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La Costa Resort & Spa

La Costa Resort & Spa

  • La Costa Resort & Spa
  • The Spa at Estancia
  • Best Western Plus Inn by the Sea
  • W Hotel San Diego
  • Rancho Valencia
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Dear old Mom. She’s the glue holding the family together. The chauffer, laundress, little league cheerleader, party planner, cook, chief bottle washer and boo-boo kisser. The one who puts you first and foremost merely because it’s what Moms do. So, fr’pete’sake doesn’t this emissary of unconditional love deserve reciprocal pampering on Mother’s Day? Yes, and here are a few suggestions of where to arrange a day of cosseting.

Rancho Valencia - An Auberge Resort The Spa at Rancho Valencia
5921 Valencia Circle Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (858) 756-1123
Every day is Mother’s Day at Rancho Valencia. High standards are the norm at this veteran resort, with the spa at the top of the list. An Auberge Head to Toe two hour treatment will belay the frenetic pace of life as an aesthetician manipulates Mom’s scalp, back and feet with a lavender and orange essence. Aquatic buffs gravitate to the Vichy Valencia exfoliating hydrotherapy shower followed with the Spring Quench back exfoliation and Shea Butter massage. A more Zen experience is the Watsu - Japanese for floating in a warm water pool while being massaged…ommm. (Casita rates start at $490 Mother’s Day weekend. The Auberge Head to Toe treatment $210 for 90 minutes, $275 for 120 minutes. Water Wellness $130 for 60 minutes. Spring Quench $100 for 60 minutes.)

W Hotel San Diego AWAY Spa
421 West B Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 398-3100
Refueling and rejuvenating is AWAY’s motto. Tap into the fountain of youth with anti-aging facials such as Melt Away, which includes a resurfacing glycolic and salicylic application. Their REN skincare contains bioactive free of synthetics and preservatives. Has Mom had a bit too much bubbly? The “Rehabs” cold stone massage will shake a hangover; an eye treatment will make bags disappear. Duel pampering is what the WoW treatment provides, as two therapists give a massage and facial simultaneously! Wow! Makes a one technician service seem mundane. (Room rates start at $201 Mother’s Day weekend. Melt Away facial $175 for 80 minutes. Rehab $155 for 80 minutes. WoW treatment $195 for 80 minutes.)

Best Western Plus Inn by the Sea SK Sanctuary of La Jolla
7830 Fay Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037 (800) 462-9732
Why treat Mom to a day when you can treat her to an entire weekend? The Best Western Plus includes the whole kit and caboodle in their Mother’s Day Rejuvenate the Soul Spa Package. A preferred room with balcony and partial ocean view, complimentary continental breakfast, USA Today newspaper, and a choice of the European facial or European massage at nearby SK Sanctuary sum up Mom’s special weekend. Transportation to and from the spa one mile away will be arranged by SK. Once there, specific skin care needs are addressed, determining what exfoliating peels, botanical extracts and masques are best for a facial. The massage is a bit less involved, necessitating only a strong set of nimble fingers to knead life’s tension away. (Room rates start at $139 Mother’s Day weekend. Spa Package is $229 a night, including the treatment.)

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa The Spa at Estancia
9700 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 550-1000
The resort is located in one of the most prominent neighborhoods in Southern California, known for its million dollar homes and celebrity residents. Estancia’s panacea encapsulates spa treatments and crystal flutes full of citrus mimosas. After all, who says you can’t make merry at the spa? The 8,000 square foot facility offers an avalanche of treatments - nine distinct massages, five custom facials, reflexology, body wraps, manis and pedis. Eleven therapy rooms, four of them in the outdoor garden area, hum with guests enjoying al la carte services or full day packages. (Room rates start at $199 Mother’s Day weekend. Treatments and packages run from $30 to $495. A free Mimosa on Mother‘s Day.)

La Costa Resort & Spa The Spa at La Costa
2100 Costa Del Mar Road Carlsbad, CA 92009 (800) 854-5000
Only the best for Mom is the mantra this weekend and La Costa fits the bill. Spa Magazine just named the newly renovated bastion of bliss #1 spa in Southern California. The Mom and Mia Package delivers a Berry Firm Facial to rehydrate skin. Fresh strawberries and rhubarb rejuvenate cells with the Clarisonic mini rotating brush. After the treatment, Mom may take home the Clarisonic. For a new twist on the spa experience, La Costa offers Spa Under The Stars. The citrus-scented courtyard plays host to an evening of guitar music, cocktails, any treatment, and an on-site Astrologer reading the stars. An even more holistic approach to indulge Mom is the Chopra Center For Well-Being where guests connect to their essential self and life’s purpose. (Room rates start at $255 Mother’s Day Weekend. Spa Under The Stars: $45 admission only, $125 for 50 minute treatment and admission, $139 for 50 treatment, admission, drink and appetizer. The Mom And Mia Package: $245 includes 50 Berry Firm Facial and Clarisonic Mia (retail value $149.)