For decades, Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Desert Hot Springs has been a favorite retreat for both common folk and Hollywood celebrities seeking an escape.
This relaxing desert oasis, complete with mineral springs, is tucked away on 56 hilly acres near Palm Springs that local Indians once considered sacred ground.
Visitors are encouraged to indulge in total relaxation by donning bathrobes, leaving cell phones in their rooms, and speaking “just above a whisper.” Guests must be 21 or older.
While this meticulously manicured palm tree- and flower-covered desert oasis features side-by-side naturally heated mineral spring pools, a lap pool, and tennis courts, it is best known for its extensive spa services.
Treatments include massages, facials, body scrubs, and most notably mud baths, featured in the film The Player.
According to legend, Al Capone built the property in the 1920s as a desert hideaway. Although this has never been verified, underground tunnels lead from the original house to the highway, allegedly for quick getaways.
Guests can rent the Al Capone Suite, still with its original 1930s furnishings – including a bullet hole in the mirror. Other options are the House on a Hill, a luxurious two-bedroom house; Casablanca, four suites grouped around a hot tub; and the standard rooms that dot the property.