For Angelenos, the familiar sight of spinning turbines on the 10 East are a visual indicator that city life is behind us (for a time at least) and a promising desert sojourn is right around the corner. Driving to Miracle Manor Retreat for the 3rd year in a row this October, I felt a lightness wash over me as I watched the turbines whisk from my passenger window and into the rearview.
While there are many reasons to for a desert getaway, this particular trip was for rest and relaxation in Desert Hot Springs after a few whirlwind months of shooting and editing. A few miles north of the mid-century splendor of it’s glitzy sibling, Palm Springs, DHS is a gem for those looking to relax and rejuvenate in its healing mineral waters and wide expanse of mountainscapes.
Arriving at Miracle Manor is a low-key affair, much like a stay there. We checked in on Thursday afternoon and had our pick of parking spaces. After getting our room key, we were left to unpack and unwind.
The hot mineral water in the designated “Spa Zone” of Desert Hot Springs is coveted for its many healing properties. As my favorite yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe says, “Yoga is not something you do, it’s something you are.” So is Miracle Manor. It’s not a fancy place to go and plan excursions around - it’s a place to simply be. A place to feel stillness, absorb the dry desert air, a place soak away any tensions from life in LA (or anywhere else). Surround yourself in the healing elements of nature - the effervescent mineral water, the open landscape, the mountain peaks in the near distance. Rise and rest to the rhythm of the sun.
In the welcome packet in each room, there is a mineral analysis of the hot water, which I find both fascinating and comforting.
Silica 021.50; Iron oxide trace; Calcium 045.10; Aluminum oxide trace; Magnesium 005.10; Sodium 268.60; Sulfate 493.60; Chloride 120.50; Biocarbonate 129.00; Fluoride 005.30; Hydrogen ion activity 008.30.
For a deeper dive into a relaxed state, a selected array of massage, ayurvedic treatments, cupping, and acupressure are offered.
Breakfast is included in the main room between 7am and 10am. On a weekend morning, it's a fun opportunity to chat with some of the other guests. The vibe at Miracle Manor is one of serenity - everyone staying is respectful and considerate of each other and the space we're all occupying. Personally, I relish mornings of silence and reflection so I like to take my tea to the green patio chairs just outside each room and curl up with robes provided, reading, journaling, or just observing.
Besides a few bikinis (or one pieces), not much is needed here. I brought a pair of slip ons, a straw hat, and a breezy white dress purchased in Bali that can easily double as a cover-up. Being in the desert, the temperature does drop at night, which is where an all-purpose chambray shirt comes in handy.
Sustainability is a major priority at Miracle Manor. We can't get enough of the soft and cozy organic cotton bed linens. The amenities include Rosemary Mint shampoo and lotion and a divine smelling sage soap. Landscaping with desert plants conserve water use and the gardens are watered with pool overflow. It feels incredibly restorative to be in a place that is so loving and considerate of Mother Earth.
- We love it there on weekdays - almost like one's own private retreat.
- Pack enough food, snacks, and liquids in case you decide not to venture into town. All the rooms have a refrigerator and selected rooms have a kitchen.
- A yoga mat is a nice addition if you want to do sun salutes on the elevated patio facing the mountain as the sun rises over it.