My spouse and I had business in San Francisco and wanted to discover a bit of northern California during the weekend that we had "off". Vichy Hot Springs Resort came recommended to us by a friend from California so we decided to give it a try. We couldn't have dreamed up a more magical place.
From the moment that we drove onto the property we felt completely relaxed and taken care of. Sean, the resort manager, greeted us at the front desk. He has been working at Vichy Hot Springs for over 10 years and is extremely professional and knowledgeable about the property, history and surrounding areas. We left our car in the parking area near the office and were taken to our cottage by a golf cart. This is important to note because it makes the grounds of the the cottages, mineral baths, pool, and walking areas completely calm and tranquil, there is no noise invading the space. We were driven around in the golf carts quite a few times during our stay, and several times from the owners themselves or one of their wholesome daughters. Those rides truly were a treat because we got to learn more in depth about the property, the water, it's benefits, the people who have stayed at the restort over the years...
We stayed in a 1 bedroom cottage, but there are several types of accommodations available. Our cottage was very spacious, extremely clean and beautifully appointed in a California country style decor. We chose to sample some of the local restaurants, but there was everything that one would need to self cater in terms of flatware, dishes, cooking facilities, etc. Additionally, the entire grounds is equipped with free wireless internet and we were able to connect as easily in our cottage as by the swimming pool - truly wonderful as it meant we didn't need to stay in the cottage when we were waiting for an important email to come through.
The mineral baths themselves are magical and the photos on the Vichy Hot Springs Resort website don't do them a bit of justice. There are 4 antique metal tubs outside in the sun and several of the same tubs in pairs in little cabin style enclosures if you prefer a more private experience alone or with 1 other person. Soaking in this water is really a special experience. First of all, they are affectionately called the "Champagne Baths" because when you get in, little bubbles start forming on your skin. Within seconds, there are so many bubbles on that you can actually draw pictures on the surface of your skin. A few minutes later your skin has a thick layer of bubbles clinging to it. From what I understand, the water dilates the capillaries on your skin which is why its possible to stay in the baths for long periods of time and not feel cold, within minutes you skin feels nice and warm. The water has all kinds of good for you properties but I can't really remember what other than it cured some poison oak that I managed to hike through. The property also has a very nice hot tub and swimming pool although we spent more time in those remarkable mineral baths to tell you the truth! I noticed upon checking out that the baths are also available for day use for a small fee, and in my opinion absolutely worth it if you're just passing through town or staying nearby.
There are several miles of private hiking trails on the property. We walked the most popular trail which leads to a beautiful waterfall. It took around 30 minutes out and an hour back because we decided not to come back the way we came and ended up a bit out of the way. Also during our time at the resort, we has a couples' massage by two very capable therapists. There are several treatments to choose from on the spa menu, my spouse had some deep tissue work done and I had a combination massage and facial.
Breakfast is served in a the breakfast room and has something for everyone: local pastries, hard boiled eggs, assorted fresh fruits, fruit salad bagels, toast, cream cheese, various jams and spreads... I was low carb-ing at the time I while my spouse was interested in sampling the local pastries. We consider ourselves a bit of foodies living in Paris and have seen breakfasts at many hotels and were both very happy with with quality of breakfast.
We found Ukiah (the town in which the resort is located) a good central spot for exploring the surrounding areas. Within a couple of hours in every which way there are many things to visit from the redwood forests to wine country to the rugged coastline to charming towns. The drive down Orr Springs Road from Ukiah to the coast is as breathtaking and as anything along Highway 1.
Most everything was absolutely wonderful at the Vichy Hot Springs Resort, the only thing that I would see to improve would be to add a lunch and dinner restaurant and a bar next to the pool. When you get there you really just want to stay on on the grounds and not go into the outside world again! But at the same time, it was a good excuse to go out there and see what the region had to offer and we enjoyed many wonderful meals at local restaurants. Also, after a few days in that miraculous water, it seems bizarre that they don't have any of it bottled for sale to take home, especially since we were able to sample a bit from the source and it was delicious.
Both my spouse and I would avidly recommend this resort to anyone interested in a peaceful countryside getaway.
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