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December 8, 2021

Forbes On What's New In Coachella Valley

The Forbes article entitled "There Are New Reasons To Go To The Palm Springs Area This Winter" begins with Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis and the new trail into Long Canyon:

Desert Hot Springs is a sleepy little town, 11 miles northeast of Palm Springs, past open desert dotted with wind turbines, and not much else. But you don’t come here for the activity, you come here for the mineral rich springs acknowledged as some of the best in the world and definitely the best in California. If you check into the 40 room Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis which opened in April, there are several ways in which to experience them: five pools of different temperatures between 85 and 104 degrees (the water emerges from the ground at 174 degrees) including a 100 foot long main pool for lap swimming. By day, the view is of Mt. San Jacinto; at night, since the pools are open 24 hours, of the dark desert sky stars.

For more privacy, 22 of the rooms have their own square tubs with a separate faucet for filling them with the mineral water, an aid to relaxation very much in sync with the look of the rooms. Designed with neutral colors, natural jute rugs and splashes of color from African textiles in pillows and bed sashes, the rooms are meant to be soothing retreats (to further that: no TVs but there is good WiFi so the world can still intrude if you want it to.)

Apart from the hot springs, the resort offers a range of spa treatments from a detoxifying desert sage clay wrap to facials with citrine gemstones along with antioxidant serums or Himalayan superfruit, a blend of goji, pomegranate, acai and bilberry. There’s also a Himalayan salt room, the only one in the area, also open 24 hours. And the culinary operation, now a café, due to become a more expansive restaurant in coming months, features a correspondingly healthful but not flavor-deprived menu with dishes such as carrot raisin French toast with blueberry raspberry compote for breakfast and a sesame seared tuna bowl with brown rice, green beans and daikon sprouts with a spicy Thai almond sauce for dinner.

While in Desert Hot Springs it is a 45 minute drive to the mystical rock formations and spindly trees in Joshua Tree National Park. Hikers got a more direct route last week, though, with the long-planned opening of the Long Canyon Trailhead, a 1 ½ mile trail starting from Long Canyon Road in town directly into the park.

The rest of the article focuses on some of the usual suspects in the rest of the valley, whether they have anything new to offer or not, such as Parker Palm Springs (nothing new mentioned).

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | December 8, 2021 at 09:07 AM

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