The Spa at Torrey Pines Lodge is situated along the coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean and hugs a picturesque nature reserve as well as a world-renowned golf course. Like many other La Jolla spas, it boasts a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere; but what sets the Lodge apart is considerably more than just its location. The secret lies in specialized treatments that incorporate botanical and marine-based products and are central elements to every spa experience. The use of world-class skincare lines such as Phytomer, SkinCeuticals, NV Organics and Farmhouse Fresh reflects the resort’s commitment to providing a truly fresh, unique, and relaxing experience.
Botanical ingredients play a role in several of the Spa’s original treatments. Sage, which is well known throughout the world for its purifying and detoxifying properties, is used most often and most notably in The Spa’s signature treatment, the Coastal Sage Scrub. Other treatments incorporate elements like grape seed oil, green tea infused body butter, and a deliciously exfoliating seaweed body wrap.
Few people know that the design of The Spa at Torrey Pines Lodge was directed by famed Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and a feng shui expert was hired to advise on the layout of the 9,500 sq. ft. space – which explains the beautifully soothing atmosphere that greets you from the moment you walk through its doors.
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In addition to 14 treatment rooms, there are 3 lounges, dry saunas, herbal infused steam rooms and aromatherapy inhalation rooms, meaning the place is spacious enough to never feel crowded. The Spa offers nine different massages, including the traditional Swedish, of which I enjoyed a blissful 50 minutes: a soothing massage meant to increase circulation, stimulate the nervous system, and induce natural relaxation.
There are also seven types of facials on the menu, including the fan favorite Deep Cleansing Sea Mud Facial. This unique treatment is an oxygenating facial that thoroughly cleanses the pores while sea mud helps to balance the skin’s pH level. It’s a two-mask facial and is great for skin in need of a general detox! The Anti-Aging Aqua Facial is another treatment that boasts oceanic elements – it utilizes a specialty marine spring water mask. There are also body wraps, mud wraps, water therapies and a nectar milk bath, and exfoliation scrubs available. The “Rituals” are all 140 minutes and are specifically designed for each individual using the most beneficial, healing, and natural ingredients available. They incorporate spa techniques from different parts of the world to provide you with a total spa experience.
All massages are offered at both 50-minute and 80-minute lengths, and the facials vary in duration from 25 minutes all the way up to 80 minutes. My 50-minute Swedish massage was a well balanced combination of relaxation and a firmer get-out-all-the-kinks technique; the Spa’s shorter massages and facials are perfect to squeeze in during a lunch break for a quick respite from the daily grind.
Check out their website for a complete spa menu, more information, and pricing.
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