Desert Hot Springs
18000 Long Canyon Rd., Desert Hot Springs
Less is more when it comes to this detox program in Desert Hot Springs, California. Check in for three, six, or eight days and prepare for many, many beverages (green drinks, hot broths, water), along with colonics and massages every day. Read a book or relax by the pool while your body cleanses and recalibrates. Add a bit of therapeutic pampering to your stay with a mud wrap or lymphatic stimulation, though there's also nothing wrong with just taking a lot of naps and hanging out in the infrared sauna.
Two Bunch Palms Hot Springs
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs
While we wouldn't suggest spending an entire weekend at the Two Bunch Palms hotel (unless you’re in the mood for something a bit more quaint and off the beaten path), the on-site hot springs justify the 30 minute drive. Here, the mineral healing waters are pumped into a picturesque grotto which is made up of two pools, one at 99 degrees and the other at 104 (those extra 5 degrees make a huge difference, actually). There’s also a respectable spa menu—some of the services are performed in individual gazebos—and a simple but good restaurant.
67710 San Antonio St., Desert Hot Springs
This part of the desert is a treasure trove of mid century architecture—Hotel Lautner gives guests a chance to call one of these gems home, even if its just for the span of a weekend. As the name suggests it’s the handiwork of renowned architect John Lautner and structurally, it’s more of a four-unit compound with a shared outdoor common area than a freestanding house or hotel (there’s no concierge on duty but maid service can be requested for extended stays). Taking in the surroundings, complete with succulent gardens, dipping pool, and fire pits, and bumming around the spectacular rooms (all are outfitted with vintage-modern furniture, kitchens, and a selection of architecture-themed books) is the extent of on-property activities, which is pretty great in its own way. There’s also an event space attached that can easily fit 200 or so people making it the ideal spot for a wedding.