, if you like. You’ll also find cold cereals, a toaster, and a wide variety of jams and preserves, honey and nut butters - most organic - along with coffee and instant boiling water for loose and bag teas.
Rooms with kitchens are stocked with the essentials: a toaster oven and induction hot plate; fridge and sink; table with chairs plus pots, pans, dishes and silverware. The nearest grocery stores are about a 5-minute drive away.
Before you head out to dinner, consult Hope Springs’ list of recommended eateries located in Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Pioneertown and Joshua Tree. Recommended restaurants cover a broad spectrum - from sushi to Serbo-Croatian - and include authoritative advice such as “Go for the (Sinatra/Rat Pack) ambience, the martinis and the clientèle rather than the food."
- Coffee / tea making
- At the hotel: rejuve! Sunbathe beside and soak in one of the three pools of natural mineral-rich water. There’s an open-air hot tub and an enclosed Jacuzzi to choose from, plus a main swimming pool
- Schedule a massage, body wrap, salt glow or combo, all using natural ingredients including clay, sea salt, algae and fresh milk and honey
- Get to know the desert: the office has maps of hiking trails in nearby Joshua Tree National Park. Named for its spindly Joshua tree made famous by the rock band U2, the park includes a range of other-worldly geological formations. The 1,200-acre Living Desert & Gardens in Palm Springs is a reserve, museum, zoo and educational centre where you can see everything from bighorn sheep to roadrunners
- Take in the view: climb aboard the world’s largest rotating gondolas for a 10-minute ride up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Hike through the cool pine forest of the 11,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area and take in a view of the Coachella Valley all the way to the briny desert lake known as the Salton Sea
- Shop: follow Palm Springs’ own Walk of Stars on Palm Canyon Drive, stopping into eclectic boutiques and galleries specialising in mid-century furnishings and décor. The northern section of Palm Canyon is touted as the Antique and Heritage Gallery District
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Well being