Jun 8, 200702:32 PMThe Life
El Morocco Inn & Spa -- A new Desert Hot Springs inn transports guests to another world
Photography by Elena Ray
By Janice Kleinschmidt
Jewel-toned sheers dance in the breeze to the soft lilt of belly-dancing music. An innkeeper pours warm rosewater over the hands of a guest about to enjoy refreshments. The scent of apricot wafts through the air as two other guests simultaneously inhale flavored tobacco from a hookah pipe. This is Morocco.
Well, actually, this is the Moroccan "experience" -- and it's only eight miles north of Palm Springs.
John Aguilar -- co-owner with Bruce Abney of the 4-month-old, 11-room El Morocco Inn & Spa in Desert Hot Springs -- fell in love with Casablanca during a one-day side trip from Spain (an eight-mile ride across the Strait of Gibraltar). "Everybody was warm and friendly. I felt embraced, and I wanted to bring that sense of the Moroccan experience back home," he says. more