Willows Spa at Viejas

Alpine's nature-inspired desert retreat

Surrounded by rolling hillsides and nestled within Willows Hotel & Spa at Viejas, the resort’s onsite wellness center draws inspiration from its pastoral setting. Everything about Willows Spa at Viejas — from the menu of nurturing treatments to the Zen-like décor — was designed to soothe mind, body and spirit.

Elements of nature can be found throughout the 8,650-square-foot facility. Look for light fixtures adorned with natural point crystals, gold-flecked wall coverings and original artwork that captures the restful beauty of water, stone and leaves. The color scheme is just as peaceful. Soft grays, creamy beige tones and mellow shades of blue and green are used throughout.

When it comes to massages and facials, expect to be pampered with organic product lines infused with fragrant flower blossoms, healing herbs and restorative botanicals. Treatment rooms feature plush heated beds, muted lighting and a relaxing selection of music to guide your way to serenity.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The spacious San Diego spa offers plenty of areas to relax and unwind both indoors and out. There are seven interior treatment rooms, but if an alfresco experience is what you seek, request that your services be taken in one of two well-appointed poolside cabanas.
  • If your relationship goals include a romantic spa day, then be sure to book some time in the couples suite. Amenities include a spacious walk-in shower with dual showerheads, side-by-side treatment beds and your own private bathroom.
  • Willows Spa uses numerous high-end products to complement its sensational services. Lines include Éminence Organic Skin Care for select spa treatments, Moroccanoil for hair services and CND Shellac and gel polishes in the nail salon.
  • Take your treatment to the next level with a high-tech HydraFacial. The multi-step serum delivery system cleanses, exfoliates and replenishes skin with peptides and antioxidants for an instant glow and lasting results.
  • Multi-treatment packages make it simple to sample the spa’s abundant list of services. Choose The Perfect Wager and enjoy three hours of bliss with a hot stone massage, a facial, a mani-pedi and a nourishing spa lunch.

Things to Know

  • A full-service salon and state-of the-art fitness center are available.
  • Use of the luxurious facilities is included with any treatment, but if you seek solace sans services, you can relax in the steam room, sauna, whirlpool and saltwater pool by purchasing an all-day guest pass.
  • Gratuity is automatically included in the price of every treatment and goes directly to your therapist. If you prefer to show your appreciation with a larger tip, simply inform the spa attendant during checkout.
  • If you’re planning a spa day during the weekend or over a holiday, be sure to book ahead, especially if your date coincides with Alpine’s peak tourist season, which spans from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Treatments

  • Indulge in 80 minutes of head-to-toe bliss with a Fire & Ice Signature Body Treatment, commencing with a light scrub, a cooling succulent-infused moisturizing mask and a thermal wrap. Relax in your warm cocoon while your scalp and feet are treated to acupressure followed by a light full-body massage enhanced by Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer.
  • For a glowing complexion, choose from five different facials designed to cleanse, exfoliate, tone, treat and hydrate. Perfect for sensitive skin, the Desert Rose Facial uses fragrant rose hips and flower petals rich in vitamin C to soothe and nurture, while the Microgreens Detox Facial rids pores of impurities and brightens your completion with a blend of nutrient-rich microgreens.
  • Pamper yourself with a 50- or 80-minute customized massage designed by you. If you’d rather let your therapist lead the way, peruse a set menu featuring a deep-tissue sports massage, the gentle prenatal offering or a stress-erasing hot stone variation enhanced by warm volcanic rocks.

The Facilities

  • Men and women are provided with separate locker rooms along with individual spa facilities and relaxation areas. The twin spaces mirror one another and feature nearly identical amenities.
  • To enjoy some lounge time together, couples can head outside to the spa’s secluded coed saltwater pool. Umbrellas, plush lounge chairs and a lovely tranquility garden make this the place to bask in Alpine’s sunny weather.
  • Designed to reduce stress, increase energy and lift your spirits, the spacious cedar-lined dry saunas come equipped with built-in Himalayan pink salt walls. As the salt heats, negative ions are released to enhance production of the body’s natural mood-balancing chemical, serotonin.
  • Slip into a state of deep relaxation as your body detoxifies in the San Diego spa’s spacious eucalyptus-scented steam rooms. Cool down afterward with an ice-cold towel infused with aromatic botanicals.
  • Prime yourself for a massage with a pre-treatment soak in the saltwater whirlpool, created to please the senses. Glistening glass tiles in tranquil shades of desert, sea and sky please the eye, while a wall of cascading waterfalls adds an auditory delight.

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5000 Willows Road, Alpine, California 91901
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