“Rejuve! An adults-only retreat offering space, serenity and spring-fed geothermal pools, just 20 minutes from Palm Springs”
The 10 pool-facing rooms are as ascetic as a monk’s cell: white-on-white with concrete floors, wood plank book shelves and pegs for towels for towels and robes. Four rooms have a kitchen and every room has a semi-private patio with a small table and chairs.
The central feature of the room is a low-slung kingsized bed that seems to hover on its platform. Among the few luxuries: a CD player, a small refrigerator in the cactus-green shower bathroom, Malin & Goetz bath products and robes for the pool.
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 strung across a ceiling wire to block the neon-turquoise glow of the pool and keep your room from being a fishbowl.
A continental breakfast buffet is set out in the lobby from 8 to 10. Fill your plate with fresh fruits (berries, grapefruit, papaya and kiwi), cheeses (brie and Swiss) and breads. Add a hard boiled egg and tomato slices, if you like.
In the communal kitchen, you’ll 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.
You’re welcome to pop into the lobby kitchen to refill your glass with fresh mineral water with orange and cucumber slices or to prepare a snack throughout the day. The kitchen has a full-sized refrigerator, a half-pint microwave, espresso maker, mugs and teapots, dishes, plastic glasses for the pool and trays to carry everything.
Rooms with kitchens are completely stocked with a full-sized oven (or microwave) and fridge, pots, pans, dishes and silverware. Other rooms have mini-fridges. The nearest supermarkets and grocery stores are about a 5-minute drive away.
Before you head out to dinner, consult Hope Springs’ 4-page list of recommended eateries located in Desert Hot Springs and the surrounding towns of Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Rancho Mirage and, of course, Palm Springs. 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.”