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“Truly an oasis!”
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Two Bunch Palms
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Chula Vista, California
1 review
“Truly an oasis!”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

My husband and I had a plan for total relaxation and peace. Just hours away from home (2 to be exact) and there we were in the middle of heaven for us. I had read a review earlier in the fall from the San Diego Union Tribune and booked our trip in March. The grounds and pools were maintained perfectly. Our room was clean and comfortable. The environment was perfect for complete rest. True the rooms are dated but in great condition, only minutes away from Palm Springs where we spent one afternoon. The hot spring is open until 11 pm so perfect for a late night stroll and soak for more healing time. The trees were musical as the wind rushed through the leaves, stars were bright and mesmerizing. The ponds were our favorite place to spend time, plenty of fish, ducks and turtles to feed and admire. We were graced with the presence of a hawk in the early morning, just added much more pleasure to our experience. We found our little piece of heaven and look forward to a return visit!

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solana beach ca
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful overnight stay at Two Bunch. We each had facials and massages and the services were wonderful. Kathy Brauer and Jennifer at the front desk were so kind and helpful. They were accommodating, generous and considerate. Soaking in the clean, warm mineral baths were very relaxing and helped quiet our busy minds. We highly recommend staying at Two Bunch.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

What a great getaway. Just a heads up to the younger crowd, this is a quiet relaxed environment, not a place to party. My friend and I had the most chilled out time in the hot springs, getting some great massages and the place is really beautiful. The restaurant is stylistically out of date and would feel stuffy if not for half the patrons being in bathrobes. Highly recommend. Our house was HUGE and had its own hot tub.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary. It was kind of at the last minute but Jennifer and Danielle were able to make it happen. Danielle put together a package that included a couples massage dinner and breakfast. Our casita was right beside the tennis courts which were in good condition. Our room was big and had a cute little patio that was surrounded by foliage. Our room was very clean and had top of the line shampoos body gels and lotions. The staff had large pool towels laid out for us when we arrived. The inn is very quiet and serene. The restaurant was phenomenal. Thanks Ivan! The spa has an extensive menu and our massage therapists (Mark and Tracy) were very patient and very knowledgeable. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We did not stay at the desert hot springs ( though we wished we had), but instead went to their spa for the day. The location is away from Palm Springs and some may feel that they may be in the wrong area. But persevere.

This spa and hotel was originally owned by al Capone and has a colorful history. Today it has an amazing spa and heated hot spring pools to soak in.

When you are there , you feel like you are out in the country somewhere with majestic old trees and vegetation. I personally prefer a spa with some charm and character rather than one of the modern, somewhat antiseptic spas.

My wife and both got massages and my wife persuaded me to get a facial. Wonder ful experience and very talented staff. You must take a walk around their grounds and see the ponds and the ducks. A very relaxing experience.

The restaurant serves very good food in a delightful setting. Before you leave, grab one of the outdoor seating areas outside the restaurant and enjoy an evening cocktail or a glass of wine (except for the designated driver).

Highly recommended and worth the drive.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

I wish I could join all the other reviewers who wrote rave reviews. My husband and I went there for the weekend a couple weeks ago because we had a loss in the family and we were both exhausted and sad and needed to de-stress and have some quiet time. When we got there the first day everything was ok, we noticed it was run down but we were willing to forgive that even with the uber-luxury resort prices (that exceeded the most expensive resorts down the road in Palm Springs). We chose a luxury suite which was good enough, we were too run down really to care, it was good and all the staff kept emphasizing the new ownership and that things would take time to improve ad nauseum actually. Not only that but be forewarned, there are no amenities like room service, inroom stocked refrigerator, no workout room -- all things that go unmentioned on the website. The food at lunch was pretty good but dinner was below mediocre, the wine list extremely bad for a place garnering top prices and the menu was mediocre too -- all surprising for a place that claimed to be much more than this online. Anyway, willing to overlook all of this our toilet blocked up the first night, then overflowed at 7 in the morning. The maintenance was prompt but we had to say goodnight and good morning to them. Willing to even let that go in our "luxury suite" we went to breakfast where my husband found a large long black hair in his cold bacon. That was the last straw. We decided to leave and wanted to do so amicably. The staff was overly apologetic and tried to help. We were there on a package deal and they organized our bill to only pay for what we had used and they charged us more than 3/4 of the package price! We had not even been there for a full day and were scheduled for three days! They insisted that we come back in a year when the problems were ironed out but neither of us ever wants to visit again. In all fairness they offered a voucher for two free nights but it was like a joke by the time we were finished. It looks like no one else in these reviews had the same experience but visitors should know that this is potentially your experience too. I can see how someone might have a good visit for a day but beyond that... Most of all, I want the so called "new and wealthy owners" to know exactly what happened to us. The place has all the potential but is only living up to half its reputation. Al Capone, the man who built the place would roll over in his grave if he had been us.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saskatchewan
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We recently spent a lovely day at Two Bunch Palms Resort as day guests. The grounds are a beautiful oasis in the desert, and very serene and relaxing. They encourage peace and quiet and that's exactly what we found. The Grotto was a wonderful place to enjoy the hot mineral springs waters, with both a cooler and a hotter pool available. We also enjoyed relaxing massages, in their outdoor cabanas, and a tasty lunch in their on-site restaurant. It was fun to be able to keep your spa robes and bathing suits on in the restaurant. They even encourage it!
The only downside, was the spa itself. It was small and hard to access (down a dark narrow staircase) and full of small rooms and narrow corridors. The co-ed locker room was miniscule, and their shower facilities lacked the amenities and space that most high end spas provide. Their restroom was so small you really had to work at getting yourself around the door and sink to get in...it wasn't much different than an airplane bathroom. I realize that it is an old and unique facility, but that area could really be improved.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Two Bunch Palms
Address: 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trl, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-6034
Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Desert Hot Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
#4 Spa Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
#10 Romantic Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Two Bunch Palms 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marking 75 years in 2015, Two Bunch Palms has much to celebrate. Last year's incredible renovation of the 270-acre property resulted in 70 'soulful' new room accommodations, a farm-to-table restaurant Essense, passive solar earth mound yoga dome and a new View Point conference center and meeting facility with views of the valley against the San Jacinto Mountains. This physical transformation, including the addition of a 3.5-Acre solar field, puts Two Bunch Palms on the destination spa map as the first "Sustainable Wellness Resort" in North America and the first carbon-neutral resort. A legacy that spans several generations of guests-from notorious gangsters to Hollywood elite to romantic spa seekers-the property and its newest incarnation brings a rich and storied history full circle. This adult-only sanctuary (guests must be 18 or older) invites you to explore the four pillars of the resort: waters, spa, movement and cuisine. Their renowned, natural lithium-infused spring grotto features two mineral water pools carefully kept at a consistent temperature to ensure therapeutic and mood-enhancing properties. Guests are encouraged to "take to the 600-year old waters" and connect body with spirit before enjoying the spa well-known for its intuitive healers and authentic treatments. The new Essense restaurant features healthier gourmet dining prepared by a Le-Cordon Bleu trained chef with the help of a PHD nutritionist. With a nourished body, guests may partake in more than 35 wellness activities, such as meditation, art classes, tai chi, qigong and yoga in the beautiful new dome. ... more   less 
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Two Bunch Palms Hotel Desert Hot Springs
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