As someone who grew up heading out for the 2+ hour drive outside of Los Angeles to Desert Hot Springs, I’m pleasantly surprised the once modest accommodations and facilities of the arid getaway have improved leaps and bounds over the years. A glowing testament to this trend is the Two Bunch Palms Hot Springs, a desert destination that recently benefitted from a $2-million renovation headed up by Los Angeles-based, Studio MAI.
The property now boasts renovated suites refreshed with modern Southern California desert decor but still retaining their historic charm – some with their own private entrance – alongside a selection of 400-650 square ft. suites located adjacent to the property’s mineral springs.
Studio MAI, the firm responsible for designing the popular Venice restaurant mainstay, Gjelina, remained cognizant and careful to retain the resort’s storied “quirkiness and authenticity” while adding enough colors, textures, and modern motifs in acknowledgement of the new generation descending into the region drawn by the desert’s charms. The resulting makeover feels fresh without cloyingly contemporary, retaining a textural charm that has mostly abandoned nearby Palm Springs.
Two Bunch Palms mineral springs flow up from Miracle Hill, a 600 year old source bubbling from under the surface and flowing hot directly into the resort’s pool. Ecological considerations also extend to the hotel using its very own solar field array, earning Two Bunch Palms the status of being the first carbon-neutral resort in America.
What: Two Bunch Palms Hot Springs
Where: 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240
How much? Rooms start at $205
Design draw: A $2-million dollar renovated resort with California desert modern vibes and a 600-year old hot spring make this 2-hour getaway from Los Angeles worth the drive.
Book it: Visit Two Bunch Palms Hot Springs