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10 Best Spas in San Diego Send You Straight Into Bliss



When you are due for a little extra pampering, it helps to know what is on offer at San Diego's best spas. Sometimes, a quick massage is in order while other occasions call for an entire day of lounging or even a full week. San Diego is home to two of the world's most prestigious destinations spas and the good news is that residents need not book airfare to go on a wellness vacation.

A stay at Cal-a-Vie or Golden Door can recharge the body and soul in luxurious private accommodations and days full of wellness classes and spa treatments. Golf, hike, swim and relax. Many people go for weight loss, to regain their center, and change habits.

For a day of spa, San Diego residents often visit The Spa at La Costa to lounge by the pool, walk down the reflexology path, enjoy fantastic treatments, dine on spa cuisine, and even address inner wellness at the world-renowned Chopra Center. Don't worry if you're a guest of the hotel and the kids are in tow. The kid's club will take care of them while you spa.

Any of these 10 best San Diego spas are sure to melt the stress away.


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The spa at Estancia La Jolla includes luxurious amenities such as two private bungalows, one for nail care and the other for couples, featuring a fire place, soaking tub for two and private deck. A gorgeous co-ed indoor lounging space and a co-ed outdoor relaxation lounge including a meditation garden, grand fireplace and overstuffed pillows to snuggle up with. Treatments include facials, massages, nail services, waxing and much more. You can buy a day pass to use the fitness center and all of the spa's facilities including the heated saltwater pool and whirlpool. They can also arrange private yoga and meditation sessions.




The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn offers private treatment cabanas, indoor lounging facilities and more. The changing areas are full of amenities from hair ties to deodorants. Treatments are based on organic and natural ingredients such as pumpkin, chocolate, grapefruit and cherry to satisfy all of your senses. The menu features skincare treatments, massages, body treatments and nail services that guests can book online. Do plan to stay for lunch by the spa's private pool. Day use of the facilities without a spa treatment is available for a fee and based on availability. Check their website for the latest spa specials.




Aviara Spa, located inside the five-star Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, offers guests a robust menu of completely customizable facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, reflexolofy and more. It's a large spa with 15,000 square feet of space, 20 treatment rooms, an indoor solarium lounge area (with drinks and snacks), whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and dressing areas. It is a popular spot for couples treatments because of their couple's suite with a shower for two, side-by-side tables, intimate lounge and more. The fitness trainers can also customize workout programs in the state-of-the-art fitness center. Treatments may be booked online. You will love it.


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The Catamaran Spa is located in the extremely family-friendly Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay. The world-class spa has views of Mission Bay, including from the waterfront therapy pool. The vibe is South Pacific and Asian-inspired with treatments featuring exclusive marine and botanical-based products. The extensive menu offers everything from specially designed ritual services to relaxing Vichy showers. You'll want to plan extra time around your treatment to take advantage of the herbal-infused steam room, sauna and fitness facility (classes occur on the lawn near the beach). The salon offers an array of nail and hair treatments performed while overlooking a botanical garden.




Located inside The Lodge at Torrey Pines--named for the famous golf course next door--The Spa at Torrey Pines is a hidden gem. Designed with feng shui in mind, the 9500 square foot spa offers a full range of treatments that draw inspiration from various cultures as well and lounging facilities. The spa incorporates sage (known for its purifying and detoxification properties) into treatments as seventeen varieties grow in the nearby Torrey Pines State Reserve. The hotel offers guided hikes at Torrey Pines State Reserve every Tuesday at 9:00am and guests may take a fitness class on the lawn overlooking the golf course.




Recipient of a number of national accolades, The Spa at La Costa is ranked as one of the best. The full-service menu incorporate organic ingredients and sustainable products. The facility also includes a Spa Cafe, Southern California's only reflexology pathway and more. The famous Chopra Center is also onsite, catering to spiritual wellbeing for a treatment or longer stay. The salon performs blow-outs, cuts, color and kids haircuts. Do plan enough time to lounge before or after your treatment as this is one of the best places in town to do so in the dry sauna, indoor whirlpool, steam room, relaxation room and co-ed lounge.




The Spa at Rancho Valencia offers a fantastic line-up of fitness classes, spa treatments and wellness programs. The resort's fitness center has a 1,000-square-foot Serenity Yoga Pavilion that offers numerous Yoga sessions, fitness classes, exercise programs and retreats hosted by top-tier fitness and wellness professionals. Be sure to arrive early to use the pools, steam room and sauna (bring a bathing suit as they are coed) before enjoying a treatment from the full-service spa menu. Access to the fitness center and pools is included with a treatment for guests not in residence at the resort. Therefore, make it a spa day here.




The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the best San Diego spa for day usage. Be soothed by the opulent interior featuring a neutral palette and framed Hermes scarves lining the walls. The comprehensive menu of services encompasses a full slate of natural therapies, including cleansing facials, invigorating hydrotherapy body treatments and an organic product line that is custom-made for Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Should you be prepping for a big night out, book hair, makeup and nails at the Haim salon. Plus, there's the gorgeous pool, whirlpool, fitness center, refreshments and lounging areas. It's award-winning for a very good reason.




Cal-a-Vie is one of the nation's best destination spas. The luxury resort resembles a peaceful French village and is nestled on 200 acres in Vista. Go for a week or petite stay of just a few days to kick start a path to wellness. Over 100 fitness and wellness classes are on offer throughout the week and the food may be healthy but it's nothing short of exquisite. Rest in between classes in one of the 32 Mediterranean-style villas. Over 55% of guests return for a good reason. It's also the only destination spa in the world with a true 18-hole golf course.


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Golden Door is repeatedly voted the world's best destination spa. Tucked away in the hills of Escondido, it's home to only 40 guests per week who stay in luxurious ryokan style accommodations. Weekly activities are tailored to guests in residence ranging from fitness classes of all levels, nutritional counseling, spiritual counseling, art therapy and much more. Ingredients are sourced locally or from the onsite biodynamic gardens and prepared into delicious and nutritious, filling meals. The morning hiking on the resort's private trails is also extraordinary. It's best to go for the 7-day program but occasionally shorter stays are available. All resort profits also directly benefit children in need through various programs.


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