Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a historic hot springs just an hour south of Los Angeles, but it feels like a million miles away. This 12-acre paradise of palm trees, bougainvillea and oaks features 19 pools and spas and unique attractions including naturally thermal mineral water baths and Glen Ivy’s famous “Club Mud,” California’s only therapeutic red clay mud bath. Lucky are those who live nearby! For spa lovers, it's worth a pilgrimage.
Native Americans used these mineral springs for centuries. In 1860 John J. Skinker opened the Temescal Sulphur Springs, and nearly 30 years later it was renamed Glen Ivy Hot Springs, starting with a small adobe bathing building.
Whatever you do, come early and spend the day. "Taking The Waters" lets you hang out as long as you want for a single admission price that includes access to the healing waters of 19 pools, including naturally thermal mineral baths, a hot and cold plunge, saline pool, and lap pool, in addition to Club Mud, saunas, steam rooms, and showers. It even includes fitness and wellness classes. Spa treatments, cabanas, and The Grotto are extra.
Play In The Mud...
Dip in the mud bath pool, slather yourself with therapeutic red clay, then grab a chaise to bake in the sun. After showering, you'll be deeply relaxed and ready for your massage. But red clay stains. Bring an old suit and break out the cute bikini AFTER the shower.
Glen Ivy Hot Springs offers lots of different services including massages, facials, body treatments including wraps and scrubs as well as manicures and pedicures. you can even have your massage “under the oaks.” Listening to birds chirp, leaves sway and water fall was almost as relaxing as the massage itself.
Everywhere you look you’ll see turtles paddling in ponds, koi swimming lazily and the woodpeckers harvesting beetles from the palm trees. That’s one reason Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a founding member of the Green Spa Network.
Attendants paint on a moisturizing body masque of sea kelp, aloe vera and minerals, the you relax in the steamy hydrating chamber. Shower off the masque and relax in the cool mist chamber moisturized and refreshed.
Afterwards, have lunch at Café Solé. From Ahi Hawaiian Poke salad to Turkey Burgers to vegetarian lasagna, you’ll find delicious choices made from organic greens, free range chicken and wild caught tuna and salmon. At the end of the day you can take the spa home with lavender eucalyptus shower gels, the Grotto body mask and therapeutic red clay. If you're not there, you can order from the boutique.
Glen Ivy Hot Springs is an ideal spa to spend the day with friends and family, far from the buzz of Los Angeles. You can truly got away from it all for a day -- and it was just an hour from home.
Glen Ivy, A Hot Springs Spa At A Glance: