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Living Waters Spa

13340 Mountain View Rd.

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

760-329-9988 (8am-8pm PST)










Wilbur Hot Springs

Two Bunch Palms

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Designare Destination

January 2010

Dry Spell

by Suna Kanga


In Southern California, a cluster of small cities jointly called the Palm Springs Desert Resort are attracting celebrities and city folk with its promise of respite...The natural mineral waters of the California desert have long been a source of healing and wellness since Native Americans first discovered the area...  Famous for its abundance of natural mineral waters is Desert Hot Springs.  Most of the city's spas are fed by natural waters of 90 to 145 degrees, pumped from wells that lie deep below the earth's surface.  The water is fed into several pools with varying temperatures attuned to the comfort levels of guests...  Living Waters Spa is an award winning European style clothing optional retreat.  It was placed ninth in the world and second in the United States in the online travel web-portal, TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards.


The Best of the Best - Spas of America’s Top 50 Spas of 2009

Living Waters Spa ranked

#4 in America

#1 in California

and the only clothing-optional spa to make the list!

(New York, New York) January 7, 2010 — The spa travel website, Spas of America, today announced their annual ranking of the Top 50 Spas of 2009, based on consumer traffic on their website. “From the red rocks of southern Utah, to the white sand beaches of Hawaii, this years list is a unique collection of resort, hotel and destination Spa experiences” says Spas of America president Craig Oliver.  Here are the top 10 of the top 50:

  1. Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, Ivins, Utah

  2. 100 Fountain Spa at the Pillar & Post, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

  3. The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia

  4. Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California

  5. Abhasa Spa, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

  6. Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia

  7. Turtle Cove Spa, Mountain Harbor Resort, Mount Ida, Arkansas

  8. Wine & Roses, Lodi, California

  9. The Heartland Spa, Gilman, Illinois

  10. Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala, California


American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) World Record Skinny Dip - July 11, 2009




June 19, 2009

Desert Hot Springs, CA among top spots to get naked

by Ruth & Rich Carlson - We're talkintravel

If clothing optional is on your hot list of places to visit, then you'll appreciate the latest news from the hotel association of Desert Hot Springs, in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs... Recently the international, award-winner travel advisory site TripAdvisor.com has placed the city of Desert Hot Springs in the top three areas in the category Best California Hot Springs Locations.

Natural hot springs abound in the Coachella Valley. Over 80 ‘spatels’ proliferated in the 1950s and ‘60s. Several have been restored to their mid-century retro-hip splendor. Escape to the desert and choose decadent desert dens from the venerable Two Bunch Palms to clothing-optional Living Waters.


...Living Waters Spa was for the fourth time listed as TripAdvisors’ Travelers’ Choice: Hidden Gem. It was called one of the top ten clothing optional resorts in the world.


March 17, 2009 - Letter from California Senator John J. Beniot

congratulating us on our TripAdvisor Award: 

"...It is an honor to represent an outstanding establishments such as yours..."



TripAdvisor 2009 - Living Waters Spa award: Hidden Gem & Best Service



January 15, 2009

#1 Clothing Optional Spa in America!

Tops in California

8th in America overall


"Dear Jeff & Judy,

The Living Waters Spa was #8 on our list and the #1 clothing optional spa.  This is a great achievement considering we have over 650 spas on ourwebsite. Congratulations to all of your team."


Craig Oliver
President Spas of America

Spas of America is a global online media company focused on healthy living and travel. The Spas of America website showcases over 650 of the best day, resort, hotel and destination spas in North and South America to spa travelers around the world. Since the site launched in 2005, over half a million customers have visited spasofamerica.com.




American Spa

September 2008

Desert Oases

Relaxation springs eternal in Desert Hot Springs, a charming enclave outside of Palm Springs situated atop a natural hot mineral water aquifer...the community is home to a number of properties that take advantage of the healing waters and feature therapeutic mineral pools and rejuvenating spa services... Living Waters Spa - this cozy clothing-optional resort features two mineral water pools where au naturel soaking is encouraged along with a wide selection of massage offerings.



Living Waters Spa

One of the Top 10 World's Best Clothing Optional Resorts!

Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention and Visitors Authority

Two Palm Springs Area Hotels Rate in Top 10 of
TripAdvisor's 'World's Best Clothing-Optional Resorts'

(Palm Springs Desert Resorts, Calif., July 17, 2008)


According to traveler popularity and TripAdvisor editors on TripAdvisor.com, two Palm Springs Desert Resorts hotels are rated in the top 10 clothing-optional resorts in the world.

Noted as "the world's largest travel community," TripAdvisor rated
Living Waters Spa in Desert Hot Springs, California, as number three on the list, while Terra Cotta Inn in Palm Springs rated fourth.

Describing Living Waters' amenities, TripAdvisor noted: Between the hot mineral water pools and the luxurious accommodations, Living Waters Spa is the perfect place for total au naturel relaxation in the California sunshine -- tan lines optional. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, "If you enjoy a clothing-optional environment where you can just completely let go and relax, this place is perfect."

Other clothing-optional resorts that made the top 10 list include:

1. Hidden Beach Resort - Au Naturel Club, Riviera Maya, Mexico
2. Garden of Eden Resort, Isla Solarte, Panama
3. Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs, CA
4. Terra Cotta Inn, Palm Springs, CA
5. Caliente Caribe Resort and Spa, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
6. Sorobon Beach Resort, Bonaire
7. Cabanas Copal, Tulum, Mexico
8. Club Orient Resort: St. Maarten
9. Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa, Negril, Jamaica
10. Punta Serena, Tenacatita, Mexico

To view a full description of all top 10 properties on the list, visit:





Get Ready to Spark up Your Love Life

Erotic massage workshop for couples could do the trick

by Maggie Downs

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A weekend workshop at Living Waters Spa in Desert Hot Springs can bring sexy back into your life. The two-day experience enhances relationships by helping people reconnect with their partners.... The workshop provides a safe and friendly environment where people can talk openly and learn about sexuality. It is for monogamous couples, whether they have been together for two months or 40 years.  "It may sound like something taboo, but where else can you go for this kind of information?" Jeff Bowman said. "You could watch pornography, but that's not real. Or you could watch a Hollywood movie, and that's not real either.  "This is an open and honest place for couples to learn new tools for their toolbox of romance."  (read the whole article here)



No Shirt, No Problem: Adults-Only Hotels, Part 2

by Beata Loyfman

June 27, 2008

Last week, we brought you our picks for top adults-only hotel zones. Today we crank it up a notch to satisfy your (secret?) naturist jones with... destinations dedicated to the clothing-optional lifestyle.  I know what you're thinking: Unshaven, hemp-loving hippies munching on tofu burgers, realigning their chakras, and sleeping in hammocks on the beach (Woody Harrelson, I'm talking to you).

Well, not so fast. At these swank, adults-only spots, the only realignment you'll feel is when the masseur fixes that nagging kink in your lumbar spine....

Nearby in Desert Hot Springs, the Living Waters Spa focuses on the rejuvenating benefits of the (naked) spa experience: Massages, wraps, mineral baths, and complete (naked) tranquility (sorry, can't stop). This means no swingers or sex parties allowed. For that sort of thing, try one of the Hedonism resorts.



June 15, 2008 



Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Desert hotels are hot with TripAdvisor travelers

"Did you notice that three Palm Springs-area hotels made the grade in the “Best Hidden Gems – U.S.” category of TripAdvisor’s 2008 Travelers’ Choice Awards?

Old Ranch Inn in Palm Springs was No. 2 on the Top 10 list, while El Morocco Inn and Spa and the clothing-optional Living Waters Spa, both in nearby Desert Hot Springs, California, made the cut as well; they were ranked Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. (No. 1, by the way, was SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis, Massachusetts.)

If you’re tempted to see what the fuss is about, plan a trip soon... Regular rates at the Living Waters Spa start at $159 (pre-tax) Mondays through Thursdays, from $179 weekends."



For the 3rd year in a row:

"Travelers Choice: Best Hidden Gem - United States"

January 15, 2008

Living Waters Spa is the winner of a 2008 TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice award. Living Waters Spaa has been selected as one of the top hotels in the following category:


Best Hidden Gems -- United States



Congratulations on this great honor and best wishes for a successful 2008!!




January 11, 2008

Living Waters Spa

9th in America and Tops in California!

Top 30 Spas of America 2007

"Dear Living Waters Spa,

I wanted to pass on Spas of America Top 30 Spas for 2007.  The Living Waters Spa ranked 9th on Spas of America and was our highest ranked California spa.  Congratulations to you and your team!  This is an amazing feat.  Our Top 30 list is an interesting reflection of what our targeted audience is looking at, considering we now have over 600 day, hotel, resort and destination spas listed...  This list includes dynamic city spa experiences, beautiful resort/hotel spas and rejuvenating destination spas. 
All the best,
Craig Oliver
Spas of America"

Spas of America showcases the best Spa and Wellness experiences in North and South America to Spa travelers around the world. From dynamic city day spas, to exciting hotel and resort spas, and rejuvenating destination spas, Spas of America illustrates over 600 different wellness experiences. Click here to find the whole list of the top 30 spas.



October 2007 -  Know Your State Perks!
The Secret Benefits of Being a Resident in 15 Places

California: The Perk - Most Clothing Optional Places


The human body is a beautiful thing. And if you like looking at beautiful things, you might want to move to California. No, not because it's where Jessica Alba, George Clooney and Jay Leno live, but because it has more nudist hotspots than any other state in the nation. Besides having such clothing optional beaches as Baker Beach in San Francisco, Garrapata State Park just sound of Carmel, and La Jolla's Black's Beach, it's also home to the oldest nude beach in the U.S., San Gregorio in San Matteo County. In addition, California is also home to the swimsuit optional Living Waters Spa in Desert Hot Springs...



   Hotel Hotsheet
By Kitty Bean Yancey
Friday, August 31, 2007

World's best nude resorts
Beach season may be ending in much of the USA come Labor Day.

But a new book keeps sun worship alive by spotlighting clothing-optional stretches of sand and lodgings around the world.

The World's Best Nude Beaches & Resorts includes such destinations as Saline Beach on the Caribbean island of St. Barts and Haulover Beach in Miami. Resorts include Club Naturiste Richard Brunet in Ontario, Canada, Living Waters Spa near Palm Springs, Calif., and Cypress Cove Nudist Resort & Spa in the Kissimmee, Fla., area. Club Orient on beautiful Orient Beach in St. Martin is very popular, and the long white-sand beach also has many resorts and hotels that cater to the bathing-suit crowd.




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"Vacation Destinations"

The Bulletin - March 2007

(American Association for Nude Recreation)




"Hats off...and the rest of our clothes too!"

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The Bulletin - February 2007

(American Association for Nude Recreation)



December 15, 2006

"The Little Spa that Could in the Little Town that Could"

by Bob Aronsohn

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Clothing-Optional Spas and The Internet

by Regina Lynn

Friday, 10 November 2006

We stayed at the Living Waters Spa, which is built around a swimming pool and a smaller therapy pool ("hot tub") and owned by two massage therapists...



Darrell in the Desert: Desert Hot Springs

Darrell Smith
The Desert Sun

August 2, 2006

"It's still 100 degrees-plus in Desert Hot Springs, slightly cooler, but comfortable as I sink into the mineral water pool here at Living Waters Spa.


I meet my new friends - a couple from Australia, another from Northern California, a third from up the road by way of New Jersey and the spa's owners Jeff and Judy Bowman, all seeking the paradise the city's underground waters have promised here for years


We talk about their vacations, the spa's waters and try to guess the flavor of the dip laid out with the late-afternoon snacks.


Oh, and we're naked." (click to view article)



June 20, 2006

Tranquility Au Natural

"No phones. No televisions. No tan lines. Show up early and check out late at no extra charge.  Suffice to say, it's tranquility, au natural..."

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"Business Persons of the Year”

DHS Chamber President Lane Sarasohn, Judy and Jeff Bowman

June 9, 2006

Desert Hot Springs, CA – Jeff and Judy Bowman, owners of Living Waters Spa, “A European Style Clothing Optional Mini-Resort” in Desert Hot Springs, California, has been honored with prestigious ‘Business Persons of the Year – 2006’ from the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.  (click to view full press release)




California Springs Back

In Desert Hot Springs, Soak Up Another Era

By Laura Randall

Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, June 4, 2006; Page P10

"Other places, like the clothing-optional Living Waters Spa...have an independent vibe that might not be embraced as easily in mainstream resort towns.  Whatever their hotel choice, most visitors come here for the hot springs. "

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March 31, 2006

Near Palm Springs, a Little City Thinks Big

by Dave Caldwell

"...Living Waters Spa...is a nine-room clothing-optional European-style resort with a retro 1960's décor." 
One of two recommended places to stay while looking into the real estate investment opportunities in Desert Hot Springs.  (click to view)


Going Natural (Federation of Canadian Naturists)

Winter 2005-06

"Living Waters Spa is a real paradise for lovers of massage.  Jeff and Judy have a real passion for it, both being licensed therapists.  We look forward to returning just for another of those massages!"



The Bulletin - January 2006

(American Association for Nude Recreation)

" Living Waters Spa has nine guest rooms which open directly onto the pool and spa area...The inn's pleasantly warm natural waters flow for the ground directly into the 30-foot kidney-shaped swimming pool..." (click to view)



Desert Post Weekly - July 20, 2005

"Located high up above the valley floor, sheltered by white walls and surrounded by mountain vistas, Living Waters is a popular place for those having their first clothing-optional experience."




Desert Post Weekly - June 23, 2005

"If you want to go natural, try the Living Waters Spa...the only clothing-optional spa in the valley."




N - The Magazine Of Naturist Living

Spring 2005

"In Touch with Life, Living Waters Spa"

"...the spa has been designed to give first-timers the best clothes-free experience possible.  Many stressed-out Southern Californians have accepted this gentle invitation to shed their clothes and burdens.... Massage therapy is a focal point at Living Waters Spa and the reason many guests keep coming back....".


Focus on the Coachella Valley - October 2004


"Living Waters Spa was a custom-made "spa-tel" in the 1960's, and has been completely renovated.  The owners kep the original neon "Kismet Lodge" sign, and the guest rooms also show a retro flair, but with a modern twist and amenities, including free wireless LAN Internet connections."



Travel Naturally - Summer 2004  (click to view)



May 10, 2004 - Featured in the article: Apparel-free Appeal Gets Attention



Ultimate Guide 2004/2005

Ultimate Guide 2005/2006

Ultimate Guide 2006/2007

Ultimate Guide 2007/2008

Ultimate Guide 2008/2009

Ultimate Guide 2009/2010




Desert Magazine

Enhancing our Life in the Valley

The Desert Sun   

The 2004 Ultimate Spa Directory - April 2004

The 2005 Ultimate Spa Directory - April 2005

The 2006 Ultimate Spa Directory - April 2006

The 2007 Ultimate Spa Directory - April 2007

The 2008 Ultimate Spa Directory - April 2008





 June 2004

Living Waters Spa was distinguished as the "only clothing-optional resort with a natural hot mineral water spa."





  • Palm Springs Getaways - April 2004

  • Best of So. Cal. - May 2004



March 15, 2004  (click to view)