One of the main reasons why the High Desert is so intriguing is that it is full of hidden gems. Aside from its rustic flea markets, vegan roadside cafes, and ruggedly beautiful landscapes, it also has an abundance of naturally heated mineral pools. Desert Hot Springs, an eccentric and underrated town located in the Coachella Valley, is a prime location for holistic healing and swimming under the sun.
" What makes Desert Hot Springs so unique is that it offers a wide selection of all- natural spas, most of which are scattered throughout the valley. A far cry from conventional hotel chains, these family run resorts offer a variety of specialized spa treatments, holistic healing sessions, and access to prized mineral baths. To test the waters, we decided to stop by the Nurturing Nest, a rustic spa and retreat located on Sunset Avenue in DHS. For a reasonable 20 dollars per person, this retreat offers two hour access to its indoor and outdoor mineral pools, along with a spot to lounge and sip on a complimentary cup of tea. The pools are open to visitors from 11-7 PM, and open 24 hours to patrons staying overnight. Since not everyone can handle the intense 106 degree heat of the indoor pool, Nurturing Nest also provides access to its milder outdoor pool.
" Despite its ragtag exterior, the interior of Nurturing Nest is modest yet elegant. Sparsely decorated with moroccan lanterns, buddha statues, and wild succulents, thepoolside lounges are spacious and serene. Travelers both young and old can be seen lounging by the outdoor pool, where tattoos and sun-kissed skin are commonplace. According to Sandy Gune, the owner and operator of Nurturing Nest, many patrons visit because they want to experience solitude and renewal.
" Aside from providing access to mineral pools, Nurturing Nest also has programs which focus on restoring physical, mental, and emotional health. A holistic chiropractor for over 18 years and specialist in the Energetic Synchronization Technique, Sandy Guneʼs treatments focus on realigning both the body and spirit. Chiropractic treatments and counseling sessions range from 65 to 150 dollars, and can be booked online or by phone. From “Total Tune-ups” to Transformational Breathing exercises, these holistic treatments are a unique blend between science and spirituality--so if youʼre passing through the Mojave desert and need a place to turn on, tune in, and drop out, Nurturing Nestʼs doors are always open.
For inquiries regarding retreats and reservations, contact Sandy Gune at (760)251-2583 or visit her website.