San Diego Spas Continue to Win Top Honors


Travel + Leisure Magazine just released its World’s Best Awards for 2008. They too heap honors on San Diego Spas, just like my recent posts noted about Conde Nast’s Top Spas issue and the Zagat’s Survey for the best spa in the country .

Despite writing a few posts about San Diego Spas being ranked among the tops in North America, it appears each new release introduces a spa that I have yet to write about. So, for the first time, I introduce you to Cal-A-Vie in Vista, Travel + Leisure’s #1 Destination Spa in North America. They were the only spa to earn a score in the 90′s, at a hot 94.44 out of 100.

I’ll talk more about Cal-a-Vie in a moment. I want to point out Travel + Leisure lists the Golden Door in Escondido as the #2 Destination Spa in North America. San Diego appears to have cornered the market for world-class destination spas by garnering the top two spots in this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best rankings. The Zagat post I mentioned earlier provides more details about the Golden Door.

Travel + Leisure also places the Spa at the Hotel Del Coronado in the Top 20 for Top Hotel Spas. I’ll look to write about them in a future post. For now, I want to concentrate on North America’s #1 Destination Spa.

I can’t speak to it from experience, but from my research, Cal-a-Vie is a spa resort that offers a retreat for people looking to develop a stronger connection with their inner soul. The spa resort’s mission is “to provide guests with a peaceful atmosphere in which to inspire positive changes in their attitudes and lifestyles…”.

To accomplish this, accommodations are limited to 24 guests nestled away on 200 private acres. To get a glimpse of the atmosphere at Cal-a-Vie, you can read a description and view a few photos on the Setting and Accommodations pages.

Cal-a-Vie offers all-inclusive packages for a minimum of three nights starting at $3,600. However, the typical package is a week long and includes accommodations, meals, fitness classes, spa treatments, and instruction on nutrition and cooking. You can check out the full list of packages on their spa packages page.

If you enjoy a particular activity, such as tennis, Pilates, or sipping tea, you should check out Cal-a-Vie’s listing of special program weeks that emphasize a particular activity.

If you have any experiences with our great San Diego Spas, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

You can view all of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards on their web site.

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