Having just returned from a visit to Two Bunch Palms, I am relaxed and refreshed – it truly was a time to “find my better self”.
Located about 20 minutes from Palm Springs, this spa and resort is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort is home to the famed artesian water mineral springs that descend from Miracle Hill. These waters that have been flowing for 600 years bubble up to the surface and do not see the light of day until they flow into the Spa’s legendary grotto. The grotto features two mineral water pools that are carefully kept at a consistent temperature. The Spa’s mineral water is world-famous for its therapeutic and mood-enhancing properties, low in sulfur and rich in lithium.
As early as 1857, journal entries show that a settler recorded the discovery of this site as a place to rest and find water marked by two palm groves. In 1909, the U.S. Army Camel Corps of Engineers surveyed the area and identified the location as “two bunch of palms.”
History indicates that Al Capone, looking for a hideaway far from his rival mobsters, leased the property in 1919 from the Southern Pacific Railroad and started to build his compound. Bungalows were built with river rock to insulate against the harsh summer heat. Suite #14 can be rented from the resort if you want to sleep in Al Capone’s desert lair. In addition to living and guest quarters, a barbecue area and a casino/speakeasy were also on the site during the Al Capone days and the Roaring 20s.
The Resort itself has been in operation since the 1940s and was known as a discreet hideaway for Hollywood celebrities, notorious historic gangsters and those seeking the healing effects of the hot springs.
New owners acquired the property in 2012 and have been working to update and improve the facility. An array of classes are offered every day including Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, and Juicing 101. There are nature walks, bicycles available to guests, fitness and meditation rooms and a complete Spa Facility providing a wide variety of massages, facials, mud baths and wraps. Many of the guest rooms have been updated with a very contemporary and stylish décor. The restaurant Essence features organic drinks and meals with a five-star flair.
Two Bunch Palms is a true oasis in the desert – perfect for your next “staycation”!
By Carol Trentacosta