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El Morocco Inn and Spa
It was a privilege and a life changing experience for us to have time at the El Morocco Inn and Spa. We live on the magnificent Hawaiian Island of Kauai, and it is difficult for us to find places to go that are satisfying in terms of beauty, relaxation, healing and inspiration. El Morocco exceeded our hopes of landing in such a sublime environment the entire time we were there, for our second honeymoon.
Brothers Bruce and Steve, owners of the El Morocco, have taken a rundown little hotel, and through a five - year labor of love, transformed it into an excursion into both another culture and another realm of experience. On the surface the place appears extraordinarily beautiful, fun, creative, catchy, even festive in its Moroccan theme. But, there is far more going on there than first meets the eye. Through their commitment to impeccable service, Bruce and Steve's loving spirits help transport you into a healing experience that's as deep as you want to go. These two angels anticipate every detail that might enhance and enrich one's stay at the Inn, and generously offer exquisite "extras" that are filled with their joy of giving.
We were able to meditate very deeply; relax and heal to the core of our beings; enjoy private, quiet, intimate time together; receive great inspiration for our work; and meet very special people. We left with not only a purification of our physical bodies through our soaking in the pristine, 'best in the world' award - winning waters, but also with clearer consciousnesses and cleaner souls. The total experience was other-worldly.
You'll certainly have fun at the El Morocco, being transported to another dimension, but don't lose sight of the principles at work which have created this very special opportunity: mastery of hospitality and presentation, and an absolute devotion to selfless service. The result is no less than a healing ministry, which functions as a spa, that is being demonstrated by these very gracious and generous hosts.
What a great desert discovery!!
My husband and I just got back from our stay at the El Morocco and I just had to write a review about it.
We have stayed many times in Palm Springs but this weekend there was a big convention/PGA thing going on so many rooms were booked.
I stumbled across the El Morocco online and read the few reviews that were available at the time. They were all great so I decided to take a chance.
What a great time we had!! Their service is second to none, the room was great and the jacuzzi was beautiful.
Bruce and his family are all so great and friendly. He gives you a tour of the property (which is small but very warm and inviting), and invites you to make full use of everything they offer. My husband especially liked the movie library and complimentary movie snacks!!
I would highly recommend this inn to anyone I know and hope be able to stay again.
Transcendent - much more than a hotel
Snuggled amidst a quiet and unassuming neighborhood in Desert Hot Springs, the facade of th El Morocco Inn emerges from the darkness like a desert oasis. Spectacularly illuminated, its rows of majestic palms sway in the night breeze, a welcome beacon upon our tired and road weary arrival.
We were greeted by Bruce, one of 3 of the hotel's propreitors, whose warmth and humor instantly set us at ease. As he lead us beyond the heavy wooden door, it's as if we were instantly transported to some exotic locale.
The lobby and courtyard are magnificently furnished with luxurious and ultra comfy pieces, lit by romantic Morrocan lanterns and candellight, silk curtians gently billow in the breeze while the fragrance of jasmine and sandlwood mingle through the air, and a sensational spanish cream sherry appertif awaits us. We plunk our stuff down in our room - accommodations befitting a king - and head to the jacuzzi to unwind. After a toasty dip, we cool off in the heated pool, also fed by the local mineral spring waters..
We slept like royalty in our plush bedding under a gorgeous canopy. All the ammenities were there - every consideration was taken from the wonderful bath products, to the downy soft bathrobes - this place has it all and then some.
We arose to find fresh bagels, fruit and pastries in the lobby, along with delicious coffee, some incredible juice (blood orange?) , and tea. In fact, we drank non-stop while we were there - wether it was the fresh mineral water (my fiance says it tastes 'silky'), the absolutely amazing mint iced tea (thanks for the recipe!), or the scrumptious morroco-tinis provided at happy hour along with the hooka bar (with an tantalizing array of flavored turkish tobaccos) - we simply couldn't get enough of their tasty beverages and were delighted when they recommended we bottle some of that yummy goodness up for the road. These guys were so incredibly considerate and accomodating and the place was so luxurious in very way, that in spite of our having parties to go to/friends and family to see, we found ourselves stealing away quickly to get back to the romance and comfort of the inn as soon as possible.
I just can't say nough good things about this place. We didn't want to leave...
This place is incredible. I simply can't say enough good things about our experience. Bruce, the proprietor is a super-frendly and accomodating host. The rooms are very well decorated and super comfortable. Nice bedding. The property is very warm, exotic and intimate. The amenities (i.e. spring-fed pool, huge hot tub and sauna) are ensconced in a courtyard that is literally steps from the door of each room. The continental breakfast was fresh with an excellent selection. The common areas, including the 'Casbah' lounge with a large-screen televsion for viewing the excellent selection of DVD movies is very comfortable and really adds a extra and welcomed dimension to the whole lodging experience. The overall vibe of this property is very nice. A++
One of the Best hotels in Palm Springs!!
1. Great Host - Made us feel really welcomed from the time we stepped into the hotel. We felt like we've known them for years after spending just 30 minutes with them.
2. Great Atmosphere - The Morocco theme was designed with an utmost detail. The drapes in the jacuzzi was a very nice touch.
3. Great Food - Throughout the stay, there were little snacks laying around everywhere. The Moroccotini was excellent! The breakfast was very well done as well.
Definately would go back again and again. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to relax and unwind in Palm Springs.
My lady and I needed a weekend of total relaxation and had never been to the Palm Springs area. All I really knew about that part of California was Joshua Tree. So I went online and searched for spas and inns nearby. One that caught my eye was the El Morocco Inn & Spa. The photos at palmsprings.com seemed cozy and romantic, so...
The place is fantastic. It's a little weird that many spas and inns are in residential areas, but that's just the way they roll there. The owner and operator Bruce is possibly the happiest guy on the planet. Ask him anything and he'll enthusiastically share his vast knowledge of anything and everything.
The inn itself is built around a Moroccan-inspired courtyard with a warm pool and hot-tub. Both are fed by hot springs, so no annoying chlorine. The rooms are plush and romantic with moody lighting and opulent decor. The Moroccan theme goes down to the soap.
Every morning there's a delicious breakfast served by the pool that attracts all the guests. In the early evening, there's complimentary wine along with a "smoking of the hookah".
We had a wonderful time and came back home thoroughly relaxed. The atmosphere and amenities at the El Morocco are top-notch! There are only a dozen rooms or so, so it never feels crowded.
The only complaint we had was that the bed was too soft. When we first sank into it, we thought "oh my! this is so plush!". But after the first night, we removed the spongy layer beneath our sheets. Bruce! Get firmer matresses!
We'll definitely be back!
Enjoyed every minute of Morocco in Desert Hot Springs
From the moment we walked into the door greeted by a most friendly and hospitable host, to the moment we had to sadly say goodbye, our experience at the El Morocco Inn and Spa was wonderful. We loved everything about the place; the intimate setting where we were able to mingle with other guests during a cozy happy hour (with complimentary 'morocco'tinis preceded by a traditional handwashing ritual); enjoying hookahs while lounging near the pool; indulging in a great (complimentary) breakfast spread; relaxing in the sauna or spa (massage services were also available);and admiring the beautifully decorated rooms, as close to Morocco as you can get. My favorite was the canopy surrounding the bed. I've never enjoyed accomodations with this much interest and enthusiasm; it was truly fun and unforgettable. I highly recommend a stay for anyone who needs to 'getaway.'
Simply precious, totally Moroccan, just nice.
My wife and I travelled to Desert Hot Springs, CA from Orange County to discover a new boutique hotel and spa called the El Morocco Inn & Spa.
We're what I would call PIA customers (that's pain in the ---) having travelled to numerous places all over the world. It doesnt take long for us to find flaw with most hotels we go to because,
simply put, well we expect perfection and, well, it's kinda heard to find it these days. This new place certainly impressed us this last weelend and here's why:
There's only one word to describe this brand new totally amazing boutique resort: sublime. Well ok maybe a couple more words:
Perched on a Desert Hot Springs hill, it overlooks a myriad of famously local windmills and snow-capped mountains. At night, it offers magnificient sunsets and Palm Springs city views.
The El Morocco Inn and Spa will soon cease, i'm afraid, to be our own little private jewel in the Desert. Because enough people are already in the know it seems (from LA entertainment people to
world-class travelers) and the unique experience at this original spot will likely ensure prompt success (and hard to get reservations!) for this beautifully-designed inn.
Last we checked, the El Morocco was already booked for most upcoming weekends well into the end of 2007. Word gets around!
The El Morocco is all about, you guessed it -- Morocco. The owners (and resident managers) have spared no expense and certainly no effort in importing everything from fabrics to furniture and artwork from Morocco, Africa. Every little detail of this Inn was tastefully crafted to ensure genuine and comfort. From an aesthetic perspective, it's eye candy galore.
The El Morocco is also all about water. The purest water in the nation actually, as the property sits on a natural hot spring feeding its luscious pool (the water is _always_ warm) and hot water bubbling spa alcove (sits 20 people comfortably)
The Inn's twelve or so rooms are all individually appointed. Again, everything is top-notch comfort from the bedding, to the furniture, the amenities, the well-stocked mini-bar, AV systems, you name it. There is nothing lacking in this place. You can spend hours discovering and marveling at little details all over the place. Or you could relax on one of the pool sofas while reading a magazine or a book. Or you could hang out in the 7 foot deep natural water pool getting a face tan. Or you could spend hours in the massage room getting worked on or...ok well you get the point.
Several highlights to the El Morocco experience: First, the huge spring water spa privately tucked away and surrounded by open carved windows draped in long colorful strands of light middle-eastern fabric. The breeze frequently causes a danse of colors, like being tucked inside a magic jewelery case (includes massaging whirlpool jets of course).
Second, the fire-pit. You can sit around it on genuine Morocan leather "poufs" while sipping cocktails, or tea, or coffee, or sucking on a hookah (yeah, the real deal as well with a panoply of flavored tobaccos for the asking), or just watching the stars at night.
Third, the happy hour "social time" when Morocotinis are served (not sure i spelled that right) along with a good selection of wines and a chance to chat your fellow resorters and figure out where dinner's happening tonight.
More importantly perhaps, the El Morocco is all about well-being and non-stop subtle pampering by the genuine staff there. The inn is a family-run business and it shows. The owners put their heart and soul (and over 30 years hospitality experience) into this place and yes, they really do this because they _love_ to. And that, my friends, is pretty rare these days. Take it from a PIA customer :)
Upon leaving, you'll bottle up the unique visual, sensual and relaxing experience this magic place created for you. And you'll probably have made a little place in your heart for the staff as well. Simply precious.
And for us, there will always be a pre-programmed setting on our GPS for the El Morocco Inn and Spa in Desert Hot Springs as we cant wait to return!t Springs as we cant wait to return!
The El Morocco Inn is a treat! From the minute we arrived we were made to feel welcome and the hospitality never stopped. Our room was very comfortable and beautiful and had a cozy kitchenette which was decorated beautifully in the Moroccan theme. The hot springs pool and jacuzzi were just the right temperature and it was so relaxing to soak and then sit around the pool. Bruce and Steve were very attentive and made us delicious Morocco-tinis at the bar during happy hour. Bruce even made me a wonderful Morocco-Shirley-tini! We loved the hand washing with the rose water and the great conversation around the fire pit by the pool. We would heartily recommend a stay at the El Morocco,it is not to be missed.
Treasure in the desert
It was strictly by chance that we, me and my boyfriend Patrick, ended up spending a valentine's get away in the desert's most attractive oasis: The Morocco Inn and Spa in Desert Hot Springs. It is truly a place of escape, very quiet and totally relaxing. Never have I met anybody more attentive and people friendly than the 2 hosts of the El Morocco: Bruce and Steve.
If you want to get spoilt, if you need to escape the stress of daily obligations, then treat yourself to a weekend in an arabian dream castle, filled with nothing but authentic treasures from Morocco. The pool and spa is naturally hot and set in a relaxing and beautiful arabian decor. And so are the rooms and the hotel lobby with its fire place, all the games you can think of and a unlimited selection of DVDs to play in your room. The continental breakfast spread is plentiful and you don't want to miss the complimentary happy hour with its very unique hand washing cremony.
All in all it was a great experience to stay at the El Morocco. I felt at home, I felt relaxed and very welcome in every which way possible. If you have a chance, go there for an escape. I guarantee you that you will love it too.