Palm Springs is loaded with retro-chic history. For decades some of Hollywood’s finest have flocked to this desert oasis in search of a soul cleansing, palm tree-lined escape from the city.
It’s not hard to see why. From the slew of spas (ranging from boutique to luxury) to the stunning mid-century architecture to the many delectable dining options, the Coachella Valley is the perfect locale to unwind and indulge in your favorite self-care activities. Each year the city continues to evolve, which is why we’ve decided to cull a list of must-dos for health-conscious lovers (like ourselves) for those looking to take refuge from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle.
The Parker Palm Springs
Adorned with 3 pools, a spa center, outdoor fire pits, hammocks, cricket courts, winding pathways, and decor created by Jonathan Adler this resort is definitely a favorite amongst the style set. They also boast two of the hottest restaurants in town, making it the home away from home you never knew you needed.
Chi Chi at Avalon Hotel
Steeped in the tradition of California wellness and clean living, this buzzy restaurant serves up fresh, chef-inspired fare, reflecting a vibrant, spirited take on delicious real ingredients and authentic West Coast cuisine. Dine al fresco to take in the chilled out ambiance.
Raw Remedy Organic Juice & Raw Food Bar
This Palm Springs mecca serves smoothies, power-shots, and raw organic juices, such as, spicy carrot and holy kale! A must-stop if you’re in the area.
The Well Spa
Set among the stunning citrus groves and palm trees of Miramonte Resort, the Well Spa has long held the top spot as Coachella Valley favorite. Tuscan- and Ayurvedic-inspired treatments begin by choosing a stone with a word of intention inscribed on it — which becomes your own personal mantra throughout your spa experience. Their nine indoor treatment rooms and three outdoor relaxation spaces take you deep into the serenity of the surrounding Palm Desert.
Urban Yoga Center
The longest running yoga studio in Palm Springs, this coveted studio has been voted best yoga studio in recent years – it’s well worth making a visit for a heart-opening class.
Palm Springs Villagefest
Experience the desert like the locals do by picking up organic fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, and perusing local area artists selling their work.
Designed by ufologist and contractee George Van Tassel, this parabolic dome-shaped structure lies in the middle of in the Mojave Desert. Tassel claimed the Integratron was capable of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel. Guests can book a soundbath in the dome (but hurry, it tends to sell out weeks, or sometimes months in advance!). Recline on mats while facilitators strike and stroke quartz-crystal singing bowls, producing tones that ripple and swirl through the building’s main chamber creating waves of peace, heightened awareness and relaxation of the mind and body. It’s the most incredible healing experience and absolutely worth a go if you get the chance.
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