The desert draw is not the same as the magnetic force field that defined our spring break teen scene circa 1990anything. The want for waterslides and mega resorts have given way to something not quite as splashy. More quiet, less cannonball. For that, here is something Good.
Peppered in pops of canary and carnation pink, The Good House is a tranquil, frill free destination deep in the desert. A bohemian bungalow built over its own natural hot spring; it is an oasis in every sense of the word.
The healing properties of this place are legit. Located in a protected Hot Water Zone with the hottest well water available in Desert Hot Springs, this Miracle Hill District cross section (one hot/one cold aquifer bisecting the city) is revered and researched worldwide for its therapeutic properties. Odorless (preach) and ranking higher than any other hot water destine for its mineral content, there is not one but two healing pools on property. You can literally soak in the self-care.
Sourced from a 600-year-old well, the alkaline mineral water detoxifies, works on stress reduction, skin ailments, and general pain relief. The pool is kept at just about 94 degrees, the tub at 104. The rest is magic. And science. Mostly magic.
A poolside café features frose to rose lemonade, mezze plates and chia power bowls, securing the sensation that you have nowhere else in the world you need to be.
Oh, except maybe the Good House Spa. Facials, massages, and combination packages available to guests and non-guests. I was not able to sample any of the treatments so I cannot speak to them personally. But I really wanted to.
Finding yourself around that firepit come sunset? Not a bad way to wrap a day.
Palms predominate the fauna, French doors and tile floors define the fuss free rooms, which much to my aesthetic delight, are not overtly mid-mod. There’s a kitchenette inside, a rain shower adorned with fresh eucalyptus, and a private hammock on the private deck. The spa waters and dry sauna are available to all guests 24/7.
If it’s the snazz of the Strip you’re hankering, or the posh of Palm Desert, this will not meet your needs. The Good House is simple in its appeal. Steeped in annual sunshine and sitting atop liquid gold, there’s good reason Travel and Leisure voted it one of the 23 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in California. Los Angeles is a little spoiled by all its weekend away potential. Here’s one more destination to add to our embarrassment of road trip riches.
The Good House, 12885 Eliseo Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240, United States.
Tel: +1(760) 251-2885
From Palm Springs take N Gene Autry Trail and Palm Dr to Two Bunch Palms Trail in Desert Hot Springs (10.5 miles). Continue on Two Bunch Palms Trail to Hacienda Ave (1.3 miles), then turn right onto Hacienda Ave 15 s (308 ft) and left at the first cross street onto Eliseo Rd. You will see the hotel will be on the left hand side.
Type of Hotel: Boutique Lodging and Spa
Number of Rooms: 7 rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, and pet friendly.
Price Band: Medium
Insider Tip: Spend as much time as you can in those waters. They’re magic. Day passes to the hot spring pools are available for purchase to those not staying at the inn. It is an adult only property (21+).
Reviewer’s Rating: 7/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs courtesy of The Good House