Desert Hot Springs: Soaking in the Views

Set in the midst of a residential area in Desert Hot Springs, California, is The Spring, "A natural hot mineral spring resort and spa."

An oasis with swaying palm trees, impressive views of the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains, The Spring boasts "some of the richest mineral water in the world." Part of "Miracle Hill," a hotbed for powerful, healing mineral waters, its aguas have been compared to the miracle waters of Lourdes, France. People flocked to The Spring in the 50s to take advantage of its waters' restorative properties. The property includes an indoor pool, outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, massage rooms, outdoor fire pit and a large swimming pool, around which are most of the boutique spa's rooms.

Upon arrival guests are greeted with welcome flowers and shown to the zen minimalist rooms, some equipped with high-end applianced kitchenettes. Mobile phones must be placed on vibrate and it's requested that you speak in a low voice or whisper. Nagchampa incense and candles wait to be lit; a relaxation CD is ready for play; robes and slippers await wear and the plush, down beds beckon sleepers to slumber away.

Guests get a set of keys granting them access to the facilities 24 hours a day, making jacuzzi jet action at 3am a reality. Here the staff is attentive, but not intrusive. The accommodation fee includes a complimentary continental breakfast of fresh fruits, juices, cereals, yogurt, whole grained breads, teas and coffees, which can be enjoyed outside on the lawn. On the weekends, the lawn is the setting for yoga classes. For those who cannot disconnect completely at The Spring, there is wi-fi throughout the property.

 Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs

A 7-8 hour drive from the Grand Canyon and 2 hours from Los Angeles, it is the perfect way to recover from intense hiking or the buzz of metropolis living. Another guest also recommend the Hope Springs Motel Resort, in the Desert Hot Springs area.

For naturists ready to explore the spa scene au natural, sites abound in Desert Hot Springs and nearby Palm Springs. In Desert Hot Springs, there is the Areolas spa. Perhaps most popular is the Desert Sun Resort in Palm Springs, boasting the "world's first Nude Bridge," a 140-foot pedestrian crossing that passes above one of the busiest streets in the area.

The Spring 12699 Reposo Way Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 (760) 251-6700 Natural hot mineral spring resort and spa.