Golden Door - The Ultimate San Diego Spa Retreat
Nationally acclaimed Golden Door in Escondido is one of San Diego’s best getaways. Also chosen as one of Shape Magazine’s top 10 fitness spas WORLDWIDE, The Golden Door is SanDiego.com’s Editor’s Choice for rejuvenating spa retreats in San Diego. Unlike many spas which focus on pampering you “in the moment” while you visit, the Golden Door focuses on not only indulging you during your stay, but on providing the tools for inner reflection, healthy eating and fitness so that you create long lasting effects to take away with you when you finally have to leave this top-notch spa and resort.
The Golden Door caters mostly to women, with Women’s Weeks running for most of the calendar year, but they also host Men’s Weeks and Co-Ed Weeks periodically so that everyone can get a chance to experience this incredible San Diego spa. The Golden Door also hosts a number of Special Focus Weeks, including Aqua Fitness Workout which features challenging aquatic workout classes as well as beginner level water cardio training for novices. With Aqua Fitness Workout Week, enjoy splash-dance water dance aerobics, aqua zumba, hydro-resistance training, synchronized water workouts and more. If water training isn’t your style, try out Golden Door’s Yoga focused week, The Art of Dreams, The Cosmos: Sacred Science or Reboot Your Life. All of these Special Focus Weeks stick with Golden Door’s philosophy of not only providing on-premises luxury, but focus on enabling you to discover the tools for self-discovery and reflection so that you can stay a happier and healthier self even when you have to leave Golden Door and return to the “real world.”
San Diego’s Golden Door spa and resort recommends that guests book for at least a week to ensure they can immerse themselves in the many facilities in place to help guests “seek out the perfect balance of body, mind and spirit” and, of course – to take advantage of the facials, mani/pedis and massages!! The cost of a stay is steep, starting at about $8,250 per week, but Golden Door delivers on the price tag – and then some! Famous for their guest return rate, this San Diego dream escape has a bamboo forest planted in honor of patrons who have visited 10 or more times – it’s an impressively large group, and no wonder!
The Golden Door has been around for over 50 years now, a testament to their comprehensive program which takes care of everything you could possibly want or need…and even all the things you never knew you wanted or needed until you got them at Golden Door! Before you even step onto their enchanting 377-acres, this Escondido spa and resort starts catering to your needs; as soon as you register the Golden Door team starts prepping for your visit, beginning with mailing you an information packed which includes luggage tags and a pre-visit questionnaire that will help them identify your likes, dislikes and fitness goals.
When you arrive, take in the beautiful, sprawling grounds which include zen-like gardens, fruit trees, brooks, koi ponds and twenty miles of private mountainside-meadow trails. Early birds can enjoy a truly serene experience on the grounds as Golden Door offers daily 5:30a.m. hikes as part of their fitness program – get your adrenaline pumping and watch the sunrise over this tranquil property. The fitness program at this San Diego getaway begins with a Personal Program interview to help identify your needs and goals. Enjoy up to four sessions with a personal trainer, a customized take-home fitness plan and participate in fitness classes from a selection of over 40 choices including evening programs. Guests can take advantage of 12 different mountain and meadow hikes utilizing the 20 miles of private trails on Golden Door property, as well as an 11-circuit labyrinth and a classical 7-circuit gratitude labyrinth.
After you finish getting your blood pumping Golden Door replenishes you with meals tailored to your body size and optimal caloric intake. Using organic produce grown in their own garden as well as fresh local fish and free range chicken or turkey, Golden Door is all about farm-to-table food that is both healthy AND delicious! Savor your meals poolside or in the dining room if you’re feeling social, or you can get them delivered to your room. Just let the staff know if you have any special dietary concerns – Golden Door will address any allergy or other food related needs and help create a personal eating plan for you!
Your meal plan isn’t the only thing customized for you – From your room’s location (you can request something more secluded, closer to the spa, a room featuring more natural sunlight exposure or dimmer lighting!), to your fitness plan and spa choices truly indulge in a resort that is YOU-centric. Get an in-room massage every day, enjoy Herbal Wraps and receive personal treatment recommendations with a week’s supply of complimentary Golden Door Skin Care products. Get spoiled with a manicure & pedicure, hair consultation and scalp treatment. And since Golden Door is all about you, don’t worry about packing heavy for all of your resort activities in San Diego (or lack thereof!) – Golden Door provides a complete wardrobe for your stay including fresh daily warm-up gear, shorts, t-shirts, terry cloth robe, sandals, sun hat and fanny pack for hiking. Your clothes can be laundered and your room will be cleaned daily. Enjoy a 4-to-1 staff to guest ration for personal attention that can’t be rivaled – lounge on your private garden deck or patio and you’ll wonder why you didn’t book a longer stay.
Golden Door’s programs and classes focus on mindful living, meditation and rituals. Golden Door is all about creating an uplifting experience for an uplifting self – but they are never preachy. There’s no pressure to attend anything that doesn’t interest you, so enter with an open-mind. Enjoy, learn and most importantly – indulge with Golden Door in Escondidio, SanDiego.com’s Editor’s choice.
Book your stay at Golden Door by calling (866) 420-6414
This blog was written by Erica Krilov. An East Coast transplant, she fell in love with all that San Diego has to offer six years ago, but secretly thinks she should have moved here before even leaving the womb. When not writing, Erica spends her time hiking, biking and horseback riding.