We Enjoyed a Passport to Wellness Day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs
To kick off summer, I visited Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, California for a special Passport to Wellness Media Event. I enjoyed a special day-long journey throughout the lush property, which is the ultimate escape with 19 different pools and mineral baths to choose from, along with an array of therapeutic spa treatments and other unique experiences, including Club Mud and an underground Grotto.
For more than 150 years, the hot springs has attracted people from all over seeking relaxation and renewal. The expansive property stretches across a dozen acres of gardens, features the only red clay mineral bath in California, and is home to spacious outdoor pools accompanied by a year-round temperate climate. Glen Ivy Hot Springs has become the ultimate wellness destination for families, groups of friends, as well as individuals that want to enjoy a day of self-care.
Upon my arrival, I was provided with a robe, juice voucher, and my official Passport to Wellness, which I would earn stamps in for every wellness activity I completed. From meditation classes and massages to hydrotherapy experiences and more, there was plenty to look forward to—I was ready for my adventure to begin!
One of the special amenities attendees of the event had access to was the Hydration Station, which was located in Glen Ivy’s Secret Garden towards the back of the property. Designed for guests who want to get away from it all and enjoy quiet contemplation, the garden includes a deck area with relaxing waterfalls, private cabanas, and a grassy area for sprawling out by the ancient oak trees.
The Hydration Station was fully stocked with refreshing drinks, along with a range of [comfort zone] products designed to infuse skin from head-to-toe with maximum hydration. I enjoyed coming back there throughout the day in-between my various activities to cool off. I relaxed with a cup of fruit-infused water, while the attendant spritzed my face with toner and treated me to under-eye gel masks, which kept me looking and feeling fresh during the hot day!
Throughout the day, I made sure to check out the different hydrotherapy offerings, which included the Hot and Cold Plunge, Club Mud, and Glen Ivy’s thermal mineral waters, which are naturally heated by the Earth’s core. The dissolving minerals and unique chemical composition have the amazing power to hydrate and heal the body, and each hydrotherapy experience offers different health benefits!
For those not familiar with Club Mud, it features a spring water mud pool of California red clay blended with Glen Ivy’s own mineral water. Guests can slather their wet skin in the nourishing mud, which exfoliates skin and draws out impurities from the body. There are outdoor showers for rinsing off before returning to the main area and pools.
One of the day’s more unique activities was a flower reading by astrologist and Feng Shui expert, Kate Wind. A Victorian pastime, flower reading is an ancient art that interprets a message through symbolism, intuition, and knowledge of flowers. In addition to offering guidance, it provides the opportunity to reconnect ourselves to nature. After one selects a flower from a vase, everything from the colors to the shape of the flower are analyzed for deeper meaning.
One of the highlights of the day was the opportunity to enjoy a 20-minute spa service. Attendees had two options: a Quartz Massage or the new Spa.Wave Massage. I experienced the Quartz Massage, which uses the deep, dry heat of quartz sand to alleviate muscle and joint pain. I lay down on top of a sheet that was placed over the warm sand, which was embedded in the treatment table to ergonomically support my body. The cocooning experience was extremely relaxing and calming, and afterwards I knew that I wanted to come back for the longer version of the treatment.
50 minutes $145; 80 minutes $215
The other treatment, the Spa. Wave Massage, features a state-of-the-art Spa.Wave table, which combines the gentle sound waves of specially designed music with a highly efficient vibration massage system. While the special sounds slow down mental activity, the vibration massage acts specifically on the energy centers of the body.
This innovative sound massage system combines the effects of deep relaxation techniques, as well as meditation and mindfulness, offering an extraordinary relaxation and anti-stress experience. Definitely on my list of spa treatments to try next time I visit Glen Ivy!
For more information about the Spa.Wave treatment, click here.
I enjoyed a relaxing lunch break under one of the private cabanas in the Secret Garden, where I feasted on a buffet of fresh salads, finger sandwiches, and mini desserts. Glen Ivy’s farm-to-table philosophy focuses on fresh, clean dishes that source organic and locally-grown ingredients. Various fruit, along with avocados, are harvested from trees grown on the property, so you know the exact source of what you’re consuming.
After lunch I headed to my appointment in the Grotto, which is located underground in a cave-like setting. Upon my arrival, an attendant painted my arms, legs and abdomen in a warm and hydrating mixture of aloe vera, coconut oil, eucalyptus, shea butter, and lavender. Then I sat in a gently heated cavern, which allowed the silky formula to soak further into my skin as my pores opened due to the warmth.
Next, I rinsed the nourishing body masque off under a private shower, before cooling off with water and fruit in the cooler grotto area, which included a relaxing waterfall. The recommended time for the Grotto is between 30 and 40 minutes, and it’s a great activity that can be enjoyed along or with friends.
Reservations required, cost: $30
To conclude my day of wellness (and to prepare me for the drive home), I participated in a mindful meditation session on the Secret Garden Deck. My instructor led me through a series of breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, silent meditation, and guided visualization, along with the cleansing peace of sound healing—an ancient technique that is designed to balance the body and mind. There are different forms of sound healing. which range from singing bowls (used in meditation and rituals in Tibetan culture) and calibrated metal tuning forks to music and chanting or repeating mantras.
On my way out I received a gift bag, which included [comfort zone] products for hair and skin, as well as cute Glen Ivy-themed items. As I tucked away my stamped passport, I felt accomplished and relaxed—my Passport to Wellness day had been a success! I absolutely loved the opportunity to experience all of Glen Ivy’s offerings and activities, and couldn’t wait for my next visit so that I could do it all over again.
That’s the beauty of Glen Ivy—it’s an ongoing journey of relaxation and enjoyment that never ends. It’s the perfect way to recharge one’s battery after a busy or stressful week, and I always leave feeling like the best version of myself.
Kamala Kirk is a University of Southern California graduate and has been an editor/writer for more than a decade. She has written for E! Online, Total Beauty, TravelAge West, Malibu Times Magazine, and many more. She resides in Los Angeles and is a proud pug mom. Follow her on Instagram: @kamalakirk