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Spa Desert Springs, Palm Desert

Tel: 760-341-2211

The 21-year-old Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort, a monolithic 800-plus-room Coachella Valley property built around a lake and golf course, has added a spa, providing watery relief for sun-parched active types. The standard sauna, steam room, and whirlpool have been supplemented by a hammam; just outside, a bin of refreshing herbal-soaked washcloths awaits. The Desert Journey body treatment ($190) is more than an hour of being rubbed in citrus body butter, scrubbed with brown sugar, and prodded with basalt river rocks (with a bit of foot paraffin masking and scalp rubbing thrown in). The only thing missing is an in-room rinse, so guests are left to find the shower in their post-massage narcotized state (massages, $130–$140).

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