I am Ash the proud innkeeper of the Harmony Motel (A Gateway to Joshua Tree National Park).
My history, which has enhanced the history and character of the Harmony Motel….
I am South African in Nationality but my origins are East Indian. 12 years ago I emigrated from South Africa to the US. My choice to live in the US as a resident was made, when I tragically lost my mum to a brutal crime in South Africa (two years after my arrival in the US). My professional background when I left South Africa was in teaching/training and change management consultancy.
Hence my move to the US presented me with major challenges and changes not only in location (that is from one continent to another and every other challenge that goes with being an immigrant), but more importantly a challenge in the change of my professional field.
I consider myself fortunate as I come from a family of entrepreneurs, from childhood I understood the dynamics of owning a small business, as my mum, uncles and grandparents where successful small business owners in South Africa (they were super role models in my life).
I took over the ownership of the Harmony Motel in 2004. For me, it is and has been a labor of love. I have created peaceful oasis that is a gateway to Joshua Tree National Park. During my remodeling, I was inspired and motivated by not only the location of the motel, but also by the history of this roadside motel, especially by the name “Harmony” and the” music notes” that adds character to the identity of the motel.
This signage is not only the history of the community in the higher desert but had become iconic, when the iconic rock band U2, visited the Harmony and did a photo shoot with the sign as a backdrop, during the making of their groundbreaking album THE JOSHUA TREE. The photographer that did the shoot was world famous Anton Corbijn . The sign together with the history of the motel provides an ambiance of romance and musical celebration. It also has become an inspiration to many artists that lodge at the motel.
Together with my staff our goal is to ensure that this lodging facility is harmonious with its environment and that it provides a tranquil, joyous atmosphere to all our guests. We offer more than just the room experience that a traditional motel gives you.
The Harmony boosts a charming exterior corridor, with a front office courtyard that is designed in an L shape. The patios from the rooms offer our guests amazing views of the Joshua Tree Mountains and wilderness of the Mojave Desert. Our room offers all amenities of a traditional motel, with simple artistic décor, and a home away from home experience. We have a refreshing cold pool, and a tantalizing hot tub to soak up and star gaze from.
Our guests meet our friendly desert critters, that hang out in the gardens or on the grounds of the Harmony this provides a true desert wilderness experience. From the Harmony our guests can experience amazing sunrises, sunsets, and different shades of desert light that makes the landscape authentic to the desert, full moons, and awesome stargazing opportunities.
Twenty-nine palms is the city in which the Harmony Motel is located, this is also the city in which the headquarters of Joshua Tree National Park, founded itself, known as the north entrance to the park. Many of the murals of this city express the pioneering history of this rural city. As a single female entrepreneur that has emigrated from one continent to another, I happily embrace this pioneering spirit.
Come celebrate my tenth anniversary with the Harmony Motel and me attaining my long awaited American citizenship in 2014.
To all our patrons and American friends that helped me become a success, I say thank you, words cannot express the gratitude that I feel towards you as I approach this 10th year anniversary.