Golden Door Resort | The Full Review

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A Japanese-Inspired Escape in SoCal

You can’t go wrong with a wellness retreat in California. Plenty of sun, locally sourced food, and beautiful scenery make it an ideal spot. But San Diego’s Golden Door is the best of the best, so much so that it was named the #1 destination spa in the world. In case that isn’t proof enough that it deserves a spot on your travel wishlist, we put together an in-depth review of this one-of-a-kind retreat.

The Vibe

Rich in Japanese influence, The Golden Door is the ultimate zen experience. The essence of Golden Door is centered around its Japanese gardens: a zen rock garden, roji, a classic garden for tea, and a kaiyu-shiki-teien for guests to walk through. More than 600 acres of land, including vistas, mountains, and a bamboo forest, are at your fingertips for running, walking, or simply relaxing. Your experience here will unite you with nature. Golden Door offers a 7-day wellness program, concentrating on fitness, spa treatments, personal care, and healthy cuisine.

The Food

On-site culinary gardens provide fresh produce for the kitchen for the ultimate farm-to-table experience. Culinary chefs will design a meal plan based on your dietary preferences and needs with in-room breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, appetizers, and dinner. Get an even more personal look at your food with nutrition classes, cooking classes, and a dinner on the farm.

The Rooms

Golden Door houses only 40 rooms to maintain a high employee-to-guest ratio. The decor is simple and elegant. The resort features single rooms exclusively, with private bathrooms and large sliding doors for easy access to the Japanese gardens, plenty of sunlight, and fresh air.

The Extras

Minimalist packers, this is your mecca. Thanks to nearly endless amenities, you can arrive essential empty-handed. Golden Door provides kimonos, sandals, workout clothes, reusable water bottles, and even special skincare. An in-room daily massage is included in your stay as well as extensive spa and beauty offerings. Enjoy a personalized treatment recommendation, skin analysis, 5 skin care sessions, 1 body treatment, 2 herbal wraps, a manicure and pedicure, plus a deep conditioning hair treatment.

Expect to leave Golden Door on track to your best self with a personalized fitness program. With 4 included sessions with a personal trainer, the choice of more than 40 fitness classes, mindfulness and improvement sessions, a personalized take-home fitness plan, and evening programs and lectures you make Golden Door your own. The facility also offers 7 state-of-the-art gyms, 5 acres of gardens, 2 labyrinths, 2 swimming pools, a bathouse (jacuzzi, sauna, skincare and body treatment rooms), a tennis court and a therapy pool.

Golden door promises a transformation of mind, body, and spirit so you’ll emerge feeling like a better version of yourself.  That’s what we call Travelling Well.

For more information on rates and packages at Golden Door, check out their site here. Have a review of Golden Door to share? Let us know in the comments or tag us on social! @shetravelswellco