The Spa at Estancia La Jolla - Review
The Little Spa That Could
trend in spas these days seems to be the bigger and
more elaborate the better. But there's something
to be said for simplicity, informality and — especially
given the intimate nature of spa going — an atmosphere
where you feel at home.
the property it inhabits — the Estancia
La Jolla Hotel & Spa — The Spa at Estancia La Jolla
is a low-key, welcoming place. Although UCSD and a residential community lie just beyond,
it manages to maintain a feeling of seclusion. Many
of the treatment rooms open onto small garden patios
where light breezes rustle through bamboo, and a combination
of walls and foliage separates them from the rest of
the world — if you're in doubt, just ask members
of the spa staff, who have armed themselves with binoculars
and gone as far as entering neighboring buildings (with
permission, of course) to see if spying is possible.
spa is just a short walk from the Pacific, but it doesn't
focus on the ocean/seaweed-based treatments that are
popular these days. The hotel capitalizes on the area's
rancho history, and the spa follows suit with an organic,
earthy approach to wellness. The facility provides nine luxurious treatment rooms for massages and facials, as well as a Nail Bungalow with a patio and a Couples Bungalow with its own private deck, outdoor fireplace and soaking tub for two. Signature body therapies include Ayurvedic, organic and botanical treatments.
its small size, the spa has everything you'd find
in a bigger space... Swiss and Vichy showers, separate men's
and women's dressing rooms and hot tubs and a
coed relaxation lounge.
The relaxation area leads to a series of treatments
rooms for massages, body scrubs, wraps and masques, which use organic products from top retail lines, such as Babor, Hylunia, HydroPeptide, ARCONA, kai and MoroccanOil.
The spa also offers manicures and pedicures, and is
becoming popular with locals for events such as bridal
showers, wedding showers and couples' escapes.
the many treatments is the Japanese-inspired Hanakasumi Body Ritual, which begins with a warm exfoliation to soften the skin followed by a soothing foot massage based on reflexology. The treatment concludes with an ultra-relaxing full body massage with melted aromatic shea butter. Follow this with a cup of chamomile tea by the fireplace
outside on the spa's private patio: sublime, but
something we only recommend if you plan on heading straight
for bed afterward.
La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Visit The Spa at Estancia La Jolla official website