Sea Mountain Inn Resort
Travel Blogs from Desert Hot Springs
... Corporate America much power. The sand of the mesas, however, is kept in place by cryptobiotic crust, a mixture of algae, bacteria, moss, lichen and fungi. This shallow-rooted flora retains moisture and stabilises the surface, allowing further species to establish themselves but even walking on it will destroy it, removing ...
... were very willing to allow us to move, but the spots we had selected were already spoken for so we were offered a choice of a few others. We scoped them out and picked #139. Within an hour we were resettled in our new spot which is much quieter. We back onto a "wash" which is a wide sandy area between us and the back of the next row of people.
We set about "nesting" and getting ...
... Also, Beth slipped and fell a ways down the canyon. I am so thankful I didn’t know any of this yesterday; otherwise I’m sure I would have been certain I was going to die.
We finished exploring the small, pretty canyon and met up with Matt again. It was time to go to the buffet. I had a fantastic pasta salad, a fruit salad, some iffy lamb stroganoff, rice, and some incredible desserts including passion fruit tart and a chocolaty bar of some ...
We were watching an east coast TV show this evening that has highlighted zany California politics and sensationalist media reporting. Tonights feature is a TV weather report which addressed the "arctic cold" affecting the Los Angeles area the past few days. As three "newscasters" chitter chatted as if the abnormally cool weather had a doomsday hold on the southland a weather map in the background displayed daytime temperatures in the ...
... the river was running full and finally to a 20' long foot bridge that allows passage over the wet stuff. Molly seems to be fading a bit so this is a good turn place to turn around point. Whead back to the visitor center.
We are somewhat surprised that the deciduous trees are in fall color. They have golden leaves more conducive to the months of October and November, not January. The area downstream of the visitor center is where the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
Travelers also recommend:
- More recommendations
Historical Traveler Reviews Sea Mountain Inn Resort Desert Hot Springs
Weird, tacky and most decidedly NOT upscale
This property is definitely not as advertised. Rooms are nice and the place is kept clean, but the vibe is just weird. I was uncomfortable the whole time, as it was assumed we are in the lifestyle and we are NOT. The breakfast buffet is rather sad--you make your own english muffins or toast and there are a few oranges laid out--but there really is nowhere to sit and enjoy it. The owner tries to get people engaged, but his behavior is rather childish, and I found him more annoying than anything. The "Taboo Room" is very small and uncomfortable. We paid way too much for this lackluster experience.
A Wonderful Experience!
We went to SMI to celebrate our 6th Anniversary! We had been to Aquafinity several times before it closed, and had a wonderful time, and we'd been on the SMI e-mail list for a long time, so we were looking forward to it!
We were pleasantly surprised when we walked in that it was far nicer than Aquafinity, and everyone looked happy and very social.
We ran into a couple we knew who were visiting from Chicago, and headed for the Jacuzzi, where we immediately made friends with two couples from San Diego! We hit it off right away, spent most of the day and evening with them, and met them for a lovely brunch the next day!
We were unable to get a room for the night at SMI, since we booked earlier the same week, so we had to stay at the "La Toscana Resort" around the corner (It was a DUMP, but it was close by!).
We had the "couples massage" at SMI, which was wonderful and relaxing, and ended up staying there until around midnight, when we left to go to our hotel.
Dewey, Juli, Tessa, and the rest of the staff keep the ambience at a very nice level, and people are very friendly and respectful.
Although they don't have a restaurant on the premises, they offer a menu of dishes from local restaurants, and go out and pick up food for guests, so you don't have to leave the property or be disturbed at the wrong times.
Next time, we'll manage to get a room on-site, so we can have the full experience!
We highly recommend SMI to all of our friends looking for fun in the sun!
My wife & I went to the Sea Mountain Inn for the second time a few weeks ago. The first time was when it had just changed hands & still looked very much like the previous owner had kept it. We had been there under the previous ownership several times & always had a good time there, so we were a bit trepidations about any change. We were particularly concerned that since it is now run by a crew out of the L.A. area, & now promotes itself as a celebrity hot spot, that it might have become cliqueish & less friendly. I am happy to say that our fears were unfounded. A few things were different this time, but the only complaint that we had was a shortage of locker space for day use, which turned out not to be a real problem anyway. This was the first time that we had been there when the place was full to capacity. We ended up getting day use only because the rooms were booked solid. We were pleasantly surprised to find that a great many of the fixtures & amenities had been improved. Under the former management, a great deal was promised, but only parts of the promises came to fruition. I believe that the previous owners had every good intention of improving the property, but it just never fully came together for them. This is not the case with the current ownership. There are fine quality accoutrements to be found throughout the facility. The craftsmanship of the work that has been done in the rooms that we saw was impressive. The hot tub now boasts mineral water which does not bother my wife's skin like chlorinated spa water does. We had a great time there. We met some great people.
The staff (led by Douie?) was wonderfully attentive without being pushy. I think that it's safe to say that we will be going back, even if the price is now a little stiffer than it used to be.
Beautiful, Fun & Relaxing!
We were at Sea Mountain on May 19, 2007, and we had a great time! Dewey greeted us with a wonderful smile and a delicious margarita . . . the energy at this place is very laid back and relaxed! The music was a great mix . . . a little for everyone. The decor is upscale and beautiful. We got there about noon and the place was in full swing! We staked out our chairs, got naked, and began the day . . . Dewey would come around with Tequila shots throughout the day, lunch was delicious and good quality . . . we floated in the pool, met some very cool people, and partied into the night with everyone! We also enjoy the VERY adult atmosphere of Sea Mountain . . . ;)
We definitely recommend this as an alternative to hotels where you have to wear a bathing suit poolside . . . . nude sunbathing is so much better . . . and in this wonderful atmosphere, you just can't go wrong!!!
Hit the spot!
This was great! Very relaxing - no pressure atmosphere. Just couples and single women, which was a must for my wife and I! The place was clean and the people were very nice. We had a great massage (at the same time with 2 therapist). We sunned during the day and came back at night to unwind with drinks in the hot tub. It is not a big resort, in fact small, but plenty of privacy whenever you want it. We will definitely be going back. Very romantic.
We have stayed at Sea Mountain multiple times, and each visit has been extremely enjoyable. The accomodations are great...the pool and hot tub are very well taken care of, and the rooms are extremely clean and comfortable. We don't spend a lot of time looking out the back window, as another person commented, because the best scenery is inside.
Another thing we love about the resort is the staff. They go out of their way to make you comfortable, and we ahve had the opportunity to get to know all of them. Dewey, the owner, personally makes everyone comfortable and at home, and makes the environment fun and enjoyable.
The thing we also love about the resort is all of the great and friendly people that you meet. When we go, we usually end up spending the entire weekend without leaving the resort, as we are totally consumed in spending time with our new made friends from many different locations.
We highly recommend the resort to anyone who is looking for great relaxation and has an open mind.
We went to Sea Mountain and had a wonderful time. The staff and the people made us feel comfortable and welcome. This was also our first visit to a cothing optional resort of any sort and we are glad it was at Sea Mountain.
The room was great, slippers and robes supplied and we had a great couples massage.
This is a place we will vist again.
Coming Again (and again...)@ Sea Mountain Inn
Wow wow wow. People take my title to heart, and there is a pun intended! I am becoming a repeat offender already and I went to the Palm Springs Sea Mountain the first time in the beginning of the month, for the most fun fun fun 4 day weekend with my boyfriend.
Surprisingly he was the one who had heard about this place, he has some friends in high places who have been there and told him about it and thought it would be kind of a hot trip for us.
It's hard to explain the vibe of the place in words, but there is the most amazingly sincere fun feeling from the people who work there. You can really feel what kind of energy the owners want to project and I think they do a damn good job of it. Dewey was honestly a rock star, I think this guy was someone I could be friends with for life, so charismatic it just reaches out into the blood of this business and I think thats why it ends up attracting so many interesting employees AND other clients that were there for day spas or hotel packages that me and Mark ended up really vibing with and will keep in touch with. (For the record we aren't weird people, and were not swingers, we are just genuine fun people who notice those things)
Anyway enough about the incredible DEWEY! (he really is!!!!!) The weather was just to die for and the size of the hotel was perfect for what me and my baby wanted to do. Just be with each other of course, and then party and relax and recharge a bit, it was so great. We laid out in the sun like little kittens, drinking margaritas, hoping in the pool, laughing having THE BEST TIME!!! The crowd was perfect! No drama, no stress no awkwardness, and honestly I have never been to a topless place outside of European beaches and that was it! At night there is a small dance lounge called Club Taboo...and i really loved it because its intimate and close and I felt like I was the DJ, they just had the best taste in music, but that of course is bias and subject to your own judgment. I see Club Taboo branching out into its own thing if/ WHEN!!! sea mountain starts expanding. I have a vision for this place... if you go there i mean you cant say you wouldn't want to it become the size of a Grand Waliea right, but just for adults, same kind of vibe, but the perfect employees and the perfect locations... I can totally vision it! I love sea mountain, my boyfriend loves sea mountain, i want to make love to the brand I mean I know thats a bit strange sounding but I'm totally SOLD! Ill just stop now before I start sounding like a Charles Schwab commercial.
A special place, not for everyone (please)
Just as the Palm Springs area is an oasis amid the desolation of the I-10 corridor, Sea Mountain Inn and Spa is a small fantasy in the commonality of Desert Hot Springs, CA. This is not a country club or golf resort; if you are looking for that, look elsewhere. If you are a fan of nude resorts (like the Terra Cotta Inn, or Desert Shadows Inn) then this MIGHT be for you ... provided you are open-minded about loving adults behaving like loving adults. Public displays of affection are not forbidden at SMI. If that offends you, don't go. Intrusive solicitation from strangers IS forbidden at SMI, if you are worried about that, don't be! There are no single men ever at SMI, and the atmosphere is relaxed and sensual, not pushy or provacative. Your sexual "tolerance" is your business and is strictly respected. Privacy is assured. Sat. and Sun. will find many day visitors form LA and a "hedonism" type party around the pool, but the visitors during the week will find a calm, peaceful place where you can reconnect with your loved one. The rooms and facilities are as fine as any resort we've tried in Palm Springs, and the staff are super! The guests are intelligent, interesting and fun to know.
Admittedly, Desert Hot Springs is not "glam" like Palm Springs, but PS is an easy drive, if you wish to go. DHS is very convenient to Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, which we love to visit! Different strokes for different folks, as they say.
Hopefully this review will help the uptight avoid an unexpected surprise, and encourage the openminded to try a new experience. I just hope it doesn't become too popular, because we plan to return very often!
Spa Mountain Resort is no vacation
The "healing" waters have chemicals and added minerals to them (I saw one of the employees putting powdered oyster shell in the hot tub). The views out of the back of all the rooms is of empty dirt lots. Sea Mt. is a tiny place in a residential neighborhood. "Club Taboo" is a joke- it's about 12' x 20' with one bed, a few chairs, one gas fireplace and a disco ball. There was a dj Saturday night, but otherwise, there was no party here. All the 5 star amenities that they speak of in their brochure and on their website are not there at all or are very below par.
I am not a disgruntled employee (as Anastasia, a manager allegedly thought a previous reviewer was) , although I bet they've had plenty.
The best thing about this place was Dewey (and he refunded about half of our money), one of the owners. When he was there over Friday and Saturday nights, things certainly picked up a bit.
This place wouldn't be so bad if it was half as expensive if there weren't other better lifestyle resorts out there and if they were truthful in their advertising- some people seemed to have fun, but they didn't come from thousands of miles away, as we did, to experience this amazing "spa" that wasn't.