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
My daughter and I spent a day at Two Bunch Palms on a recent Mother/Daughter trip. We had a blast. I'd recommend the mud bath as a once in a lifetime experience. The grotto was absolutely wonderful. We also ate lunch out on the patio and the food was exceptional. The downside, however, was the construction. I'm walking around in my robe and there are construction workers everywhere. I felt very much on display and it wasn't as relaxing a day as I'd hoped for. When you spend that kind of money, you want the experience to go with it. It didn't quite make it.
We are fairly regular guests over the years. We experienced the changes. The latest changes were not bad, but unexpected. Knowing you have long returning guests, it would be nice to inform them about the changes. We were shocked to find that now all that is available is to valet the vehicle. Not practical when driving and bringing a few extra bags. We would have packed differently. Others expressed dismay as well. PLEASE GIVE US A CHOICE. Then there is the turkish bath towel. Not sure that works for some. Please bring back at least a choice in the matter. The rooms are nice. We like the Casablanca rooms. Staff so friendly. Really nice. The restaurant is good, but sometimes the food was undercooked or cold. The check in area could use some seating arrangements for those that must wait. Spa experiences were excellent. The grotto doesn't disappoint, but the whisper level could be enforced better. Annoying to hear the chatter. Those of us not from LA don't want the LA party time. When are you going to enlarge the main pool?? And fix or replace the floor in the restaurant?? Pricey place, but the main gig is the grotto. Perhaps more could be offered. Still a nice place to go. I wish there were more of these places here in SoCal.
My husband and I have been coming here for 30 years. It had a magic feeling built up by years of being a tribal healing place and the home of the revered great white owl. The natural hot springs/oasis was used to water an orchard, a beautiful And natural habitat for bunnies, road runners , and the famed white owls. The spa had one of the most extensive and interesting treatment menu’s and the therapists thought of themselves as healers. The Al Capone suite had original pieces used by the gangster.
After being bought out by 2 different boutique hotel chains, it has become a parody of itself with ubiquitous rooms, a re- landscaping job that took out most of the habitat of the bunnies and roadrunners, a severe lack of competent , friendly, informed staff, cheap robes, no real towels at the hot springs, only thin , flat cotton sarongs that don’t really dry you, and a short, plebeian spa menu. The only thing left from the old days is the still beautiful natural pool and grotto. They have an interesting schedule of wellness classes(new), but there was no pamphlet in my room with that information, the check in person forgot to give the list to me and there was no notebook in the room with a spa menu, info about the restaurant, classes and resort rules. The room rate was raised to over $400 a night.
Get a day massage and you can soak in the pool, It is no longer worth staying here. It is a supposedly first class resort with 4th class service. It pays homage to ubiquitous corporate greed, not peace and wellness.
I went with my gal pal. We are in our 60's. We stayed for four nights in a two queen desert room. The weeknights are a bargain compared with Friday and Saturday nights. My son and his wife in their early 30's had gone there in December and thought we would like it too. We did! The property is nearing the end of renovations. People who had been there before noticed changes, but as new customers we found it beautifully landscaped.
We took advantage of the calendar of free classes - five or so things a day are included in your room stay- Yoga, painting classes, Qigong, and even drumming! We tried many of them and we found inspiration in all of them, as well as more relaxation and exercise.
The pools of hot spring water are the main attraction. They are fabulous. The setting, the clean warm water, the entire atmosphere is magical. You get robes ( for use during your stay- not to keep) in your room. People wear them all day- even to the great restaurant. We also got a water bottle (to keep) to refill at the water stations as they eliminated plastic cups as a nod to improving the environment. Complimentary in room coffee, and a pay by the item mini bar.
We also used the spa services and liked them. We had a salt scrub and a Reiki session between us. We would recommend them.
We had the same breakfast every morning: avocado toast and a poached egg. And a latte! Delicious every time. We ate dinner there every night and especially recommend the heirloom tomatoes salad and the chicken. We had a tasty bottle of wine each night too.
There were a few glitches here and there, as the hotel is finding itself again after a change in ownership three years ago. The valet parking is a pain, but doable. Every staff member means well, but their training didn't seem to include the going the extra step to say we are sorry for your inconvenience , or to picking up items left laying around the property to keep it tip top tidy- even if it is not in his or her exact job description.
Two beautiful tennis courts are on the property. They have equipment there to borrow. We drove to Joshua Tree National Park one day and enjoyed the close proximity.
We will be back - with our husbands next time?
A great spot for all those over 18. A nicely varied clientele. You can also get a day pass. It was $125 when we were there.
Two Bunch Palms was one of those California gems that one would feel privileged to even know about, the grounds should have been a national monument but guess what? They’ve gone and ruined it...
Send in the food trucks, deconstructed hotdogs, pop up stores, Urban Outfitters, craft beer, yoga pants, indie rock bands, vintage whatever, rosé, tapas portions, sound baths, bath salts, vape pens, laptop rock, Instagram filters, DJ night spinning old soul, irony, airstreams, yurts, flash mobs, that stupid dance you see kids do, a reconstituted Pixies, throw back tennis shoes, millennial whooping, price fixed menus, WiFi, theme bars,Twitter...
It’s done and it really hurts.