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Palm Springs spa turns 50

Stacey Soble | July 10, 2011 | 3:09 PM

Mod styles with Dippity Do, 60s era cocktails and a modern twist on a signature service—looking back while moving forward is how The Spa at the Spa Resort Casino, in Palm Springs, CA, decided it was time to celebrate 50 years of the good life.


Palm Springs spa turns 50

Taking of the Waters, the signature service at The Spa at Spa Resort Casino.

Built by a group of investors led by Sam Banowit, the 30,000-square-foot spa opened its doors on January 21, 1960, on a site where the first bathhouse was erected in the 1880s. Fifty years ago, it cost approximately $2,000,000 to build the spa, which included 36 mineral tubs, 34 massage/treatment rooms and two outdoor mineral pools.

At that time, the cost for a mineral bath was $3.00 and a massage was $5. Today, the legendary Spa at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Spring maintains a deep connection to the past as a sanctuary for the mind, body and soul.

For half a century, the spa has drawn millions of visitors for a dip in the natural hot springs. This tradition evolved into the spa's modern-day signature service, known as Taking of the Waters. Today's service incorporates a journey for the senses in four therapeutic stages, including steam, sauna and eucalyptus inhalation designed to clear the body and mind of toxins. The final stage, a private soak in the natural hot springs, sends clients drifting into serenity.

The Entrance to the Spa at The Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, CA.

In celebration of 50 years of good health and relaxation, throughout January The Spa is inviting its clients to 'Dippity Do' it up with a classic 1960s hairstyle, enjoy one of its anniversary packages or come to the Sparty:

50th Anniversary Sparty

On January 21, The Spa will serve 60s-themed cocktails and appetizers and offer mini spa treatments and a 50th anniversary commemorative spa gift. Guests are encouraged to dress in the style of 1960 and prizes will be awarded for the "Best 1960 Hairdo" and "Best 1960 Style."

50th Anniversary Takine of the Waters Spa Package

For $110, clients may book the special package, which includes a 50-minute massage or facial, mini loofa body polish, the signature Taking of the Waters private mineral bath and a 50th anniversary commemorative gift.

50th Anniversary Golden Celebration Package

For $250, clients may book the Taking of the Waters service, a 50-minute massage, a 50-minute facial, Spa Cuisine lunch, plus a luxurious 50th anniversary spa robe to take home.

1960s Glam Hairdos

During the month of January, clients may also book a 1960s-era hairstyle for $50.

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