From picturesque shores to the intriguing caverns, there are many draws to Carlsbad, California – including the historical Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa. Whether you indulge in one of the many therapeutic treatments or simply want to fill up your water jug with some of the “The Most Healthful Water,” you can find it at this unique Southern California spa.
Keep in mind that this water is not geothermally heated, so not technically a hot spring. But they use high-quality mineral water and it reaps many of the same restorative benefits.
The Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa has a rich and fascinating history that began in 1882 when Captain John Frazier drilled the first well in the area to supply his beachside farm.
Mr. Frazier took a sip of the drilled water, which cured his stomach ailment. Intrigued by the outcome, samples were sent out to testing laboratories, which found the waters rich in minerals – the same type of mineral-rich water found in the famous Carlsbad European spa resort in Bohemia.
Once the discovery had been made, Captain Frazier platted his farm and created the city “Carlsbad.” He began to sell his mineral-dense, alkaline water across the nation and built a striking Victorian hotel around the original well. From there, tourists worldwide (including US presidents) came to basque in and sip on the waters.
Unfortunately, the Carlsbad mineral water was abandoned during the Great Depression due to a lack of funds. It wasn’t until 1955 that Kay and Chris Christensen attempted to restore the well and get the resort up and running again. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the spa could not officially re-open until 1996 with the help of Ludvik and Veronica Grigoras.
With plenty of hard work and determination from 1993 to 1995, the Carlsbad Mineral Water Artesian Well was officially re-opened in 1996 after 60 years of absence. It has continued to be a go-to spot for those wishing to relax in the healing waters or take a gallon home to experience some of the tastiest healing waters in the land.
Mineral Spring Baths
While the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa is known for its dispensed alkaline water and spa packages, you can go “back to the basics” with a dip in one of the all-natural, carbonated alkaline mineral-rich water tubs.
With a 30-minute or 60-minute dip into these alleviating waters, you will instantly feel relief from aching joints and muscles, enjoy a recharged mind, body, and soul, and appreciate softer skin – all while thoroughly detoxifying your body from the inside out.
The alkalizing mineral baths are available for individuals or couples. Each tub is set in a private historical-themed room designed with plenty of artistic detailing, described as entirely enchanting.
When opting for a soak in these alkalizing, mineral-rich waters, it’s recommended to follow up with ¾ gallons of alkaline water for up to 7 days after treatment. This will help to flush remaining toxins from the body, allowing soakers to reap the full benefits of the treatment.
Guests of the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa can opt to indulge in the mineral water tubs on their own, but it’s far more common to employ accommodating spa services for a thorough, full-body treatment that is truly life-changing.
There are many top-notch spa service options performed by trained, certified, and highly accommodating professionals:
- Facials – From anti-aging to acne-fighting facials, you can find exactly what you’re looking for to achieve a fresh, new face at the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa.
- Waxing – Eyebrows, arms, back, and Brazilian; this mineral spa can accommodate whatever waxing treatment you need.
- Light therapy – Kick your facial up a notch with enhanced light therapy treatments, guaranteed to stimulate circulation, improve collagen production, and eliminate acne bacteria.
- Massages – This lovely spa offers a wide range of massages, including light and deep tissue massages and those that utilize body wraps and salt to enhance overall relaxation and rejuvenation.
Can’t decide which spa service is right for you? Consider opting for one of their many popular spa packages that can last up to three hours, such as the “Royal Treatment.” This package includes a soak in one of the mineral-rich tubs, aromatherapy, a mud facial, and a full-body, hour-long massage.
Alkaline Artesian Water
The Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa isn’t just a place where you can soak all of your troubles away; it’s also the go-to spot for some of the healthiest (as declared by the California Senate) and most delicious water you can find, referred to as “Eden In A Glass.” Fill up a gallon for just a dollar!
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Unfortunately, Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa does not have overnight accommodations.
The good news is that the spa’s premier location is conveniently located close to many top-notch hotels, including the Ocean Palms Beach Resort (0.2 miles away), Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge (0.3 miles away), and the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort (3.3 miles away).
Getting to the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa is a cinch. It is conveniently located in downtown historic Carlsbad Village, a block from the beach. To get there from San Diego, follow these directions:
- Get onto the I-5N
- Continue going up the I-5N
- Take exit 50 and turn left onto Carlsbad Village Drive
- Turn right after the Jack in the Box
- Turn left onto Grand Avenue
- Turn right onto Washington Street
- Turn left onto Christensen Way
Address: 2802 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, California 92008