A quaint, seaside spa, Spa Namara houses five poolside pamper rooms where visitors find full-body relaxation and face-saving facials. First, a dexterous flesh fixer will review your skin and design a treatment for your prized frontispiece. As gentle ocean breezes fill the warm room with salty scents, the aesthetician applies the facial to exfoliate and hydrate thirsty skin cells. When overworked muscles threaten to strike, patrons can ask a trained muscle-kneader to prepare a custom massage suited to their sinews and sore spots. Working with soft to moderate pressure, the therapist pinpoints problem areas, leaving muscles relaxed and loose enough to finally break the ice with the circulatory system. As a bonus, Namara's clients can also go stand around for a while in the pool courtyard's calming oasis.
When it comes to wellness, no body is an island. Within each person, complex systems work in concert with one another, but sometimes that interplay gets bogged down or interrupted. Enter the reflexologists at De La Sole Reflexology Spa. Using their knowledge of pressure points on the feet, hands, and ears, they interact with these organs, recalibrating systems through precision bodywork. Their delicate work produces noticeable results; potential benefits include improved circulation, bolstered immune systems, and increased energy. Although therapeutic, these treatments are equally relaxing; foot scrubs or soaks fortified with herbal formulas or natural Himalayan salt blocks soothe away stress collected in some of the body's hardest-working muscles.
At Place360 Health + Spa, guests can temporarily find respite from everyday stresses, thanks to beauty services, wellness support, and healthy organic enrichments. Its location—above the Pacific coastline in Del Mar—also helps. Along with natural and alternative health treatments that combine Eastern and Western philosophies, the spa offers beauty treatments ranging from spray tans and eyelash extensions to raw honey and papaya body wraps. Place360's health-focused mission, atmosphere, and professional services earned it recognition in 2011, including a Spa Week Luxe Award for Best Medi-Spa and a podium finish in the U-T San Diego reader poll's med-spa category.
Bazilia offers a wide variety of waxing options including the popular Brazilian wax ($45), which quickly suits up sunbathers for swimsuit season. Reshape or separate Siamese brows ($18) or clear your upper lip and chin ($15 each) to prepare a smooth surface for better novelty-moustache adhesion. Or just skip the specifics and get a full face of water-wicking skin ($40). Migrate away from the mug and take care of gnarly arms ($35) or pair of leggy walking arms ($60). See a full list of long-lasting waxing services here.
The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder’s Reader’s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line and encrusting toes with Swarovski crystals. In addition to brining beauty and relaxation within grasp, each location expands the reach of Western medicine with alternative therapies for pain relief and programs geared toward new mothers and oncology patients. Contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to health care, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free. Attentive to both human and environmental health, Spa Gregorie's efforts to reduce waste, energy consumption, and chemical use earned OC Metro's 2011 Green Team award.
In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, “Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.” This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists, as well as the saint bernards that dig them out from under piles of laurel wreaths each day.
It's easy to make a day of a trip to About You Day Spa and Salon: the beauty haven's spa packages range all the way up to a 4.5-hour visit complete with microdermabrasion, reflexology, a mani-pedi, and other body treatments. But some clients keep it simple, opting instead for such individual services as classic European neck and décolletage-firming treatments, the cumulative effect of which is smoother-looking skin that never works as Velcro in a pinch.