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Getaway Ideas: Estancia La Jolla

With the wedding only a week away, you’ve been buried in details and decisions, your mind on overload. 

We believe the best antidote to all of this stress and excitement is a well-earned day at a spa. And we found just the spot.

A former Thoroughbred estate, this enchanting ranch-style resort sprawls across nine acres with immaculate gardens punctuated with eggplant- and avocado-colored succulents, overflows of birds of paradise, fruit-laden trees, and tranquil enclaves draped in blooming vines and greenery. Tucked behind the shimmering pool, rimmed with red umbrellas and yellow cabanas, you’ll find one of San Diego’s sybaritic gems. The spa’s architecture follows the Old-World Southern California style of the resort with its red-tiled roof, stucco walls, outdoor fireplaces, and wrought iron touches.

After a soak in the private hot tub, or a detoxing steam session, and a cup of organic tea in the low-lit lounge, pampering awaits in the form of two luxe pre-wedding treatments, the “Omega-3 Body Wrap” and “Blushing Bride.”

Omega-3 Body Wrap: This skin-quenching 80-minute session starts with a walnut scrub to exfoliate, followed by a Swedish shower rinse. Next, a soothing ayurvedic massage with omega-3 and soy body balm ensues to increase circulation and detoxify the body. A skin-softening Brazilian babassu palm oil, infused with more omega-3s, is applied as a masque. As you lie cocooned, and your therapist delivers a scalp massage, your skin absorbs the healing oil. Once unwrapped, nourishing omega-3 and loquat body milk covers the body, so more antioxidants disappear into the skin, leaving it silky soft.

Blushing Bride: This glorious two-hour package features a custom-tailored facial along with a deluxe manicure and pedicure. Using their organic Fiji scrub—a blend of sugar and coconut oil—your hands and feet are massaged and exfoliated. Next, nails are groomed and polished to perfection. For your facial, you can custom design a treatment to suit your skin’s needs. Opt for a “Deep Cleanse,” a gentle exfoliation for a healthy glow, or an “Instant Facelift” that firms the skin and gives you a temporary lift. The facials employ all-natural, organic Arcona products, replete with fruit enzymes and healing nutrients that feel light on the skin and leave you aglow.

—Ann Wycoff

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