The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn

A sanctuary inspired by nature

The view from the top of the steps leading down to the garden-flanked The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn is one of the most stunning in San Diego’s North County. Majestic cypress trees frame an outdoor pool, creating a backdrop straight from a magazine shoot.

Not to be outdone, though, is the scene inside the facility, where you’re greeted with soft creams, brown leather and hints of Moroccan design that set a tranquil mood. Like a gentle breeze off the Pacific coast, the spa intentionally flows from indoors to out (and back again) with interior treatment rooms in addition to five casitas that are surrounded by a gentle water feature.

No matter where you enjoy your pampering treatment, you’ll want to spend time in the lush spa gardens afterward taking in the scenery and the sweet scent of jasmine wafting in the air.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • With Mother Nature seemingly inspiring every move, it’s no surprise that the services at the San Diego spa organically incorporate ingredients from the earth. Look over the menu and you’ll find fruit tonics, green tea blends and vanilla chai at the center of your serenity.
  • Aestheticians here help you find inner peace with a mix of traditional massages, facials and sports-related treatments. Because of the SoCal heat, humidity and — let’s be honest — hot party scene, fusion hydrations are also popular at the spa.
  • A massage in the garden’s standalone casitas is a transcendent experience. One of the few outdoor treatment facilities in the city, these escapes allow you to get lost in your own thoughts while the sounds of flowing fountains and chirping birds envelop you.
  • The adults-only saline pool is solely for spa guests, meaning things are usually tranquil. Take the intimacy to even greater levels by reserving one of the seven private cabanas. These spaces have fans, tables and outdoor sofas to melt into after your massage.
  • As a spa patron, you’re also granted fitness center privileges. The gym carries a good assortment of LifeFitness equipment, and there’s a TV that allows you to stream StudioSweat’s on-demand workouts.

Things to Know

  • While brands like Moroccanoil and Hungary’s Eminence Organics play prominent roles, The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn is equally proud of its local offerings. Inside the spa shop, you’ll find hand-poured candles from The Beach Cottage Co. and bracelets and earrings from the mother-and-daughter team at Tres Designs Jewelry.
  • What’s a spa without great snacks? This North County spa wouldn’t know because its relaxation area runneth over with apples, a granola mix and cucumber-infused water. But if you have a hankering for more sustenance, you can enjoy the spa menu’s blackberry honey lemonade and seared salmon salad in the garden or by the pool.

The Treatments

  • The Holistic Wellness Massage is a customizable experience, dictated by various scents and pressure levels, that’s nothing short of blissful. Taking this treatment in one of the casitas will arguably be the best decision you make during your time in San Diego.
  • Though golf is the sport of choice at the resort, biking, walking and even a bit of frisbee tossing are popular pursuits as well. No matter which activity gets you going, know that you can always slow down with a classic sports massage that restores the body through a combination of stretching and compressing techniques.
  • Seasonal services are also at the core of The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn. In the summer, for instance, the spa offers a pineapple exfoliating facial that promises to revive dull skin without irritation.

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17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, California 92128
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