1 . Riviera Palm Springs Resort and Spa

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 588 - 8311

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Flowing gracefully from the fountain of youth is our soothing No. 1 selection, Riviera Resort and Spa. Combining exotic Balinese, Thai and Indonesian body rituals in an iconic Coachella Valley location, SpaTerre sets the standards on our esteemed – and steamed! – list of Top 10 Palm Springs Spa Vacations.

Imagine floating in calm, 100-degree waters in the arms of a Shiatsu-trained therapist who’s committed to helping you to open your energy pathways through pure relaxation. Trust us, we were a little freaked at first but these people are professionals and we promise once you step out of the Waterfall Watsu Pool, you’ll feel utterly at peace. And if strangers cradling you in water is a little too off-putting for your taste, then the traditional Ayurvedic and European Abhyanga oil massage may be a better option – and still just as soothing! While kids hardly need bottles and jars of creams and fix-all potions to obtain their unscathed complexions, Riviera Resort and Spa offers youth spa services, too! The literal Fountain of Youth facial includes an introductory treatment to the world of spa-going, with a cleansing, gentle exfoliation and massage. What a way to welcome adulthood!

Address

1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

Highlights

After a cloud nine day at SpaTerre, come back down to earth in one of 406 luxury guestrooms and suites featuring marble bathrooms and widescreen plasma TVs.

Related Onsite Offerings

Two swimming pools, Jacuzzi, Circa 59 Restaurant and Bar, Starlight Lounge, Bikini Bar, business center, laundry services, babysitting services.

2 . Viceroy Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 320 - 4117

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If there’s one thing that we can credit Estrella Spa at Viceroy Palm Springs with, it’s the total sensory trip you’re guaranteed during a full body rubdown in the private outdoor treatment cabanas. This No. 3 Palm Springs vacation destination will bring you to new heights, both physically and mentally.

Ever heard that song, “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash? Well, you’ll be whistling it once you’ve completed a Soul Session with Viceroy Palm Spring’s Life Coach, Trent Blanchard. You don’t have to be a rehab junkie to appreciate Blanchard’s efforts to help you find and pursue your true passions and create a balance between your work and your life. You’ll learn how to empower yourself, face your fears and step out of your comfort zone – no more liquid courage for you! Once you’ve cleared your mind and set your life goals, we recommend a little dessert to congratulate yourself after your hard work. Oh, we know you wouldn’t want to eat anything that’ll compromise your toned Palm Springs beach bod, that’s why we recommend the guilt-free Cinnamon Vanilla Body Wrap or the Chai Spice Wrap.

Fun facts

Viceroy Palm Springs was built in the 1930s and was the luxurious hideaway for Hollywood icons like Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Bing Crosby!

Related Onsite Offerings

Viceroy Palm Springs’ distinctive guestrooms, studios, suites and villas are set around three impeccably-manicured courtyards bedecked with swimming pools, clusters of citrus trees and lush flora.

Address

415 South Belardo Road, Palm Springs, California 92262

3 . Andreas Hotel and Spa

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 327 - 5701

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Although Florida produces three times as many oranges as California, this Coachella Valley relaxation destination knows how to savor the citrus – and happily shares it with you at The Spa at The Andreas. And we aren’t just talking about orange juice at our No. 4 Top 10 Palm Springs Spa Vacations pick!

Like the succulent fruit itself, you’ll be bursting with freshness and your skin will be aglow after the California Orange Blossom Scrub. For one full hour, you’ll be gently polished with a mandarin orange body scrub and spritzed with a refreshing orange blossom protein mist. After a round of lotion, a tingling peppermint glycolic cream will be applied. And for those who can’t stop at one hour, the Orange Blossom Delight-For One is just for you! Three and a half hours of orangey goodness, plus a Desert Botanical Noni Fruit Facial, will leave you smelling like a blossom. And for those of you who’d rather not smell like a flower, or anything girly for that matter, the Created Especially with the Man in Mind treatment may interest you. This features specially-formulated products for the most common skin issues that bother men, like razor irritation and overactive oil glands.

Fun facts

Andreas Hotel and Spa was recently nominated for the coveted Gold Nugget Award for Architecture and Design.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor fireplace lounges, fitness room and breakfast lounge.

Address

227 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262

4 . Parker Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 543 - 4300

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We want to start off by saying we aren’t insinuating that anyone reading this is a gold digger, but wouldn’t it be nice to have someone provide you with whatever you wanted? At Parker Palms Springs – our sinfully-sumptuous No. 5 pick – you can spend at least one glorious afternoon with The Sugar Daddy.

This resort favorite will give you what you want, in the confines of the Palms Spring Yacht Club spa, that is. Who’s The Sugar Daddy? Okay, so maybe it’s not human, we don’t condone questionable behavior, after all! But this body treatment will satisfy you with a sweet sugar and hydrating oil exfoliation that’ll make you feel like a million bucks – even if it didn’t cost that much! After a round of Parker Palm Springs’ unexpected offering of petanque – a French game played on sandy lanes that involve balls smaller than those used for bocce games – in the moisture-draining California sun, try the replenishing Poseidon’s Confidante facial. A mixture of collagen, orange blossom and licorice gives your face a hearty drink, leaving it unharmed by the hot rays.

Fun facts

The famous designer Jonathan Adler helped Parker Palm Springs achieve its signature classically-sleek appearance and ambiance.

Related Onsite Offerings

Norma’s restaurant, Mister Parker’s restaurant, Lemonade Stand, tennis courts, golf course, meeting rooms, four pools, croquet lawns, petanque courts, gardens, fitness center and a helipad!

Address

4200 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92264

5 . Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 622 - 9451

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Everyone wants to be pampered now and again, right? Well, same goes with having fun and winning big! At Palm Mountain Resort and Spa – the luxurious No. 6 pick on our list of Top 10 Palm Springs Spa Vacations – you can have your casino winnings and lavishly spend them too!

This Palm Springs pampering paradise is your haven after a long day – or night! – crawling the streets of the Desert Empire. And we assure you that you’ll be in dire need of some tender love and care once you’ve experienced the ceaseless sounds, glittering lights and stuffed slots of the neighboring 24/7 casino at our No. 8 list pick, Spa Resort Casino. Once you’ve cashed in your chips, make your way back to The Spa at Palm Mountain Resort and lay your tired body down on a cushy, heated massage table in one of the private treatment rooms. The Chamomile Calming treatment will wrap you with soothing and hydrating natural ingredients, like aloe vera and lavender, and most likely send you faraway on the dreamland express. And the Mini Eye Lift facial is “eye-deal” after a late night that caused you unsightly tired, puffy eyes.

Highlights

The Spa at Palm Mountain Resort offers six sumptuous types of massages!

Related Onsite Offerings

Make your Palm Mountain Resort and Spa rendezvous even more delightful with the exclusive Spa Package. It includes deluxe room accommodations and your choice of a combination of two spa treatments – a Swedish Massage or Deep Cleansing Facial.

Address

155 South Belardo, Palm Springs, California 92262

6 . Palm Canyon Resort and Spa

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 866 - 1800

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Three words: The Canyon Spa. This place is reason enough to vacation at the scintillating No. 7 selection our list of Top 10 Palm Springs Spa Vacations. Luckily, there are plenty more worthy reasons to stay, like perhaps soaking in a swirling whirlpool in the depths of a cave. Sounds good, eh?

Palm Canyon Resort and Spa isn’t just your typical hotel. Upscale, fully-furnished villas big enough for the whole family greet you at this desert oasis. And it gets better; much better. After a jaunt through the surrounding lush grottos and a few giggle-inducing goes down the super-fun waterslides in the gigantic pool, you’ll be ready for an afternoon in The Canyon Spa. Even if you’re eagerly wound up from splashing around in the whirlpool, you’ll be butter in the hands of the spa therapists during a calming Canyon Hot Stones massage or sweet-smelling AromaLuxe Massage. Speaking of butter, the Vanilla L’Orange Butter Scrub and the Milk and Honey Butter Scrub are just the thing for dried-out skin, too!

Highlights

Palm Canyon Resort and Spa features a 1.5-acre swimming pool with cascading waterfalls and an expansive sundeck to soak up those Coachella Valley rays!

Related Onsite Offerings

Indoor basketball court, indoor volleyball court, game room, fitness center, in-cave whirlpool and waterslides.

Address

2800 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92264

7 . Spa Resort Casino

Palm Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 854 - 1279

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Nowhere else in Palm Springs will you find the Taking of the Waters. What is it, may you ask? We will tell you about it, but let’s just say it’s much better to “soak it all up” when you vacation at our No. 8 spot, Spa Resort Casino – the most all-inclusive resort in the city!

This Coachella Valley hotspot is a spa, a resort and a casino all in one – as if you didn’t realize that by its name. We’d love to go on about this overall California vacation destination but we’re sure you have questions about the Taking of the Waters. Once you step into the sunken tub brimming with this region’s famed mineral waters, all your questions will be answered. The signature treatment at The Spa is based around this 10-minute soak said to have healing powers. A spell in the steam and sauna room and a rejuvenating eucalyptus inhalation follows your mineral-infused experience. And if you have a sweet tooth, Spa Resort Casino has just the candied concoction for you! The Cookie Dough Indulgence spa treatment combines a scrumptious cookie dough-scented body scrub and full body massage for a truly decadent encounter!

Highlights

Spa Resort Casino also offers salon services, like the Palm Springs Manicure or Pedicure, and haircare.

Related Onsite Offerings

Take advantage of the spa packages at Spa Resort Casino, including sigh-inducing treatments featuring a variety of seasonal ingredients.

Address

401 East Amado Road, Palm Springs, California 92262

8 . El Morocco Inn and Spa

Desert Hot Springs, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 288 - 9905

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At El Morocco Inn and Spa, you’re never too old to play in the mud! This No. 9 California dream on our list of Top 10 Palm Springs Spa Vacations invites you to take advantage of its 1,400-year-old, dirty little secret and renew your skin all at the same time!

Rhassoul is what we’re talking about. This organic clay from the base of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco has been used by Moroccans for centuries because of its abilities to accelerate cell renewal. At El Morocco Spa, you get the chance to soothe your skin with the Moroccan Clay Body Mask treatment. Before your lathering begins, you’ll choose from a plethora of essential oils to fragrance your clay. Then, you’ll be slathered with smooth, fragranced Rhassoul and cocooned in a wrap, finished by a mineral shower. The Rhassoul’s definitely a must-do, but so is the Moroccan Mystical Ritual. It includes all the staples of a stellar spa treatment, like a multi-style massage, salt scrub and even an herbal dry brushing, but the “third eye work” was what made us do a double – err, triple – take. Warm, exotic oil from a Moroccan teapot is poured slowly over your forehead. Pure ecstasy!

Highlights

El Morocco Luxury Inn’s Rhassoul Clay can be custom blended with essential oils for private purchase!

Fun facts

You can smoke a hookah at El Morocco Luxury Inn!

Address

66810 Fourth St., Desert Hot Springs, California 92240

9 . Esmeralda Resort and Spa

Indian Wells, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (760) 773 - 4444

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Esmeralda Resort and Spa, our final spa selection, just happens to be the No. 1 spot on our other list of overall Top 10 Palm Springs Resorts, so of course it’s worthy of a place on this list! Not only does Spa Esmeralda feature a blooming heaven right here on earth, this Palm Springs palace caters to even the youngest of guests!

And by young guests, we mean not even born! The Mellow Mama treatment gives moms-to-be a chance to get off those swollen feet and let trained Spa Esmeralda therapists do the work. Baby will feel just as relaxed as you do during a complete body massage using prenatal techniques to alleviate tired muscles and reduce water retention. And The Yummy Tummy treatment will definitely tickle the wee one! An application of Gravida Pulse Point oil and gentle skin brushing on the belly increases circulation while a concentrated serum and deep treatment mask is applied to soothe and moisturize. {love!} Regardless of if you’re a soon-to-be-mama or not, you’ll love a private herbal bath and massage surrounded by Esmeralda Resort and Spa’s flora and cascading waterfalls. And the Garden of Romance treatment is meant to be shared with your sweetheart!

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness center, three pools, 36-hole championship golf course, golf clubhouse, tennis, concierge services, business center and two restaurants.

Highlights

The Esmeralda ZBliss Massage combines soothing touch, sound and aromatherapy to help you get the best, restorative night’s sleep you’ve ever had.

Address

44-400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, California 92210

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