We hadn't been here in a couple of years and were pleased to see that it was mostly the same great getaway it's always been. We've always appreciated the down-to-earth and laid back feel. Not snooty or elitist like some spa resorts can be. The spa and spa services are awesome (with some unique offerings) and they have some of the best therapists anywhere. The front desk and resort staff right down to the house- and grounds-keeping staff are also very helpful and friendly. With a little planning ahead you wouldn't have to leave the property your whole stay.
I recommend getting a larger room with the kitchenette and refrigerator so you can stock some snacks and do some of your own meals. The restaurant is very nice but it can add up fast. I'd recommend the restaurant for lunch and dinner - but I can't recommend the breakfast. Breakfast used to be a nice buffet but is now a menu service and the meal was mediocre at best (we sent one of our entrees back). Their liquor license came through on July 21. The rooms are pretty nice and very comfortable - a little worn around the edges maybe but everything has always worked fine.
We could tell that the staff (especially the spa staff) are pretty nervous about the recent change in ownership. There is concern about whether the character of the resort will change and whether the current staff will fit in with the new owner's strategy. Apparently there is an outside consultant evaluating everything - and everyone.... I really hope it doesn't change. The main reasons we come are for the quality of the spa staff and treatments, and for the relaxed and non-pretentiousness of the place. We have been turned off by other spa resorts that cater to a richer clientele and therefore put on airs. We are ordinary folks and have always felt welcome here.
Note that the website home page sports a SpaFinder logo for recognition they received in 2008 - but the resort does not accept SpaFinder certificates or gift cards. I think that's a little misleading so double-check on what they honor beforehand so you don't get surprised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the cradle of time deep within the Coachella Valley Desert, the waters of health ascend through the geological fault at Miracle Hill and descend downward to nurture the oasis that is the legendary Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort. This 600 year old life-sustaining hot artesian mineral well was prized by Native American tribes and archeological digs have uncovered historical village sites adjacent to the naturally occurring spring. This healing refuge has withstood the test of time and continues to be a retreat from the world where people shed their everyday burdens and enjoy the experience.Throughout the years, many celebrities have come to Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort to shed the trappings of their fame while donning the simple life in our Two Bunch robe. Enticed by the magical allure of mineral waters, natural beauty and therapeutic relaxation, many have come to make their spiritual mark on Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 2 Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
- Two Bunch Palms Hotel Desert Hot Springs
- Two Bunch Palms Resort And Spa
- Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa Desert Hot Springs, CA