APR 2017

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T h e S p a c e T w o B u n c h P a l m s [ 30 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 green goals T wo Bunch Palms recently became the fi rst carbon-neutral resort spa in the U.S. as a result of its green ethos emphasizing the connectivity between individual, community and planetary health. Hot, mineral-rich artesian waters, mud baths and New Age therapies have drawn celebrities, mobsters and naturalists alike to this desert getaway for nearly eight decades. It wasn't until 2015, however, that the facility's leanings toward ecological preservation took a gigantic leap forward, when its owner committed to a mantra of sustainable wellness that challenges—and arguably eclipses—LEED standards. The plan centered on the construction of a 3.5-acre solar fi eld to generate 100 percent of the 270-acre property's electrical power. "We felt that if we truly cared about the health of our guests, then we needed to 'walk our talk,'" says Rianna Riego, recent executive director of brand & wellness at Two Bunch Palms. "Over a 21-year period, the solar fi eld will prevent 13.5 million pounds of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere, and will save 375 million gallons of water. It also aligns our mission with the values of our guests." Sun and wellness seekers come to "take the waters" as well as experience spa treatments, Eastern medicine, healthier dining, and fi tness classes both outdoors and inside a 3,200-square-foot yoga dome. The property is now operated by JRNL Two Bunch Palms, whose plans for the next two years are to rebuild the spa by adding expanded retail boutiques, multipurpose treatment rooms, larger fi tness and movement spaces, and further mineral water pools and grottos. COURTESY TWO BUNCH PALMS The Space 5-acre spa including 3,000 interior square feet, 22 treatment rooms, 2 mud-bath cabanas, Watsu therapy pools, hot springs grotto and a 3,200-square-foot yoga dome Two Bunch Palms Desert Hot Springs, California Yoga Dome

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