Wellness Destinations
Credit: Nathan Cox
Wellness Destinations
Credit: Nathan Cox

6 Wellness Destinations in the Desert for a Little Pre-Holiday Pampering

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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and so many tasks to check off, self-care can often get moved to the bottom of our to-do list. So to give yourself the love you deserve during this busy time of year, we’ve rounded up six places to visit that’ll restore your whole body and prepare your spirit before you’re elbows-deep in a turkey. Ahead of chaos ensuing and all hell breaking loose, get in some me-time before the season strikes! Let us be your guide to merry-ness.


Live Well Clinic

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Live Well Clinic in La Quinta is a one-stop shop for health and wellness for the entire family, specializing in personalized, naturopathic healthcare approaches from B-vitamin injections to energy-based Reiki healing and integrative cancer therapy. Nutrition, herbal medicine, vitamin therapy, PRP regenerative injections and many other distinctive healing modalities are all at their disposal. One of their more unique services is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)—a gentle, hands-on practice that focuses on encouraging the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in and around the central nervous system to help relieve aches and pains. Not only can CST alleviate neck and back pain, but it can also lift the weight on your shoulders from all that holiday stress. Their Winter Wellness Pack is essential during the chillier months. It’s loaded with all the good stuff to help boost your immune system (think vitamins C, D, K and B) along with Epsom salts to soothe, herbal tea to promote rest and Oscillococcinum to reduce fatigue, aches and chills. Give your immune system a leg up during cold and flu season!

Local Insight: Live Well Clinic also offers IV Nutrient Therapy​, which is an effective way to strengthen the immune system during acute illnesses, stress or fatigue.

Location: La Quinta


Movement Bottega

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The beautiful and zen-like Movement Bottega studio sits under the cover of palms on El Paseo in Palm Desert. This sunny boutique will align your body and mind with higher vibrations through movement connected by breath. Pilates and movement training is the focus of this studio, working to address the body as a whole, improving overall vitality and increasing strength. Sessions are offered in private or group settings, but either way, you will leave feeling regenerated, more balanced, less tense and have more mental clarity—precisely the mindset you need to stay jolly through the holidaze.

Location: Palm Desert


Bliss Chakra Spa


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Another winter wellness gem on El Paseo is Bliss Chakra Spa. Among its many healing offerings, one that will have you feeling lighter and more spiritually harmonious is the Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing. Tibetan singing bowls enhance meditation and deep breathing, allowing for a further release into relaxation. The sounds and vibrations can help clear your mind of stressful clutter, fear, anxiety or depression and provide a quiet stillness. Certified Sound Healing Therapists guide clients through a transformative experience that links natural rhythmic energies with profound calmness and peace.

Location: Palm Desert


Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis

For a renewing and invigorating experience, slip into a hot mineral spring at Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis. The desert’s natural oases welcome an otherworldly and ultimate healing experience. The springs are rejuvenating and nothing short of magical, especially while soaking under the vibrant and never-ending desert sky. Indulge your senses like the ancient Romans once did, and immerse yourself in silky soft water filled with hundreds of vital nutrients that will calm and nurture your body and soul.

Location: Desert Hot Springs


The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Walking has plenty of benefits, and there are countless places worth strolling in the valley. One of our favorites is The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens for its stunning views and fascinating animals. Being in nature has been shown to increase mindfulness in everyday life, and did you know that interacting with and observing animals decreases cortisol levels and can lower your blood pressure? So go ahead, feed that giraffe! The season of stress is coming, so unwinding on one of the zoo’s three hiking trails will help make your spirit bright and your waistline tight. It’s a win-win!

Location: Palm Desert

Spa La Quinta

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At Spa La Quinta, you can choose from 12 different spa treatments, each unique yet just as indulgent as the other. Three of their massages use therapeutic-grade CBD to elevate your experience and provide immediate relaxation while alleviating aches and pains. If CBD isn’t your vibe, you can try some wine therapy. The Wine Down Massage starts with a flight of wine and ends with a full glass of your choice! Traditional massages and body treatments like the Citrus Escape (using citrus from the resort’s groves) are also available.

Location: La Quinta

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