How to Beat the Winter Blahs at a Desert Oasis

How to Beat the Winter Blahs at a Desert Oasis

Written by: , February 22nd, 2016

Amidst the joys of the holiday season, which include quality time with family, gift-giving, and indulging in delicious food, there is often a considerable amount of stress. For many of us, we require a vacation after the holidays to recover. When it comes to finding a place to reconnect and find inner peace, nothing compares to the serenity of the middle of nowhere.

Over 100 miles from Last Vegas and the rest of civilization, The Oasis at Death Valley offers a retreat from the sometimes frenetic pace of modern life into a timeless desert landscape of enveloping silence and inspiring beauty. So while it may sound counterintuitive, Death Valley, known as the hottest spot on Earth, is the perfect place to chill out.

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Two Distinct Hotel Experiences

The Oasis at Death Valley is a full-service resort, offering a serene home base for exploring Death Valley National Park’s rugged terrain. With a recent $200 million renaissance, the resort comprises two distinct hotel experiences – the historic four diamond Inn at Death Valley and the family-friendly Ranch at Death Valley.

An elegant hideaway since 1927, the historic Inn at Death Valley has been a AAA-rated four-diamond resort for more than 37 years and still pampers every guest. Nestled against the hillside, it offers exclusive and private accommodations overlooking the valley and the Panamint Mountains. The hotel boasts natural springs throughout the property, lush palm trees, and beautiful bougainvillea. Recently renovated, The Inn offers new casitas, a spring-fed pool, and classic California-desert style.

Located along Highway 190 near the National Park Service Visitor Center, The Ranch at Death Valley is the energetic center of activity in Death Valley. The Ranch features a classic town square with towering date palms, mission California architecture, and spacious lawns along an 18-hole golf course – the lowest elevation course in the world. It also offers a natural spring-fed pool, rooms with exterior entrances, and new cozy cottages. Additionally, there are convenient to-go food options to enhance your stay as you embark on adventures in Death Valley National Park.

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Rejuvenating Spring-fed Pools

Considering Death Valley is the driest spot in North America, new guests are always delighted to discover that both The Inn and The Ranch feature large, inviting swimming pools. Nearby natural hot springs deliver a steady flow of soothing 87-degree water, helping you escape and reclaim your senses in rejuvenating waters.

Taking a dip in these pools is truly a sublime experience. In the summer, it provides a refreshing respite, while in the winter nights, it offers an invigorating contrast of brisk air temperatures against the warm water – a treat for both the body and the spirit. Marvel at the clear desert sky adorned by innumerable stars as you enjoy the therapeutic waters.

To enhance your experience, the pool bar offers a variety of delightful options, including cocktails, beer, smoothies, and light fare, eliminating the need to leave the pool area. For those aiming to live a purer, more natural lifestyle, the pool water undergoes frequent replenishment from the spring and does not require chlorine or other chemical treatments.

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to be more active? Adjacent to the pool at The Inn, we offer a newly expanded fitness center that is one-third larger than before. It’s the perfect place to kickstart your cardio or strength training while enjoying stunning views of the pool.

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Pamper Yourself

Whether you choose to engage in fitness activities within the resort premises or embark on invigorating hikes through the rugged and vibrant canyons of Death Valley National Park, you can rejuvenate your weary muscles at The Inn’s wellness center. The Wellness Sanctuary at Death Valley boasts two treatment rooms and a serene relaxation area with a picturesque waterfall overlooking the gardens. Our skilled therapists are dedicated to alleviating any discomfort and promoting overall relaxation with an extensive range of treatments, including Swedish and hot stone massages. Experience the indulgence that sets us apart from other national park locations!

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A Unique Golfing Experience

If you’re looking for a unique experience on the greens, look no further The Furnace Creek Golf Course at Death Valley. Located 214 feet below sea level, this 18-hole course is unlike any other golfing experience in the world. Expertly designed, it offers a challenging and dynamic play that will test even the most seasoned golfer. A knowledgeable PGA Golf Pro is on site to provide lessons and invaluable tips to help you make the most of your game. Framed by palm and tamarisk trees, with a stunning mountain backdrop and endless sunshine, it’s a fantastic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Natural Beauty

There is something undeniably alluring about the beauty of nature, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the awe-inspiring Death Valley National Park. From towering sand dunes to deep canyons and vast salt flats, there is never a dull moment when exploring the park. But perhaps one of the greatest delights of Death Valley is the sense of peacefulness and tranquility that can be found within this breathtaking wilderness. Whether lounging on a sun-soaked rock or taking a leisurely stroll amidst the park’s stunning flora and fauna, the serenity of Death Valley is truly unmatched. So if you’re looking for a place to unwind and bask in the wonders of the natural world, look no further than this stunning national park.

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