Now that fall feels like it’s officially here, and the weather is slightly cooler, it’s time to head to the desert for a day trip or weekend expedition. It just so happens that only minutes from Palm Springs, in the foothills of Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll find Desert Hot Springs, one of the greatest thermal water areas in the world. The smoking pools of water instantly melt away your built-up stress from hunching over books and laboring for long hours at computers, plus there are a handful of other health benefits from the mineral-rich waters as well.

Though there are over 20 spas to choose from, the Spring is the answer to your quest for tranquility. The grounds are beautifully manicured, blending seamlessly with the surrounding desert landscape, and peppered with three sparkling pools of varying degrees. The indoor one is maintained at body temperature, which is hotter than the larger outdoor pool, yet cooler than the small outdoor hot tub (which is 104 degrees).

In order to gain access to the pools and Finnish sauna for the day, you must reserve a spa treatment. This could be as simple, yet satisfying, as a 30-minute Poolside Manicure ($40) and 50-minute Poolside Pedicure ($50), or the ultimate in self-appreciation: the 90-minute Spring Buff.

During this treatment, you are buffed with imported mitts to exfoliate and stimulate circulation and energy flow. This is followed with a rejuvenating body massage and hair washing. When was the last time somebody else washed your hair?!

There is no lunch service at the Spring other than a fruit and cheese platter, but you are welcome to pack a lunch. They have a common Living Room with a refrigerator and silverware where you may lounge and eat.

The Spring is located at 12699 Reposo Way, Desert Hot Springs. For more information, visit