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A healing massage at the Hard Rock Palm Springs Spa

A healing oasis at the  Hard Rock hotel Palm Springs
A healing oasis at the Hard Rock hotel Palm Springs
Patti Pietschmann

Pam escorted me from the pretty lounge at the Hard Rock Palm Springs Spa to the treatment room where the Hawaiian-born therapist would work her magic on a lower back muscle spasm. “I like to make people feel better,” she said as she adeptly targeted the aching sot and proceeded to knead deeply and effectively.

Pam knows how to rub you the right way
Patti Pietschmann

The newly opened pampering oases opened March 12, 2014 offering several specials on signature massages such as Classic Renewal Swedish Massage for $96 for 50-minutes or a Deep Tissue rub for $108 for 50 glorious minutes. It offers the gamut of head to toe services—some of which haven’t quite been rolled out yet, but are coming according to Luciana, the amiable Italian-bred spa director. Right now massages rock out and if Pam is representative, they are tops.

Treatments are the headliners at the minimalistic spa that offers a locker room and showers but no steam, sauna or Jacuzzi. But the spa manger did say they were working on that along with some pretty exciting-sounding rubs she wasn’t at liberty to divulge, “We are waiting approval from corporate, she explained.

We spent two nights at the hip, happening, Rock&Roll resort which is located in the center of Palm Springs' action (meaning you can walk to shops, restaurants, bars etc). There are few little kinks to iron broken lamp and ice machine, room service menus that could have more choices for breakfast) but it is a lively and fun place in which to escape. Rooms are large with balconies (ours faces the pool and mountains), large flat-screen Tvs, Sessions restaurant and a blasting-out bar lounge. There's also free valet parking and Wifi. If you like big, youthful scenes go for the weekend, if not Monday to Wednesday is a quieter option.

This is the what they call the Shoulder season in the Desert and it’s the best time to score deal like an $89 nighly rate. I will be reporting more about the hotel on my LA Travel Diva Examiner page if you’re interested.

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