Best Spas in San Diego

The votes are in for the Best Spas in San Diego 2015. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in San Diego County and Spas in Southern California to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.

These day spas offer skin care, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of San Diego based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

FAVORITE HOTEL SPA

Marilyn Monroe Spa at the Manchester Grand Hyatt
1 Market Place, San Diego, CA

Marilyn Monroe Spa is located in the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – a seaside hotel and spa just steps from Seaport Village, Petco Park and the nightlife of the Gaslamp Quarter.  Amenities including two rooftop pools, the full service spa and salon, and a complimentary fitness center.

The Spa — on the third floor of the Harbor Tower in the hotel — offers incredible views of San Diego Bay and Coronado Island. When you purchase spa services, you will also enjoy complimentary use of his and her steam rooms, saunas, tranquil lounges, and the serene surroundings of an outdoor whirlpool and lap pool overlooking the water.

This setting prompted our team of Secret Spa Reviewers to vote the Spa as “our favorite spa for a full day of relaxation.”

FAVORITE DAY SPA

Spa Velia
401 West A Street, San Diego

Spa Velia is located in the Columbia / Little Italy Districts in downtown San Diego.   Styled as an old-world boutique spa, it offers a full service menu of  skin care, massage, body treatments, waxing, and spa package deals.   Our readers love wonderful amenities in a comfortable setting, including Swiss showers, an aromatic steam room, a quiet lounge, and complimentary refreshments, including seasonal mimosa, fruit infused waters, fresh brewed  tea and more.   Eco-conscious spa enthusiast appreciate the Green Ethos of the spa, as well.  Spa Velia is a Green Spa, and, is located in San Diego’s Gold LEED Certified Building, the Columbia Center.

Spa Velia San Diego

Of all the spas I visited for our reviews, this was the best massage I received and my favorite spa day. Plus, I had a glass of champagne in my hand soon after I arrived.  This will be my new go-to place for spa services.

Secret Spa Reviewer

Spa Index Guide to Spas

FAVORITE SALON SPA

Indigo Salon Spa
3545 4th Ave San Diego

Indigo Salon Spa is a full service hair salon and day spa in the Hillcrest area. This salon and spa offers an airy, open, bright setting, featuring art by by local artists.

In addition to the full service hair menu, the spa menu includes skin care, massage, waxing, body scrubs, nail care, permanent make-up, acupuncture, and a private shower for spa guests.  The salon and spa are split into two floors, with the salon downstairs and the spa on the upper level. The Salon provides a warm and friendly yet distinctly “glam” setting, while the spa is more subdued and serene.

I typically avoid salon and spas under one roof.  I like to compartmentalize  my services — I want a high energy fun experience with friendly chatter when I have my hair colored, but I want a quiet and serene energy for my skincare and massage. By separating the two areas completely and offering two completely different vibes, they managed to separate the sights, sounds, and even smells of the salon from the spa.  I enjoyed a wash and style downstairs, and then returned on another date for spa services upstairs.  It was bright, sunny, and fun one one visit, and warm, cozy and relaxing on another. This was my favorite overall experience of all the spas I visited.

Secret Spa Reviewer

Spa Index Guide to Spas

FAVORITE NAIL CARE

Alleviating Whispering Waters Day Spa
550 Cedar Street, San Diego

Alleviating Whispering Waters received high marks in every category, but our readers particularly love the manicures and pedicures at this downtown San Diego day spa.  Champagne in hand, zero gravity chairs, shoulder and scalp massages, and a foot-bath hygiene policy that puts your health first and foremost by using stainless steel soaking bowls and eschewing fungus-prone jetted tubs.

 

Just book the “Pamper the Queen package” if you want an over the top pedicure experience.   Service in in a private room, free of the chaos in most nail salons, a glass of champagne, a foot soak with essential oils and rose petals, just to start. My pedicure included a scented scalp massage, cuticle care and nail shaping, exfoliation, a moisturizing masque and finally a hot stone massage.  Rest in a zero gravity chair while your favorite polish applied and you get a manicure at the same time. Try not to snooze.

Secret Spa Reviewer

Spa Index Guide to Spas

FAVORITE ALTERNATIVE WELLNESS

Eco Chateau
2831 Camino Del Rio S., San Diego 

Our readers love Eco Chateau:  A friendly spa tucked away in an unassuming business park, offering massage, skin care, colon hydrotherapy, whole body vibration, infrared sauna, and a popular 1, 3 or 5 day detox juice cleanses and 21 day detoxification programs.

The entire team really cares about guests and health and wellness, but can I just say, the place is so darn charming and cute, you just can’t help but want to return again and again.  My favorite place to get over the unintended consequences of a life well-lived too often.  A hidden gem.

Secret Spa Reviewer

Spa Index Guide to Spas

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San Diego is the second largest city in California. It sits on the Pacific Ocean on a deep water harbor, just north of the border with Mexico.  It is a major tourism attraction, and, home to a significant U.S. Navy population.   San Diego County’s  largest communities include San Diego, Chula Vista,  Oceanside, Escondido, Carlsbad, El Cajon, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, National City, and La Mesa.    Additional towns are Coronado, Del Mar, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, Santee, and Solana Beach.

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One thought on “Best Spas in San Diego

  1. Theresa says:

    GREAT list! I’ve heard of the others but I didn’t know about Eco Chateau — I’ll be checking it out.

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