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9 Enviable Hot Springs Resorts in California

Photo courtesy of Miracle Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa.

9 Enviable Hot Springs Resorts in California

By Ani Karibian
July 24, 2020

As California mitigates health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic, some travel restrictions may remain in certain communities. Call the local and regional tourism offices to learn more about the restrictions in your intended destination. Thank you for reading, and stay safe.

Rest, relax, and rejuvenate this weekend at one of California’s hottest resorts. The naturally revitalizing powers of the mineral springs play an important role in balancing and restoring the body and soul. So pack your bags, and treat yourself to an essential mind-body healing experience this weekend. Check out of real life, and check in to one of these top California hot springs resorts now.

The Best California Hot Springs Resorts

Restore the body by soaking in the mineral springs of Miracle Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa. Photo courtesy of Miracle Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa.

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1. Miracle Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa

The Miracle Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa sits atop Miracle Hill in Desert Hot Springs. This is where life-changing, revitalizing hot and cold mineral springs were discovered over 100 years ago. The luxurious desert hotel and spa offers its guests an exceptional experience while also providing sustainable, environmentally responsible amenities. 

Pampering visitors with all-natural products and access to two mineral pools, Miracle Manor aims to become the leading human-centered wellness spa and to elevate human consciousness while improving the quality of the environment and the local community. Revive your body and improve circulation, strengthen the immune system, and relieve pain and stress by soaking in the heated, mineral-rich waters. It won’t be long before you’re already planning your next California desert road trip.

With stunning views and multiple mineral pools, the Spring Resort and Spa is a desert oasis. Photo courtesy of The Spring Resort and Spa.

2. The Spring Resort and Spa

Also in Desert Hot Springs, The Spring Resort and Spa is one of the top-rated spas in North America. With magnificent views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, this Palm Springs destination offers its guests an unparalleled opportunity to recharge in three hot mineral pools—you’ll leave this luxury resort renewed and rejuvenated. 

The Spring offers several popular cleansing programs and an extraordinary selection of detoxifying massages and body treatments, too. With each one geared towards maintaining health and wellness, the cleanses will leave you feeling balanced, lighter, and more flexible. The impressive assortment of massages, facials, and body treatments also focuses on detoxification and rejuvenation. Whether you come for the day or an entire weekend, this unrivaled desert hot springs resort will have you looking forward to your next visit before it’s even over.

Take a dip in the healing mineral pool at El Morocco Inn and Spa, and be transported to paradise. Photo courtesy of El Morocco Inn and Spa.

3. El Morocco Inn and Spa

Treat yourself to a pampered stay at the Moroccan-inspired El Morocco Inn and Spa. Situated in Desert Hot Springs, this is a tranquil place to unwind and immerse yourself in the region’s geothermal spring mineral waters and in Moroccan culture. Authenticity is essential for the owners of the 13-room inn; the Spa Garden features a genuine Moroccan tent, and the majority of the other furnishings are directly purchased from women’s co-ops Morocco, helping to support Moroccan artisans. 

Take a break from the mineral pools and relax in a hammock found in the Spa Garden before stepping into the infrared sauna or indulging in one of the many massage and body treatments. After a revitalizing day at the spa, enjoy a swim in the healing mineral pool, which is open 24/7 for overnight guests. 

Located on a nature reserve, the rustic-chic Wilbur Hot Springs is a sanctuary with naturally occurring springs. Photo courtesy of Wilbur Hot Springs.

4. Wilbur Hot Springs

Nestled in the ancient ceremonial land of the Wilbur Nature Preserve, about two hours north of San Francisco, Wilbur Hot Springs is an off-the-grid, solar-powered health sanctuary with naturally occurring hot mineral springs. Minimizing the carbon footprint is imperative to the resort’s mission—in addition to relying only on solar energy, Wilbur Hot Springs only cleans with non-toxic products, composts kitsch scraps, recycles, and plants solely native or non-invasive species.

The sanctuary is a refuge from the fast-paced world, offering various types of lodging (such as cabins, bunk rooms, and campsites) that are suitable for every type of need. So if you’re seeking a life-altering revelation or inspiration, Wilbur Hot Springs is the place to go. When you’re soaking up the healing mineral properties of the springs, you’ll have plenty of time to personally reflect, spiritually connect, and emotionally heal. 

There are also plenty of hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and stargazing opportunities. The Wilbur Nature Preserve is a 1,800-acre paradise that’s home to valleys, panoramic ridges, grassy meadows, and incredible wildflowers (come during springtime). This perfect combination of sumptuous hot springs and beautiful scenery is a great way to reconnect with nature’s healing properties and rediscover yourself.

Get pampered with a spa treatment and a soak in the mineral pools at the Napa Valley's Indian Springs Resort.

5. Indian Springs Calistoga

Situated at the north end of Napa Valley, the modern-bohemian Indian Springs Resort and Spa is settled on 17 stunning acres of rolling hills, serene ponds, lush olive trees, and fragrant gardens. This blissful paradise is blessed with sustainable natural resources, including mineral water from four thermal geysers and special mud made from pure volcanic ash. Comprising an eclectic collection of historic cottages, bungalows, and Mission Revival–style buildings, the Calistoga getaway will have you feeling nothing but bliss. 

The land has long been recognized for its restorative powers. The resort respects traditions and preserves the land to ensure that guests delight in the same spa traditions and amenities of more than a century ago. While revitalizing yourself at Indian Springs, bathe in the Olympic-sized mineral pool and adult pool, and explore the detoxifying and cleansing treatments at the historic spa and spa boutique. Take a tour of the extensive gardens on a complimentary bicycle before heading to the Buddha Pond, which is the perfect place to meditate or nap under the shady palm trees. You can also chill out by the poolside fireplace lounge, or read a great California book in the garden hammock.

The luxurious Spa Solage delivers the ultimate wellness experience, featuring geothermal pools and mineral water therapies. Photo courtesy of Solage.

6. solage, an auberge resort and spa

Come to Solage for a delightful detox in the Napa Valley’s bubbling natural hot springs. The iconic California hotel caters to your every whim, offering gorgeous suites and guestrooms, an exquisite on-site restaurant, and complimentary bikes to explore scenic trails.

For the ultimate wellness experience, unwind at the award-winning, 20,000-square-foot Spa Solage, which showcases the renowned Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies. At the spa’s Bathhouse, immerse yourself in the cool plunge pool, ambient temperature magnesium-rich pool, large relaxation pool, jetted saline pool, and jetted mineral pool for a heavenly escape. You can also sweat it out at Solage’s fitness center, or stretch away in the serene wellness studio. Whatever your taste in weekend wellness retreats, Solage has something for you. 

Perched on an ancient thermal mineral spring, Fairmont Sonoma is a top hot springs resort. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa.

7. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa is a posh resort situated in the heart of Wine Country. The elegant, Spanish-style inn sits atop an ancient thermal mineral spring, which is historically revered by Native Americans for its healing powers. Flowing 1,100 feet below the surface, the spring’s therapeutic properties are echoed throughout the 40,000-square-foot spa.

The full-service spa includes two mineral water soaking pools, an exfoliating shower, a herbal steam room, a dry sauna, outdoor thermal mineral pools and whirlpool, and a bathhouse lounge. Feeling like pampering yourself even more? Try one of the Fairmont’s exceptional body massages or treatments. Fitness classes are also offered, so if you’re in the mood for an 8 a.m. hike or an afternoon yoga class, sign up in advance to secure your spot. 

Health and wellness is a state of being, and by experiencing the mineral springs, luxe spa service, and fitness classes at the Fairmont, you’ll physically and mentally attain nirvana.

Vichy Springs Resort offers the only naturally warm and carbonated "Vichy" mineral baths in North America. Photo courtesy of Vichy Springs Resort.

8. Vichy Springs Resort

Established in 1854, this unique country inn and hot springs resort will take you to seventh heaven. Vichy Springs Resort offers its guests a lovely night’s stay in quaint rooms or cottages. Experience the euphoria of bathing in the naturally warm and carbonated Vichy mineral baths and the hot soaking pool. The springs are located six miles below the earth’s surface and are highly charged with carbon dioxide. Relax in the Olympic-size swimming pool before going for a picturesque walk through the 700-acre resort.

Along with the mineral baths and soaking pool, Vichy has a variety of spa treatments as well. From hot stone and Swedish massages to facials and reflexology, the resort has you covered when it comes to rejuvenation and medicinal treatments. Between the mineral springs’ magical powers and the reset of the body’s key energy points through massage, this should be your go-to resort and spa for all things divine.

Enjoy a tranquil, transcendent experience at Sierra Hot Springs, and leave feeling renewed. Photo courtesy of Sierra Hot Springs.

9. Sierra Hot Springs 

Tucked between an enchanting forest and a beautiful alpine valley, this nonprofit retreat and workshop center provides its guests with a tranquil, transcendent experience. With over 700 acres bordering the Tahoe National Forest, Sierra Hot Springs Resort and Retreat Center is the ultimate destination to hike, bike, and become one with nature. For centuries, the Native Americans considered this land to be a sacred healing place. The spring water here is majestic and has medicinal properties. 

The Temple Dome is the main pool area at Sierra Hot Springs, consisting of a hot pool—enclosed in a large geodesic dome with stained glass and skylights—two cold plunge pools, a large warm pool, and a dry sauna. You can also melt your stress away in the Meditation Pool; it’s the perfect place to stargaze. Or, head to the private, indoor Phoenix Baths, where the warm spring water is drained and refilled between users. 


Ani Karibian

Ani Karibian

Ani is the content manager for California.com. She savors her time discovering California's hidden gems and writing about the hottest spots in town. She's got an unquenchable thirst for adventur…

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