Located in a historic building in downtown Escondido with two floors and 11,000 square feet of space where romanesque white columns and archways, Renaissance paintings, and a sparkling chandelier invoke the parlor of an Italian palace. Relaxing music puts guests at ease as they sit in antique-style armchairs, awaiting custom facials, body treatments, and salon services performed with herbal and botanical products. Duos can de-stress together in the couples massage room, and a garden room allows humans to get the sun they need for their stalks to grow.
Lots of massage centers incorporate Asian influences into their treatments, but Palace Herbal Spa was actually founded in Asia in the 1990s. It wasn't until 2008 that co-founders May and Jone brought the spa to the U.S., where they've found success by offering spa treatments with an Eastern sensibility. These treatments range from Chinese acupressure massages to Japanese aroma foot soaks. The spa's massage therapists can also perform traditional Western techniques, such as Swedish and deep-tissue.
If clients are reluctant to leave Tuscany Hills Resort and Spa, that's alright?they don't have to. The 4.7-acre resort, which sits alongside the 18-hole Castle Creek Country Club, features luxury mini suites and a private villa that's located on the fairway. Guests can recharge at the onsite spa, which offers couples massages, facials, body wraps, yoga, photo sessions, and more. The day pass amenities include secluded meditation spots, dry heat saunas, showers, swimming pool access, a fitness facility, and soaking pools, which are tucked amid lush greenery and can reach 104 degrees. Bike trails weave through the resort's landscaped gardens, trickling fountains, and balconies, where vacationing cacti relax while sunbathing.
The eponymous Monique of Monique's Skin Care Center has 30 years of experience in the beauty and health industry. She draws upon her hard-earned knowledge to lead a staff that offers a variety of skincare services such as facial treatments, waxing, and body wraps.
Medical director Dr. Jerry Borup oversees the diverse medical and aesthetic skincare services at Spa 324, where aestheticians customize every treatment while brandishing powerful skincare products from brands such as EltaMD and SkinMedica. The experienced staff, which includes a certified dermatology physician's assistant and a fat-transfer specialist, tailors facials, beauty injections, and sclerotherapy sessions according to each client's individual goals. Their toolbox also includes liquid nitrogen and high-tech lasers designed to tackle abnormal skin tissues and uproot unwanted body hair or invasive surveillance equipment disguised to look like body hair.
A board-certified plastic surgeon oversees the beautifying procedures at Image Spa MD, from cosmetic tucks and lifts to laser treatments and high-tech spa services. Beam-based services include blemish-banishing photofacials, acne clearing, and laser hair removal that erases unwanted strands from virtually any body part. Facial fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane help fill in fine lines and wrinkles, while Latisse treatments encourage personal growth in stubbornly immature eyelashes.