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Golden Door, The

AddressPO Box 463077
Escondido, CA 92064
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Spa typeDay spa
Resort / Hotel
Destination Spa
Mother / Daughter
Pre-post Natal

Serene Japanese ambience and meticulous attention to detail—the legacy of founder and spa pioneer Deborah Szekely—create an extraordinary environment for renewal. Inspired by Japan’s honjin inns, guest rooms are personal sanctuaries with fresh ikebana flower arrangements, traditional Japanese art, and “moon-viewing” gardens. Recently rated among the top two destination spas in the U.S. and Canada by readers of Travel + Leisure, the spa lies in a coastal valley amid 377 acres of gardens, groves, streams, and waterfalls.

Splendid Accommodations
Up to 40 guests per week are cared for by a staff of 160. Exclusively for women most of the year, the spa offers weeks for men, and coed and private groups.

Healthy Dining
Gourmet spa cuisine features organic produce grown on site. Evenings bring guest speakers and art and cooking classes.

Spa & Salon Services
A week’s visit includes facials, body treatments, herbal wraps, manicure, pedicure, and daily in-room massage. Specialty massages and private sessions include cardio-metabolic profiles, behavioral counseling, and lifestyle and nutrition coaching.

Health Education/Fitness
Each day begins with a guided mountain or meadow hike. Seven exercise venues include a 4,000-square-foot fitness center with three studio spaces. Water classes, lap swimming, and Ki-atsu, a form of water therapy, each take place in their own pools.

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