Glen Ivy Hot Springs
Story and photographs by Greg Aragon
ometimes when the stresses of life or the hectic work week get to me
and I need a mini-vacation to rejuvenate my body, mind and soul, I retreat
to the soothing sanctuary known as Glen Ivy Hot Springs.
Located about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, in
the majestic rolling hills of Corona, the luxurious spa features natural
spring mineral baths, a large therapeutic mud pit, pools and Jacuzzi's
and a host of traditional and exotic massages and body treatments. There
is also a restaurant, gift shop and acres of beautiful gardens that
inspire relaxation and inner peace.
Glen Ivy a soothing sanctuary with mineral springs,
spa treatments and more
My getaway to Glen Ivy began with a soak in the historic
mineral baths. First used by local Native Americans, the naturally flowing
waters from Coldwater Canyon in the Temescal Valley, have been a source
of relaxation for hundreds of years. Rich with minerals, the sulfurous
hot water comes up from the ground into a series of tubs, where guests
soak in 104-degree pleasure. The minerals in the water are absorbed
through the skin, while the heat soothes the muscles.
The natural, sulfurous mineral baths at the spa
are rich in minerals
After 20 rejuvenating minutes in the mineral baths I
headed to Club Mud, a unique outdoor mud pit where a mountain of red
clay rises in the middle of a large warm pool. Here I meticulously covered
my body and face in mud and then sat in a cave-like drying chamber with
other guests as the mud dried and caked on my skin. Once the mud dried,
I stepped into an outdoor shower and washed it all off with Glen Ivys
lavender-scented body cleansing gel.
Club Mud is a unique outdoor mud pit where a mountain
of red clay rises in the middle of a large warm pool
Since ancient times, red clay has been used as a purifying
agent for the skin. Glen Ivy says the mud draws impurities from the
pores, while releasing waste and dead skin cells and tightening and
revitalizing the skin. All I know is that when I left Club Mud, my skin
felt clean and very soft.
After soaking in the Mud Pit, guests sit in a cave-like
My next stop was the Grotto, where I took an elevator
down to a cave, where a spa specialist carefully painted my arms, legs
and body with a rich and warm, light green masque of aloe vera, coconut
oil, and shea butter. Once covered I ventured deeper into the Flintstones-type
cave, to a warm Hydrating Chamber, where I relaxed on a comfortable
stone, sipped cold water, and let the cave moisturize my entire body.
After resting in the chamber, I rinsed the green masque
off my body in a rain forest shower granite shower. I completed this
treatment in a cool mist chamber with a cup of Glen Ivy tea.
From here I strolled in my big, fluffy robe to lunch
at Café Solé, the spas Mediterranean-inspired kitchen.
While dining outside on a serene patio surrounded by trees and the sound
of trickling water, I enjoyed a delicious Glen Ivy House-Smoked Salmon
Salad with walnuts, applewood-smoked wild salmon, celery, tomatoes and
oranges, tossed with organic garden greens and house-made dill miso
The grounds of Glen Ivy are lush and inspire relaxation,
meditation and healing
For general admission to the grounds and the "Taking
of the Water" experience the cost is $46 Monday Thursday;
and $64 Friday Sunday. This includes access to Glen Ivys
gardens, lounge areas, and numerous pools and natural thermal mineral
baths, a hot and cold plunge, saline pool, and lap pool, in addition
to Club Mud, saunas, steam rooms, showers, and fitness and wellness
classes. Individual body treatments and massages or extra.
Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa is located at 25000 Glen Ivy
Rd. Corona, Ca. 92883. Hours: daily 9am - 4 pm. For more information
on treatments, current specials and appointments, call 888.453.6489
or visit: www.glenivy.com.
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