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Like a bubble bath for your brain, this week's escape to Desert Hot Springs, less than two hours from LA, offers a soothing soak in a desert oasis. Hop in your dune buggy and head over to the Aqua Soleil Hotel for a two-night stay for two in a standard queen room.

You'll be treated to a pair of cocktails to kick off your trip, plus a bottle of wine or champagne, two $30 vouchers for credit at the spa and 15% off two tickets to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

A 20-minute jaunt from Palm Springs, this airy, no-frills hotel and spa is a secluded nook that's ripe for relaxation. Duck in with girlfriends midweek, Sundays through Thursdays ($169), or cozy up with your darling on Fridays and Saturdays ($199).

The hotel's retro exterior belies a haven of comfort, with spacious rooms that overlook a mod courtyard and natural hot mineral pool.

Guests on TripAdvisor say, "We had a blast, the food was great, and they had great entertainment. [...] The room was so adorable, decorated in yellows and greens. We felt like young girls again and stayed up late soaking in the mineral pools."

If adventure calls, hike through the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park, or dress up for brunch in downtown Palm Springs. Plan your visit during the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational golf tournament, or delight in the freshest local fruits during the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival.

Then take the afternoon off at the Soleil Spa and put your two $30 vouchers toward deep-tissue massages, body wraps, or hydrating facials that use only organic ingredients.

Between the sun and natural mineral pools, you'll want to soak up all the relaxation you can on this week's escape. And you thought the desert was dry.

Escape kit

  • A two-night stay for two in a standard queen room, Sundays through Thursdays ($169) or Fridays and Saturdays ($199)
  • Two $30 spa vouchers (to be used on two treatments)
  • Bottle of wine or Champagne
  • Two welcome cocktails
  • 15% off two tickets to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Book by 29 January

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes.

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