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Back to Back: Mega Resort Mommy Massages

Even with no scented oils, no heated massage tables, and an awkward hollowed-out cushion for your belly, a soothing massage is the ultimate luxury for an expectant mom.


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La Costa Resort & Spa

$155, 50 minute maternity massage

Resort Setting: Private whirlpool baths, special spa pool outside, deck chairs and loungers, and a large building with what seemed like dozens of treatment rooms and winding hallways make it feel like a resort within the actual resort. Young, beautiful attendants guide you everywhere. Almost too big to be a spa. Almost.  

Locker Room: Gorgeous, huge, and gleaming with new, high-end fixtures and finishings, there are so many lockers that it’s easy to find a private corner. Showers are well stocked; blow dryers are new and quiet. 

Massage: Soothing, Swedish style with a just a few words of prenatal advice from the technician (most moms just can’t resist doling out a tip or two). 

Extras: Standard cucumber eye treatment and lavender eye mask

Overall: Large and luxurious, I’d go back again, but will bring a few friends with me. This place is made for a spa day with the girls.

Inn at Rancho Bernardo

$ 150, 50 minute mother-to-be massage 

Resort Setting: Tranquil, cozy, perfect. Fireplaces, courtyards tucked outside every door, private spa pool, outdoor treatment rooms, rustic  gardens, and a pleasantly invisible, mature staff. You completely forget you’re at a hotel. 

Locker Room: Intimate. There’s only one lane of lockers wrapped around a vanity station, so it could get crowded on busy spa days or with groups. Showers are nice, but there are only two, and blow dryers are old and shrill.

Massage: Standard Swedish technique, but the therapist was careful to check in verbally more than once to encourage Mom to adjust positions, breath, and stay relaxed, adjusting blankets, pregnancy pillow, and sheets often. Ahhh. 

Extras: Special gift of “belly butter” and massage oil for Mom at check-in, lavender eye mask during the massage.  

Overall: For a quiet day away at the spa for pure relaxation, this was the better of the two.   

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