Whether you need a little pampering pre-wedding or want to spend a luxurious day with your bridal party or best friends, we love these San Diego spas…
With its gorgeous gardens and lush landscape, The Spa at Rancho Valencia is the perfect place to refresh, restore and renew with the girls before the big day. This Eden-like oasis, also stunning with its gurgling fountains and intricate tile work, calls for a full day of relaxation. Start with a fitness class like yoga or mat pilates (complimentary to spa-goers). Then feel your muscles melt with their Watsu therapy, a gentle massage in a warm pool or The Essence, a redolent massage with Valencia oranges and blended oils. Dip into their three therapeutic pools (hot, warm and cold) for healing hydrotherapy, or purify even more in the steam room or sauna. End the day lounging by the pool under a private cabana enjoying a fresh summer salad and mimosa from chef Eric Bauer at The Restaurant at Rancho Valencia.
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Grab your girlfriends for a fun field trip to Corona. Although this 150-year-old spa offers a melange of relaxing therapies such as mineral baths, massages in wooded outdoor rooms and the ultimate skin hydration in an underground grotto, the compelling draw of Glen Ivy Hot Springs is truly Club Mud. The only red clay mineral mud bath in California, it acts as a purifying agent as it draws from the pores, absorbs impurities and releases the waste and dead skin cells while tightening and revitalizing the skin. You and your bridal party can paint your bodies, then let it dry and turn into powder that brushes off . Then hit the hot springs for a long soak. Be sure to check out the free activities on site like guided mediations, water aerobics and Tai Chi. After a refreshing day, grab a healthy bite at Café Solé with a meal Executive Chef Bill Wavrin calls the Mediterranean Cuisine of the Sun.
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Kin Spa at the Manchester Grand Hyatt
This savvy spa will customize anything a bride-to-be desires. We recommend the Gold Coast Body Wrap, a 60-minute infusion of Propolis, a healing antioxidant from the Brazilian rainforest that nourishes skin. Next, warm coconut milk is cascaded and massaged over your entire body. Or how about a Jade manicure, once used exclusively by East Asian royalty. Jade-infused soaks, scrubs, sprays and creams hydrate, repair, and detoxify dry and undernourished hands and feet during this soothing manicure/pedicure. Then hit the spa pool, Kin Oasis, which overlooks the San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge. Private cabanas are available for poolside mani/pedis and other spa services while sipping bubbly and nibbling on chocolate-covered strawberries. 619-358-6699;
This seaside haven with its soothing beach cottage-style is one of our favorite pampering outposts in Del Mar. For a perfect pairing, we suggest the Pacific Pause, a L’Auberge luxe massage, scintillating facial and spa lunch at Kitchen 1540 or Waterfall Terrace. For the ultimate renewal, send your bridal party on a global adventure—Amazonian-, Polynesian-, Asian- or Moroccan-style. If Morocco calls, your entire body will be covered with spices and Ghassoul clays, producing a gentle heat to stimulate, drain and detoxify. A warm jasmine oil massage explores pressure points to improve blood flow and relax the muscles. Or luxuriate in the offerings of Polynesia as coconut pulp and sea salts exfoliate the skin, followed by a warm wrap in coconut and spirulina ointment. A soothing Lomi Lomi massage sends you off to the islands and infuses the body and soul with the spirit of aloha.