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Luxury Wellness Retreat Sensei Porcupine Creek Debuts in California

The long-awaited destination spa in Rancho Mirage, CA, immerses guests in the brand philosophy


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The highly anticipated Sensei Porcupine Creek has opened its doors, welcoming guests to the luxurious wellness retreat in Rancho Mirage, CA. As the first standalone retreat under the Sensei brand, the property boasts a boutique experience with 22 luxurious accommodations; evidence-based wellness programming designed to give guests the tools they need to live a longer, healthier lifestyle; a Sensei by Nobu restaurant; and premier spa, fitness, golf, and tennis facilities.

“The launch of Sensei Porcupine Creek is a thrilling next step for the growth of our brand,” says COO Alexandra Walterspiel. “As our first property fully operated by Sensei, we are able to support a wider range of wellness intentions that allow us to bring an even more integrated approach to our guest experience. The 230-acre private estate, which is now open to the public for the first time, has impeccably designed grounds that immerse our guests in the healing properties the desert landscape is known for, and we couldn’t be more delighted to see our team bring our vision to life.”

Thoughtfully Designed Accommodations and Wellness Facilities

Sensei Porcupine Creek offers guests 22 exquisitely appointed accommodations, including sophisticated Estate House rooms, spacious Casitas with private outdoor heated whirlpools, and freestanding luxury villas. 

At the heart of the retreat stands the elegant Estate House, which is grand in scale with high ceilings and windows that flood the space with natural light. Situated beyond the Estate House lies a refreshing lagoon-style pool, garden spa treatment rooms, the Fitness Pavilion with industry-leading equipment, and the Yoga Pavilion, all boasting expansive views towards the Santa Rosa Mountains to ground guests in nature.

Evidence-Based Wellness Programs

Created for wellbeing enthusiasts, guests are immersed in the brand’s philosophy of the Sensei Way, which distills preventative health science into three simple paths for everyday living: Move, Nourish, and Rest. Led by best-in-class Sensei Guides, all of whom have advanced degrees in their fields, guests work alongside highly skilled wellness practitioners, as well as golf and tennis professionals to learn how to improve their daily practices to reach their personalized goals. 

Guests visiting Sensei Porcupine Creek can choose from one of the retreat’s wellness packages, which offers an opportunity for them to tailor their experience from the moment they book their stay. Each package allows guests to determine how structured or flexible they would like their retreat experience to be, with personalized itineraries and a dedicated team available to apply and translate science-backed insights into actionable takeaways for continued wellbeing journeys.

A Rich Experience Menu

Sensei Porcupine Creek has curated a robust and enriching menu of wellness experiences to bring the paths of Move, Nourish, and Rest to life throughout the guest experience. All resort guests have access to a collection of complimentary daily small group classes, lectures, and weekly activities among indoor and outdoor spaces designed to connect you to nature—from guided walks and hikes to yoga and meditation, fitness, and more. 

To rejuvenate the body, guests can book one of the many spa treatments designed for ultimate relaxation. Sensei Spa Experiences include the Gua Sha Uplifting Facial, featuring a massage technique used to uplift the dermis layer of the skin through tailored sculpting rituals that restore, revive and oxygenate the skin; Desert Herb Poultice and Oil Massage, a full-body massage including an application of a steam-heated therapeutic poultice of herbs, seeds, and leaves followed by warm oils infused with desert herbs to provide moist and nutrient-rich relaxation to the skin and muscles; and Thermal Body Mapping and Massage, an innovative treatment where a practitioner uses exclusive Sensei-developed thermographic technology to create a visual map of the body, revealing asymmetries, muscle tightness, and possible areas of inflammation.

Immersive Nature and Art

At Sensei Porcupine Creek, guests are immersed in a desert oasis of natural surroundings encouraging connection, healing, and relaxation. The lush estate grounds are home to world-class sculptures and an art collection worthy of museum display. Sensei Porcupine Creek features renowned works and sculptures from Robert Indiana, Keith Haring, Jaume Plensa, David Ellis, Nancy Lorenz, Valeria Nascimento, Visarute Angkatavanich, Lita Albuquerque, and more. The artwork and sculptures on property also weave in a blend of local artists from California, such as Audra Weaser, Cari Guerin, and Katlin Evans, as well as numerous Japanese pieces from artists including Yoshimoto Nara, Shiryu Morita, Kokuta Suda, Kazuhito Takadoi, Mikio Watanabe, and more, paying homage to the property’s Japanese-inspired design and California roots. 

Wholesome Cuisine

Open exclusively to retreat guests, Sensei by Nobu, a collaboration between world-renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and David Agus, M.D., artfully blends classic Nobu flavors with locally grown ingredients. Harnessing a wholesome philosophy, the menu intertwines nutritional balance with personal enjoyment for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Guests can enjoy Sensei by Nobu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evenings, a Sushi Bar invites guests to nourish their palates with signature Nobu dishes. Additional dining options include an all-day poolside menu and in-room dining from the comfort of guests’ accommodations.

Premier Golf and Tennis Facilities

The crown jewel of Sensei Porcupine Creek is its 18-hole golf course, which is known for its nearly 75-acres of turf and sand bunkers, glimmering water features, and grand Santa Rosa Mountain views. The legendary golf destination has attracted some of the world’s top players and is now open exclusively to Sensei resort guests for tee times or customized private lessons with a golf professional.

In addition, Sensei Porcupine Creek is home to premier tennis facilities, built to match the professional courts of the nearby Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which hosts the annual BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament.

About The Author

Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.