Best San Diego Day Spas
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12 Day Spas in San Diego for Some Major Zen

Recharge and Unwind at These Top-Notch Wellness Destinations in San Diego

Self-care has never been more in vogue, but if skipping town for a weekend wellness reboot isn’t an option, then sign up for a San Diego spa day experience instead! Ranging from wanderlust-worthy destination hotels to charming neighborhood gems, these holistic sanctuaries and authentic Korean bathhouses offer a stellar range of services. You’ll find everything at these wellness and beauty spots—from full-body scrubs, botanical facials and IV therapies to moon-phase rituals. Want a calm mind with silky smooth skin to match? Discover your definition of self-care at these San Diego spas.

 

Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge at The Seabird Ocean Resort & Spa

Best San Diego Day Spas
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Tucked on the grounds of The Seabird Ocean Resort & Spa in Oceanside, Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge is an oceanfront retreat for all things wellness. Holistic “soul care” is on the menu here, where you can immerse yourself in rejuvenating treatments and rituals with sweeping ocean views at every turn. The well-being services at Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge are designed for solos and duos (think couples, mothers and daughters, and friends), and include everything from CBD body wraps to anti-aging facials and deep tissue massages. Bodywork offerings cater to the relief of a variety of everyday stresses—from prenatal to sports recovery—all available with optional boosts that feature CBD or collagen. Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge takes the concept of mind, body and spirit to heart, as seen in their approach to soul-centered services, such as vagus nerve therapy, vibrational cell massage, restorative foot ritual and more.

Spa guests can further their self-care rituals at the beauty lounge, where experienced stylists offer hair services, such as cuts and colors and nail techs offer natural, nontoxic manis and pedis. When you sign up for their newly launched Oceanside Resorts Membership, you’ll have access to the spa’s countless amenities and relaxation spaces, as well as select services and discounts at The Seabird Ocean Resort & Spa and Mission Pacific Beach Resort

Location: Oceanside

 

Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara

The Miraval brand has become synonymous with elevating the well-being of its clients, no matter its location around the world. From the Sonoran Desert to the Red Sea and beyond, Miraval Resorts all share the same ethos: “a life in balance through mindfulness.” The newly opened Miraval Life in Balance Spa at Park Hyatt Aviara reflects the coastal California lifestyle and integrates the region’s cultural heritage into its services. Whether it’s an Ocean Song Ritual, a Warrior Recovery Massage or a Bungee Fitness workout, Miraval Spa has inspired itineraries and experiences for everyone. They also offer Day Packages for those not staying at the resort.

Location: Carlsbad

 

The Spa at Rancho Valencia

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If you don’t have time to dip down to a Mexican resort, we recommend a visit to Forbes five-star-rated The Spa at Rancho Valencia for a local immersion. Nestled within 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, this hacienda-inspired spa features 10 treatment rooms, an expansive yoga pavilion and a posh gym—not to mention a comprehensive wellness menu. Whether you’re here for a staycation or simply a day at the ranch, the body treatments and touch therapies on offer promise to rejuvenate you before the city beckons your return.

Location: Rancho Santa Fe

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Spa Pendry

The Pendry San Diego is a boutique hotel that skimps on nothing—from luxurious accommodations and endless dining options to full-service wellness offerings. Spa Pendry features skilled therapists who are ready to pamper you with facial, body and massage therapies, as well as nail and waxing services. For those seeking a fully immersive therapy, you can add a Mind-Sync Wellness Lounger session to your spa treatment or day pass. This service invites you to recline in zero-gravity positioning while surrounding you with a full-spectrum sound wave auditory experience. 

Location: Downtown San Diego

 

Ocean Pearl Spa at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa and Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

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“If guests only have time for one treatment, I tell them it has got to be the Lalicious,” says Spa Director Kerri Calver of the luxurious exfoliation and massage combo at Ocean Pearl Spa. “It takes care of your skin and makes it glow. I can’t say enough good things about it.” Calver, who got famous faces red-carpet ready before joining The Westin Carlsbad and Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, redesigned the menu to “give the San Diego crowd a taste of LA style.” She also champions local skincare brands, like COOLA and CA Botana, that use marine botanicals; she even helped inspire treatments like the COOLA Sunrise. Calver recommends coming early to enjoy the eucalyptus steam room and vitamin C shower before a session and staying afterward to unwind further with some tea, fruit-infused spa water and snacks in the relaxation room or outside on the saltwater pool deck.

Location: Carlsbad

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Four Moons Spa

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Recharge your body and soul at this gorgeous day spa-meets-cosmic collective in Leucadia, where spa treatments, including facials and massages, can be mixed and matched with intuitive services by healers, mystics and yogis. Schedule a self-guided scrub in the gorgeous marble hammam room, then follow it up with a half hour in the infrared sauna or a nutritional IV with an on-site expert. To clear blocked energies, book a spirit reading with one of their two intuitive tarot card readers!

Local Insight: Keep an eye on the events calendar for monthly and quick-to-sell out multisensory sound bath experiences with acupuncturist Alexa Woods. 

Location: Leucadia

 

Saffron & Sage

More of a spiritual awakening center than a conventional spa, this peaceful Mission Hills studio is the perfect place to begin a mind-body wellness journey. With a focus on preventive and integrative healthcare, Saffron & Sage offers a variety of resources for holistic healing and natural living alongside a multidisciplinary team of practitioners, including reiki masters, acupuncturists, massage therapists and naturopaths. Group sessions cover meditation, breathwork and moon circles, while individual treatments range from cupping to life coaching. There are three levels of yearly memberships, and each comes with perks like complimentary consultations and members-only events. If you’re looking to just try it out, however, all services can be booked by non-members too.

Local Insight: Facials at Saffron & Sage use the brand’s holistic skincare line, which is plant-based, vegan and cruelty-free.

Location: Mission Hills

Yu Spa

Whether you come for a dry and steam sauna session, wet room massage or blissful 90-minute body scrub, it’s worth setting aside a morning or afternoon to explore everything this authentic Korean spa has to offer. Maybe try a yoni steam (yes, that V treatment Gwyneth Paltrow put on our wellness radars back in 2015) or hop between the Himalayan salt and red clay saunas and ice room. There are separate men’s and women’s treatment areas, but the relaxation lounge is co-ed. Always shower before hitting the wet rooms, and be prepared to go completely naked in bathing areas.

Location: Kearny Mesa

 

Girl on the Go

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Girl on the Go offers gua sha, herbal poultice, connective tissue massages and LED light therapy that leaves skin glowing and looking lifted alongside its lineup of more than 10 traditional skincare facials. Luxurious body treatments are featured as well. The 90-minute Body Detox not only targets stretch marks but increases lymph metabolism. Or you can choose to reach deeper levels of total relaxation with the 2.5-hour Pure Bliss facial and body treatment combo. This includes dry brushing and a jasmine and hyaluronic body cream massage before being wrapped in a warm blanket with a scalp and foot massage finale.

Location: Golden Hill

 

The Spa at Torrey Pines

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Celebrating its location by the Torrey Pines State Reserve, all of the services at The Spa at Torrey Pines are inspired by nature and incorporate marine and botanical-based products. Alongside massages, facials and nail treatments, water therapies make an excellent add-on to other services. Try the Balneotherapy, an Oligomer Seawater Bath hydrotherapy that soothes muscles and remineralizes the body with trace elements. For 140 minutes of pure head-to-toe pampering, book the Spa at Torrey Pines’ Signature Ritual, which incorporates indigenous sage and essential oils to leave your senses feeling euphoric. The spa features 14 treatment rooms, and there’s a cozy relaxation lounge to enjoy pre- or post-service.

Location: La Jolla

 

The Spa at the Catamaran Resort

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South Pacific and Asian healing traditions influence treatments at San Diego’s only beachfront spa, The Spa at the Catamaran Resort! Keep an eye on monthly and seasonal spa specials or schedule one of the signature services, such as the Catamaran Ritual with starfruit scrub. Perfect for an upcoming birthday or just because, the 140-minute Tropical Catamaran Ritual incorporates a Swiss shower and coconut milk bath soak. All treatments include the use of the relaxation lounge and locker rooms for half an hour before and after servicesenough time to enjoy a quick steam before grabbing a bite at Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Location: Mission Beach

 

Thérapie Day Spa

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Kelly Robinson’s charming day spas in La Mesa and Ocean Beach hit all the high notes when it comes to relaxation. Enjoy CBD or Himalayan Salt Room massages or body scrubs and wraps in the new shower room. We recommend the Reset Thérapie Package, which will have your skin and body glowing in no time. Facials are also a specialty, which feature products by Epicuren Discovery and Image Skin Care. The Calme Thérapie Detox Facial is great for soothing acne-prone skin, while the Glow Signature Facial will boost radiance levels. The menu also showcases services for teens, couples and expectant mothers.

Locations: La Mesa and Ocean Beach

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