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A Palm Springs Wellness Guide

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Welcome to Palm Springs, a paradise for wellness enthusiasts! Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, rejuvenating spa treatments, or nourishing healthy cuisine, this Palm Springs wellness guide will help you create a blissful and balanced wellness experience.

Hiking

Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails in Palm Springs. The area is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and diverse terrain. The serene beauty of the areas natural surroundings has a calming effect, reducing stress levels and promoting relaxation. The quietness and solitude of the desert trails offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing you to reconnect with nature and find inner peace. Breathing in the fresh desert air, basking in the warm sunshine, and marveling at the unique flora and fauna can be a spiritually uplifting experience. Palm Springs offers an opportunity for introspection, mindfulness, and a profound appreciation for the wonders of the Earth.

Top Local Hiking Recommendations:

Indian Canyons: This picturesque hiking area features stunning palm oases, dramatic rock formations, and beautiful waterfalls. Explore Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon or Murray Canyon for an unforgettable adventure.

Three people hiking in Indian Canyons
Palm Canyon

Tahquitz Canyon: Discover the beauty of this desert canyon and its 60-foot waterfall. The trail offers a fascinating glimpse into Native American history and culture, making it a unique hiking experience.

tahquitz canyon waterfall
Tahquitz Canyon Waterfall

San Jacinto Peak: For more experienced hikers seeking a challenge, the hike to San Jacinto Peak is a must. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the trailhead and ascend through alpine forests to reach the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valley.

hiker at the tramway

Biking

With its extensive network of bike paths, breathtaking vistas, and refreshing climate, biking in Palm Springs provides an exhilarating escape that rejuvenates both body and mind. Many resorts and hotels offer complementary bikes.

Biking Recommendations

Here are three self-bike tours to explore different areas for your Palm Springs wellness getaway.

Palm Springs Big City Loop Bike Tour

Self-Guided Bike Tour – South Palm Springs

Deepwell Ranch Estates Bike Tour

Bike Rentals & Tours

Bike Palm Springs Rentals & Tours offers a large range of bikes, including the popular electrical bikes.

Big Wheels Tours has for 17 years been providing guided Jeep, Bike and Hike tours.

Bike Palm Springs

Enjoy the Wellness Park

If you’re wandering through Palm Springs neighborhoods, take a stroll through the Wellness Park. This five-acre spot at the corner of Via Miraleste and Tachevah Road is a serene area to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The space has fitness stations, trails, and a Healing and Fragrance garden that features plants with aromatic and medicinal qualities like lavender, peppermint and thyme. It’s a spot that locals love for its off-the-beaten-path location – and it makes a fantastic stretching and meditation spot if you’re out on a long run. Located adjacent to Ruth Hardy Park.

wellness park

Rejuvenate at a Palm Springs Spa

Rejuvenating at a Palm Springs spa is a fantastic way to unwind and pamper yourself in a serene and luxurious setting. The desert oasis of Palm Springs is renowned for its world-class spas, offering a wide range of rejuvenating treatments and services.

Spa at Séc-he

The Spa at Séc-he celebrates the sacred healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring. This sprawling wellness space features men’s and women’s bathhouses, treatment rooms, a tranquility garden, a salon, a fitness room, and outdoor mineral pools.

The Spa at Séc-he features 22 private mineral baths, 15 treatment rooms, a cryotherapy chamber, two float pod suites, a boutique fitness area, a grounding room, an acoustic wellness lounge, a tranquility garden, a menthol dry sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, two halotherapy salt caves, a resort-style pool with a waterfall and grotto, a zero edge mineral pool, four whirlpools, luxury cabanas, full-service salon with scalp treatment beds, a cafe and a poolside bar with food service.

The Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring water is over 12,000 years old. It is truly unique, as it contains a mineral composition that has not been found anywhere else. The Tribe has shared the healing water with visitors for more than 120 years, and the hot spring was the first tourist attraction in Palm Springs. This new spa will be the fifth bathhouse or spa at the site, with the first one operating in the late 1880s.

The Spa at Séc-he offers a full menu of massages, facials, scrubs, wraps, couples retreats, and salon services within its 15 treatment rooms, in addition to specialty experiences such as cryotherapy, flotation, and water cupping massages. The wellness spa features a clinical skin support line, organic skincare, advanced technology facials, hair treatments, and various customized wellness packages.

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Grounded Bodyworks

Treat your mind and body with care at the same time at Grounded Bodyworks, a unique combination of salon and spa that offers massages, nail services, lashes, waxing and facials with their own special spin. You can listen to Headspace meditations during your nail service, for example, while the services use plant-based skincare.

Massage offerings run the gamut but specialize in trigger points, deep tissue, cupping and pain management. You can even opt for a locally-inspired service like the Whitewater Desert Stone heated treatment that uses warmed stones from a nearby riverbed.

Tip: Mobile massages are also available, as are private sound healing sessions with reiki healer Lisa Botts. Call or email the shop for more details.

St. Somewhere Spa

One of the newest best-kept secrets in Palm Springs is the stunning and stylish St. Somewhere Spa at the Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs.

With massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, hair appointments, and body therapies like soaks and exlofiants that have a distinctly tropical flair, you’ll be able to customize your perfect spa day. Some treatments rely on flavors like coconut and citrus to awaken your senses; others use CBD oil or neroli to get your body relaxed.

Or treat yourself to a package like the Refresh which includes a 60-minute Swedish massage and 30 minute facial.

Tip: Looking for a happy hour but don’t want alcohol? Get 20% off a treatment enhancement to your service like a $25 paraffin or $70 Sail Away Serenity Soak when you book before 4 p.m. on weekdays.

St. Somewhere Spa

Estrella Spa at the Avalon Hotel

The Estrella spa’s facilities are designed to provide the ultimate relaxation and pampering. Guests can indulge in a variety of treatments, including massages, facials, body wraps, and more. Skilled therapists use a combination of traditional techniques and modern therapies to create a personalized experience tailored to each guest’s needs.

One of the standout features of the Estrella Spa is its stunning outdoor garden, which features a tranquil pool surrounded by lush greenery. This peaceful setting adds to the overall sense of serenity and allows guests to unwind and reconnect with nature.

estrella spa at the Avalon

Palm Springs Yacht Club at The Parker

Between the décor and the lavish spa menu, there’s no doubt that the Parker’s PSYC spa is decidedly Palm Springs.  This is a great place to indulge yourself, so plan on dropping anchor for massages, facials and body treatments.  Then follow with salon services such as spray tanning or manicures that will have you ready to hit the town. Between the indoor pool, private outdoor deck for enjoying post-massage libations and enchanting garden paths surrounding the facility, this is one spa that will make you happy to be lost at sea.

parker spa

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Yoga & Meditation

Embrace tranquility and inner peace through yoga and meditation. Many studios in Palm Springs offer daily classes for practitioners of all levels. Join a session at studios like Power Yoga Palm Springs or The Yoga Collective to enhance your mind-body connection.

Power Yoga Palm Springs

This yoga studio is a favorite among locals for their many class offerings and unique setups. But with drop-in rates at $20, it’s also a great spot for visitors to come and practice.

Those looking for an athletic and energetic class might opt for the signature power yoga class in a heated studio, or a hot yoga class that goes up to 105 degrees. A yoga sculpt class is available for those looking for a full-body workout, while beginner yoga, yin yoga, and gentle yoga classes are all also available. Power Up Yoga room

Hot Yoga Plus

Hot Yoga Plus believes that yoga and fitness can forward the journey to health and wholeness.  Embracing a lifelong devotion to the well-being of one amazing individual: you.  On many levels, your practice reflects your own evolution; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Much like your life, it is a work in progress.

A small group of mature adults sit on individual yoga mats as they take a break after their fitness class. They are each dressed casually in athletic wear and are smiling as they talk amongst themselves.

Yoga Yantra Palm Springs

A Yantra is a symbol for the heart – it stands for Compassion, Love, and Truth. The Yoga Yantra studio floors are made of bamboo so that no tree was harmed; their blocks are made of natural cork instead of foam blocks; the yoga mats are made of recycled yoga mats; and their bolsters are made with all natural fibers.

At Yoga Yantra, they are dedicated to embodying and transmitting the authentic wisdom and experience of yoga to further the evolution of humanity. As such, they have created a space of love and compassion to allow for the truthful transmission and experience of yoga.

Harmonize your Body, Mind, & Soul

Crystal Fantasy

Crystal Fantasy is a must-visit for anyone looking for spiritual healing and inspiration. This downtown family-owned shop has served the Palm Springs community since 1987, with owner Joy Brown Meredith curating an expert selection of crystals and more wellness and relaxation items. Shoppers leave with arms full of incense, décor, jewelry, books, cards, and much more – and simply wandering through the sprawling shop decked out in purple and violet tones provides a sense of peace.

Visitors will also find a regular rotation of mediums, card readers, and reiki masters for in-store healing and services. And be sure to check out the calendar for in-store events including psychic readings, reiki healing circles, drum circles, sound baths, and more.

Rose Quartz and Healing Crystals

Earth Elements

Earth Elements is your source for crystals, sage, jewelry, singing bowls, selenite, oracle decks, and crystal candles. Their purpose is to support you on your holistic journey towards balance and transformation. They believe in the interconnectedness of your body, mind, and soul, and have carefully curated a collection of products to help harmonize and nurture all aspects of your being.

Spiritual Spa at Studio M

The spiritual spa and Studio M includes energy work and inner work.

Energy work has been done throughout history and within many different cultures. These are relaxing, non-invasive, services focusing on your energies, auras, and chakras to rebalance and renewal your energy. Service options include reiki, sound/vibration, crystal, and a wholistic experience.

Inner work focuses on connecting to the subconscious. Working with the subconscious can help remove inner blockages in the psyche, help change perspectives to your ideal goals, ease anxiety/stresses, help to bring up motivation to continue goals, find your own inner answers, have your mind focus on regenerating any areas needing healing, and so much more.  Guided Meditation and Hypnotherapy is a relaxing service to better connect your conscious state with your subconscious.

Wellness Eats & Drinks

Fuel your wellness journey with nutritious and delicious cuisine. Palm Springs offers an array of healthy dining options. From organic cafes to farm-to-table restaurants, you’ll find plenty of menus that cater to various dietary preferences.

FARM

One highly recommended place to eat is Farm, located downtown at La Plaza. This restaurant is widely known for its farm-to-table concept, where they source their ingredients from local farmers. Farm offers a menu that features organic, seasonal, and sustainable dishes. From their wholesome salads to their delectable entrees, you can enjoy a nourishing meal while supporting local farmers.

farm palm springs

Palm Greens Café

Another great option is “Palm Greens Café,” located on South Indian Canyon Drive. This plant-based café offers a wide array of vegan and gluten-free options. Their menu includes fresh juices, smoothie bowls, hearty salads, and flavorful sandwiches. Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or simply looking to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, Palm Greens Café has something for everyone.

Native Foods

This quaint eatery is tucked away in a quiet enclave at Smoke Tree Village. Their menu is filled with healthy, vegetarian interpretations of comfort foods like chicken tenders, nachos and burgers. With other choices like brisket, tacos and Italian meatballs, they’re cooking up seemingly every kind of meat in plant-based form. Try their hearty salads like BBQ Chicken and Taco Salad, or their bowls like the Cauliflower Shawarma and Orange Cauliflower.

native foods

Nature’s Health Food & Café

his health-focused spot offers a variety of organic and natural products. They have a café section that serves up delicious and nutritious meals, such as wraps, grain bowls, and vegan burgers. They also have a wide range of supplements, vitamins, and natural remedies available for purchase.

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Tanya’s Kitchen is a vegan deli and marketplace proudly serving organic ingredients. The menu includes a range of sandwiches, including things like Pastrami Mami and the Modern Hippie Veggie. The Tempeh Power Burgers will fill your fuel tank with sides like Moroccan Roasted Cauliflower or Quinoa Lemon Vegies. In a rush? Grab a pre-packages deli salad like the TuNo Salad.

Chef Tanya's Kitchen

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A Palm Springs Wellness Stay

If you’re looking for wellness-focused hotels or resorts specifically within the city of Palm Springs, here are a couple of recommendations:

Korakia Pensione is a Mediterranean-inspired boutique hotel that offers wellness programs centered around relaxation and rejuvenation. Enhance your stay with to a spa getaway that rejuvenates and replenishes the body, mind, and soul. Indulge in a mini spa getaway including a relaxation massage, private yoga session, and harmonious sound bath. Relax and transform your energy in our serene desert surroundings. This boutique hotel also offers healthy dining options and a serene environment perfect for unwinding.

korakia pensione

Sparrows Lodge – This property offers a rustic and tranquil atmosphere. You will find no TVs in the rooms. This boutique hotel features beautifully designed rooms, a communal fire pit and dining space at The Barn kitchen. Everything is wrapped around their tranquil outdoor pool. It’s the perfect place to unwind and connect with nature.

sparrows-lodge-sign

La Serena Villas is a boutique hotel that offers a serene and luxurious wellness retreat experience.

The resort’s focus on wellness is reflected in its amenities and services. La Serena Villas offers a heated saltwater pool for a refreshing swim or leisurely sunbathing. In addition, guests can enjoy the on-site spa, which provides a range of rejuvenating treatments such as massages and facials. For those seeking an active wellness experience, the resort offers complimentary bicycles for guests to explore the surrounding area.

Dining at La Serena Villas is an experience in itself. The on-site restaurant, Azúcar, serves a menu inspired by fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can indulge in wholesome and flavorful dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

La Serena Villas pool

These are just a few beautify boutique resorts that offer a wellness escape.

Remember, the key to a successful wellness experience in Palm Springs is finding balance and taking time to nurture your mind, body, and soul. Enjoy the natural beauty, embrace the serenity, and leave feeling refreshed and revitalized.

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