Golden Door Spa

The labyrinth at Golden Door Spa

SoCal-style spa camaraderie and self-care.

Beyond its famed golden entry doors, in a serene setting studded with citrus-scented paths, Japanese lanterns and an herb-scented labyrinth, guests receive exquisite treatment from the moment they arrive. At the Golden Door, each individual is continually inspired by its creator, Deborah Szekely. Szekely, who launched the landmark facility in 1958 and has been tweaking it to perfection for 50 years, started the spa revolution at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico with her late husband when she was still a teen. She conceived of the Golden Door as a marvelous, minimalist wellness retreat and fashioned it like a Japanese inn, or ryokan, with raked sand gardens, a koi pond and a stream. She had it constructed in Escondido, CA, an idyllic area rich with avocado groves and with a temperate, subtropical climate in San Diego's North County. At “The Door," she raised the bar of spa cuisine, personal service and pampering treatments while maintaining the joy-filled approach to fitness that is the hallmark at the ranch. 

There's tranquility at Golden Door and silence prevails during Tai Chi and labyrinth, but happiness abounds in dance classes, personal training sessions and countless other activities. Enjoy daily in-room massages, preen in front of mirrors after a facial or make-up session and bond with other spa-goers. Along with the physical and emotional improvement that takes place, a feeling grows between the first Sunday's arrival to the following Sunday's departure: it's called camaraderie, and it takes the full eight days experience to acquire this camp-like camaraderie between guests. It's so strong, that it reduces stress to the extent that we can actually notice the difference on our campmates' faces.

Spa Information


777 Deer Springs Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069 U.S.


760-744-5777 Spa’s Website

Spa Details

21+ Facials Fitness Her Him Hot Stone Massage Pool Unisex


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