- Go early and plan to spend the whole day. Since you pay a flat rate for the day, you might as well make the most of it. Glen Ivy closes at 6 in summer and at 5 in winter.
- Go on a weekday if you can. There's a significant discount and it's less crowded. On a typical summer Saturday, there can be quite a long line at the entrance and at some of the baths and pools.
- Free Admission on Your Birthday makes it a great way to celebrate with friends or even on your own.
- Wear an old swimsuit you don't mind getting stained with red clay. You can change into your super-cute new suit after you're done with Club Mud.
- Don't wear metal jewelry, especially silver. It can be tarnished by the mineral springs and clay.
- The website says bring a beach towel, but there are towel stations everywhere, so you really don't need to, and in summer, swimsuit cover-ups are totally optional for moving around from pool to pool, but if you want a robe, bring one, as they are not provided. In winter, a warm robe is a good idea.
- Book massage treatments in advance to make sure you can get your first choice. Treatment slots can get booked up, especially on Saturday. Arrive early and if you're planning multiple treatments, allow some down time in between to relax and have plenty of time to arrive at your next appointment. It won't be extended if you're late. Book Mother's Day treatments at least a month in advance.
- Do open a tab when you stop at the Bath House, even if you don't think you'll want to buy anything. It's much less hassle when you find yourself next to the bar and want something besides the freely flowing ice water that is everywhere. And if you don't end up using it, you can close it out with no charge at the end of the day.
- If you're only going for a few hours, go in the morning. With so many bodies passing through, by the end of the day there's a layer of dead skin and sunscreen floating in all the hot tubs and pools, so it's more pleasant early in the day. It would be nice if they came around and did a mid-day skim, but I didn't see that happening.
- Drink lots of water. There are ice water stations all over the grounds. Remember to hydrate, even if you are not thirsty. The desert air and the hot water are both dehydrating. If you feel yourself overheating or getting a headache, sip some ice water and submerse yourself in one of the cool pools. If you start feeling nauseous from being overheated, check in at the First Aid station near the Sauna Court. In the summer when it's 100 degrees outside and 100+ in the hot tubs, you need to be especially careful to cool off frequently.
- Swim suits are required in all public areas. Although the impression of seclusion might tempt you to expose a little extra skin or become overly amorous, it is definitely frowned upon by the establishment.
- Apply and re-apply sunscreen to make sure you don't burn in the desert sun (even if it's overcast). A hat, sunglasses and a good book will also come in handy. If you forget something, the Spa Store is well equipped.
- Check the Glen Ivy Specials page for the latest discount offers.
Bath House and Roman Baths
The Mineral Springs and Pools
Café Sole and Paradise Bar
Sole Terrace and Cabañas
Tips for Visiting