We recently took a mini weekend trip to Palm Desert to visit the JW Marriott Resort and check out their beautiful Spa.
The JW Marriott is a HUGE hotel. We literally got lost trying to walk from the concierge to our hotel room. Why? Because we needed to take an elevator up one floor, then walk through a series of confusing hallways, then take another elevator down one floor..you get the picture. Luckily, we made it to our room before the sun went down, and quickly changed into more appropriate clothing…What do you do when it’s 105 degrees outside and you’re 4 months pregnant? You hit the pool.
I practice pool safety. This means covering myself in zinc based sun block and wearing my favorite UPF sun hat. It’s also important to stay cool and hydrated. What better way to do that than sitting in the pool for an hour with a frozen berry smoothie and lemon water nearby?
After I had all the sun I could manage, it was time to go explore the spa! The Spa at Desert Springs is located just a bit off the beaten path and away form the louder crowds enjoying the pools. I am a sucker for a good hammam, or Turkish Bath, and they have a beautifully designed “Americanized” version here! Blue and silver tiles cover the walls of this more private steam bath, making it a perfect space for quiet reflection (and gentle exfoliation) before or in between spa treatments. Now, as a preggo, I couldn’t indulge in any heated activities or services, but the spa does offer a wide range of facials and pregnancy friendly massage. In addition to these treatments, the spa offers some wonderful body treatments to help skin remain hydrated soft and nourished, even in the desert. Aloe or cactus gel wraps, date sugar scrubs, moor mud and spirulina treatments, you name it. Auryvedic treatments are also on the menu – which ties back into the Turkish Bath a bit. I can’t wait to return when I am able to partake in some Hammam time, followed by a date scrub and soothing cactus wrap!
For more information on the spa, and their seasonal specials, visit their website here.
Next trip? Back to the Gulf Coast of Florida where life is slower, water is clear, beaches are white and spas are plentiful!