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  • Ideal for solo visits or groups
  • Spacious rooms
  • Meals are healthy, well-balanced, and satisfying
  • Great variety of unique spa and fitness activities
  • Some outdated furnishings and gym equipment
  • Spa treatments run short
  • Trip Advisor - 4.5 of 5 stars
*Information was accurate at the time of publication.

Tranquil Bliss

This property is a favorite among travelers looking to escape the everyday and indulge in the finer things in life. Wherever such property is located, guests will find refuge within the confines of the hotel and are offered luxurious services such as spa treatments and relaxing on-site amenities.

Hotel Features
Rooms: 40
Hotel Vibe: Tranquil Bliss
Interests: Romantic, Spa, Mountain, All Inclusive, Resort, Luxe Superior
Official Website
Golden Door
777 Deer Springs Rd
San Marcos, CA 92069
United States
    SpaFinder 2010 Readers' Choice Crystal Award Winner
  • Favorite Spa in North America
  • Best Spa in the United States
  • 10 Best Category Awards for:
  • Accommodations
  • Cooking Classes
  • Cuisine
  • Fitness Program
  • Going Solo
  • Hiking
  • Brand
  • Weight Loss
  • Luxury
  • Treatment and Mind-Body Spirit

Hotel Overview

Refresh yourself like never before. Golden Door bids you welcome. Here in this peaceful northern pocket of San Diego County, founder Deborah Szekely in 1958 developed a unique philosophy of personal health and fitness inspired by the ancient Japanese Honjin inns and the spa industry grew its first roots. Escape to our original flagship Golden Door spa near San Diego, California, offering treatments and ideals rich in tradition, yet executed with a modern interpretation. Join us for a weeklong customized stay in this atmosphere of rare privacy, and achieve a deep, meaningful rapport with nature, enjoy the camaraderie of 39 fellow guests, and discover a meaningful reconnection to your innermost self.


Guest rooms at Golden Door are designed for extraordinary relaxation and deep introspection. Inspired by the millennium-old Japanese Honjin inns - rejuvenating the weary traveler through massage, refreshing food, and absolute personal service - this award-winning California hotel spa reflects that deeply rooted philosophy. Prepared with a traditional tokonoma or meditative shrine on a raised platform, these restful accommodations are appointed with a private bath, fresh flowers and a complete spa wardrobe.


Each day guests receive three healthy, satisfying gourmet meals, including free-range poultry, the freshest sustainably-caught fish, locally grown fruits and crisp, just-picked vegetables from our organic garden, mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, before-dinner appetizers, and Sunday brunches.


Indulge in salon services and treatments that restore your soul as well as your outer appearance including a personal esthetician, who designs your beauty regimen, to suit your needs and tastes; bathhouse treatments, offering enticing body scrubs, wraps, and hydrotherapy baths; skincare treatments, customized facials, peels, and masques; hair, nails, and makeup, special scalp treatment, the Golden Door manicure/pedicure, and a full makeup lesson. There is also a full-service salon, hair design, lash and brow tint, and specialty massages available at additional charge.

Fitness Facilities

Energize and tone your physical self with activities weaved into your daily routine designed to challenge expert and beginner alike. During your next fitness spa vacation, learn precisely how the body, mind, and spirit form a perfect trinity, empowered by effective movement with premier fitness facilities, including 3 poolside aerobic gyms, a hilltop gym for private fitness sessions, a new 4000 square foot Fitness Pavilion housing a 2000 square foot equipment gym, spinning gym, and additional aerobic gym; two swimming pools and a Kiatsu water therapy pool; tennis courts; and solarium. A personal fitness guide, your dedicated trainer throughout your weeklong stay, will be assigned to evaluate, instruct, and encourage you every step of the way. Play tennis with a seasoned pro or hike on any of the 20 miles of private onsite trails winding through avocado groves and ponds, suitable for all levels of skill. Get your heart pumping in various cardiovascular classes, including biking, cardio boxing, and outdoor cross training, or receive flexibility training, offering stretches for the whole body. Water classes, featuring particular emphasis on cardiovascular fitness, toning, and flexibility, or enjoy strength, balance, and posture training, including core body sculpting and total body conditioning. Relax with yoga, for beginners and advanced practitioners or clear your mind with Tai-chi and meditation, in our quiet labyrinth or tree-top Inner Focus Retreat.


Created by a woman for women, the Golden Door offers an extraordinary opportunity to achieve the perfect blending of vigorous activity and soul-satisfying personal services. Several times a year, however, the Golden Door welcomes both men and women. Singles, couples, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, brothers and sisters each coed week is a unique mix o

Amenities & Activities

  • A private room with your own garden deck or patio
  • 4-to-1 staff ratio for unparalleled personal attention
  • Maid service 5 times daily
  • Arrival-day Personal Program Interview
  • Up to 4 sessions with a Personal Fitness Guide
  • A customized Take-Home Fitness Program to continue at home
  • A meal plan based on your dietary needs and preferences

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