I’ve had a lot of massages in my lifetime (I have the heaviest baby alive work hard and it’s my biggest indulgence). To date, the best massage of my life was at Mirival Resort followed by my recent deep tissue massage at The Parker.


Upon check-in, don’t be alarmed when you’re offered a cucumber-infused vodka shot. After all you have to retox to detox or something like that. Slip on a ‘PSYC’ (Palm Springs Yacht Club) robe and head to the pool & relaxation area. Enjoy a dip in the cool, salt water pool then relax in the hot tub. The combination of vodka whilst reading the manifesto on the wall will most likely lead to a ‘wow, I’m really on vacation’ moment:

We believe in the American country club experience: mixed doubles, a long steam, and a stiff cocktail.

We believe in inner beauty. But, do what you can on the outside.

We believe in old-world etiquette and new age simplicity.

We believe you can swim right after you eat.

We believe we should trust those seeking enlightenment and doubt those who claim to have found it.

We believe the earth is three-quarters water, and your body is three-quarters water, and… this is purely coincidence.

We believe in good sport as well as fitness: Pétanque and Pastis, Pimms Cup and Croquet, Snooker and single malt whiskey.

We believe you are only young once… but you can be immature forever.

Sure, this manifesto will leave you a bit confused just like the Moroccan tent in the relaxation room but hey, anything goes in Palm Springs. Just go with it. Be sure to visit the dark room filled with candles and slip on a chilled ice face mask. Leave when your husband starts snoring.



Massage rooms are named after winning yachts from America’s Cup races (I was in Freedom) where you’ll choose from six different oil scents (I chose eucalytus) and playlists (I chose Tibetan mantras). From there, get ready for some DEEP muscle work, hair pulling and stretching that will make you wonder why you even have a sheet on in the first place. All in all, truly incredible. Something else to note: the facialists use Tata Harper products and my mom came out looking 10 years younger! Until next time, PSYCho.

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