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Sagewater Spa
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Reviewed 29 May 2008

My husband and I usually head north from LA for our weekend getaways, fearing the heat and intense sun of the desert. Just for a change, and because other reviews sounded so appealing, we opted for Sagewater Spa, and we couldn't have had a more wonderful time. (This, despite unseasonable weather -- it was 108 the mid-May weekend we were there. But honestly... it really was dry heat.)

The coffeecake, the Brazilian cocktails, those amazing mineral baths; the indulgence of a late-afternoon massage; the genuine hospitality of Cris and Rhoni, who make you feel like old friends who have stopped by for a visit -- truly, we know we'll be returning.

The only thing I would do differently is skip the drive to Palm Springs for dinner. Get something for the grill at the local market or nearby Trader Joe's.and throw together a little salad and some appetizers, and you never have to leave paradise.

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Reviewed 28 May 2008

My friend and I stayed at the Sagewater in March to get some sunshine and relaxation. We had the time of our lives! The Spa is beautiful and relaxing. Cris and Rhoni, the owners, are very welcoming and went out of their way to make our stay very special. The rooms are very well-done, with tasteful decoration. We cooked the whole weekend in our kitchenette. I relaxed in the hot springs pool any chance I could get during our stay because the water was so relaxing. All my stress melted away. Both my friend and I got massages during our stay and it was the best massage of my life. I have never felt so relaxed in all my life. Really.
I can't recommend this spa enough. It was wonderful and I can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 May 2008

With the understanding that "not one size fits all", I want to share the experience my wife and I had this past holiday weekend at Sagewater Spa. Because it occupies a special niche, and does it wonderfully, you need to know about Sagewater.

7 rooms located out in open desert scrub, Sagewater Spa combines a clean, austere desert aesthetic; the softest, elegant linens we have ever seen; warm and hot mineral baths that sooth like an elixer, and the warmest, accepting hospitality you will find anywhere. If you are looking for extravagance, showbiz glamour, or activities to preoccupy you, Sagewater is not your place. But if you want an informal place to utterly relax, feel no pressure to conform or behave, and rejuvination for a parched soul, Sagewater Spa could become your new home away from home. The resident owner, Cristina Pestana, will make you quickly feel welcome and pampered.

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Reviewed 28 May 2008

My husband and I picked the Sagewater Spa for a long weekend retreat and we couldn't have chosen a better place. From the moment you walk through the door, it is a serene, peaceful, calming experience. Cris & Rhoni are very friendly and welcoming.

The 8 rooms are comfortable and each has a small, furnished kitchenette, but why would you want to spend much time in your room when the pool beckons? The water's minerals are refreshing but not odorous (like some hot springs) and the temperature was always just right.

Desert Hot Springs is close enough to enjoy Palm Springs but far enough away to enjoy the desert quiet.

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Reviewed 23 May 2008

We were admittedly a bit worried about where we were headed as we drove through Desert Hot Springs and along some seemingly suburban streets, but the minute Cristina the owner opened the door to us we knew we were somewhere very special. The hotel was built in 1954 and has been beautifully restored by Cristina and Rhoni. The place is all crisp whites and cool greens and greys. We had been in Vegas for 4 days in a 3,000 room hotel so to stay somewhere so small and intimate with just 7 rooms was blissful. As we were there for 3 days midweek we were lucky to be the only people there and did nothing but soak in the spa, lounge by the pool or use the BBQ. Cristina (and Sage the dog!) where incredibly friendly, making us feel totally at home and welcome and doing way more then any host needed - Cristina's Caipirinhas poolside were a highlight. The treatments were amazing too. Ask for Art and you should pre-book. The cranio-sacral was unbelievable.

Anyone wanting to chill out in total peace with great weather and a fabulous host should book here!

P.S. Its worth staying here just for the Frette sheets - AMAZING!

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Reviewed 20 May 2008

This was our first hot spring experience. It was not what we expected at first, but turned out to be wonderful.! This place is clean, peaceful and the the gals that run it are extremely great hostesses. We really loved Sage as she made us feel right at home. And the coffee cake is to die for.... !!!!
We will be going back as soon as we can.
Thanks ~

Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed 15 May 2008

This was the advice given to us when we booked our room at the Sagewater, "at any time you get in". Which we did (at 4 am) and boy was that sage advice (no pun intended). We slept so well here. A lovely place with lovely people running it.

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Address: 12689 Eliseo Rd, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-4759
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Desert Hot Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
#2 Green Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
#2 Romantic Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
Price Range: £130 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sagewater Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
#1 hot mineral water hotel in Desert Hot Springs. WINNER of 1 of the 25 BEST SMALL HOTELS in the US! Sagewater Spa, a seven room mid-century modern retreat, is a serene environment for adults who desire complete relaxation. Our facilities are exclusively for hotel guests and we do not have day spa guests sharing the property. We are known for our clean hot mineral well water pool and spa, minimalist designer rooms with desert or mountain views and well equipped kitchenettes. The finest Frette linens, TV, Wi-Fi, Aveda amenities, homemade Gramma B's Coffee cake and Organic European roast coffee. A gourmet poolside BBQ and views of Mount San Jacinto, professional massage treatments and facials add to the splendor. Featured on the cover of T + L , Cool Hotels, Best Designed Wellness Hotels, Tashen SPA, NY, LA, London Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, ELLE, SPA, Harper's, Traveler, LA, NY, SF Magazine ++. We understand that, "Quiet is the New Luxury." and a weekend away at Sagewater Spa feels like a week away anywhere else. ... more   less 
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