Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs
Too often we accept stress, anxiety, depression, aches, and pains as the norm of modern life. However, we don’t have to. Our bodies need and deserve extraordinary care. Whether it’s a balancing massage or a detoxifying adaptogen wrap, the Two Bunch Palms wellness menu was designed to serve newbies and resort-junkies alike. The treatments, carried out by renowned healers, are meant to amplify the effects of the mineral water. After a long soak in a private mineral pool, I received spot on reflexology combined with a deep tissue massage in one of the newly built individual spa huts that line the main house. Afterwards they sent me over to The Restaurant bar for a complimentary mocktail. I chose a refreshingly spicy turmeric/ginger infusion that I sipped while watching the stars come out over the night sky. All is well in my world.
The Restaurant at Two Bunch Palms focuses on vegetable forward So-Cal inspired food. The menu changes seasonally and offers a variety of options from vegetarian dishes to hearty meats. Vegan and gluten-free options are clearly marked as well as dairy-free and no-nut choices. Coming off a new year cleanse, I particularly enjoyed their acai bowl, charred veggies with hummus, and jicama tacos. My meals came complete with a toasty fireplace and vast views of graceful windmills and snowcapped mountains.
Desert in the winter can be dramatic. Through sunny and mild midday, mornings and evenings were super-chilly. Be sure to bring layers. A puffy jacket, UGG boots, and a skull cap are key essentials. There’s a reason the desert is laced with windmills. It can get windy! The good news is you’re immersing yourself in hot mineral water that keeps your body temperature up. Plus, it’s a big property with lots of walking to stay active. They offer complimentary hot coffee all morning and roaring fire pits at night to help keep you warm. If you’re one to cozy up in your room with a good book, or a great lover, winter is the perfect time to do it just that. Just know you’re likely not going to be working on your tan by the pool.
Though the extra amenities are bonuses, the real draw of Two Bunch Palms is the water. Palm Springs and the surrounding desert areas do not have the magic. It is only within Desert Hot Springs that the real-deal mineral water exists. The waters at Two Bunch Palms flow from a 600-year-old natural spring that emerges from the earth at over 100 degrees. The water, low in sulfur and rich in lithium, is famous for its therapeutic and mood enhancing properties. Scientists suggest that soaking in these hot springs provides valuable nutrients and aids to rid toxins. Soaking in it has been shown to relieve pain and tension, balance PH levels, repair tissue damage, and stimulate metabolism. For thousands of years, people have “taken to the waters” to experience their restorative benefits. After soaking for a couple of days I can certainly feel why.
Over the years, plenty of hot springs resorts have popped up in the area… but Two Bunch is the OG. From what I’ve seen, this property is the most spacious, luxurious, and lush of the surrounding neighborhood spots. If you haven’t been here since the good ole days, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you’ve never tried the water, it should be on your bucket list. Even if you’re just passing through for an overnight recovery stay on the way home from skiing in Big Bear, or a weekend in Vegas, a quick dip in these healing waters will work wonders.
To book your stay at Two Bunch Palms visit: https://www.twobunchpalms.com/