Treatments and Deals Fit for a Rock Star

Inside the New Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Posted By: Barbara Beckley Friday, March 21, 2014

There are facials – and then there are FACIALS. My recent combination Rejuvenate facial and Amala Neck & Décolleté treatment at the newly opened Rock Spa inside the new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs was definitely worth capitalizing. 

The enthusiasm and expertise of Esthetician, Grace Bullions, fused with the potent Amala line of organic facial products truly renewed my complexion – I saw a difference the minute I looked in the mirror. 

“Today’s beauty products really penetrate into the skin,” Grace explained. Because of their effectiveness, she recommended I leave my skin alone over-night to give the Amala serums and toners and creams ample time to work their magic. Yes, I could wear make-up right after, and she said I’d feel my make-up go on much smoother and look better than usual. She was right. 

The Rock Spa consists of four treatment rooms, a changing area and a minimalistic relaxation room in cool taupe and cream colors with mid-century-influenced décor and plush lounge chairs. The only magazine was a recreated Life featuring a young Paul McCartney on the cover. What better inspiration than Paul, to put a girl into the mood for rock star beauty. The Rock Spa menu includes massages, wraps, scrubs and facials.  Hard Rock Hotel has spa specials year-round. 

My 80 minutes of bliss began relaxing on the heated cot in one of the simplistic treatment rooms. Grace knew just by looking that my complexion was on the dry side. (While you wouldn’t know it now, Grace fought acne for years – so she is very serious and very knowledgeable about how and what to use for facial beauty.) “I’m customizing your facial for rehydration,” she declared. 

She began with a purifying gel cleanser of blue lotus, white clay and green tea; followed by a hydrating toner, then a hydrating cream made with Egyptian jasmine, avocado and macadamia nut – “to help restore elasticity,” she explained. “Your skin cells are having a party now,” she laughed, as she lathered on a collagen mask of cocoa bean, sea algae and Buriti to help restore elasticity and smooth fine lines. My face felt tingly – a good sign. She added a hydrating eye treatment, with Egyptian jasmine and avocado to “calm, smooth and protect,” the skin. My neck and shoulders got massive amounts of Amala rejuvenating décolleté cream, with cocoa bean, Muru Muru butter and Buriti.

As the creams were going to work, so was Grace, massaging my face, neck, scalp, shoulders, arms and hands. She even gently massaged my eyebrows – a relaxation I’ve never before experienced. A dollop of hydrating treatment oil, composed of pomegranate, Egyptian jasmine and avocado to protect the skin from environmental damage, was the final soother.

I left with a beaming complexion, feeling rehydrated and renewed – and happy to have met Grace – who in addition to being a skilled esthetician is a talented chef who has sailed throughout the world cooking on private yachts – just as I’ve sailed around the world running activities on cruise ships. A delightful coincidence, and simply one more reason why I love Palm Springs.   

The Rock Spa is open daily and by appointment. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy it.  Call 760-969-6665 to make an appointment. 


  • Josie Monday, January 12, 2015 2:04 AM

    Wow! That's a really neat ansrew!

  • marguerite Friday, September 25, 2015 12:04 PM

    other than facials, what other pampering is available. Do you have a pool with hot spring waters?

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