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Sample Itineraries  

What can you do with three hours at a day spa? A LOT! Just imagine if you had double that amount at a resort spa or, better yet, a night or two at an oceanfront hotel and spa. With today's spa services and amenities, the possibilities for rest and relaxation are limitless. Here are sample itineraries to help you get the most out of your spa experience…

3 Hours

If you've only got a few hours to spare, head to a spa like Rancho Bernardo Inn, where one treatment alone will give you access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, private spa pool, outdoor casitas and indoor Jacuzzis. For even more bang for your buck -- and your time -- do it on a Sunday afternoon, when this North County resort spa offers a “Sample the Spa” special including three 15-minute spa treatments, savory appetizers and wine and beverages. Here's how to do it right:

1: Head immediately to the steam room for 10 to15 minutes of head-to-toe decompression. Then do as the Swiss would, and take a spiffy cold shower before you take a dip in the indoor Jacuzzi. By now you are all limber and ready to take advantage of the resort spa's 15-minute sampler: a neck and shoulder massage, a hand treatment, and a lavender-almond foot treatment.

2: Reserve a casita for a 50-minute signature massage, a relaxing, therapeutic session that will relieve tense muscles and leave you wondering why you don't do it more often.

3: Hang poolside in a cabana and melt away all remaining tension over tea, appetizers and a good book. You might even fall asleep for an hour or two, but who's counting anyway?



6 Hours

Spending time at The Spa at La Costa Resort is like being a world away. Once you step foot on the Mediterranean-inspired grounds of this coastal resort spa, the all-too-important cell phone, inbox and text messages all become distant memories. With six hours to kill, you can truly indulge in the spa's offerings…

1: At this Southern California resort, you can partake in a bathing ritual once reserved for gods. Start with the herbal steam room, followed by a quick soak in a Euro-style shower, then a relaxing session in the indoor Jacuzzi. Sip a tonic or tea in the lounge while waiting for your therapist to arrive.

2 & 3: Get the most out of your resort spa experience with La Costa's signature voyage. The Indochine Indulgence is two hours, 40 minutes of pure pampering. The session begins with a brown sugar and dead sea salt scrub, followed by an Egyptian milk bath in a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy tub. Then you'll get a 60-minute massage using Marine Qi balm and Ayurvedic oil. And the finishing touch is a soothing, healing body wrap.

4: Now that you're feeling like jello, grab a magazine, head out to the pool area and do nothing but relax.

5: Order a cheese and fruit plate from the Spa Café, or a salad and ginger elixir. While you're waiting, get refreshed under one of Spa at La Costa's two Roman waterfalls.

6: An express facial (25 minutes) will leave you looking and feeling younger. And it will give you enough time to indulge a few more minutes in your favorite retreat -- whether it be the pool, the sauna or with a glass of wine from the café.


With time on your side, you can really take in all that a hotel spa has to offer -- including its surroundings. The Spa at the Hotel del Coronado is the perfect place for an overnight escape. With its beautiful beach setting, perfectly manicured lawns, and world-class restaurants, this historic San Diego hotel is sure to make you stay an entire weekend.

Treatments to consider at this hotel spa include the Table Thai massage, an 80-minute massage combining pressure point stimulation and yoga-like stretches; a tropical sugar scrub to get you in the mood for an island escape; and, for the men, a Commander-in-Chief facial or Weekend Warrior facial. Leave plenty of room for lounging at the spa terrace or vanishing-edge pool.

And when you're not spa-ing, you'll find other indulgences at Hotel Del, including wine, cheese and chocolate -- oh my! -- at Eno, the hotel's new wine bar. Of course, a walk on the beach is a must. But you can also go the extra mile and rent a bike to cruise around the peninsula. Dining options include 1500 Ocean for sophisticated coastal cuisine, and an amazing Sunday brunch at the Crown Room.



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