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Living Waters Clothing-optional Spa
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

My wife and I love this place! If we could stay here all year round, we would. Jeff and Judy are simply awesome and the rest of the staff is wonderful and kind. I would say that really the best part about the place is the way everyone makes you feel welcomed and at home. We're "regulars" and visit on our anniversary because it's the only place to go. Kudos to LWS! See you next time!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

If you're looking for a high activity, high energy place to go, this isn't it. What this is, is a very quiet, relaxed, serene place with great hosts and staff. This also isn't one of those pretentious places with all the fluff, so don't expect modern do-dahs and other useless fluff. The architecture is a little dated, but what do you expect from a resort that was built in 1960? Even yet, there are no disappointments, as the rooms are clean and well maintained, the beds are great, and most rooms have kitchens. There is free wireless internet, if you need to stay in touch with work or family, but there are no TVs or phones in the rooms at the resort itself to distract from the relaxing spa feeling. The adjacent 2 bedroom condos that the Spa owns do have flat screen TVs and DVD players, if you simply can't do without TV. But seriously, why not take time off from the hustle-bustle of the world and simply enjoy life?

The spa itself is naturally heated by the mineral spring, as is the pool. Since the water is constantly turning over, there isn't the need for high doses of chlorine and other chemicals that are harsh on your skin and eyes.

If you're looking for a massage, look no further. You can get a great massage in a private room for a very reasonable price. Jeff and Judy also do a couples massage, and can teach you great techniques to keep the romance alive when you leave.

If you're looking for a place to experience your first clothing optional experience, look no farther. My wife and I have been to several other clothing optional resorts, but this is the first one that accepts single men. At first, we were apprehensive about single guys being there perhaps just to gawk, but this isn't the case. We have met NO ONE who made us feel uneasy, just regular, friendly folks that are there for the same reason we are...to relax.

We just made reservations for our third trip to Living Waters Spa for November. We'll see you there!

Room Tip: Room 8 faces east, for those who would like afternoon shade. Room 7 has spectacular views of the mou...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

I can only echo the many positive reviews on TripAdvisor regarding Living Waters Spa; all are spot on. Similarly, their website and brochures accurately describe their property, as well as the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere that you will experience. Although we vacationed in the Palm Springs area on a number of occasions in the past, this was our first stay at LWS. Nonetheless, we were warmly welcomed as if we were old friends by Jeff and Judy, as well as their great staff, Jenna and Kathy. All were very helpful and worked hard to ensure our stay was perfect. Although the majority of reviews on this forum relate to the rooms surrounding the pool, we stayed in a condo unit which is across the street and less than a one minute walk to the hotel/spa area. We found our condo to be very spacious, clean, and well furnished and maintained. The bed was very comfortable and because the condos are located on a quiet side street, traffic noise was never an issue. We chose a condo based on the fact we vacationed for an entire week and were able to garner an excellent weekly rate. Be advised however that breakfast is not included with a condo unit. For anyone planning to stay at LWS for more than a weekend or a few days, I would highly recommend reserving a condo unit.

As so many previous reviewers indicated, LWS is a very serene, relaxing, and comfortable venue where you can totally decompress – whether just lounging out in the sun, or relaxing and soothing in their mineral water pool and therapeutic Jacuzzi. During our stay we had a massage (my wife had two); both Jenna and Kathy are very adept and skilled massage therapists and you can only wish the message would never end – totally awesome! Despite the hot weather, we also utilized their authentic Finnish Sauna which only added to our feeling of nirvana.

Another positive aspect to the spa is the many wonderful and interesting people we met during our stay. Predictably, LWS caters to many like minded individuals – those seeking a restful, peaceful and relaxing vacation in a C/O atmosphere. It’s so refreshing to stay at a resort minus the loud thumping music, kids running around screaming or splashing in the pool, or some loudmouth that is obsessed with their cell phone. In this respect, LWS parallels the many fine spas we visited throughout Europe.

Negatives? Sure, everyplace has at least one. At LWS, you do eventually have to leave and return to the real world. We couldn’t believe how fast one week flew by. For all past reviewers and guests lamenting their brief weekend stay, my recommendation is to stay for a week next time.

My final observation is that it is quite evident that the owners, Jeff and Judy, take a great deal of personal pride in their spa and possess a great passion for operating and fostering a very welcoming, relaxing, friendly and comfortable C/O spa experience. As well, Jenna and Kathy are extensions of the owners who serve their guests very well in their respective capacities. Both are very charming, gregarious and convivial ladies.

We can only reflect positively on our stay at LWS and will reminisce about those relaxing times when we encounter our usual stresses and the forthcoming cold winter. We’re very much looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: Condos are very spacious and located on a very quiet side street less than a one minute walk to the...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

I can't possibly add anything to the numerous excellent reviews for Living Waters Spa. The owners, staff and facilities are accurately described and you will not be disappointed. LWS offers a safe, comfortable environment for total relaxation.

We just returned from another visit and had a truly rejuvenating experience that was desperately needed. The summer visit was an added bonus since we enjoy the desert and the great rates.

I wish I could say we received special treatment as return visitors, but we have always been treated as long time friends by Judy, Jeff, Jenna and Kat. Each trip has provided the same excellent level of comfort, care and relaxation. The consistent level of service is provided by owners and staff who work hard and have a passion for people. Judy and Jenna gave us another awesome couples massage which included some specialized attention to a nagging back problem. We arrived as a bundle of stress and left 3 days later totally relaxed....and got a great tan during the stay.

So if you want to be treated like a regular.....book your first trip and enjoy.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

I went by myself, looking to relax, enjoy a good soak & some good books and just get lost in relaxation. This is not an opulent Palm Springs style spa. This is clothing optional, for adults who just want to be. No phones or TVs, expect a comfy bed and really clean, nice room & resort.
Being a solo woman I was really comfortable as the owners set a tone of normalcy and respect.
The color palate of the place are blues of the water & sky, white and colors of the desert for the rooms, furniture - just came together nicely. The water was so nice I almost fell asleep floating.
Had a great massage, enjoyed afternoon appetizers, hibiscus tea, amazing chocolate chip cookies, in the small pool and excellent company.
The best part was the lack of things to do, lack of distractions - just relax.

Room Tip: Some rooms have full kitchens
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

My wife and I have stayed at a number of small hotels in the PS area - Living Waters may well be our new favorite! Very calm, relaxing environment - beautiful pool, spacioius room. Staff was very welcoming and helpful. If you stay, be sure to schedule a massage by Jenna - the perfect addition to a perfect stay!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

As we pulled into the Spa, we were warmly greeted by Jeff. After a quick tour of the resort, we sat in the business office to get our room key when his kind and beautiful wife came and introduced herself to us. We knew at once, we had found both a home away from home, and two new friends.

The success of LWS is really no secret. It is about the details: immaculate rooms and grounds, sophisticated color palette, subtle room decor, complimentary high end toiletries, top drawer bedding, contemporary furniture, absence of tacky meaningless fru frus, diligent monitoring of the temperature of the pools. A respect for the resort's previous history by preserving some of its unique '60 period features, such as the Kismet Lodge sign. Word of mouth seems to be their best advertisement.

However, the strongest asset to the resort are the owners, Jeff and Judy. They are so kind. At the end of our stay, they both gave us a big hug.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice, but pay a little more and get the room with a kitchen.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Living Waters Clothing-optional Spa

Address: 13340 Mountain View Rd, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-6444
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Desert Hot Springs
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
#1 Best Value Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
#2 Spa Hotel in Desert Hot Springs
Price Range: £71 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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 
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Living Waters Hotel Desert Hot Springs
Living Waters Resort

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