On my honeymoon, my hubby and I drove from California to Pennsylvania and back. Our last stop, one month and 5000 miles later, was Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa. We spent two beautiful days recovering from the road, lounging and reminiscing in its healing oasis. I swore I’d be back.
Well, it took me 18 years but I did return. Not with my husband, but with my blogging wife, Amber from Beauty Junkies Unite. And it was every bit as magical as I remembered.
Two Bunch Palms is a 77-acre retreat in Desert Hot Springs, CA (near Palm Springs) that just celebrated its 75-year anniversary. I think “retreat” is a word that gets thrown around a lot, especially with spas. But in the case of Two Bunch, it’s very worthy of the title. I dare you to visit at not feel relaxed! From the lush landscape, to the mineral-rich water (in the pools and flowing from the shower heads), to even the activities; it’s one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been.
We checked in to our rooms (Soulstice Doubles) which were in the newer section of the resort. I previously stayed in one of the original rooms, which had a charming, cabin-feel to it. The newer rooms are the epitome of desert chic. Slate floors mingle nicely with macramé wall art. An extra-large TV is illuminated by hanging wicker lamps. It’s entirely modern but with homey touches abound.
The bathrooms are HUGE. Seriously, a love seat could have easily been added. I loved the pebbled shower floor and the resort’s own toiletries in jumbo containers.
We set out on one of the resort’s beautiful and serene walking paths to dinner at Essence, the on-site restaurant featuring a menu that’s sustainable, local, seasonal and organic whenever possible. We grabbed a window table and were graced with a beautiful view of the sunset against the San Jacinto Mountains while we ate.
Though, the view on our plates was pretty breathtaking as well. I got Black and White Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Whipped Potatoes, Baby Bok Choy, Mushrooms, Carrots, Pickled Ginger, Mango and Ponzu Sauce, and a Ravenous Pineapple cocktail; Casa Migos Tequila, Pineapple, Mint, Agave Nectar and fresh Lime. It was as good as it sounds, if not better!
After that, some time in the grotto was necessary for a float in their magical water. The water rises from the ground (Desert Hot Springs was named so for a reason!) and cooled then cascaded into two carved pool areas nestled in a canopy of trees. One of the best things about Two Bunch Palms is that their pools only close for one hour per night. We floated in the mineral-rich water by moonlight and became so relaxed we could have fallen asleep in the water (not recommended.)
I proceeded to have one of the best nights of sleep in my memory. Must have been all the lithium in the water (seriously), but I felt like I became one with my pillow-top mattress! After lounging in bed for a bit, I had breakfast on my patio, a healthy plate of fruit and dates combined with a cup of espresso from the in-room Illy coffee machine.
Up and ready for the day, Amber and I explored the grounds before our spa appointments. It’s one of the prettiest and most peaceful properties, with little nooks of relaxation everywhere you look, a hammock here, a fountain there. We bought food at the front desk and fed the fish, ducks and turtles that mingled happily at the lake. I picked citrus from the trees on the property; lemon, orange and grapefruit; with the help of a fruit picker basket that staff had leaned against the trees for that very purpose.
Eventually, we decided it was time to get back in the water. We opted for the pool over the grotto this time. We bounced from lounge chair in the sun, to pool, to lounge chair under the palapa for a good few hours until it was time for our spa treatments.
I wish I could share some photos of my treatment, even a selfie smiling happily afterwards. But the truth is after my treatment, the Arnica Therapeutic Massage, I could barely even walk, let alone pose for photos. This was the best massage I have received in my entire life. If you like a deep massage, a massage that works your muscles in ways that you didn’t even know were possible, this is your massage. And Brenda is your girl.
I don’t think the level of relaxation I felt is unusual. Using a blend of arnica, organic sage and lavender oils, the massage combines stretches and targeted muscle work which warms your body and releases muscles. I almost had to ask for a piggy back ride back to the spa lobby!
Worth noting, though the spa is charming, it is on the small side. But a remodel and expansion is in the works for this year. I can’t wait to see what they do.
Our final activity of the day was a Welcome Angel Reading in the glass-walled Garden House. This card reading is just one of the many classes that are available free to resort guests. There’s yoga, classes on juicing and even one where you’ll drink wine and paint.
If you are in southern California (or even if you’re not) get yourself to Two Bunch Palms. I knew it 18 years ago and confirmed it on this trip, it’s one of my absolute favorite desert retreats.
Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
we heartsters, have any of you been to Two Bunch Palms? What did you love the most?
Stef is many things. Amongst them: editor-in-chief and co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
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