Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort
What We Love
- Award-winning spa escape in Desert Springs, just 20 minutes from Palm Springs
- Trailblazing eco policy, including a three-and-a-half-acre solar field and organic linens
- Farm-to-table restaurant that serves vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and whole food menus
What To Know
- Expect a hushed vibe and "Quiet" signs across the resort
- Pack light — most guests spend their entire stay in a spa robe
- Children 17 and under are not permitted
- A $25 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Desert Springs, just 20 minutes north of Palm Springs, Two Bunch Palms is an adults-only spa retreat famous for it healing waters and trailblazing eco program. First opened in 1940, the resort was a favorite among Hollywood starlets (and the occasional California mobster) throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the 77 landscaped acres encompass a farm-to-table restaurant, spa, Grotto mineral pool, meditation lakes and yoga studios. Some of the 70 guestrooms are in the hotel’s Vintage section nearest the spa, pools and restaurant; for seclusion seekers, the Soulstice rooms and suites are more spread out beyond the meditation lakes and have private outdoor areas. Fresh off a full revamp in 2013, the new interiors sport an elegant look with custom-built furnishings, energy-efficient fixtures and sustainable latex beds topped with organic linens. Relaxation is the focus here thanks to the Two Bunch spa and its 22 treatment rooms (including two mud cabanas), the Conscious Conversation or Intention Burning classes, the meditation lakes and a Grotto pool, which is naturally heated to 104 and 99 degrees. Essence restaurant dishes up vegan, gluten-free and whole food options, all prepared with organic ingredients grown on the property or selected from local farms.
In the Area
With a focus on rest and relaxation, most guests are content to explore the resort’s 77 acres and its pampering spa, mineral pool and farm-to-table restaurant. Beyond the grounds, Desert Springs is a playground of arid canyons and golf courses galore, or there’s increasingly hip South Palm Springs, just a 20-minute drive away. Here, hit the city’s fave cafe, Koffi, the Appetito Italian deli and supper club scene at the Purple Room. Alternatively, discover the great outdoors in Joshua Tree National Park, or up close at Tahquitz Canyon and Indian Canyons.
How to Get There
Although they gave a discounted price for construction on the site, by the time they added a $45 resort fee per day and several expensive taxes, I could have stayed at the Ritz Carlton. The construction was for a new entry and roads into the property. What they should be doing in updating the rooms and the walkways. Check-in was in the entry of the restaurant, making it difficult to get into the restaurant. On the way to the mineral baths, you would take a trail to get there and when going back to the room the trail would be blocked off for road work. You would have to walk all the way back and around to find another trail to get to the room. They did offer to pick you up at your room by phoning them, but when you're out in the middle of a trail, you're stuck. The food at the restaurant was good, but that was the only thing that was enjoyable. The bathroom had no place to put anything down, so all bathroom necessities had to be put in a chair in the room. The patio we had was all dead grass, and the patio fence had two big wooden rails missing and badly needed to be painted. No privacy in that room unless the very old drapes were drawn. If no money is put in to fix the very worn out 1950's accommodations, I cant' see that anyone would return, including me.
I used to stay here a lot.... room 223 "redone" to make it smaller from its former size but the rooms are not sound proof and your can hear everything!
Hotel workers constantly parking in Handicap parking spaces. Bathroom by the actual springs is really far away now by the restaurant. Food in the restaurant was disappointing
Truth is this is a real mixed bag. I arrived at the front desk - which is a table in the restaurant for their "soft opening" after what I understand to be years of construction. Asked if construction outside and told NO, but when relaxing outside to the nearby sounds of a jackhammer I got out of my tub and went inside to question their words. Never did get the manager as she was on break, but the noise did stop.
The food had a limited menu and all was on one single page. Everything I had was incredible and reasonably priced. I ate all my meals here and the service was pleasant and good. I'd ask for a golf cart service to take me back to the room at night as I was alone and they were all super nice and prompt picking me up.
Room was good size and I thought pretty pricey overall. I had to call for help as no internet service at first and no tv, but we got it all working eventually. While I came early first day to my room I decided to treat self to a massage. The stone treatment was over $200 and was good. Was taken to a hut separate from the main building which was a dark, dank, basement with no changing area except a closet like space for all and only one person could use at a time. I used this space also when using outdoor facilities and was surprised nothing else there for my $50/day resort fee. I did make use of some of the free classes. They were really fun for me and nice, but there is room for improvement. This was my first visit, but many said they'd been here several times. I didn't hear anyone pleased with the changes and I doubt I'd return for the money I paid ($500 for 2 nights plus 230 for massage). When I checked out the manager didn't ask about my stay at all. They seemed a little peeved when I asked about charges on my bill when in fact they gave me someone else's bill!!
Saw some great wildlife - a coyote outside my room while waiting for yoga class. BTW the dome was awesome and I couldn't imagine why the instructor didn't finish with a crystal bowl with the acoustics as they were. She just said she didn't have one. For the splurge for me - I don't think I'd return. There were some great people there and since under construction - wasn't crowded, so.....a mixed bag overall.
Over promising resort, with unhelpful front desk and lying reservations. Be careful with them. :( Called them multiple times in advance, they send us between extension and promise to be able to host until showing up and not allowing us in.
We booked this hotel for a peaceful relaxing stay as we just had a traumatic event in our family. My daughter and I wanted peace and quiet. We were greeted first by check-in being inside the restaurant as they said there were renovations being done. First we had heard of it, but ok. Then when we started exploring the property, we saw that many paths were closed off and inaccessible and some pools were not available. Views were blocked too. Then we started hearing loud saws going. Not peaceful or relaxing. We complained at check out that we hadn’t been given any prior notice to this situation AND it’s wasn’t anywhere on their website. They weren’t very accommodating. Too bad. The place is beautiful but seems poorly managed. Hotels.com did try to resolve it and gave us credit for their site. Their customer service is great.