A Spa Worth Traveling For
Beyond its aura of fame and fortune, fueled by endless tales of Hollywood stars hiding from paparazzi in sculptural mansions, Palm Springs is a beautiful place. Set in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California, this storied town is brimming with exuberant palm trees and emerald gardens fed by underground waterways, a natural oasis surrounded by staggering granite ranges. Taking full advantage of this dramatic landscape, L’Horizon Resort and Spa placed its spa completely outdoors, on a flower-scented lawn tucked behind a ficus hedge. “It’s so picturesque, it doesn’t even look real,” says spa manager Alyssa McDonald, referring to the views seen from the four treatment cabanas (each cabana has white canvas drapes that can be drawn for privacy). “The spa is simple yet so very calm, and the setting is quintessentially Palm Springs.” Follow the lead of in-the-known guests and book the Therapeutic Nirvana Stress Relief massage, one that involves aromatherapy oils, acupressure, stretches, and deep tissue kneading to loosen up the body and mind. “We combine a variety of modalities during the session,” says McDonald. “It really does the trick.”
Sit back on your white chaise lounge and enjoy the thoroughly soothing moment.
The hotel’s revamped Mid Century pool is not officially part of the spa, but it might as well be: everyday, an expert therapist makes the rounds offering complimentary hand and foot massages for guests. Sit back on your white chaise lounge and enjoy the thoroughly soothing moment, which includes a deliciously fragrant Naturopathica mint cream. If you’d like the experience to last a little longer, ask for the express foot scrub, a 25-minute exfoliating treatment involving a blend of zesty lemongrass and powdered bamboo to reveal glowing skin. The lathery concoction is then washed away with moistened hot towels. As if you needed to relax a little bit more, the spa offers complimentary cocktails called “Le Spa Elixir,” made with basil-infused vodka, fresh lime, muddled cucumber, and Fever Tree soda water Add to that a nearly perfect year-round weather of clear blue skies, and you have all the ingredients for a thoroughly restorative, utterly carefree day.
To learn more about L'Horizon Resort And Spa, or to make a reservation at the spa, please contact the concierge upon making a reservation.