These hot spring locations are especially pleasant to visit during the winter months, when large swaths of North America are locked in a deep freeze. Stretch your wings and fly to SoCal, where you can thaw out and play golf or just relax in the warm, sunny climate.
Fly to Corona, between Los Angeles and Riverside, to visit the venerable Glen Ivy Hot Springs. If you need any aviation supplies, stop by Aircraft Spruce West, right on the field. They’ll even send a shuttle to your airplane to pick you up. And the new Corona Airport Café is open for breakfast and lunch. Next, it’s up to Glen Ivy Hot Springs, which has been drawing visitors to the Santa Ana Mountains since 1860 and is under new ownership as of January 2016. One of the largest health spas in the United States, Glen Ivy boasts multiple pools of different temperatures, a boutique, café, labyrinth, two brand-new saunas, Roman baths, “Club Mud,” and JoyFitness classes. You’ll enjoy all of these with a “Taking the Waters” pass. If you like, you can add special spa treatments, a massage, or rent a semi-private cabana. The new ownership plans to build overnight accommodations onsite, but until then, the SpringHill Suites Corona Riverside, a Marriott property, is only six miles away. Plus, from Glen Ivy Hot Springs, it’s only a three-minute drive to the Glen Ivy Golf Club!
The Mediterranean-themed Tuscan Springs Hotel and Spa offers two Jacuzzis, one indoor and one out, plus a large outdoor pool, all filled with natural hot mineral water. Select from a long list of spa treatments to enhance your experience. The decorative tiles outside are a nice touch. Come for the day or stay overnight; complimentary breakfast is included with your guest room.
Upon arrival at the Spring Resort and Day Spa, you’ll be greeted with a glass of chilled water and shown out to the tranquil garden area, where loungers relax around three thermal spring pools. These are some of the hottest naturally occurring waters in the area and consequently have higher concentrations of minerals. The resort offers upscale hotel and villa accommodations (many are poolside with mini-kitchens) as well as massage or other spa treatments, yoga classes, and cleansing treatments.
California’s version of the Kasbah lives at El Morocco Inn and Spa. Rooms all face the thermal pool and are richly decorated with jewel-colored fabrics and imported Moroccan furnishings to set the scene for a romantic desert hot spring experience. Charm your Valentine with an in-room bottle of bubbly and chocolate-covered strawberries, or choose from massages with names like the Pashas’ Pleasure, Marrakesh Melting, or Moroccan Rain. There’s a lovely complimentary breakfast buffet, and dates, figs, and other snacks are available all day. Play bocce ball, croquet, or giant chess in the spa garden, relax in the sauna or by the poolside fireplace, and enjoy happy hour with a “Morocco-tini” —they even have a hookah!
Ranked one of the Top 10 clothing-optional resorts in the world by TripAdvisor, the Living Waters Clothing-optional Spa is just that, so don’t go if you’re not comfortable being around mostly nude people. Their motto is “nude is not lewd,” and they go to great lengths to ensure that everyone is relaxed and respected as they sunbathe, swim, or soak. They offer two natural hot mineral water pools, nonsmoking rooms and condos, unique spa treatments and massage, couples massage workshops, morning breakfast, and afternoon hors d'oeuvres.
Total serenity and privacy: Two Bunch Palms. Back in my Los Angeles days I knew an ultra-successful TV producer and his wife, and this was their favorite place to de-stress (they had a G-IV and could go anywhere). Two Bunch Palms has been pampering visitors for over 70 years, and they’ve perfected serenity as an art. The waters, pools, spa, yoga, dining—it’s all perfection.
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