The mineral water at Living Waters Spa begins its journey hundreds of miles away in the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains. As it melts into the ground it travels through underground rivers, where it’s naturally heated to well over 100 degrees and rises in Desert Hot Springs California, a community located atop one of the finest natural hot mineral water aquifers in America. It’s fresh, pure, crystal clear, odorless and wonderfully soothing. All you have to do to enjoy it is slip out of your clothes and into the restorative waters at Living Waters Spa.
The Hotel and Rooms
The Pool and Jacuzzi
One of the highlights of Living Waters is the natural mineral waters. The resort has a private well which pumps almost 20,000 gallons of fresh water through the resort and back into the natural aquifiers each day. No chlorine or chemicals, just natural, pure, crystal clear water. The Jacuzzi is on the top level and is covered with a large sun shade. It’s large enough to accommodate a big group, which you’ll appreciate each afternoon about 3 when Jeff and Judy offer wine, fresh juices and appetizers by the Jacuzzi.
We visited in early March and enjoyed temperatures in the low 80’s. The hotel was full, but never felt crowded or rushed. There was a great mix of people, mostly couples, but a few singles that were there to rest, relax and refresh. This is definitely not a party or cruising hotel, so if you’re wanting noise and action, Living Waters isn’t for you. There were more young couples than we’ve seen at most naturists hotels, but everyone has the same basic goal. Relaxing naked in the sun and mineral waters – so it’s a comfortable and friendly feeling.
The serenity and zen-like ambiance also seems to attract the more artistic crowd. One couple were singers taking a break from their show tour, and another was a sculptor, working on a clay sculpture throughout the day.
While the resort, rooms and waters would be enough reason to visit – what really sets Living Waters apart is their focus on massage and spa treatments. Both Jeff and Judy are licensed massage therapists, and they have several other therapists on call.
The massage room is located furthest away from the pool and sun deck, and is designed for instant relaxation and decompression with soothing colors, soft music and warm fabrics. There are a variety of options for individual and couples massages and several times per year they offer massage workshops. For a complete list of massage and spa treatments, click here.
There is also a redwood-lined Finnish sauna just steps from the massage room where you can sweat out some toxins, warm your body and soul, then cleanse it all in the mineral waters.
Each morning, guests are welcomed to a continental breakfast in the resort lounge. There’s Starbucks coffee, fresh fruit, juices, breads, yogurts and more. Plus there’s a snack pantry all day long where you can grab a drink or snack. The lounge also has an excellent selection of magazines, games, and ideas of things to do in the local area.
A Celebration of Survivors
Judy is a breast cancer survivor of 17 years and encourages all breast cancer survivors to come celebrate themselves and their lives. They offer special programs and rates for breast cancer patients and survivors. Click here to learn more.
Thanks to the mineral waters, Desert Hot Springs has been a popular resort to escape from it all for almost a century. Early settlers arrived in the 1920’s and by the 50’s a booming spa-tel industry had emerged with simple accommodations and natural mineral water pools. Living Waters began as the Kismet, and you’ll still see the original sign (lovingly restored by Jeff and Judy) as you arrive, framed against the cobalt blue desert sky.
As the popularity of simple, natural resorts faded (what were we thinking?) many of the properties fell into disrepair and closed (although one of the most famed and pricey spas in the world – Two Bunch Palms – still operates in the area). When Jeff and Judy found the property that’s now Living Waters it was being used as rental apartments and in very poor condition.
Today you’ll find the entire property has been renovated to current standards, without losing any of the soul or charm that takes you back to quieter times, easier paces and the tranquility and balance that comes when you merge your natural body with natural waters under the warmth of the desert sun.
Living Waters Spa is a great place to reconnect with yourself and others. Its simple serenity encourages you to unwind and rejuvenate. Without the needs for clothes or chemicals, the Jacuzzi and pool are good for the body and soul, and after time in the sun – the rooms are equally tranquil retreats to rest, read and rejuvenate. Jeff and Judy are warm, welcoming and attuned to helping guests unwind and thrive.
We encourage you to plan a visit soon. Living Waters Spa