The Golden Door is a destination spa located about 40 miles northwest from San Diego. This famous spa resort offers a week-long program of mind, body and spirit tailored to each individual guest's requirements. Guests follow a custom designed program of exercise, meditation, massage and beauty treatments. Located on 377 acres, the resort provides a beautiful and peaceful setting for meditation and relaxation.

Before you visit, you will be asked to fill out a Health and Fitness Profile which the staff uses to personalize your stay. The 4-to-1 staff to guest ratio ensures that the resort can accommodate all of your fitness requirements.

Spa and Fitness

Choose from dozens of different classes and activities, including hiking, archery, fencing, T'ai Chi, Haiku Poetry, Hatha Yoga I and II, Qi Gong, Yoga Stretch and Stress Management. Combine the activities with massage therapy, meditation and beauty treatments on your California spa vacation. The resort grounds offer private hiking trails, meditation sand gardens, two swimming pools, a fitness center and two tennis courts. There is a a classic eleven-circuit design labyrinth on which you walk continuously and meditatively toward the center, then back out again.

Evenings are spent relaxing, meeting new people and enjoying delicious healthy food. All guests arrive on a Sunday for a week-long stay which gives guests the opportunity to form new relationships. After dinner, see a movie, participate in a workshop or take a cooking class.

Rooms & Food

The 40 guest rooms are housed in traditional meditative shrines on a raised teak platform holding a Japanese flower arrangement. Rooms include fresh flowers, books, personal CD players and a complete spa wardrobe. The rooms have private rear gardens and a moon-viewing deck.

The restaurant offers low-fat healthy spa cuisine with most ingredients from the spa's own organic vegetable garden. Breakfast is served in-room. Lunch, dinner and snacks are served in some outdoor location and in the dining room.

Best Time to Go & Getting There

The resort offers specialty weeks, Men's Weeks and Coed Weeks during nine weeks of each year. Otherwise the spa is exclusively for women. Visit the resort web site to see the schedule. Click here for great weekend ideas in California.

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The cost for a one week program is $5,975 per person.

Location: Post Office Box 463077 , Escondido , California , United States , 800-424-0777, 760-744-5777