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With a wide array of spas, golf courses, yoga classes, hikes, and healthy dining options to choose from, Palm Springs can be your next health and wellness destination. (Photo provided by Visit Palm Springs)

5 ways to unwind and refresh in Palm Springs

Vacations are meant to be relaxing and rejuvenating. You want to return home feeling more refreshed than when you left, right? A trip to Palm Springs will give you just that.

With a wide array of spas, golf courses, yoga classes, hikes, and healthy dining options to choose from, Palm Springs can be your next health and wellness destination when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Escape, unwind, and refresh in Palm Springs with these five tips:

1.Treat yourself to a spa day.

Nothing says relaxation quite like a spa day. Palm Springs has plenty of luxurious spas, pools, and clubs to explore. Try Elements Spa at the Hilton Palm Springs to unwind in the eucalyptus infused steam room and refresh in the Swiss shower. Try the Palm Springs Yacht Club at the Parker Palm Springs for some classic upscale indulgences like a good soak, stiff cocktail, and croquet on the lawn; or the Azure Spa and Salon at the Riviera Palm Springs for a refuge specializing in cross-cultural and global treatments inspired by Indonesian, Thai, and Balinese rituals.

2. Take a hike in the beautiful desert landscape.

No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a hike to enjoy the beauty of the desert and surrounding mountains. For some inspiration, try exploring the Indian Canyons just minutes from downtown Palm Springs, get closer to the famous Bob Hope home on the Araby Trail or enjoy the views on the Palm Springs Art Museum Trail. Leave it to an expert and take an eco-tour with Trail Discovery Hiking Tours.

3. Find your zen with a yoga class.

For all you yogis out there, what better way to relax and unwind than some gentle stretching and meditation? Check out Peace Love Yoga for a supportive and non-competitive atmosphere perfect for beginner and advanced yogis alike; they have daily classes as well as monthly workshops on topics ranging from meditation (yoga nidra) and dharma, to ayurvedic study (dosha balancing). Or head to Yoga Bliss for expertly taught yoga classes, plus aerial yoga and belly dance.

4. Detox your body with healthy dining options.

Eating out in Palm Springs doesn't have to be a fat-filled, calorie bomb; there are plenty of healthy (but still delicious!) dining options in every neighborhood. Refresh with a plethora of pressed juices, smoothies, wraps, and smoothie granola bowls at Raw Remedy Organic Juice and Raw Food Bar; build your own poké bowl full of fresh fish, house-made sauces, and locally-sourced vegetables at Haus of Poke; or visit Palm Greens Cafe for a wide selection of high-quality, organic options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

5. Practice your swing on one of the world-class golf courses.

If your idea of unwinding includes a set of clubs and a martini on the links, Palm Springs is the destination for your next wellness vacation. Take on one of the challenging and incredibly scenic courses at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, like the Escena Golf Club, Indian Canyons Golf Resort, or the Mesquite Golf and Country Club. Just don't let a lousy swing ruin your mood.

Ready to plan your next health and wellness getaway? Contact the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism for everything relaxing and rejuvenating under the desert sun. Call 760-323-8296 or go to