By Dan Paris
The Azure Palm Resort planned to open their doors in 2021, just as COVID slammed shut the entire world. In a way, it worked to their advantage because it allowed the owners to renovate without having to stay open for guests. My experience staying in properties undergoing renovation have been less than satisfying.
The transformation of the exiting ailing structures and grounds is spectacular. Every aspect of this world-class destination resort is well thought out. Anchoring this outdoor area is a huge pool heated to 85 degrees year-round. Two large indoor hot tubs and a cedar sauna are adjacent to the pool. There are five covered 4 – 6 person hot tubs positioned to take in the spectacular views of the San Jacinto mountains. There is also an outdoor sauna and a unique hot spring-fed reflexology path lined with pebbles to massage the bottom of your feet as you walk. All of these amenities are available for a day use fee that includes a locker, slippers, and a robe. Hotel guests have 24 hour access to the unique salt cave for enhanced relaxation.
The Azure Palm Café is worth a trip on its own. Healthy spa cuisine is featured, but you can order a cheeseburger and flatbread pizzas as well. I ordered a Thai Rice Bowl with seared Ahi paired with crips-tender green beans on a bed of organic brown rice and a sweet-savory sauce. Healthy choices abound with house made sauces and dressings.
The employees genuinely enjoy working here from the front-desk to the restaurant servers. I was given a thorough tour of the entire facility by Richard, the Director of Sales and Marketing. I also met one of the managing partners, Maria, who told me of their plans to expand in the immediate future. Judging from the ubiquitous smiles on the guests’ faces, the Azure has nailed a winning formula for success.
67589 Hacienda Avenue, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily
Café (760) 251-2005
Resort (760) 251-2000