Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10 Years of "More Than A Vacation"

It was 10 years ago that we set out to create an "oasis" in the desert where people could come and experience "more than a vacation." Little did we know that the worst economic times were just around the corner...

But we made it! 10 years of helping people learn that nude does not mean lewd; that swimming / soaking in mineral water feels fantastic (and is good for you too); and that massage should be transportive and healing.

To celebrate, we are having a big 10th Anniversary Party on November 9. We will be providing a great Italian dinner and wine tasting experience. Plus we'll be showing pictures of our renovation and the "fun" we had getting Living Waters Spa off the ground.

See our website for other upcoming events and specials if you cannot attend our big Anniversary Party.

Call us ASAP to reserve your spot at our 10th Anniversary Party. 760-329-9988 (8 am to 8 pm Pacific)

Yours at YOUR oasis,

Jeff & Judy
Here is a picture from out 9th Anniversary - SUSHI!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Beautiful Body Project

We just discovered this amazing website where the goal is to help women realize that they ARE beautiful just as they are... Here at LWS we have women (and men too) of all ages, sizes, and shapes. There is something transformative about simply "being" in your skin alone. It does vary from person to person, but the bottom line is self-acceptance. Experiencing "every body is beautiful" for yourself is why Living Waters exists.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Stretchmarks and Scars...

Here at Living Waters Spa body acceptance "happens" as folks get in to their "nakies" and realize that they too are simply human. Some of the more profound aspects of acceptance are women whose bodies have been changed by childbearing. We think scars and stretch marks are the badges of courage of motherhood. Here is an artist who feels the same way.

Monday, June 10, 2013

What it is like to visit Living Waters Spa: a guest perspective

Living Waters Spa is a paradise for those of us who just want to live out the day au naturel, absorbing the SoCal sun and relaxing with books, conversation and a cold beverage along the way, in a safe, comfortable, hassle-free environment. My wife and I are occasional visitors to San Diego's Blacks Beach and do enjoy a skinny dip in our own backyard pool when circumstances allow, but we are rookies to the clothing-optional spa experience, and Living Waters Spa (LWS) has ensured that we will very quickly become veterans. We're so enamored of the place, in fact, that we booked a return visit just several weeks hence before we’d even checked out.

What LWS is not: As the owners, through their website, promotional materials, and responses in this forum, make clear, LWS is NOT a "hook up" joint. It is not for those looking for a party by the pool. And it is not a large facility that accommodates enough guests to fill a small village. LWS will not tolerate sexual activity in its public spaces - though it certainly does allow, and even blesses, public displays of affection that would be appropriate in any other public setting, and it certainly has no issue with its overnight guests getting a groove on in the blinds-closed privacy of their poolside suites or adjacent condos. LWS expects that noise from guests be limited to normal conversational tones. LWS does pipe in music through its poolside sound system, but you'll find only the soft sounds of relaxation tracks and not the manic beats of a DJ club mix.

What LWS is: LWS is a spa, built for the purpose of rest & relaxation, sans clothing, in a private, peaceful and intimate setting. It is a reclaimed mid-century motor hotel formerly known as Kismet Lodge (and still proudly displays the original neon marquee bearing that name). The main property is a U-shaped structure with eight guest rooms and a massage studio surrounding two pools, through which naturally heated mineral water flows constantly from an underground source. The "small" pool is the warmer of the two (I'm guessing 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and is protected from the summer sun by an overhead canopy. The large pool below, which receives its in-flow of water from the smaller pool courtesy the natural tug of gravity, has full exposure to the day's sun and (I’d guess) sits at a very comfortable 90 degrees. The public area around the two pools is comfortable but quaint, so don't come looking for room to run around. Even then, if all of the 20 or so lounge chairs by the pool and on the sun deck were full of bodies, each guest would have ample personal space.

My wife and I stayed in Room 8 - a "corner" suite with full kitchen situated at one end of the "U," not more than twelve feet from the pool - and absolutely loved it.  As with the rest of the property, the room reflects the spa's mid-century heritage but is very well maintained, very clean, and very comfortable (especially the custom-designed king bed). With the full kitchen (most of the units have them), we were able to bring all of our own food and drink and never leave the spa's protective walls, meaning we could savor the bliss of non-stop nakedness from arrival to departure. The rooms are not large, and neither are the bathrooms, but the quarters are certainly spacious enough for two people with a reasonable sense of proportion, and especially for those who prefer to spend their time doing what they've paid for - relaxing in and beside the pools under the sun during the day and the stars at night. For guests who need more living space, LWS also owns six 2-bedroom spa condos just across the street (but also outside the protective walls of the spa proper, meaning you have to don shorts and tee shirt at least twice a day).

We also discovered almost immediately upon arrival that the signature LWS massage, especially when done in the couples format, is a little slice of heaven on earth.  And lest you think any "funny business" might take place, know going in that the LWS massage therapists are (a) fully clothed and (b) consummately professional in every respect. And they are very good at what they do. Very well worth the extra splurge, especially when you know your "sweetie" is receiving the very same treatment just a few feet away (something you should take at least a little time to observe when the position of your own body on the table allows).

Other touches include: A personal greeting at the front gate by Jeff, Judy or one of the staff when you arrive (and be prepared for their wrap-towels to fall away, and your clothing-optional experience to begin, as soon as the gate closes behind you); continental-style breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 each morning (complete with fresh-brewed coffee made from fresh-ground Starbucks beans); and beverages with light snacks in the warmth of the small pool at 3:00 each day. Overnight guests who have checked out of their rooms are welcome to extend their stay on the grounds until 5:00pm, when the spa closes to day-use customers; while departing guests whose rooms are not otherwise booked by incoming guests can remain in their rooms all the way up to 5:00. And, of course, we can’t forget the beautiful, panoramic view of Mt. San Jacinto, which towers almost 11,000 over the Coachella Valley floor below.

If you're a newcomer who is, as we were, at least a smidge apprehensive at the thought of making conversation with strangers while nude in three feet of water, don't worry. We found the apprehension melting away almost immediately upon our noontime arrival, and it was long gone by the time we finished our 1:30 massages and made our way to the first 3:00 refreshment break of our stay.

You can tell by now that my wife and I left LWS with nothing but excitement for the clothing-optional spa experience and gratitude that we live close enough to return anytime and every time we wish. Jeff & Judy (and Lily & Kat), thank you for making our first time - and our wedding anniversary to boot! - a very special experience. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It has been said...

Living Waters Spa is truly one of a kind for many reasons. The waters in the mineral pool and the spa are very healing. Every time we spend a day or two in these waters, we feel rejuvenated, but who wouldn't, sitting in some of the most mineral rich water in the world, surrounded by blue skies, fresh air, palm trees and scenic mountain views? The rooms and facilities are impeccable and I attribute that to the owners' - Jeff and Judy’s - high standards. 

Living Waters offers many different types of massage packages, which are an added bonus to a couple of days of relaxation. They offer a fantastic little continental breakfast and also have a gas grill on premises if we want to do a little barbecuing. And let me not forget; some rooms have kitchenettes which are very helpful if we don't feel like dining out. 

Each time we return to Living Waters we are greeted like old friends who are back in town. The folks we've run into at the resort all seem to be respectful and mature. The pool and common areas are always quiet and serene so that maximum relaxation is possible. No cell phones are going off. It's just such a relaxing vibe. My girlfriend is fairly new to the clothing optional scene and kind of shy, but has found it easy, natural and freeing to walk around in her birthday suit at Living Waters Spa. There's not another feeling like it in the world. I would highly recommend this spa to anyone who would like to take advantage of the healing waters and relaxation of Desert Hot Springs in a beautiful, serene setting. 

Thank you, Jeff and Judy and all of the staff at Living Waters Spa! 

Ray and Maryam

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It is good to know who you are...

We are Living Waters Spa...not
  • Living Waters Party House
  • Living Waters "Lifestyles"
  • Living Waters Swingers
  • Living Waters loud and noisy 
  • Living Waters faux desert
  • Living Waters hook-up spot
  • Living Waters night club
For almost 10 years now we've been helping folks have a positive clothing-optional spa experience. 

Here is what you can expect at Living Waters Spa:
Another World…
A Positive Clothing-optional Environment
Soothing Pure Mineral Water
Magical Massage
Unparalleled Pampering
Getting Away from it ALL
Quiet and Meditative
Time to Think
Time to read a Book
Quality time with your Partner
Immersion in the Elements
Complete Relaxation
Great Sleep!
Experiencing Something New
Feeling At Home in Your Skin
An Engaging of the Senses
The Ability to put it in Neutral
Genuine Hospitality
Total Acceptance
A Detoxing not "Toxing" Environment

As a result of us sticking to who we are (another way of saying "business model") we have become a place where people can discover who they are!

Here is what a guest just wrote about us:

"Once again....we treated ourselves to a long weekend of relaxation and reluctantly returned home in a totally rejuvinated state. LWS caters to the mind, body and spirit. We truly appreciated the hard work of Jeff, Judy, Lilly and Kathy during our stay. As usual, the facilities were well maintained, the massages (Jeff and Lilly) were better than ever and the other guests were warm, interesting folks with a great attitude.

We have made several visits to LWS in the past 3-4 years and have found the staff and facilities to be consistently excellent. We love the desert look, the nostalgic feel, and the overwhelming comfort of LWS. This facility offers hot mineral waters directly from its' Desert Hot Springs source. The water is pure, clear, odorless and feels absolutely amazing. The traditional sauna adds to the overall experience of relaxation.

Kudos to the LWS owners and staff......we are already looking forward to our next visit."

It is good to know who you are...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy NUDE Year 2013

Yeah I couldn't resist the "NUDE" part.  May this year be a good one for all of us... and may you enjoy some time just in your "skin" as well.

I saw an article today entitled "My Sexual Resolutions."  I was intrigued so I read it.  The very last point the author stated:

"I am not “a naked person.” I do not share dressing rooms with friends, take it all off at the women’s sauna or go skinny dipping on a lark. Even disrobing for a massage feels improper. I’m a bit of a nudity prude, which is odd for someone who receives sex toy samples at the office and has a bottle of bacon lube sitting next to her computer monitor — or maybe it makes perfect sense. I’m exceedingly comfortable with eroticized undress, but what about the desexualized naked body? I think it’s worthwhile to challenge our own individual brand of prudishness, whatever it may be."

I found it very interesting that they felt the need to explore non-sexual nudity.  I could not agree more!  Our current culture has some issues with simple, non-sexual nudity.  People are totally afraid to be seen simply nude.  People will tell us on the phone "I'll come to your resort once I loose 20 pounds."  Our typical reply is that "it doesn't matter what weight you are!"  We've also been known to say "... and a bathing suit hides it!"
Our opinion and experience is that people of all sizes and shapes look better nude.  Seriously.  We've been so brainwashed by our culture that pokes fun at size with statements like "some people should NEVER be seen nude."  How sad a "judgement" against another human being.

If you poke around our website ( you'll see pictures of naked people.  I believe we did these very tastefully AND these are REAL people who are guests who consented to be photographed.  They are NOT paid models. Soooo, have you had a non-sexual naked experience?  Perhaps 2013 is the year for you and that you'll choose Living Waters Spa as the place to try. BTW, the article mentioned can be found at: