For most people, like this writer, the word “spa” is a way to get a massive smile on your face. When things are hectic and stressful, like during the holidays, there is nothing most people would rather do than escape to an amazing spa and let someone else do the heavy lifting for awhile. It also makes for a fantastic gift, for men and women alike, to be sent away on a spa-cation! Here are the Top 5 spas in San Diego, but here’s a disclaimer: it’s hard to choose because San Diego really has an amazing selection of spas!
1 The Grand Del Mar Spa
It's no secret that we think The Grand Del Mar is very Haute, and all things we support in this magazine. Their spa is definitely a reason for that distinction! With a gorgeous European decor, a backdrop of lush green hills, and an ambience of total serenity, it's really hard to beat the pa at The Grand Del Mar. The entire property prepares you for your spa treatments, as just walking around the grounds instantly relaxes you. With whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and unique treatments all designed to ease your tired bones, this is the place to go, this is the place to visit, this is the place to spa.
2 Rock Spa
Do you want a spa with a side of uber-cool hipster? Would you like to be surrounded by amazing music and see something different than the usual spa decor and vibe? Rock Spa is your place, and it's just so much edgier than anything else out there. With modern decor that is somehow still soothing and a staff well-trained in all they do, Rock Spa is a great place to visit if you're someone who has seen it all when it comes to spas. Get a hot stone treatment and listen to their hand-picked, impeccably chosen song selections as your body is not only relaxed, it's also made a little bit trendier, by proxy.
3 The Spa at Hotel Del Coronado
Everything is better at the Hotel Del, and the spa is no exception. It's really hard to be less-than-amazing when you've got a century of experience, an entire beach as your property, and a reputation of serving everyone from Hollywood icons to US presidents, and the Hotel Del Spa does not disappoint. Their style is simple elegance, as is the entire resort, and you get the feeling that this is old money you're being pampered with, which is by far the best feeling. Victorians came here to get the soothing effects of the beach, and modern visitors are no different. This is a place spa junkies must visit, as they are highly acclaimed, even being named one of the Top 20 Hotel Spas in the world by Travel + Leisure.
4 Sea Spa at Loews
The Sea Spa at Loews is such an incredible spot in the world. It's located right off the resort's private marina, tucked back into a private space of Coronado and everything about is says San Diego. It's exactly what you picture when you think of vacationing in our great city, and it sticks true to the Southern California style of a laid-back, beach inspired, amazing spa. The staff is made up of smiling faces and accommodating gestures, and you get the feeling that they're all really happy to see you. Everything beach focused in treatments, from sea stones, to sea salt scrubs, to entire days out in the sun while being massaged on a gondola, this spa knows exactly what they're doing. If you're looking for a perfect San Diego getaway spa, this is your best bet!
5 Aviara Spa
Just unveiled this season, the spa at the Park Hyatt Aviara is proving to be an absolute haven of bliss. Set amidst the hills and quiet of Carlsbad, up the winding Four Seasons drive, this spa is a place to retreat to when the hectic holiday season finally exhausts you. The Aviara spa is over 15,000 square feet of treatment rooms, an indoor solarium, water features and a variety of amenities to their guests. With a brand new resort, the brand new spa is absolutely amazing, and a place to visit this winter to relax.