Find your “Better Self” at this famous spa/resort with healing waters that have been flowing for over 600 years.Nestled within 77 lush park-like acres is the legendary Two Bunch Palms, built in 1919. A 70 room, hot mineral springs spa resort that offers healing waters, gourmet farm-to-table cuisine, movement & enrichment classes and an award winning spa that offers a “gangster wrap” spa treatment. You’ll find out why when you read on.
It also comes with a fabulous story…
Nearly a century ago Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa welcomed its most elusive visitor even more so than us – Al “Scarface” Capone. Legend has it the infamous gangster long pursued by the Feds transformed the private Desert Hot Springs, CA property into his winter desert hideout, outfitting his “fortress west” with a network of hidden escape tunnels, a gambling hall, a brothel, and a stone sentry tower for machine gun-toting bodyguards. We saw the outside of a multi-bedroom suite where Capone once slept and narrowly escaped assassination, evidenced by a mysterious bullet hole in the mirror.
A security guard told us that every weekend for years a man by the name of John Walton, who is the illegitimate son of Al Capone and Gladys Walton, would give talks in the restaurant about his family. He wrote the books “Gladys and Capone”and “Capone’s Fortress West”. The books are filled with information about prohibition, the hideaway, action packed roaring 20’s and bootleggers. Walton is still alive and living somewhere in California. Perhaps he’s living at Two Bunch Palms although they won’t say for sure.
The resort continues to be a hideaway for the less conspicuous kind, not only for those escaping Chicago’s chilly winters like Capone, but also for business executives needing to unplug, Hollywood celebrities looking for anonymity and people like us, seeking a luxury escape
and a nice healthy lunch.
Photos: d. king