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Miracle Springs…a Diamond in the Desert

What a miraculous and delightful hideaway I discovered in the greater Palm Springs area: Miracle Springs Resort and Spa in Desert Hot Springs was the perfect antidote to my cold and weary bones. This comfy, casual resort exceeded my expectations.

The caring effects of the pristine natural waters, and the staff, had a positive effect on my body, mind and spirit.

Pools of Miracle Springs
Pools of Miracle Springs

I knew that I had found a little diamond in the desert when I walked out to the eight crystal-clear, blue, natural, mineral hot springs, spas, whirlpools and swimming pools. One pool is Olympic-sized, but all overlook the spectacular snow-capped mountains. All of this came with an unlimited supply of Desert Hot Springs’ own award-winning, cold, healthy drinking water.

My accommodations were a terrific value. A mini suite with a sun-drenched terrace was only steps from the "champagne pool"…my favorite.

While floating in warm bubbles, I looked up to see a golden sunrise. To end the perfect day, I soaked and floated under the starry, starry sky in solitary peace…it truly is a diamond in the desert.

I could have stayed, reading and resting on the sunny deck, or relaxed in the other seven swimming and soaking pools all day long. However, the Miracle Springs spa was another treasure to discover. There were a variety of quality treatments by top-notch therapists at value prices. I tried one and signed up for two more.

When I wasn’t "taking the waters" to soak and float, or chilling on my sun-drenched terrace, I could be found walking through the quiet neighborhood, and then treating my body to rejuvenating spa treatments.

Another gem was the new spa boutique, featuring luxurious items with natural, pure ingredients. The French company, L’Occitaine chose Miracle Springs to feature their quality skin-care, bath, body and home-fragrance products.

To add to my pleasure, Chef Nigel Gainor, a Canadian, prepared original dishes daily. Although not labeled, "spa cuisine," I enjoyed simple, hearty and healthy taste sensations. My favorites were his original soups, such as Five Green and Tomato Feta Bisque. Chef’s salads included real Cobb, Spinach and Autumn Harvest. The salmon was sublime and the Osso Buco a surprise, especially when paired with a rich, red wine sauce.

Although I am a food writer, I never ventured out to try other restaurants. However, there were local cafes and many other things to do near the resort including good hiking, a fascinating museum called, Cabot’s Old Indian Pueblo Museum, the home of Cabot Yerxa, and, of course, a wide range of trendy Palm Desert and Palm Springs activities.

I did finally – reluctantly — leave my sanctuary in Desert Hot Springs to attend the Bob Hope Chrysler Golf Classic, during which time, I stayed at two five-star resorts.

Miracle Springs is a three-diamond resort (simple and comfortable) that strives to provide four-diamond service. No matter where I travel; how lovely it may be; how good is the food; it always comes down to the people who make a difference. It is the kind of place that feels like home. Even the owners and director of development are available and "hands on."

When leaving the fancier and pricier places (after just one day each), I inquired of the doorman, valet and bellman for directions back to Miracle Springs. They all knew the way.

I live on a Florida island, a long way from Desert Hot Springs. We have many famous (and a few secret) spas in my area. Yet, I am looking forward to my next journey to Miracle Springs…my unexpected diamond in the desert.

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