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Glen Ivy Hot Springs offers spa deals to celebrate its 150th anniversary

December 27, 2009|By Max Padilla
  • ANNIVERSARY: Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona is offering a variety of deals as it celebrates 150 years of helping spa-goers rejuvenate in natural mineral springs.
ANNIVERSARY: Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona is offering a variety of deals… (Glen Ivy )

The waters at Glen Ivy Hot Springs have beckoned Southern California day-trippers since President Lincoln was in office. Beginning Jan. 1, the day spa in Corona is celebrating 150 years since its founding. Before Burke Williams and others populated Southern California shopping centers, residents flocked to this Riverside County destination to rejuvenate and recoup in Glen Ivy's natural mineral springs.

On July 27, 1860, John J. Skinker ran an advertisement in the Los Angeles Star for the Temescal Sulfur Springs located 55 miles east of the city. The ad proclaims that Temescal -- renamed Glen Ivy in 1890 -- waters feature "medicinal qualities . . . equal to those of the most celebrated springs in other parts of the world."

Glen Ivy morphed throughout the years: At one time, an adobe inn was built and a barn covered the mineral pool (both are no longer in existence; the barn burned down in the 1900s). In 1977, John Gray, who established Glen Ivy's present incarnation, began renovating the 17-acre property into what it is today -- a day resort with 19 pools, 72 treatment rooms, a restaurant and a granite "grotto."

Glen Ivy's Jim Root, chief executive and president, believes the spa's attention to the basics -- it was never ultra-luxurious -- is the reason for its longevity. "Spas are a $12-billion industry that lost sight of timeless, basic values, connecting people, nature, good food, moving body through space and the healing power of touch," he says. "You don't have to get fussy with a bathrobe, and cucumber on your eyes."

Gray, 62, believes that if there's a hot spring, they will come. "Naturally thermal water has a beneficial effect on people, and mineral springs have something extra," he says. "A real spa, based around water, will continue to nurture well-being."

Glen Ivy is running 150th-anniversary specials, including $18.60 admission every Wednesday in January. There's also a Club 1860 membership ($395) that offers unlimited admission to the Corona spring and 10% off spa services for a year. The Holiday Detox package is $145, which includes a sugar scrub, eucalyptus body wrap, 30-minute Swedish massage and Grotto body moisturizing experience. There's also a $150 Weekday Getaway package featuring spa treatments plus lunch at Café Sole Mondays through Thursdays.

25000 Glen Ivy Road, Corona. (888) 453-6489. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


Oliver IferganAtelier ongoing through Jan. 31: The Beverly Hills salon is offering special prices on basic services. Men's haircuts start at $40; women's, $75; highlights, $75; color, $60; up-dos, $60: blow dry, $45.

205 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 967-0100. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Arcona Studio ongoing: Promenade spa is giving men 15% off its 50-minute Performance facial (regular price $115), which clears skin congestion and evens skin tone, through Jan. 16. You might not be an entertainer but you can get a $140 Awards Night facial, featuring Arcona signature facial contouring, firming masks and anti-aging serums through March 13. The $165 "let it glow" 80-minute facial features fruit-enzyme exfoliation, facial contouring, serums, ice globes and oxygen.

425 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 458-3800. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Kate Somerville ongoing through Dec. 31: Buy a gift card for a facial and receive one for a signature facial (value $135) good through June 30. The peaceful garden spa is also taking 20% off all signature products. Some extensive skin series treatments are heavily discounted, including the $740 Detox (regularly $865), $900 Omni treatment ($1,090) and the $3,850 Titan treatment ($4,500).

8428 Melrose Place, Suite C, Los Angeles. (323) 655-7546. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Kinara ongoing through Dec. 31: The Robertson Boulevard spa is taking 20% off its popular 70-minute Red Carpet Mega Moisture ($188, regularly $235) featuring either microdermabrasion or peels followed by sound-wave therapy and a Matricol collagen mask. Buy a $500 gift certificate and receive Kinara eye cream ($60 value); spend $1,000 and receive a $100 gift certificate.

656 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 657-9188. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Ona Spa ongoing through Dec. 31: Donate three canned goods to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank through Ona and receive 15% off any spa service, including the Ona Pada 80-minute massage ($175 before discount) and Ona Slim Cryo-thermie cellulite reduction treatment ($150). Buy a spa gift certificate for more than $100 and get a $20 certificate for yourself; spend more than $150, get $30; more than $200, receive $40.

7373 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-4442. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sunday.

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