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14 Top Spas in North County San Diego (2018 Guide)

Spas in North County San Diego

The very word “spa” evokes sighs of happiness. Say it a few times – it’s like a deep “ahhh” that relaxes the body and mind. Even better? Go to the spa. Now that’s the ultimate zen. Below are the day spas in the area to visit for that deep “ahhh” you may be craving.

Spas in North County San Diego Coastal

(Del Mar to Oceanside)

1. The Spa at Omni La Costa

This award-winning spa is recognized by spa and travel magazines worldwide for its diverse treatments offerings and facilities. The spa includes 28,000 square feet of indoor space and a 15,000 square foot outdoor courtyard, and is home to a whopping 42 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, spa boutique, the Spa Café as well as movement and fitness training studios. The Chopra Center for Wellbeing is also located here and famous as a destination for people come to heal their physical body and experience a spiritual awakening.

Try regionally inspired signature treatments including the Bamboo Massage, a massage in which stalks of warmed bamboo are rolled over the muscles’ soothing aches and pains.

The Spa Café integrates produce and herbs grown on the property. Take a walk down the reflexology path or just lounge in the Spa Courtyard. Or, just hang out at the pool. You’ll feel as if you’ve checked into a luxury resort, even if just for a day.

2. Quattra Via Aveda Salon

If you’re going by smell alone (courtesy of Aveda), Quattra Via wins. Luckily, this popular salon in Carlsbad’s Forum Shopping Center has more going for it than olfactory awesomeness.  A zen vibe, soothing ambiance, and expansive menu of services also make Quattra Via a hot spot to beautify. The salon makes pampering its mission, so expect that to happen in spades. In addition to cuts, styling, and color, Quatrra Via boasts a full line of spa services like massages, facials, and waxing.

3. Ocean Day Spa

This super zen spot is small but mighty. Guests enjoy a massage, facials, waxing, body wraps and custom spa packages. You might not notice it’s there until you know to look for it, but once you find it, you’ll be happy you did. Side note? Word on the street is Ashley rocks at waxing.

4. Ocean Pearl Spa

Ocean Pearl Spa visitors receive private lockers, plush robes and spa sandals, as well as access to the eucalyptus steam room, showers and relaxation lounge. Not to mention spa guests also have complimentary access to the fitness center, heated pool and jacuzzi. Try the Orange Blossom Bliss, a full body massage using honey, aloe and live papaya fruit cells, plus a refreshing foot scrub

5. Ocean Crest Spa

Located at Cape Rey Hilton Resort, this spa offers the full gamut of services, plus guests enjoy access to steam room, outdoor pool and whirlpool. Other amenities include separate men’s and women’s locker rooms and an indoor/outdoor relaxation lounge. Want a day there? Go for the Ocean Bliss Package featuring two relaxing services with a spa lunch.

6. Carlsbad Mineral Spa

Chances are you know the “famous” Carlsbad alkaline water, but did you know there’s a whole spa featuring its “magical” benefits? This spa is located on the historic site where the artesian alkaline water springs, and offers a wide variety of spa packages available with our without the therapeutic mineral baths. All services are offered in one of the spa’s themed treatment rooms. If you’re looking for a bells and whistles treatment, go for the Royal, which includes a carbonated alkaline mineral bath, aromatherapy and a mud facial. The package includes a one-hour massage, too (all for under $150).

7. Place360 Health&Spa

If you like all your spa and alternative health services in one location, Place360 is it. Offering a wide range of holistic health treatments such as acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic care, traditional Chinese medicine, massage, skin care, waxing, body treatments (shall we go on?), Place360’s wellness coaches also creates customized packages to suit your needs. That means you can make all your beautification and health appointments for one day and in one spot.

8. The Spa at L’Auberge

The Spa at L’Auberge is heavily influenced by its seaside location just steps away from the beach, inside the exclusive L’Auberge Del Mar boutique hotel. Shades of blue accented by orange are woven throughout the 10 treatment rooms and romantic couple’s suite. If the ocean air isn’t relaxing enough, the spa certainly will be.

A small indoor area complete with tea, water and the ability to order room service is where the therapist picks guests up prior to treatment. There is also a small outdoor patio with lounge chairs and a fire pit as well as a steam room in the locker room. Lounging here is probably best done on a half-day basis, but relaxing nonetheless.

9. The Spa at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar

One of only 25 five-star spas in the country is here in Carmel Valley. The Spa at The Grand Del Mar’s opulent Renaissance-style decor and old-world elegance set a perfect and tranquil scene. A spa treatment includes 2 hours of complimentary Kids Explorer Club where the kids can play and do art projects while you channel zen. The 21,000 square foot spa facility features 11 beautifully-appointed, spacious treatment rooms (including a plush couple’s suite).

Guests enjoy a variety of touch therapies incorporating hot stones, herbal reflexology, Vichy showers and lymphatic drainage relax muscle tension. There is even a fairly extensive menu just for men. Popular treatments include manual lymphatic drainage done in a series to remove toxins through light movements that promote the flow of lymph. This treatment is especially noticeable in the face to improve conditions such as rosacea, sinusitis, puffy eyes and much more. Add it on to any massage.

Guests are entitled to use of the adult-only pool , fitness center, indoor whirlpool as well as a very comfortable lounging area with fireplace (separate facilities for men and women), water, tea and muffins. Spa guests also receive complimentary valet parking.

10. Bergamot Spa

A true sanctuary in the middle of Encinitas, Bergamot Spa is a community of independent health and wellness practitioners. Highlights include Balinese day beds, koi pond, and a tranquil Indonesian-inspired garden that relaxes you practically on sight. Bergamot offers massage, skin care, waxing, and mani/pedis. Our amenities include an infrared sauna and steam showers.

Spas in North County San Diego Inland

(Rancho Bernardo to Escondido)

11. The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn

While the spa offers comforts of a typical hotel spa such as men’s and women’s locker rooms, a steam room and a whirlpool, a few other amenities make The Spa at The Rancho Bernardo Inn stand out such as the ability to enjoy a treatment in a temperature-controlled garden casita. For those short on time during a lunch break, the spa offers quick 20-minute treatments.

Guests enjoy couples treatments are available as well as massages, facials, body wraps, nail services and waxing that utilizes fresh, often food-based ingredients that read like a gourmet menu. Day guests will get their money’s worth by utilizing the lounging facilities. The spa menu includes wine, Caprese salad, a chef’s cheese selection, and other treats to be enjoyed in the garden area or by the pool. The saline pool is reserved exclusively for spa use and also features cabanas to reserve for lounging. Spa guests may also use the fitness center.

For a treat, try the Balinese Warm Stone Massage, where gently heated aromatherapy oils are massaged into the skin and warm stones release tension.

12. The Spa at Rancho Valencia

A recent renovation freshened up this luxury spa which draws on its peaceful Rancho Santa Fe surroundings. Ten gorgeous treatment rooms including two couples suites offer the perfect venue for relaxation. The spa menu includes massages, scrubs, soaks, facials, herbal wraps and several services just for men. Looking for a quick spa fix? Try the 15-minute de-puffing treatment that utilizes high concentrations of seaweed to help reduce eye puffiness and diminish dark circles.

13. Bellissima Day Spa

Located in downtown Escondido, the award-winning Bellissima measures 11,000 square feet over two floors and is housed in a historic building that received the Escondido Downtown Business Assocation’s award for “Best Renovation of an Historic Building”. Bellissima focuses on therapeutic stress reduction treatments using marine and botanical ingredients like sea salts, seaweed, algae, plankton, essential oils and herbal extracts. A steam room is available to guests, and the spa’s garden room is a dining area with food catered by local restaurants.

14. Golden Door Spa

No trains or planes… just a quick automobile drive lands North County residents at the world’s best destination spa, according to many top-rated travel publications and spa experts. Golden Door Spa is tucked away in the hills of Escondido and home to 40 pampered guests each week. If you are looking for a bucket list wellness vacation, this might be it.

The Japanese ryokan-style property includes spacious single-occupancy rooms. Fitted with things like comfortable clothing and fantastic Golden Door skincare amenities to use during your stay, there isn’t much you really need to bring other than a few pairs of tennis shoes (one for scenic morning hikes and the other for the gym) and some simple basics.

Food is part of the experience and it’s a wonder that nutritious, well-portioned meals can taste this good. I definitely left with a better sense of portion control. Much of the food is either grown on site in the bio dynamic organic gardens or sourced from local farms. Chef Greg Frey, Jr. (formerly of Omni La Costa’s Bluefire Grill) creates the daily menu based on what is in season.

The all-inclusive rate includes all meals, fitness, daily programming and a whole lot of beauty and spa. The belief is that daily massages (!!!), nail treatments, detox wraps, hair blow outs and more are an integral part of the guest experience. When you look, you feel good.

Golden Door the kind of place that reinforces family bonds and friendships as well as re-energizes the mind, body and spirit. We don’t often think a short drive from home can have these kinds of benefits, but rest assured that it can.

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Debbie Anderson: Debbie is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. Debbie's been featured in Writer's Digest, the San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD "Best in Lifestyle" blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or at Google+.