Guests entering Talega Day Spa may expect to see an Etruscan soldier emerging from a mud-and-sea-salt body wrap, or Dante Alighieri jotting down notes about the infrared sauna. The ancient Etruscan people are the inspiration for the beauty haven, as they helped introduce Western civilization to the concept of spa treatments by using the healing properties of local volcanic springs, or terme. The space—which is adorned with elegant rotundas, Renaissance-style murals, and archways that resemble Roman columns—pays homage to the culture that was responsible for shaping the art of self-preservation.
As noted in the San Clemente Times, Talega was voted the number-one day spa in San Clemente 3 years in a row, due in no small part to the talents of its attentive team. Massage therapists loosen muscles more effectively than log rolling down the hills of Tuscany, and aestheticians nourish faces with natural ingredients. After a Zerona body-contouring session or a Botox or laser skincare treatment, patrons explore amenities such as a couples treatment room, a garden-themed relaxation room, and a sunny outdoor patio.
Waves Beyond Skincare specializes in facial and body treatments using high-quality products from brands such as Epicuren and Obagi. You’ll find more specialized treatments here as well, including the cryoprobe—a therapy that uses extreme cold to remove broken capillaries. Complimentary skin analysis and personalized product consultations are also available. The day spa has a peaceful atmosphere where clients can receive one-on-one service in seclusion.
Diana Bailey-Tudor is a licensed massage therapist with more than 20 years of experience mending muscles. While nestled in her cozy San Clemente studio, clients can seek a table or mat massage using such techniques as shiatsu, Swedish strokes, reiki energy healing, and deep-tissue pressure. When not removing charley horses in her human clients, Diana offers equine bodywork to ease tension in horses that may be named Charlie.