The Spa at Torrey Pines - Spa Review
The Art and Craft of Spa
six-and-a-half acres on the Southern California
coastline, just north of clubby coastal La Jolla
and adjacent to Torrey Pines State Reserve and
Torrey Pines Golf Course, The
Lodge at Torrey Pines pays homage to our favorite
era of California dreaming. It’s not the
barefoot, sun kissed Beach Boy variety, but the
rarer, rustic and deliciously decorative Arts
& Crafts movement. Modeled after two quintessential
Pasadena, Calif. Craftsman homes dating from the
early 1900s, The Lodge feels much like a residence.
You’re welcomed curbside by handsome staff
in Scottish kilts and as you step through the
Art Deco-ish stained glass doors you enter a world
of rustic luxe with post-and-beam supports, rugged
clinker-brick masonry, heavy rugs, Tiffany lamps
and Art Nouveau prints.
Lodge’s spa is outstanding. Its hallways,
treatment rooms and lounging areas are arranged—by
a Feng Shui expert—so you don’t really
grasp how large the spa actually is. It feels
cozy and serene, a nurturing nest, but it’s
the skillful practitioners that elevate the spa-going
experience to top-notch. The entire staff here
is professional, intuitive and warm.
make the most of your visit here, set aside a
good chunk of time. Leave your Blackberry behind
and book the Signature Ritual, which takes about
two-and-a-half hours. This treatment begins in
a hydrotherapy tub, spiced with lemongrass and
sage bath salts. Hydrotherapy has proven to assist
in regulating body temperature, improving blood
circulation and perspiration, and stimulating
muscles and breathing patterns. Have the therapist
switch off the lights for this hot soak; that
way you’ll better absorb the various changing
shades of light happening. This "body chakra"
color therapy starts with ruby red for the root
chakra and ends with violet for the crown chakra.
Outfitted with 75 jets with hydro jet treatment
zones and multi-head air injectors, which give
an all-over hydro-massage, this decadent bubble
bath soothes tired, aching muscles beautifully
while also detoxing the body. Should you get too
hot, there are iced towels within easy reach.
on the menu is a little rest stop in the calm
and inviting lounge area in front of the fireplace,
which just like everything else at The Lodge pays
tribute to early Craftsman styling. After you’re
in charge of all your faculties again (the soak
can leave you pleasantly light-headed) it’s
on to the Coastal Sage Scrub in the wet room.
The women at traditional hammams couldn’t
do a more thorough job of sloughing off dead skin
cells and washing them away along with all of
our worries under the Vichy shower.
we were carefully guided back to a cozy room for
a personalized massage utilizing a whipped lemon
soufflé, which is richer than the body
lotion we already tried (and loved) earlier that
morning. If you’ve ever felt a little emotional
under the skillful hands of a practitioner you
know how paper thin the division between mind
and body really is. With every well-administered
stroke not just everyday stress but more universal
feelings of sorrow and loss can literally be massaged
away. You’re left with not just polished
skin, better alignment and relaxed muscles but
a lighter heart and clearer mind.
be technically incorrect to call The Lodge &
Spa at Torrey Pines a destination spa—but
we’d use it as a spa destination any time!
Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 North Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
(Updated: 07/10/08 HC)