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The Spa at Estancia La Jolla - Review

The Little Spa That Could

by Kim Fay

The indoor relaxation room at The Spa at Estancia La Jolla in California

The 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.

Like 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. It isn't.

A treatment room at The Spa at Estancia La Jolla in California

The 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.

A couple's bungalow at The Spa at Estancia La Jolla in California

Despite 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 outdoor relaxation lounge at The Spa at Estancia La Jolla in California

Among 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.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-550-1000, 877-437-8262
Visit The Spa at Estancia La Jolla official website


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