CHECK OUT CORONADO’S SPAS
One of my favorite getaways Coronado “island,” tucked between San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Though it’s only a bridge away from downtown San Diego, it feels like a true retreat from the stresses of urban life. Best of all, Coronado is home to three luxurious spas resort spas (in addition to several day spas). The first place I ever stayed is the legendary Hotel del Coronado, located on the Pacific Ocean. When it opened in 1888, the hotel was considered the premier vacation and health destination. Victorians enjoyed the same pleasures as I did: the therapeutic qualities of the sea-swept breezes and the appealing esthetics of the Del’s very special setting. (Fans of Marilyn Monroe’s films will recognize the Del as a principal setting for the movie Some Like it Hot.)
The Spa at The Del, featuring a décor of calming tones with Victorian accents, was named “one of the top 20 hotel spas in the world” by Travel + Leisure Magazine(2008). This spacious sanctuary features 21 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy tubs, steam rooms and an inviting private beachfront terrace with vanishing edge pool.
- The spa’s signature line of ocean-inspired treatments includes the Shell Coronado Massage, Shell Coronado Facial, Island Sands Body Polish and Goddess of the Sea Body Wrap. New offerings include a “That’s S’more” package featuring a couples massage, followed by a private bonfire with s’mores and champagne on the beach; a “Get Lifted” facial using NuFace microcurrents to provide instant toning, and a “Celebration of Life” treatment, benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego, which helps boost circulation and release toxins from the lymphatic system.
Also available are yoga and meditation classes on the beach; the Salon at The Del offers hair, make-up and nail services.
The second property I visited some years ago was the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, which also has a picturesque waterfront location, on San Diego Bay. The Sea Spa at Loews Coronado Bay Resort is an ocean-inspired retreat with 15 treatment areas, including a couple’s suite, four private outdoor rooms, a Vichy rain shower and authentic Watsu pool.
- The Sea Spa offers a bounty of services like seaweed wraps, sea-salt scrubs, massage therapy and specialized services for men, teens and couples. Signature treatments include the “Signature Sea Spa Massage,” based on the traditions of Bali combined with motion of the waves; the “Voga Voyage” couple’s massage, performed aboard a Venetian gondola gliding through the canals of neighboring Coronado Cays and followed by champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, and the “Watsu Flotation,” a shiatsu massage performed in water.Additional spa amenities include a full-service Alfaparf beauty salon, exercise and art classes, sauna and steam rooms, fitness center, tranquil relaxation lounge, Jacuzzi and lush spa garden.
- Still on my list of places to visit is the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, also located on San Diego Bay. The resort’s Spa Coronado features six spa treatment rooms, a heated 75-foot lap pool, men’s and women’s dry saunas and fitness center. Signature treatments include a Hot Stone Therapy Massage, Sea Side Salt Scrub, Papaya Soufflé Body Wrap, Island Detox Mud Wrap and Saving Face Hydrating Facial, plus specialized services like an in-room couples massage and Gentleman’s Facial. Spa packages include a “Day at the Beach,” featuring a choice of body scrub or body wrap, Coronado Custom Massage, Coronado Custom Facial and Ultimate Pedicure, followed by lunch at the spa. The “Relaxation by the Bay” features a Coronado Custom Massage and Facial.