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Sea Spa at Loews Coronado Bay Resort - Review

The Power of the Sea

by Deena Ensworth

Sea Spa patio at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California
Sea Spa Patio

The sea is the greatest source of riches for your body. At every level, the sea inspires another kind of journey…a journey to a newly energized body and reawakened soul…” So begins the brochure for Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s Sea Spa, a 10,000 square foot spa that includes 14 treatment rooms, a private fitness studio, sauna, steam and relaxation rooms and beauty salon. Our soul just so happened to need some reawakening…and so we booked a day to discover what the sea has to offer…

The mood at Loews Coronado Bay Resort is one of convenience and friendliness. Forget your typical stuffy luxury hotels — this is a place that lacks pretension, without sacrificing excellent service. Upon arrival, we were met with a host of smiling faces; the mostly young and eager staff took care of our every need, quickly getting us checked in and down to the spa for a seriously decadent day.

Despite its spacious 10,000 square feet, Sea Spa feels cozy. Each area is smartly sectioned off, creating intimacy. Our favorite spot was the relaxation room. Perfect for pre- and post-treatment chilling on the comfortable rattan chairs with overstuffed cushions and ottomans. Sip freshly-made fruit smoothies, mineral water accented with blood orange slices or hibiscus iced tea while you catch up with the latest Vogue or W magazines. The décor deftly mixes modern and English Colonial design. The many windows permeate the room with natural light. The staff here is warm, subtly creating the feeling of a day with friends.

Sea Spa pool view at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California
Sea Spa Pool View

Sea Spa’s signature treatment is the Beach Stone Healing massage. Tired and spent when we went in, this combination of warmed beach stones, coconut oil and traditional hand massage delivered — the stones radiate heat through pressure points and feel whimsical fitted between your fingers and toes. The Deep Blue massage is also great for releasing body tension and relaxing the mind. Go for the watsu (water shiatsu) for a unique hydro-experience, or get that lovin’ feeling with the Coastal Couple — side by side massages of your choice.

Other treatments not to miss are the Pacific enzyme facial (using mud derived from the deep sea), the Vichy hydrokinetic shower treatment (get drenched by five adjustable overhead showerheads) and the seaweed body masque (rich in iodine, to rev up your metabolism).

After a spell in the sauna, our body (and yes…our soul) really did feel newly energized and reawakened. We considered taking a tai chi or belly dancing class at the adjoining fitness center, but instead opted for a long shower and a trip to Mistral for the resort’s culinary delights.

The Coronado Bay Marina in San Diego, California
The Marina

Sea Spa at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Rd.
Coronado, CA 92118

(Updated: 05/18/11 BH)

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