Californian hot springs resort sets Q1 2024 reopening

Imagery courtesy of Murrieta Hot Springs Resort.
A historic hot springs resort in southern California, USA, is being reimagined for modern guests.

The team behind The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs, Colorado is revitalising Murrieta Hot Springs Resort, ready for a February 2024 opening.

Adaptive reuse

The original 1902-built site, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, has been inaccessible to the public for the last 30 years, but the developer is instituting a 100% adaptive reuse renovation of the property.

Re-envisioned by lead architect Chris Campbell of RQTEX in partnership with Los Angeles design firm Omgivning, the restoration showcases original architecture, with each building expressing a distinctly California architectural history. The landscaping frames the resort’s modernised interiors and thoughtful furnishings.

Sleep spotlight

Accommodation across the 46-acre resort comprises 174 rooms, from deluxe suites to double queen rooms with views of an onsite lake.

All rooms are thoughtfully curated and emphasise the restorative power of sleep. Each includes a specialty sleep tray with items to help facilitate a good night’s sleep. There are also ‘sleep rooms’, specifically optimised for a better night’s sleep, featuring Bryte Balance beds with connected technology, a select pillow menu, blackout curtains, lighting controls, temperature regulation and an ambient soundscapes machine.

Rejuvenating waters

The resort will showcase geothermal water and amenities, with a programme centred around four core vitality elements: revitalization, activity, nutrition, and sleep.

More than 50 geothermal pools, water features, and cold plunges will be available. The ancient alkaline geothermal waters contain nine minerals: sulphate, chloride, boron, calcium, lithium, potassium, sodium, silica, and bicarbonate, contributing to its rejuvenating effects.

Bathhouse benefits

The historic bathhouse will be open to day visitors and overnight guests. Bath hall hydrothermal experiences will include a steam room, warm pools, and an adjacent cold plunge, allowing guests to reap the benefits of contrast bathing to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

A terra thermal mud loft and panoramic sauna with a rooftop sundeck will boast expansive views of the resort and region. The spa will feature treatments  inspired by the minerals in the geothermal water, agricultural region and mud bathing history.

Nutritional focus

The property’s dining options are intended to support the resort’s focus on well-being without sacrificing enjoyment. Offerings will comprise a  poolside café, gazebo bar, coffee shop, lounge bar and restaurant. 

Culinary experiences celebrate fresh, local produce, international flavours, and artful presentations. Dining options will accommodate various dietary preferences.

Wellness activities

Wellness activities available with overnight guest stays will include aqua yoga, aqua sound baths, meditation, yoga, and restful recharge.

Guests will also have access to the resort’s fitness centre featuring a programme of group fitness classes, catering to all fitness levels.

Preserving heritage

Sharon Holtz, vice president of wellness at Murrieta Hot Springs Resort, commented: “We are dedicated to preserving the heritage of Murrieta Hot Springs Resort while simultaneously adding new chapters to its storied history.

“We’ll introduce exceptional facilities, restorative spa and wellness experiences, and a range of offerings – all centred around promoting vitality through the revitalising qualities of geothermal mineral water and southern California quintessence. Here, visitors can genuinely be in the moment and step away from the daily routines of life to focus on their well-being.”