Sea Mountain Inn Resort
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... was going to 'take' waters at this one. Do I soak, get water boarded, bob for spa snacks in a barrel of water? Well, none of these applied as it turns out.
At Spa Resort this means visiting 5 separate stations:
-the first is a steam room with eucalyptus-infused steam,
-the second is a dry heat sauna,
-the third is a menthol-infused cooler sauna,
-the fourth is a mineral bath in actual sulphur-laced ...
... the price ($20 a ticket) and reminded me that we need to listen to music more. The people watching in the casino was great! Some of those women (of a certain age) try WAY too hard, wearing dresses down to here with hems up to there, way too tight and enough makeup to sink a ship. And the stiletto heels and spiky, sprayed hair!! Bob and I were in shorts and capris (respectively) probably not trying hard ...
... unless the wind starts to blow". The ranger obviously hadn't been outside for a while as the cold desert wind was starting to whistle once again.
The preserve is home to the rare giant palm boring beetle. Its a 1.5 to 2 inch bug that bores into the bark of a palm to lay its eggs. Its larvae bores its way out of the palm and emerges rear end first so as not to get stuck. Boring its way to fresh air may be hazardous especially if ...
... in providing free outdoor education programs for school children."
We head west on Interstate 10, exit at the Whitewater exit and follow the signage into the canyon. Traveling several miles up the ever narrowing canyon we pass a few private dwellings and about a half a bizillion rocks and boulders rounded by years of being tumbled downstream by the Whitewater River. We reach the end of the paved road and the entrance to the ...
... newspaper columnist, mystic and builder of Desert Hot Springs’ only museum — an epic monument that is an much a sculpture as it is a building.
Cabot Yerxa held dozens of jobs in as many fields — everything from postmaster to road builder. It is said that he visited all 50 states. At times he was wealthy, mostly he wasn’t. He was largely self-taught. He collected things obsessively, and recycled virtually everything. He loved all aspects of ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
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.
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!
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.
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 . . . ;)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.