Healing Waters Beneath the Desert of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

Palm Springs shares a feature with other valley cities in that we are the fortunate benefactor of some wonderfully healing waters beneath the desert floor.  Our valley enjoys being one of the only places in the world with sparkling, natural hot mineral waters enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.  Because of these healing waters, a cottage industry has sprung up with boutique hotels that cater to your every whim.

One of the most famous in the valley resides in Palm Springs.  The Spa Resort Casino, owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, has been in existence for over 50 years and has helped to rejuvenate even the most tired of travelers.

The current day Spa at Spa Resort Casino opened on January 21, 1960. It was built by a group of investors called the Palm Springs Spa, Inc., led by its President, developer Samuel Banowit. The 30,000-square-foot Spa cost $2,000,000 to build and includes 36 mineral tubs, 34 massage/treatment rooms and two outdoor mineral pools. The original cost of a bath was $3.00; a massage was $5.00. Today, it’s a little bit more expensive but the results are the same.  The “Taking of the Waters” offers a journey for the senses in five therapeutic stages. Steam, sauna and eucalyptus inhalation are designed to clear the body and mind of toxins. Then the best stage—a private soak in the mineral springs—will send you drifting into serenity. The final stage is a rest in their cool tranquility room.

If the Spa resort is not enough to “wet” your appetite, there are other resorts in Palm Springs that will leave you in a tranquil state of mind.  SpaTerre is the Riviera Resort and Spa’s decadent stage with 11,000 square feet whose sole purpose is to cater to your body and soul. There are 18 treatment rooms, a rare and expansive Watsu pool and exotic Balinese, Thai and Indonesian rituals.  Their motto is Recover, Refresh, Reinvigorate.

And if you don’t mind travelling a few miles, just 30 minutes north of Palm Springs is the city of Desert Hot Springs.  This city, nicknamed, “Spa City”, has over 40 healing resorts where you will find all of the most popular, relaxing treatments.  Choose the style that suits your fancy from mid-century modern, bed and breakfast, Moroccan, restored hacienda, Classic, casual and clothing optional.  One of the most popular is The Miracle Springs Resort & Spa.  With 110 guest room, an on-site restaurant and eight natural hot mineral water pools, the Miracle Springs Resort & Spa is a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy the mountain views and the healing waters.

So when you are ready to relax and rejuvenate, come to Palm Springs and enjoy the power of the healing waters, the sun and the mountains.  You won’t be sorry.

Best Regards,

John Pivinski
Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
760-325-1577 ext. 113

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