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Living Waters Clothing-optional Spa
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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233 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“Home run again!”
Reviewed 14 May 2013

This was our third time to Living Waters. We had the couples massage, as good or better than before, and spent the day lounging in the pool. Host Jeff brought out sangria, hibiscus brownies, and great conversation for those of us visiting. A nice treat!

We find Living Waters incredibly welcoming and with a high level of respect for guests. Although we've been to a few other c/o places nearby, this is our favorite.

FYI, don't count of Apple maps to get you there. It tried to take us across an area of desert with no road! Out front, there is the Kismet Lodge is homage to the original property. The Living Waters sign is at the bottom. You can't miss this sign, it's a classic.

We'll be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Once again....we treated ourselves to a long weekend of relaxation and reluctantly returned home in a totally rejuvinated state. LWS caters to the mind, body and spirit. We truly appreciated the hard work of Jeff, Judy, Lilly and Kathy during our stay. As usual, the facilities were well maintained, the massages (Jeff and Lilly) were better than ever and the other guests were warm, interesting folks with a great attitude.

We have made several visits to LWS in the past 3-4 years and have found the staff and facilities to be consistently excellent. We love the desert look, the nostalgic feel, and the overwhelming comfort of LWS. This facility offers hot mineral waters directly from its' Dersert Hot Springs source. The water is pure, clear, odorless and feels absolutely amazing. The traditional sauna adds to the overall experience of relaxation.

Kudos to the LWS owners and staff......we are already looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: We enjoy the added comfort and convenience of the kitchenette room, but still visit the continental...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

Living Waters Spa is truly one of a kind for many reasons. The waters in the mineral pool and the spa are very healing. Every time we spend a day or two in these waters, we feel rejuvenated, but who wouldn't, sitting in some of the most mineral rich water in the world, surrounded by blue skies, fresh air, palm trees and scenic mountain views? The rooms and facilities are impeccable and I attribute that to the owners' - Jeff and Judy’s - high standards.

Living Waters offers many different types of massage packages, which are an added bonus to a couple of days of relaxation. They offer a fantastic little continental breakfast and also have a gas grill on premises if we want to do a little barbecuing. And let me not forget; some rooms have kitchenettes which are very helpful if we don't feel like dining out.

Each time we return to Living Waters we are greeted like old friends who are back in town. The folks we've run into at the resort all seem to be respectful and mature. The pool and common areas are always quiet and serene so that maximum relaxation is possible. No cell phones are going off. It's just such a relaxing vibe. My girlfriend is fairly new to the clothing optional scene and kind of shy, but has found it easy, natural and freeing to walk around in her birthday suit at Living Waters Spa. There's not another feeling like it in the world. I would highly recommend this spa to anyone who would like to take advantage of the healing waters and relaxation of Desert Hot Springs in a beautiful, serene setting.

Thank you, Jeff and Judy and all of the staff at Living Waters Spa!

Ray and Maryam

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

We treated ourselves again this April.

It had been six months since our last visit and Desert Hot Springs was once again beckoning .

The best option from our part of the World still seems to be to fly to Ontario and take the hour drive rather than try to get reasonable flights to Palm Springs.... so we went.

The weekend was great - fine and warm (hot actually) and J and J were the same gracious hosts. If there are any potential LWS visitors out there looking for a relaxing, healthy, friendly weekend this is the place to be (use the Sauna too - it's great).

In six months we will be looking to get there again!

Room Tip: Poolside rooms are great.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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clyde park, mt
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

I bid a sad farewell to LWS on April 15, 2013 after my second seasonal stay of five and a half months (11/1/2012-4/15/13). When added to my 5 month stay last season, I've had the privilege of calling LIVING WATERS SPA home for nearly one of the last two years. PRETTY AMAZING! As a twice daily dedicated soaker...that translates to over 600 hours of immersion in this one-of-a-kind, free-flowing, rejuvinating mineral water.

I enjoyed numerous poolside conversations with returning guests and made a few new friends. The eclectic nature of the patrons who practice clothing optional behavior that visit Living Waters, is part of the charm. The valley offers a great mix of activities that enhance my recently retired lifestyle.

The Bowman's continue to run a tight ship and as stated in my first review titled;
You had me at aaaHHHH!!!

Guests actually become part of a small community. Jeff and Judy often host holiday dinners and special events. They seem to have the unspoken knowledge of when to interject and when to respect your privacy.

I may be giving away a secret here, but the condo lodging is one of the best values in the Palm Springs market. Truly a bring your clothes or lack thereof environment. Amenities include custom made beds, comfortable mattresses, wonderful linens, fluffy pillows & towels, wireless internet, satellite TV, garage parking and a nice courtyard.

The winter months in Desert Hot Springs serve up a multitude of meteorological conditions. Shorter days pair with pleasant temperatures that are perfect for working on your tan. Expect cool nights, freshening, sometime blustery winds and the very rare...rain shower. A small price to pay for the panoramic views of the desert and mountains while you sunbathe poolside or soak in the hot mineral water.

Longer spring days warm quickly to 80-90 DEGREES AND ARE A JOY AU' NATUREL.

I've already booked my return for the 2013-14 SEASON.

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Room Tip: Rooms 7 and 8 offer a larger kitchens. Great for longer stays
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

The other 5 star reviews are on point. This establishment is exactly as advertised and offers a truly tranquil experience. As they say, it's not a place to party but truly be able to relax.

The facilities are dated but in good shape. With plenty of loungers and fresh towels.

This is a clothing optional facility where almost everybody is nude. My wife chose to wear a bathing suite and I chose to go nude, this was not a problem and we both felt very comfortable with our surroundings.

Outside food is allowed so bring snacks as none is sold on site.

Kudos to the owners for making this a special and unique place that my wife and I will be visiting again.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Perris, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2013

We called on short notice and were able to get a room for the next night. We stayed in room 8 and were happy with the cleanliness of the bathroom and full kitchen. The bed was comfy, we were pleased to find a fan in the closet and a plug in heater if needed. Cleanliness was excellent in and around the pools and we enjoyed having a smoking area. Great couples massage....kudos to Lily and Kat. The owners are on sight and very welcoming. We enjoyed the company of the other guests and found everyone to be friendly and sociable. We have our reservations made for our next visit!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Living Waters Clothing-optional Spa
Address: 13340 Mountain View Rd, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-6444
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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