Pamper: Top five San Diego couple's spa suites

Pamper: Top five San Diego couple's spa suites

Michelle Guerin spotlights the top five couple's spa suites, including The Spa at Park Hyatt Aviara, Se Spa at Se Hotel, The Spa at The Grand Del Mar & more.

Although San Diego entertainment is typically tied to champagne-fueled club nights and outdoor music festivals buzzed up by flowing craft beer, there are also many relaxing ways to have fun in America’s Finest City. Perfect for a romantic afternoon with your special someone, luxury couple’s suites at San Diego spas always make for memorable adventures in local entertainment.

From chocolate dipped strawberries and tranquil warm baths to sexy steam showers, private Jacuzzi pools, and of course, side-by-side spa treatments of your choice, all local love birds must experience VIP pampering in the intimacy of their own couple’s spa suite. Just a few of my favorites, and yes I actually have tried them all, include The Spa at Park Hyatt Aviara, The Sanctuary in Ocean Beach, Se Spa at the Se Hotel and more. Boys, pay attention: this is the perfect gift idea for your lady’s birthday, anniversary, or just a sweet surprise.

Relax, unwind, and embrace romance at these five couple’s spa suites.

The Spa at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad

The Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Resort & Spa is an incredibly posh and diverse resort situated atop a hill in the North County San Diego community of Carlsbad. In addition to golf, fine dining, and impeccable accommodations, The Spa is a must-see resort attraction. The Spa at Park Hyatt Aviara boasts 15,000 square feet of space and 20 treatment rooms, and is equipped with an indoor solarium lounge area, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and my favorite, the couple’s suite. In complete privacy, couples enjoy an intimate lounge area, marble fireplace, shower for two, side-by-side massage tables, and a private outdoor patio with an oversize whirlpool and lounge chairs, circled with palm trees. I recommend the 80-minute Massage Ritual, with deep tissue, dry brushing, and aromatherapy techniques. Learn more at

Se Spa at Se Hotel in Downtown San Diego

The picture of glamour and modern sophistication, the stunning Se Hotel offers a taste of the good life, including fine dining, rooftop nightlife, luxurious suites, and a mesmerizing full service spa with all the trimmings. The Spa at Se Hotel is home to nine treatment rooms, steam showers, and posh lounges with urban downtown views. Perfect for couples, the exclusive Studio Sutra is complete with a soaking tub, double steam shower, side-by-side massage tables, and plush daybed. For a real treat, upgrade with the Moroccan-inspired Rasul steam bath, which helps you envelop herbal steam and provides a great backdrop for mud cleansing rituals. I recommend the Samsara Studio Sutra Ritual, a flow together treatment with massage, body fusion and aromatic soak for two. Learn more at

The Spa at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad

An icon of luxury hospitality and entertainment in North County San Diego, La Costa Resort & Spa is a coveted destination for travelers from all across the globe. The Spa recently revamped its treatment menu, and now offers local California lifestyle inspired services for your pampering pleasure. Couples will love the Romantic Journey for Two, a custom couple’s spa package that includes a 50-minute side-by-side Couple’s Massages followed by 45-minutes of leisure time in the VIP Spa Suite, which is complete with a private Jacuzzi and patio, champagne, strawberries, and truffles. For a different spa experience, add on a service from the Chopra Center, such as Pizichilli, a continuous stream of warm, herbal oils rhythmically massaged into your body by two therapists. Learn more at

The Spa at The Grand Del Mar Resort in Del Mar

Located in a reserved inland estate in North County San Diego, The Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa is a contemporary take on regal elegance of eras past that now offers something for everyone, including fine dining, golf and outdoor activities, sophisticated suites, and an award-winning spa. Rated one of 20 Five-Star spas in the country, The Spa at The Grand Del Mar embraces the rejuvenating spirit of the Renaissance in its full-service menu, and offers a relaxation spa pool as well as private women’s and men’s lounges and a spa boutique. The Couple’s Classic experience includes a mineral-rich bath á deux, a moisturizing wrap, and a 60-minute massage in The Spa's romantic couple’s suite. Champagne, chocolate strawberries and aromatic rose petals enhance the pleasure. Learn more at

The Sanctuary Day Spa in Ocean Beach

If large luxury resort spas aren’t your idea of intimacy, try something different at The Sanctuary Day Spa in Ocean Beach. Petite, posh, and custom-tailored to your every desire, The Sanctuary is a converted beach home that now houses a top-of-the-line natural, wellness-oriented spa specializing in VIP treatments to one client, or couple, at a time. The Couple’s Massage includes two 55-minute Swedish massages, two aromatherapy foot massages, and a champagne toast and chocolate tasting for two. This blissful experience is now offered in The Sanctuary’s newly remodeled couple’s suite, a beach bungalow that can be rented out for spa parties of any kind. Learn more at

Craving more already? More recommended San Diego spas for couple’s massage romantic adventures include Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria Rose Spa in Banker’s Hill, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, Rock Spa at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Spa Gregorie’s in Del Mar, Skinsational Spa in Carlsbad, and South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula.

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