Where does the water at SunWater Spa come from?
SunWater Spa’s tubs are filled with mineral water from the famous Seven Minute Spring, the same water which flows from the Manitou karst aquifer. The healing waters from our aquifer have filtered for thousands of years through deep underground cracks, crevasses, and rock faults, infusing the water through its journey with the highly sought-after minerals.
What is that I see when I look in the water?
Looking into our cedar tubs, you may notice sediment or a cloudy substance that is the result of a buildup of naturally occurring minerals: calcium, chloride, fluoride, iron, lithium, magnesium, potassium, silica, sodium, sulfate, and zinc. These minerals create a sediment in and around the tubs, which is not harmful to you in any way. We embrace the phenomenon as proof of the potency of our water.
Why cedar tubs?
Cedar oils are used for aromatherapy and have an array of skin care and medicinal benefits. The cedar scent is useful in easing fear, nervousness, tension, and stress. In addition to cedar’s aromatherapy effects, many holistic health practitioners agree that cedar oil has added medicinal benefits. When used topically, cedar oil can soothe pain and swelling caused by arthritis. Through its analgesic qualities, the oil also relieves cough and congestion.
As our water heats, cedar oil from the walls of the tubs is extracted, first changing the color of the water to a yellow tint, sometimes followed by a rich dark red. By drawing the oils out of the wood, SunWater Spa is essentially creating a cedar tea. This unique process introduces the soothing and healing properties of the cedar oil to promote healthy skin, a soothed respiratory system, and an enjoyable and relaxing aromatic sensation.
What is the smell in the water?
SunWater Spa uses a three-part Clear Comfort sanitation system to ensure the purity of our natural mineral water for your safety and enjoyment.
1.) Oxidation: Oxygen, one of the strongest-known cleansing agents, is added to the water. This technology sanitizes our water using a process similar to the way that air is naturally purified in the atmosphere. An advanced oxidation process creates hydroxyl radicals to provide powerful, immediate, and enduring sanitation.
2.) Ultraviolet Light: The water passes through a high-intensity UV light which is effective in killing bacteria. This light destroys bacterial DNA so that microbes cannot function or reproduce and eventually die.
3.) Hydrogen Peroxide: Within our unique filtration system, oxygen and hydrogen molecules bond to create hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide eliminates organic proteins and naturally disinfects the water.
It is a Colorado state requirement that these bodies of water maintain a minimum level of three to five ppm chlorine. We also use very low amounts of bromine, which is naturally found in the ocean, to maintain our guests’ safety and the integrity of our mineral water.
Why is this tub closed/cold?
SunWater Spa routinely drains, cleans, and sterilizes the pools. The majority of the cleaning is done from Sunday at 8pm to Monday at 2pm, but circumstances arise where tubs need to be cleaned during other times. Depending on the weather as well as cleaning and refilling schedules, tubs may also be closed in order to bring them to temperature. Indoor pools are not affected by inclement weather.
Please note that we close all outdoor tubs in the event of lightning. Our front desk staff will alert you of any approaching storms and current weather closures.
This pool has a cover on it. What does this mean?
During colder weather, we place these covers to help maintain, and/or build, a suitable temperature for soaking. As a rule, the blue plastic covers are to be removed and replaced when guests are finished soaking. This can be done by a guest, or a SunWater Spa representative, if assistance is necessary. The thick, brown covers are for long-term reheating. These covers are extremely heavy and unwieldy, and therefore are to be removed only by a SunWater Spa representative.
Is the water in the indoor pools different from the water used outside?
Yes. Our main therapy pool, as well as the indoor hot and cold plunges on the garden level, are filled with water from a municipal source with added saline. We have chosen saline because of its buoyant properties, which helps our guests float more easily. This added effect makes these bodies of water much more ideal for our water therapies.
Can I drink the water?
Because of the aforementioned sanitation measures, we ask that you avoid drinking from the waterfalls, water features, and soaking pools used in our facility. In the nearby park you can find the Seven Minute Spring, the main water source for SunWater Spa, which is celebrated for its rejuvenating effects of body, mind, and spirit. SunWater Spa also provides fresh mineral water from Seven Minute Spring for all guests to enjoy during their visit, available at the copper dispensers located on each spa level.
Do I need to call ahead and reserve my soaking time?
No, walk-in soakers are welcome and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. If our soaking tubs are at capacity, our friendly front desk staff will place you on a waitlist and contact you when you may return to soak.
We feature a private tub available by reservation only; please call ahead to make your reservation.
What do I need to bring and/or wear?
Please help us in our mission of sustainability! We appreciate you bringing a bathing suit, towel, lock, a reusable water bottle, and any snacks you would like to enjoy during your stay. While we have most of these items available to borrow, rent, or purchase, we invite you to help us maintain our green environment.
For those who will be enjoying our private tub, you will be given a robe, towel, lock, and slippers to borrow during your stay. All public soakers will be given one towel to borrow. Additional towels are available for rent for $2.
While soaking, you are required to wear a bathing suit at all times. Soaking in underwear or nude is not permitted.
What is included in a soaking package?
When you purchase a two-hour soaking pass, you will receive access to the outdoor cedar tubs, large saline indoor therapy pool (when not in use for private therapy or aqua yoga class), hot and cold plunges, traditional and infrared saunas, and outdoor acupressure stream (weather permitting). You will receive a complimentary towel and slippers with your soaking experience. Additional towels may be rented for $2. A limited number of locks are available to borrow, so we suggest that you bring your own.
Do I need to shower before using the facilities?
Yes. To fully experience the benefits of our mineral tubs and by requirement of Colorado State law, we ask that all guests use the provided showers to help maintain the integrity of our hygienic conditions.
Do you have lifeguards on duty?
We do not have lifeguards on duty, please use all SunWater Spa amenities and services at your own risk.
I would like to rent the private tub. Do I need a reservation?
The private tub is available by reservation only. The reservation is $35 per hour per person and the tub may accommodate four people. An additional two-hour soaking pass in our community tubs can be added to your private soaking experience for $15 per person.
I'm concerned that the high-winds or weather will close the outdoor facilities. will the indoor pools be open today?
SunWater Spa staff has the safety of its guests in mind at all times. If inclement weather is imminent, we will close the outdoor facilities, but indoor amenities may remain open. Occasionally the spa may close entirely at the discretion of the spa director. You can stay up-to-date on all facility closures by calling the front desk at (719) 695-7007, visiting the front page of our website at www.sunwaterspa.com or by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/sunwaterspa/.
Spa Services and Appointments
How can I make an appointment for a treatment, facial, massage, etc.?
I would like to make a reservation, but I may need to cancel if my plans change. What are my options?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, we kindly ask that you do so at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled time by calling (719) 695-7007. If less than 24 hours notice is given, 50% of the treatment value will be charged to the credit card on file. If an appointment is missed, 100% of the treatment value will be charged.
Where can I find more information on your Spa Services and book an appointment?
Do I need to tip my practitioner after my treatment or service?
Our professional staff of licensed massage therapists, estheticians, waxing technicians, and watsu/aqua cranial practitioners work to make your spa experience an especially rewarding one. If you have enjoyed your services, it is customary and appreciated that you leave 20% gratuity.
Are the products used in the treatments available for purchase?
Yes, most products used in SunWater Spa treatments are available in our retail area.
Yoga & Events
What is your yoga schedule?
Do you provide yoga props?
We maintain a stock of yoga props necessary for our classes. You are more than welcome to bring your own mat or props.
What is World Community Yoga?
World Community Yoga is one part of SunWater Spa’s outreach program. All World Community Yoga classes have a portion of their proceeds donated to a different non-profit organization every quarter.
What events are happening soon?
If I am late for a class or workshop, may I still attend?
We ask that all students plan to arrive at least ten minutes prior to a class or workshop start time. Late arrivals will be admitted to class at the teacher’s discretion. Please check in with the reception desk before entering class after the scheduled start time. Out of respect for the teacher and practicing students, please be aware of the unique atmosphere of the class and adjust the discreteness and sound level of your entrance accordingly.
I would like to have an event at SunWater. Whom do I contact?
SunWater Spa is a great option for bridal parties, birthday celebrations, or company team-building exercises. We also sponsor cultural events, spiritual retreats, and yoga-themed workshops. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with all pertinent information regarding your proposed event. We will be in touch shortly to review.
Discounts and Specials
I’m a Colorado local. Do I receive any discounts?
Manitou Springs residents and those employed in Manitou Springs may soak for half price on Wednesdays. Colorado residents receive 10% off soaking, classes, and spa services on Wednesdays as well. Please bring an ID with your local address. Please visit here full list of discounts and services: https://www.sunwellness.net/sunwater/spa/special-promotions/
Are there any other regular discounts?
A 20% discount for classes and a $5 discount on soaking is available to teachers; military; Olympic athletes, coaches, and trainers; and those who are 55 or older. Please speak to a SunWater Spa representative to learn more.
Are lockers available?
Lockers are located on each spa level for your convenience and are free for all guests to use. A limited number of locks are available to borrow, so we suggest that you bring your own.
We suggest that all guests secure their valuables in the lockers during their stay.
Do you provide drinks and snacks?
Snacks and beverages are available in our retail area for purchase. We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle to refill from our water fountains. We also provide mineral spring water for you to enjoy.
Where should I park?
SunWater Spa has a select few parking spots directly in front of the spa. We also have 12 reserved parking spaces in the Hiawatha Gardens parking lot located at 10 Old Mans Trail. Across the street from the spa is free parking for the town of Manitou Springs, which is open to spa guests.
What is your policy on nudity?
Wearing clothes is required at all times in the spa. During your massage, it is optional to remain clothed; if you choose to be nude, you will need to be discreetly covered. You will be receiving a professional service and if at anytime there is inappropriate language or actions, the massage will be terminated immediately. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who engages in inappropriate behavior towards any staff member or guest.
Am I allowed to use my electronic device while at SunWater Spa?
In order to preserve the quiet and tranquil nature of this sacred place, the entire spa area is a designated whisper zone. Please do not take loud and involved phone calls or play music on your devices. Cameras are acceptable as long as they are used respectfully and discreetly. Phone calls may be taken in restrooms or outside the walls of the facility. All devices, including phones, are to be silenced or turned off completely upon entering the facility.
What is your policy on alcohol, marijuana, smoking, and weapons or firearms?
We are a zero-tolerance facility in regards to alcohol, all legal and illegal drugs, cigarettes, and weapons or firearms. If you disrespect our policy, you will be asked to leave the facility without a refund.
I’m pregnant. What activities are safe for my pregnancy?
Please contact your doctor or physician with any concern you may have before visiting SunWater Spa.
What are your age policies?
- No more than two children with one guardian allowed at a time (limited to groups of four total).
- No children under the age of six
- Children MUST be at least 42 inches tall to soak
- All guests are required to sign a waiver before using facilities; guardians must sign on behalf of children
- Children must be with guardians at all times
- Guests 13 and up may participate in our classes with waiver signed by guardian over the age of 18. Younger children may be allowed at the teacher’s discretion.
- Treatments and therapies are available to guests over the age of 13. Guests under 18 require adult supervision and waiver commitment.
What is your policy on animals?
No pets are permitted at the Spa with the exception of service dogs. We strongly discourage guests from leaving their pet unattended in, or tied to, their car.
I think I left something at the spa!
We maintain a lost and found for just this reason! Please return to the spa to check for your lost item. Anything left after one week will be donated to a local non-profit.
Does SunWater Spa offer memberships?
I would like to apply to work at SunWater. What do I need to do to apply?
Thank you for your interest in SunWater Spa! We are always accepting applications. To review the positions we have available, please visit https://www.sunwellness.net/careers/.
To download an application, please visit https://www.sunwellness.net/wp-content/uploads/SunWater-APPLICATION-FOR-EMPLOYMENT-MARCH-2015.pdf
I represent a media outlet and would like to feature SunWater Spa. Whom do I contact for high-resolution photos, company logos, or to schedule an interview or facility walkthrough?
I’m coming from the airport. How do I get to SunMountain Center?
We are conveniently located 25 minutes from the Colorado Springs Airport and about an hour and a half from the Denver International Airport. We find that many guests choose to rent cars or vans for their stay, and many guests carpool with other retreat attendees.
If you are looking for other ground transportation and land at the Colorado Springs Airport, we recommend using Lyft, Uber, YellowCab or other cab services, as they are the most economical and efficient mode of local transportation. If arriving at the Denver International Airport, the most economical option is generally a door-to-door service such as Transit Van Shuttle or Door to Door Shuttle. Cabs are also available from the Denver International Airport directly to SunMountain Center.
We are located at 328 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.
Can we check in early?
Check in is at 3 pm. Should you need a place to leave your belongings before 3 pm, please contact us in advance and we will work with you to provide a solution to store your belongings.
WHAT IF I WON’T BE THERE TO CHECK IN BETWEEN 3 TO 5 PM?
Please indicate this during your registration and we will provide you with the necessary instructions for after-hours check in.
What is your cancellation policy?
Our guest cancellation policy is 50% of the reservation cost to the guest with more than 31 days notice prior to the date reserved. If cancellation occurs without 31 days notice, there is no refund.
Where do I park?
Once you arrive at 328 El Paso Boulevard, drive through the wrought iron gate and continue up the winding driveway until you arrive at the Greenstone Offices, where you will check in. Please park your car parallel (at a forty-five degree angle) to the island opposite Rockledge.
What is included in my stay at SunMountain Center?
When you book a stay at SunMountain Center, you will be ushered into a breathtaking room in an estate surrounded by acres of biodynamic urban farm. Recharge in the hot tub as you take in the mountainous landscape and the stunning beauty of Manitou Springs. Our chef will serve a handcrafted breakfast for our guests at 8am that showcases our sustainable practices and holistic approach to wellness. Each person, per stay, is gifted with a two-hour soaking pass to SunWater Spa, to experience the deep relaxation and tranquility offered in Manitou. We also have hot tubs on property if you would like to continue soaking after the spa.
Where can I find information on upcoming retreats?
What is your Registration Policy?
Registration is open until the day of the event until 3pm or once the max occupancy is reached. A wait list will be activated once we hit occupancy. All accounts are required to have a zero balance prior to signing in to the retreat on arrival day. Every attendee is required to sign our liability waiver. This can be done prior to the event through the account login that is emailed to you once you register.
How do I indicate that my friend and I want to be in the same room?
If you are interested in being a roommate with another attendee during the retreat please indicate that on your registration form as well as select the same room type as your friend. This change of room can not be done during the retreat or on the day of arrival as it conflicts with the organization of the retreat.
What should I bring on a retreat?
SunMountain Center provides yoga mats, bolsters & blocks, luxury towels, and bed linens.
In addition to the specific needs of your retreat, we recommend you come prepared for a farm tour and changing weather patterns. For optimal comfort and enjoyment, we recommend you bring walking shoes, a water bottle, a pen and journal, warm layers, a rain jacket, and a hat and gloves year round. Bring a swimsuit for hot tub use and to soak in the mineral water at SunWater Spa. We provide three meals per full day of retreat, bring nonperishable snacks if desired.
Bed & Breakfast Stays
Can I smoke on the property? How about using a vaporizer?
No. SunMountain Center is a wellness center and does not allow smoking or vaping of any kind.
What is your policy on animals?
Pets are not permitted at SunMountain at this time, with the exception of Service Dogs. Please notify reception ahead of your stay, so we can best accommodate service animals.
Can I change the room I have been assigned?
During the time of check-in as a bed and breakfast guest, changes to room assignments will not be available unless you are interested in upgrading your accommodations. Please ask the Guest Experience Manager if there are upgrades available
What is Manitou Springs like?
Manitou Springs is a small, majestic town nestled into the foothills of Pikes Peak. The town was established in the late 1800s as a scenic health resort. Visitors traveled from all over the world to experience the healing spring water that is native to the region. To this day, Manitou Springs remains a natural and tranquil escape, which makes it the perfect place to recharge and relax. In addition to Manitou’s natural splendor, the picturesque town has an abundance of dining and entertainment options to keep you entertained.
How close is SunMountain Center to other attractions?
Located less than half a mile away, Downtown Manitou Springs features an array of eclectic shops, historical sites, and mineral springs. It is about five minutes by car or a fifteen-minute walk.
SunWater Spa is half a mile down the road; many of our more adventurous guests choose to do the fifteen-minute walk to the spa. If you’d prefer to drive, it is a three-minute drive.
Garden of the Gods is just half of a mile away, which is three minutes by car or a fifteen-minute walk from SunMountain Center.
To get to the Manitou Incline, walk or drive half a mile down west on El Paso Boulevard to the free shuttle stop at Memorial Park. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and will bring you right to the base of the Incline where your adventure begins. The Incline is open daily from 6am to 6pm.
Are there TVs in your rooms?
We do not have TVs at the center. Peace and solitude are central to our mission as a wellness retreat center. We do offer spectacular views of the Front Range Mountains, hot tubs, six acres of biodynamic farmland, and gardens to explore as you reconnect with yourself and your loved ones.
Do I have access to a kitchen or stove?
We have a chef on site to cook breakfast for our overnight guests, served at 8am. The kitchens are for Chef use only. Reception is happy to provide suggestions for dining in town.
Is WIFI available at SunMountain Center?
Yes. We provide all guests with WIFI login information upon check-in.
What’s the weather like?
Colorado is graced with around 300 days of sunshine per year. While it is generally sunny, weather in the Rockies can be unpredictable, and temperatures take a drastic plunge at sundown. Be prepared for colder nights, sunny days, and the event of rain or snow year-round. Find the local weather report here
What is the food like?
Our mission is to cultivate nutritious food, starting with creating nutrient-dense soil and harvesting local organic food, grown right on our terraces. Menus are diverse and filled with vibrant vegetarian options. If you have food allergies, please indicate on your profile when registering for your stay.
Do you offer other meals?
We are pleased to offer our Bed & Breakfast guests coffee/tea and a farm-fresh wholesome vegetarian breakfast each morning of their stay, and we encourage you to enjoy the variety of local offerings in Manitou Springs for lunch and dinner.
I have specific food allergies, how do I let the chef know?
Please indicate dietary restrictions on your profile upon registration. There is an emailed link that will allow you to edit your registration if you would like to update your allergy information.
What kind of animals live on the farm?
The farm at SunMountain Center is the happy home to several goats, bunnies, ducks, chickens, quail, bees, and our pig, Jezebel. Read more about our animals here: https://www.sunwellness.net/sunmountain/farm/
When do farm tours take place?
Where can I buy produce from your farm?
Farm fresh produce is seasonally available for purchase in our retail space, located in the Greenstone Office. Our produce can also be found at the Manitou Community Market, please visit their website for current information https://manitousprings.org/calendar/manitou-community-market-4/
Is SunMountain available for event rental?
Can I have my wedding at SunMountain Center?
SunMountain’s sweeping views and historic estates make for an ideal wedding venue. Our limited alcohol policy remains intact for wedding and event rentals. Please also note that SunMountain Center may only be booked within 90 days of the event. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Do you have catering services for outside events?
No, not at this time. We do hope to expand our kitchen services in the future.