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Sensei Porcupine Creek Is Slated to Open in November with Bookings Now Available


Sensei, a wellness hospitality brand, will welcome guests to its second location, Sensei Porcupine Creek, beginning November 1, 2022. This debut is the brand’s follow-up to its highly acclaimed first property, Sensei Lāna’i, A Four Seasons Resort, located on the Hawaiian island of Lāna’i. Bringing its award-winning wellness retreat concept to the desert, Sensei will continue to immerse people in nature with Sensei Porcupine Creek.

Set amid the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains in Rancho Mirage, CA, the 230-acre private estate has been transformed into the brand’s first standalone wellness, golf, and tennis resort operated solely by Sensei. It’s designed to be a haven for health-conscious spa and sport enthusiasts to come together in an intimate, luxurious setting with a common interest—to learn how to live a longer, healthier life. Bookings are now open with a series of wellness packages available from flexible two-night stays to longer in-depth programs.

“Sensei is excited to offer leisure travelers the full expression of its brand through programs and services that support greater wellbeing at its resort in Rancho Mirage,” says CEO Kevin Kelly. “Immersed in nature, Sensei Porcupine Creek will provide a place for those who wish to discover more about healthier living, hone their sport performance, simply relax in an elegant setting, enjoy great cuisine, or indulge in therapeutic spa treatments. While providing luxury hospitality, Sensei remains committed to science-led, curated offerings designed with the Sensei Way in mind—organized around the paths of movement, rest, and nourishment.”  

Wellness-Inspired Living Spaces

The resort features 22 luxuriously appointed accommodations ranging from several conveniently located Estate House rooms, spacious Santa Rosa rooms, and freestanding private villas. The 10 Estate Rooms erase the boundaries between an inviting indoor sanctuary and a natural desert oasis. Meanwhile, the four Santa Rosa Rooms situated around a secluded courtyard offer a quiet respite with individual garden patios and heated spas. Eight standalone Villas serve as a personal haven for privacy, set along the resort’s sprawling golf course. Each Villa features either two or four bedrooms and comes with a state-of-the-art kitchen, open-concept living and dining room, and adjacent outdoor porch.

The resort offers curated packages based on the brand’s core values—the Sensei Way—which distills preventative health science into three simple paths for everyday living: Move, Nourish, and Rest. Incorporating innovative technology, guests learn from best-in-class Sensei Guides, wellness practitioners, and golf and tennis professionals to hone their game and learn how to improve their daily practices to live a healthier life.

Guests may choose among a variety of packages, including:

Discover Sensei Experience: This introductory experience allows guests to taste Sensei’s unique wellness offerings with a $250 wellness credit that can be used towards spa services, golf, tennis, and the personalized fitness, movement, and nutrition private sessions. Guests will also have access to the Retreat’s collection of complimentary wellbeing classes and guest-only access to the resort’s world-class golf and tennis facilities, lagoon-style pool, and upscale restaurant. The package requires a two-night minimum stay.

Guided Wellness Experience: Partnering with a highly trained Sensei Guide, guests will embark on a wellness program that offers personalized health and wellness assessments tailored to their desired intention. This package includes a personal consultation with a pre-arrival specialist to curate an itinerary; an orientation session with a dedicated Sensei Guide to review goals; two 75-minute spa treatments; two private sessions focusing on mindset, nutrition, yoga, or fitness; and a My Plan session to review actionable learnings for their return home. It features a three-night minimum stay. 

Optimal Wellbeing Program: This innovative program uses data captured through a complimentary wearable device that conveniently measures certain health biomarkers. Guests work alongside an integrated team of Sensei Guides, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and mindfulness coaches to analyze their unique health data to help meet their personal goals, whether that is peak fitness, improved sports performance, or a refreshed mindset. The package includes a personal consultation with their Sensei Guide and pre-arrival specialist to curate an itinerary; complimentary WHOOP 4.0 band and six-month membership; ongoing access to the proprietary Sensei Portal; a thorough fitness assessment to measure V02 Max, gait analysis, vertical jump, and more to interpret performance metrics and co-create behavior changes; two-hour Thermal Body Mapping experience or massage; three private sessions focusing on mindset, nutrition, and yoga or fitness; $500 in wellness credit to be used toward personal wellness consultations, spa services, and golf or tennis fees; and a concluding My Plan session. A five-night minimum stay should be booked at least 14-days in advance of travel to maximize data collection and the personalization of the experience.

Golf and tennis enthusiasts can book the dedicated Golf or Tennis Optimal Wellbeing Programs to hone their skills while improving their overall health, productivity, and game. These sports performance packages feature one-on-one lessons and video analysis with a dedicated golf or tennis professional in addition to the core Optimal Wellbeing Program inclusions. 

Sensei Sabbatical Experience: Designed to enhance long-term wellbeing, the 30-day or longer Sabbatical Experience package provides private weekly sessions and weekly check-ins with a dedicated Sensei Guide to get guests closer to their goals. Sabbatical guests also receive an orientation session with their Sensei Guide to assess their health baseline; $6,000 in wellness credits to use toward wellness consultations, spa services, and tennis court or golf green fees; early booking to a curated collection of daily activities such as yoga, meditation, fitness, and enriching lectures; and a concluding My Plan session with a Guide to Growth report.

Wellness-Oriented Amenities

Located in a desert oasis that immerses guests within its natural surroundings, every amenity at Sensei Porcupine Creek is designed to encourage relaxation. As guests wander through the lush estate grounds, they can tour the world-class sculpture and art collection.

The fitness facilities offer inspiring and restorative environments with small group classes or one-on-one sessions. The Sensei Yoga Pavilion offers an idyllic setting for yoga and meditation classes while the Fitness Pavilion is equipped with Technogym equipment, including cardio machines, strength and conditioning tools, and space for functional training.

Meanwhile, guests looking to focus on rest and rejuvenation can visit the spa and choose from a menu of relaxing massages, nourishing bodywork, and customized facials. Four Garden Treatment Rooms open up to a private, tranquil garden with outdoor showers. The resort’s lagoon-style pool also offers an idyllic setting to escape the desert heat surrounded by the beautifully designed landscape.

Elevated Dining Experiences

Sensei Porcupine Creek will feature Sensei by Nobu, a collaboration between world-renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Dr. David Agus. Open exclusively to retreat guests, the concept marries Nobu’s acclaimed and innovative cuisine with Sensei’s evidence-led approach to nutrition. The ever-changing menu will feature fresh ingredients that stay true to how nature delivers them with each meal designed to ignite the senses and provide optimal benefits.

Outdoor Adventure

Guests will have the opportunity to embark on a series of desert activities, ranging from a hike through Rancho Mirage’s lush oasis of rock-strewn foothills to visiting Palm Springs and meandering through the iconic mid-century modern architecture that defines the city. Guests may also opt for a trip to visit Joshua Tree National Park.

About The Author

Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.