I'm a student who travelled solo to SoCal during winter break from schooI. I stayed at Living Waters Spa for four days in total, split into two segments that bookended a road trip. The weather was glorious throughout - what a treat in January! My only regret is that I was not able to book a longer stay. It was a wonderful retreat and I felt completely rested and mellow after the first day! I didn't have a massage but hear they are excellent.
The place is small and intimate but there is enough space for everyone to find their spot in the sun. The fact that it has a history dating back to the 60's as a Spa-Hotel was interesting to me and the original neon sign still burns at night. It's original retro character has been preserved but updated beautifully. They even have the original sauna with a beautifully aged wood interior. The mineral water that feeds the Spa is also available cold from a drinking fountain on site. I drank gallons of it while there, it tasted wonderful!
I decided to stay here after also considering the Terra Cotta Inn, but I was so glad I chose Living Waters. I was looking for a place where I could go as a solo female traveller and feel welcome and comfortable. At Living Waters I was made extremely welcome although I was the only solo guest there. It was fun sitting in the pool and chatting with the other guests and Jeff and Judy, the very gracious owners. It was easy to be sociable or to have quiet time to myself to read and sunbathe. I noted that many of the other guests had stayed before and loved the place.
I have plenty of clothing optional experience so I wasn't shy about stripping off, but I noticed that the owners made sure the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed for those who might have been uncertain about going au naturel. I would highly recommend this place for a first timer.
I stayed in rooms 4 and 6, both with full kitchens and king size beds. They look out onto the attractive pool area and the mountains beyond as mentioned on their website. Rooms were spotless; cute bathrooms and blissfully comfortable beds. No TV's so bring dvds and a laptop if you can't manage without a flickering screen! I found a few days without the Box was good for the soul. Good wireless internet on site.
You will need a car to stay here and get around Desert Hot Springs and into Palm Springs etc. There is bus route vaguely in the vicinity but it didn't look too frequent. But that probably goes without saying anywhere in SoCal. Desert Hot Springs is a small, charming, friendly city that has a more down to earth vibe than it's glossier neighbour Palm Springs. I preferred having DHS as my base; it was earthy and relaxed, complementing the feel of the Spa.
Overall, I can't recommend Living Waters Spa enough and I will be back for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rates: $99-$209. We are a clothing optional mini-resort spa with two natural hot mineral water pools, stylish rooms and condos, distinctive massage and spa treatments, king size beds, custom mattresses, free wifi, massage workshops, breakfast and afternoon hors d'oeuvres, early check-in and late check-out, complete privacy, great people and a relaxing, romantic and de-stressing environment. Experience "more than a vacation" at Living Waters Spa and you take home the coolest vacation souvenir of all: no tan-lines! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Living Waters Hotel Desert Hot Springs
- Living Waters Resort
- Living Waters Clothing-Optional Spa Desert Hot Springs, CA - California Desert