In the desert of Southern California sits a destination so relaxing, I almost kept this story to myself. Glen Ivy dates back to the American Indians. In the 1800’s an enterprising gentleman and marketing guru turned this natural spring into a spa. Today it remains a natural spring turned really cool spa worth the entrance fee of $54.00 and up.
Ladies, unless your men love spas and don’t mind being outnumbered about 15 to 1 by women, leave them behind. The cost includes access to the many and varied pools. For an extra fee you can rent a cabana, get a massage or have lunch.
We decided to try the sulfur jacuzzi first.
We figured that rotten egg smell could be followed by the mud treatment….see why the men best stay home? I never felt more beautiful…NOT. You can understand why there are no pictures of us covered in mud.
The mud pool is a hot thermal pool with big huge mounds of mud in the middle. You put the mud all over your body and lay in the sun to bake. Then you take a towel and rub it all off before taking a shower. The outdoor showers, complete with body wash are located in little caves at either side of this mud bath. The rubbing action exfoliates the skin and leaves it silky smooth.
By this time we were hungry and we headed to Cafe Sole for lunch. Salads, flatbread pizza, sandwiches and soup are available, along with an array of healthy drinks. Alcoholic drinks at several bars around the area are offered.
After lunch it was on to the hot-cold plunge. A few minutes in the hot jacuzzi followed by one minute in the cold pool repeated 5 to 10 times to improve the circulation. I thought…I can handle that. I was not ready for how cold the water would be. I kept looking around for the ice cubes, was this well water? We felt a tingling in our extremities as we completed 8 plunges. Some adjectives expressed by fellow bathers… torture, glacier, and the very popular…”oh hell no”.
The Saline pool was glorious as was the Vista pool which contained a host of minerals. In addition to the mineral pools there are also 2 heated pools. The third is a huge pool where the water aerobics take place.
The grounds were beautiful and at each turn was another pool, another level, another way to de-stress and take in the sun. We never did get a chance to try the floatation pool – one foot of water as you lay the day away. It was the most popular pool.
In the locker room we tried the steam room…so much steam….could not see….lasted 2 minutes but fun. Inside also is a sauna and another jacuzzi one could spend the day in the locker room!
After perusing the gift shop (I was too relaxed to shop, and that doesn’t happen too often) we returned home. I do not know how my sister drove home, we were both breathing, barely walking, bodies of jelly.
This place is a no brainer for any spa junkie. It reminded me of the day Jenn and I went to Sanctuary. How do you pamper yourself?