Romance in a desert oasis.

By Travel & Leisure
August 24, 2012
Palm Springs for Couples
Credit: Courtesy of The Willows Historic Inn

Adventure meets refined creature comfort in this famed city. Strike out into the desert with an all-day hike into a beautiful canyon. Back in the city, restore your sore muscles with, say, an hour-long massage and cuddle around a fire pit after a candlelit dinner. Repeat three times for a romantic southwest escape.

Indian Canyons

These canyons were once the home to the forerunners of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Native Americans. Now they are open for exploration and appreciation of their natural beauty, including the Palm, Murray, Andreas, and Tahquitz Canyons. The California Fan Palm thrives in fifteen-mile Palm Canyon, Andreas Creek runs through the canyon of the same name, and Murray Canyon is home to endangered animals, including the bird called the Least Bells Vireo. At the end of Tahquitz’s two-mile path, hikers find Tahquitz Falls. Admission varies by canyon.

Copley's on Palm Canyon

Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

The WELL Spa

The Tuscan-inspired WELL Spa sits on the landscaped grounds of Miramonte Resort, about 30 minutes from Palm Springs. Resembling an Italian villa, the spa has white stucco walls, a red-tile roof, and calming earth-tone interiors with candlelit treatment rooms. Vichy showers are set up over tables carved from century-old acacia cedar, and the facilities also include a saltwater pool and eucalyptus steam room. Incorporating Tuscan traditions, the spa provides treatments like the hydrating Bagno di Vino (wine bath); the Mediterranean Massage, with basil and citrus oils; and the Pittura Festa (Painting Party), which includes colorful clays painted onto the body.