Hope Springs

Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, United States Book from Book from £121 per night

Rejuve! An adults-only retreat offering space, serenity and spring-fed geothermal pools, just 20 minutes from Palm Springs
The original Cactus Springs sign outside is a testament to authentically restored mid-century Hope Springs Resort’s roots as a 1960s motel. In a world gone mad for gadgets and glam, Hope Springs is life peeled back to its essence. Luxury is a long soak in the satiny, mineral-rich water that bubbles up from the Mission Creek Aquifer to fill three pools. And maybe an aromatherapy salt glow to slough off the layers of 21st-century stress.

The lobby is a stunning A-frame with a wall of windows overlooking the pool. An authentic restoration preserved mid-century features such as Formica countertops and floors, now garnished by period-perfect moulded plastic rocking chairs, fake fur rugs and buttoned-cushion sun loungers by the pool. Simplicity rules: minimalist white bedrooms, organic teas and fresh fruits, quiet. The laidback vibe invites you to make yourself at home: brew a cup of organic tea in the lobby kitchen; watch the sunset turn the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley lavender from the back patio; turn in early. This restorative retreat will make you feel like you’ve really been away.

Highs

  • 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, boosting your metabolism and quenching your thirst
  • Snazzy mid-century modern architecture, expect authentic 1950s furnishings
  • Adults only; the peace is part of the pampering

Lows

  • 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

Best time to go

With more than 350 days of sunshine and less than 150 mm of rain per year, Palm Springs is as close to a sure thing as you can get in the weather stakes. Winter brings mild, sunny days with temperatures ranging from 21-27C and rarely dipping below 6C at night. Summer days can be scorching. Yes, it’s 'dry heat', but temperatures of 43C or higher can make you feel like you’re inside an oven. From September through November, expect near-perfect days without the crowds.

Our top tips

Birdwatch: the birding is surprisingly good in the desert, keep an eye out for the noisy cactus wren and the red-tailed hawk.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Spa Hotel
  • 10
  • Breakfast only (+ basic self-catering)
  • Adults-only resort
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Firepit
  • Games
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Plunge pool
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

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.”

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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, plus a main swimming pool to choose from
  • 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 1200-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 (a block from Colony Palms Hotel), 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:

  • Birdwatching
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Wildlife

Kids

This is an adults-only resort.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Rooms
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Hostess was very helpful. Loved the view from the balcony behind the pools out over the mountains, lovely cactus filled patio and the hot spring spa pools were wonderful. Room was spacious, comfortable, thoughtful interior design and tasty wholesome breakfasts. Favourite thing was the Qi Guong session before breakfast - beautifully led by Tom. Only downside was the noise of the mineral pools if you sat in the main part of the patio - kind of impacts the peaceful atmosphere if on all the time, but you can move to the balcony bit where you cant hear it.

9/10, , March 2017

A great small hotel in a fine location in easy driving distance of Joshua Tree national park. The hot spring fed pools are lovely and we liked the 50's minimalism of the rooms and surroundings. Great breakfast. One thing to note: if your room has a kitchen (ours did) don't expect it to be equipped to cook anything! The oven "hasn't worked for a long time" and only two of the electric rings actually work.

9/10, , October 2015

This was our first visit and were very impressed with the overall place. The rooms were very good and it was great to leave the TV back home. We had one of the rooms with a kitchen and enjoyed eating an evening meal under the stars. Nancy was a great hostess and made us very welcome. The natural hor spring pools were fantastic which we made the most of during our stay.

10/10, , March 2015

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