The O Spa & Resort – Desert Hot Springs, California

Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, The O Spa & Resort is a unique desert oasis offering both a luxury spa experience and a relaxing country club lifestyle in the heart of Desert Hot Springs, California. The O Spa & Resort offers so much more than just a day at the spa, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

A short drive from Palm Springs and Los Angeles, this desert resort is perfect if you’re looking for a getaway, or even a short weekend escape. Desert Hot Springs is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination thanks to its beautiful desert landscape and its eclectic mix of restaurants and shops. If you’re planning a trip to this hidden gem, here are 12 things to do at The O Spa & Resort.

Soak in the Natural Hot Springs

The O Spa & Resort
The O Spa & Resort

The water features of this resort are available at all times, although after 10 o’clock in the evening, guests are asked to keep the noise level to a minimum.

The water in each and every one of the pools originates from a natural mineral spring that can be found more than a thousand feet below the surface. When it reaches the surface, the temperature is higher than 112 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature of the main pool, which is heated year-round, ranges from 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Even though the water in the outdoor Turkish shower typically has a temperature of around 112 degrees Fahrenheit, due to the fact that it is drawn directly from a deep aquifer, the temperature can fluctuate significantly.

The temperature in the larger hot tub is set to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, while the temperature in the cowboy hot tub in the backyard garden can be set to normal. This is convenient for persons who wish to chill off in the water, but upon request, the water can also be heated to a temperature that is more comfortable.

Enjoy a Day at the Spa

Enjoy yourself at The O Spa & Resort
Enjoy yourself at The O Spa & Resort

The O Spa & Resort’s spa is a serene retreat with a variety of services ranging from massages and facials to body treatments and nail services. The spa has several treatment rooms, a tranquility lounge, and a quiet outdoor courtyard complete with fire pit.

The spa offers a unique experience by fusing Eastern healing techniques with Western touches. Traditional Thai massage is performed with the use of organic oils and lotions and you’ll never be asked to disrobe during your treatment, allowing you to still feel covered while receiving full-body massage.

While you’re here, you can also enjoy treatments such as the Zen Room Facial or the Face in the Clouds Facial. You can also indulge in some self-care with their signature O Rituals or take part in one of their seasonal packages such as their Lavender Escape or their Winter Magic Escape.

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, try one of their two specialty offerings: the Himalayan Salt Room or the Foot Hammam.

Spa Services Include:

The spa at The O Spa & Resort offers a variety of services that are sure to help you unwind from a hectic day or simply treat yourself to some much-deserved pampering.

The O Signature Massage is a full body massage that uses a combination of Swedish, deep tissue, Hot Stone and aromatherapy techniques. They also offer a Mother-to-Be Massage that is perfect if you’re pregnant and in need of some relaxation and comfort.

Other spa services include Manicures & Pedicures, Facials, Body Treatments, Massage Therapy and more. Their current special offers are also worth checking out if you’re planning an upcoming visit.

The spa also offers a variety of facial treatments and products made with only the purest ingredients. I had the opportunity to try out the Olive Leaf Purifying Facial and I loved how it made my skin feel so smooth and soft.

Take a Hike

If you’re staying at the resort, you don’t need to worry about packing a lunch or anything else for that matter, as everything you need is right there. One of the most popular things to do at The O Spa & Resort is take a hike in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. The O Spa & Resort offers hiking trails right on the property, but if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, there are plenty of other trails in the area.

While you’ll have to pack a lunch if you plan on spending the entire day hiking, the good news is that it’s only an hour and 15 minutes from The O Spa & Resort to Joshua Tree National Park. You can easily spend all day hiking in Joshua Tree and still make it back in time for dinner and a soak in one of the amazing hot tubs. Be sure to check out Hidden Valley and Keys View while you’re at Joshua Tree National Park – both spots offer breathtaking views of the desert landscape.

If you’re not looking for an all-day hiking excursion, there are lots of shorter hikes nearby as well. For example, just seven miles from The O Spa & Resort is Caruthers Canyon Trail and Cottonwood Trail, which are both under two miles long.

Play Golf

Golfers will love The O Spa & Resort, which features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. that has hosted the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. Golf packages include 18 holes of golf, cart rental, and a custom bento box lunch at the Club House Restaurant.

The O Spa & Resort is also located close to two world-class courses, La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West. La Quinta is one of the nation’s top resort destinations and has hosted many notable golfers including President Eisenhower and Ernie Els. PGA West boasts three courses that have hosted the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Not a golfer? No worries! There are plenty of other activities to do at The O Spa & Resort including hiking in nearby Joshua Tree National Park, shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, horseback riding on beautiful trails in Rancho Las Palmas Park, or enjoying a spa treatment at The O Spa & Resort’s luxurious spa facilities.

Stay in One of the Resort Suites

The O Spa & Resort offers a variety of accommodations including three separate guesthouses and individual spa guest rooms. However, if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, their fabulous resort suites offer the perfect balance of luxury accommodations and privacy. Each suite includes a bedroom with king-sized sleigh bed or twin beds, a sitting area with a sofa and chairs, an office nook, and an en-suite bathroom.

The master bathroom includes a soaking tub and walk-in shower, double vanity sinks, lots of natural light, and a large walk-in closet. All suites also include fireplaces, flat screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, Keurig coffee makers with gourmet K-cups, and complimentary bottled water.

The O’s three separate guesthouses can accommodate up to 16 guests each. All three houses include fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, dining areas that accommodate eight to ten guests comfortably, living rooms with comfortable sofas and chairs for hanging out with friends or playing games, outdoor patios with seating areas overlooking the pool area or golf course—or gazing at the stars at night

Entertainment at The O Spa & Resort

If you’re looking for something fun to do while you’re at The O Spa & Resort, you will love the entertainment options. From poolside DJs to live bands playing at the resort’s distinctive Country Club, there is always something happening at this desert oasis.

If you love to dance, you’ll want to make sure and check out the Music Under the Moon dance party held every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. by the pool. This unforgettable event features a live band playing in the moonlight and is a popular attraction for both visitors and locals alike.

If you want to enjoy a cocktail and appetizers while listening to some smooth jazz, head over to The O Bar & Lounge for some “O-Licious” fun. Featuring live entertainment 6 nights a week, The O Bar & Lounge offers an upscale atmosphere in which to enjoy some delicious food, cocktails and music.

If you’re looking for something more casual, check out The Country Club Restaurant & Bar where you can grab a bite to eat while watching your favorite sports team on one of The O Spa & Resort’s big screen TVs.

Visit a Local Restaurant or Shop

If you’re visiting from out of town and don’t have many supplies in your hotel room, it’s best to stock up before heading to the spa. The O Spa & Resort is located in Desert Hot Springs, California, which is a small city so there isn’t a ton of shopping or restaurants. However, if you’re going to be here for a few days, here are some of the local restaurants and shops worth checking out.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Located at the entrance of The O Spa & Resort, this coffee shop offers delicious caffeinated drinks and a decent selection of snacks. If you’re looking for something more substantial, you’re better off venturing down the road to Ra! Ra! Restaurant or Cafe Zorba.

Ra! Ra! Restaurant: This Greek restaurant has been around for almost 30 years and it still has one of the best burgers in town. There’s also a full bar at this restaurant if you’d like some cocktails with your meal.

Cafe Zorba: Another great local restaurant is Cafe Zorba which offers authentic Greek food prepared by locals with recipes passed down from generations. There’s also a full bar here too if you want to partake in some cocktails with friends.

Attend One of the Many Events at The O Spa & Resort

The O Spa & Resort is a popular wedding destination and its on-site event center hosts many of these nuptials. But it also hosts other events such as wine festivals, craft fairs, and holiday celebrations. It’s the perfect location for any party or event because of its beautiful landscaping, luxurious guest rooms, and upscale event spaces.

The O Spa & Resort is becoming one of the most popular spots in Desert Hot Springs for foodies to dine at. Its restaurant, The Oasis Kitchen & Bar, offers an upscale menu that features organic and local ingredients when possible. The menu changes seasonally to showcase the freshest ingredients possible.

The O Spa & Resort also features an outdoor bistro called The Sip, where you can enjoy coffee, pastries, and sandwiches during the day. At night it becomes a wine bar that serves small plate appetizers along with wines by the glass or bottle.

If you’re looking to explore more of what the area has to offer, there are a number of interesting things to do in Desert Hot Springs. You can play a round at one of the city’s golf courses or explore the town’s distillery district on foot or via bike with a tour offered by Southern California Brew Tours.

Visit Palm Springs and Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, The O Spa & Resort makes it very easy to enjoy both a relaxing spa experience and an exciting trip to nearby Palm Springs. Depending on the time of year, you may just want to spend your entire trip at The O, but if you’re looking for things to do, consider visiting The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas or taking a day trip to Los Angeles.

The O Spa & Resort is only about 40 minutes from Las Vegas so it’s easy to make a visit to the famous shopping destination at Caesars Palace. The Forum Shops are filled with hundreds of luxury retailers and restaurants including Gucci, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and more. You’ll easily spend hours browsing the shops and enjoying lunch at one of the many upscale restaurants.

If you’re looking for things to do in Los Angeles, it’s about an hour-and-a-half drive from The O Spa & Resort. Make the drive in the morning or early afternoon if you want to visit The Getty Center or one of the many museums in Downtown LA before heading over the iconic Santa Monica Beach.

Visit Joshua Tree National Park

While the property is located in Desert Hot Springs, The O Spa & Resort is close to many of the nearby attractions. Joshua Tree National Park is just over an hour away and a great day trip to take. If you’re into hiking, rock climbing, or exploring the desert landscape, Joshua Tree is a must-see when visiting Southern California.

There are several options for lodging within the park, such as the Joshua Tree Retreat & Campground and Black Rock Campground. Joshua Tree National Park Lodge offers on-site and off-site accommodations, cottages, RV sites, tent sites, and a dining room. The National Park even offers a view from outer space with its Joshua Tree Astronomy Visitor Center.

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Bottom line

The O Spa & Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California is a premier destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. Offering a variety of services, activities, and amenities, this spa provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. From the mineral-rich hot springs to the luxurious spa treatments, you are sure to find something that fits your needs.

With personalized services and attentive staff, The O Spa & Resort is a great place to relax and unwind. So no matter what type of pampering you are after, The O Spa & Resort has something for everyone – so come and explore today!

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Local information

Address: 11740 Mesquite Ave, Desert Hot Springs, California 92240
GPS: 33.963376,-116.496762
Phone: (Spa) 949.413.6801 (Hotel) 760.671.6889
Season: Year-round