Recharge Your Mind, Body and Soul at These Neighborhood Escapes
Written By: Keri Bridgwater Best San Diego Day Spas
Wellness retreats have never been more in vogue, but if skipping town isn’t currently an option, get a self-care, San Diego spa day on the books instead! These holistic sanctuaries, indie beauty spots and mod, urban medical spas offer a stellar range of services—from mind-body therapies and moon phase rituals, to buzzy photofacials and vitamin IV infusions. Discover your new favorite place to take care of you!
1 | Performance Recovery Best San Diego Day Spas
For modern recovery services in a luxury spa-like facility, it has to be LIVKRAFT in La Jolla. Inspired by the Norwegian word livskraft, which means “life force,” this is San Diego’s premier destination for a selected variety of performance recovery treatments, including subzero whole-body and localized cryotherapy––a form of treatment likened to taking a high-tech ice bath that works its magic on everything from muscle repair and injury recovery to athletic performance. Cryo facials (the next big trend in anti-aging) also increase collagen production. Additional cutting-edge regenerative therapies range from full-spectrum Sunlighten infrared sauna sessions (that can help with everything from heart health to pain relief) to trendy float therapy sessions in sensory deprivation tanks for the ultimate meditative experience. Looking to stimulate collagen and speed muscle recovery among a myriad of other benefits? LIVKRAFT’s Joov red light therapy will become your new best friend.
Native Knowledge: The CRYO Arctic, a three-minute whole-body cryotherapy session, is LIVKRAFT’s most popular treatment.
7710 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
2 | The Urban Retreat Best San Diego Day Spas
Tucked inside a renovated warehouse in the heart of Little Italy, ‘rebellious health for vibrant living’ is the refrain at this urban-yet-edgy medical spa. Founders Tracey Younger, Dr. Roger Schechter and Dr. Elizabeth Winter fused aesthetic and integrative concepts across their range of services to help clients maximize inner and outer beauty. ALCHEMĒ devotees flock here for the impressive range of imaginatively titled—hello, Electric Child and Rebel Girl—vitamin injections and IV nutrient therapy drips, the trendy treatment beloved by Hollywood types that can help with everything from hormone imbalances and hangovers, to a general health overhaul. Rounding out the menu are some seriously buzz-worthy and high-tech facial treatments using the latest in ultrasonic and nanofractional radio frequency technologies. Non-invasive super model favorites include Ultherapy, IPL Photofacials, and platelet-rich plasma therapies—aka The Vampire Facial.
Native Knowledge: For gloriously glowing skin, the Celebrity Skin Nutritive IVS is a must-try.
2308 Kettner Blvd, Ste C
San Diego, CA 92101
3 | The Tranquil Oasis Best San Diego Day Spas
Recharge body and soul at the gorgeous Four Moons Spa in Leucadia, where self-care is considered essential, not an indulgence. Nestled among a grove of bamboo, cacti and leafy palms, the space radiates good energy and high vibrations while global design elements including bungalows and Balinese-style day beds enhance the far-flung aesthetic. Book a spa package for some serious chill time, as there are 14 curated options encompassing therapies and experiences from facials and massages to mani-pedis and more. A pre-treatment yoga session—Kundalini, Flow, Vinyasa and Restorative are all offered—is a great way to start a visit, or browse the boutique for jewelry, books and apothecary products by Aquarian Soul and Naturopathica.
Native Knowledge: Crystal Bowl Sound Healing Sessions and special one-day retreats are held regularly—keep an eye on the Four Moon Spa events calendar for details.
Four Moons Spa
775 N Vulcan Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
More spiritual awakening center than 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 multi-disciplinary team of practitioners, including reiki masters, acupuncturists, massage therapists and naturopaths. Group sessions cover yoga, meditation and breathwork, while individual treatments range from cupping and spiritual direction to sound therapy. Now open seven days a week, the just-launched Sacred Sunday event features a breathwork circle and culminates with a sound bath. Not sure where to start? Book a complimentary 60-minute consultation for a personalized recommendation.
Native Knowledge: The Sage membership allows unlimited access to studio classes for only $100 a month.
Saffron & Sage
2555 State St, Ste 101
San Diego, CA 92101
Former fashion merchandiser Leah Kirpalani combined a business background with a passion for natural beauty products into creating wellness boutique and spa, Shop Good. With a credence that self-care and non-toxic products are the cornerstones to living healthy, Kirpalani stocked her punchy-but-pretty storefront in North Park with an extensive collection of eco-friendly and results-oriented bath and body, skincare, and cosmetics from marques like OSEA, Under Luna, and The Beauty Chef, plus wellness products from Vital Proteins. Priced approachably, it’s the place to load up on goodies for that seasonal (or self-gifting) make-up and beauty routine overhaul. Grab a new lip gloss or schedule a treatment from the spa service menu: offerings include natural makeup application, a trio of Botnia Apothecary Facials (there’s a 45-minute express option and 75-minute version with neck, hand and foot massage finale), plus brow shaping and waxing.
3030 North Park Way
San Diego, CA 92104
6 | Like Royalty
There’s a chic, Upper East Side vibe at this luxury day spa in Bankers Hill, which, Instagrammers will be excited to learn, boasts its very own flower wall. Designed by founder Renée Maya, Spa Kingston’s menu filled is filled with sumptuous services and scientifically-advanced treatments, plus extra touches. Day spa packages (comprising facial, massage, plus body treatment combos) range from the gemstone and reiki-focused Restore + Radiate, to the red-carpet ready Pamper + Glow. A monthly membership is a great option for those looking to spoil themselves on the reg. In addition to products from respected skincare brands like Epicuren, SkinCeuticals, LonVitalite, Face Reality, the spa also stocks stones and raw crystals, VitaJuwel Gemwater bottles and Skin Gym crystal facial rollers.
Native Knowledge: Refer a friend and you’ll each receive a $25 Spa Kingston credit to be used towards a treatment of your choice.
2230 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101