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We Care Spa
Ranked #16 of 22 Hotels in Desert Hot Springs
Reviewed 7 January 2013

I have been going to We Care for 9 years. I book my trip in the March/April timeframe to help me shed my 'winter coat' of weight, less than optimal habits, and general cold-weather cobwebs. It is the only time that I completely shut off the constant chime of technology and focus on me. I return home full of positive energy and ready to take on anything that comes my way. Every year I meet great people that I am happy to say become new friends and confidantes. The treatments are for the most part really good. I think I have had them all at least once. The therapists have been there for many years and are experts. The master classes are really perfect for first-timers. Yoga classes are geared towards relaxation and not power. I miss the Tai Chi classes that they used to have. I LOVE the infrared sauna and usually start my day with 30 minutes or so in the spacious custom built structure. At least once during my stay I have a great nap on the floating bed. There are hiking trails around if you have a car, and the hot springs at Sam's are fun and close by. I always book my trip solo but usually one or two friends 'jump in' and join. I DO NOT recommend going with spouse. This is the time to take care of yourself without having to worry about anyone else...and you will make LOTS of friends during your stay.

Room Tip: Most resort rooms are around the main house and pool. Can be noisy if you are a sensitive sleeper...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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11  Thank Reneethe1st
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Reviewed 5 January 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to rejuvenate and get in touch with your health. I have never had such good spa treatments that left me feeling like a new person. Everyone there is top notch. Rooms are very nice. This was my second visit and will not be the last! Very affordable .

My only advice would be that they could provide more variety of juices and soups and have things like wheat grass juice.

But I highly recommend for type A folks who want to work on themselves. This spa has you leaving with a toolbox of knowledge to live a healthily lifestyle.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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7  Thank Coccindy
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We Care Spa is a great place to go to detox, re-group, relax, lose weight and learn about food/health and the effects it has on us. The grounds are tranquil, the people are very nice and helpful and they really do care about you! The treatments are outstanding! Their products are great! I did a 3 day detox program that was life changing for me. I recently re-booked for the 8 day program. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about this place. I cannot wait to go back!

Room Tip: The Neptune room is my favorite.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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11  Thank Christl K
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

If you are going here to lose weight....don't! It is SO much more than a weight loss clinic. It is a Mind, Body and Soul experience. The place is clean and comfortable. The staff goes out of their way to make sure you are well taken care of and every need is met. This place relaxes you to a different dimension. The classes are worth your time, very educational. I thought I knew...wrong! It was my 1st time...but not my last. I re-booked before I even left. I went by myself BUT made connections with many women that have lasted since I have been home...we are the Detox Divas! We are sharing recipes and other tips. A wonderful and beautiful group of women. Can't wait to go back next year! It is worth the money...becasue YOU are worth it!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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11  Thank Rennay B
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

I went to We Care Spa to get a hold of my health and unwind from a stressful year closing my business of 19 years. I succeeded . I went to Canyon Ranch six months ago to Do the same and it was not good for me.

The Ground at We Care are gorgeous ( I have VERY high standards). The rooms are modest but like so well said I. Another review....it's not about the rooms! My room was the least expensive and it was just grat. Simple, but VERY fresh and clean.

The spa rooms were stunning and fresh. The technicians were great. The treatments were so different. My Favorite was the System Recovery. I felt SO GREAT after.

The program is so interesting. VERY busy and fun. The classes were so fantastic. I never spent any time in my room.

The fasting is hard first day but once you get the hang of it...it's not hard. This is for serious people that want to cleanse and be good for their health.

I loved the small atmosphere and meeting all the other guests. We became each others fans and cheerleaders.

iI suggest one thing... i to make the one meal (soup) at afternoon/ night more significant of an experience. I would offer a bowl, plate , large spoon and placemat for the soup once a day. That way you make more of an event of it. The cup thing bothered me and felt unsanitary. I would offer more variety of juices fresh...( same each day).

I loved the acupuncture, meditations class, and other treatments were special.

I regret not doing the PRE- fast diet which affected the colonics...my fault completely.

Bonus.....I lost seven pounds and that's not what I went for. Came back with a toolbox of how to move forward in eating and living.

If you are type A and looking to better yourself, this is it. I also made some great friends...which is also not what I went for.

A GREAT place to go solo. Most do.

LOVED it and will return at least once a year if not three times this year. I will at least sneak in three days whenever I can! but loved my six day....This puts my Canyon Ranch Experience to shame ( and one half the cost)

Room Tip: Who cares....it's not the point...I was never in it.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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15  Thank Cro O
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

Understanding the purpose behind We Care before you go is imperative. I've been twice, most recently 2 months ago, the first time in 1999. It's about learning how to eat, developing good habits, eating like an adult and taking responsibility. The staff is world-class, Susanna is brilliant - lose weight before you go, if that's what you're looking for, and learn how to keep it off while you're there.

Room Tip: It's not about the room, you're missing the point
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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10  Thank steve c
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

As some of the reviews indicate, this is not a luxury resort. I love the georgraphic area and the desert, but the grounds and facilities are marginal and poorly equipped. I had the nicest (most expensive) room there, and it had some attractive features, but was a terrible value for the money. The air conditioner blew strong and cold right on top of the bed, and was extremely uncomfortable, espcially since I spent most my stay sick in bed. The most significant issue was the lack of attention to the health and well-being of guests. Also, the focus on encouraging add-on spending was offensive. I have an autoimmune disorder and want there to "detox". The fasting and everything that went with was probably too much. I was very weak and sick. There was NO ONE who had any training or interest in helping...from a medical or any other perspective. I crawled to the phone to cancel a pre-booked massage (they start calling you weeks ahead to book supplemental services...all at a large fee). I told them I was very ill and could not make the appointment. No one made any attempt to find out what was going on or to offer assistance. The only thing they said was that I was not within the cancellation period and would have to pay for the massage anyway. Normally, I would insist on better service, and made a few attempts to get help, but I was too sick, and the management just didn't care. There is a HUGE focus on selling. That being said, some of the service providers offering reflexology, massages and colonics (for an additional fee), were impressive, and I met a few nice guests there. I think a lot of people like this place because they're trying to lose weight; you're forced to fast, and everyone does the colonics. Anyone fasting and completely emptying out their colon is going to lose weight...sometimes a lot. Much of it is water weight, and when they start eating again, much/most of it comes back. But they still credit the "spa" with the weight loss, and blame themselves when the weight comes back on. We Care did do some cooking classes on healthy eating, which were good, but I can take nutrition classes down the street. If you're going to run a treatment center with extreme methods like a total fast and daily colonics, you'd better have medical assistance available and be attuned to the health and well-being of your guests. That was not the case here.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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33  Thank regulartraveler705
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Address: 18000 Long Canyon Rd, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Desert Hot Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Spa Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We Care Spa is a Holistic Health Spa & Retreat providing unique educational programs & treatments, designed for personal transformation for the care of human beings, enhancing mind, body & spirit, in a serene desert oasis. ... more   less 
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We Care Hotel Desert Hot Springs

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