In search of the world’s best bikini boot camp, Shape Magazine selected the top 10 destination fitness spas where Hollywood stars slim down in style. Three spas in the greater San Diego area made the cut, bringing international attention to our secret hiding spots.
Now in the spotlight are The Golden Door in Escondido, Cal-A-Vie in Vista, and Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.
Celebrity-approved fitness spas in your backyard.
The Golden Door in Escondido
Famous fans: Barbara Streisand, Martha Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Lauren Graham
The Golden Door destination health spa sits on 377 acres in Escondido. The spa was created by Deborah Szekely in 1958, and the brand has since expanded to include similar retreats in Utah, Florida, Arizona and Puerto Rico. The original Golden Door pioneered the development of destination spas around the world, and continues to be the go-to getaway for wellness-minded travelers. Surrounded by soothing nature and Asian-inspired gardens with koi ponds, guests embark on a week-long journey in health, fitness, wellness and self-discovery. Based on your goals, a typical day may include a morning hike, afternoon water aerobics, guided meditation, anti-aging facial, and organic meals created by executive chef Kayla Roche. Only 40 guests welcomed at one time to ensure privacy.
Cal-A-Vie in Vista
Famous fans: Julia Roberts, Uma Thurman, Russell Crowe, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Ford, Kirstie Alley, Gene Simmons, Ricki Lake
Guided wilderness hike, Zumba dance class, organic lunch prepared by executive chef Jason Graham, and outdoor yoga, followed by a hot stone foot massage and oxygen facial; this is just the beginning of a typical day at Cal-a-Vie. Located on 200 private acres in a secluded valley 40-miles north of San Diego, Cal-a-Vie is a hidden treasure that provides the ultimate health spa getaway experience. Within the private estate, Cal-a-Vie opts to remain petite with only 25 private villas and 7 suites.
Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico
Famous fans: Ricki Lake and Annabeth Gish
Located on 3,000 acres in Tecate, people from all over the world seek refuge in Rancho La Puerta to heal and empower the mind, body and spirit through wellness spa treatments, energizing activities, and natural, nutritious cuisine in a tranquil setting of gardens, meadows, and 25 miles of mountainside hiking trails. Results-oriented recommendations include Cardio Boxing with focus mitts and boxing gloves; Circuit Training with balance, strength, and coordination workouts; Yoga Sculpt with dumbbells and yoga postures; and Alex’s Oak Trail, a two-mile hike climbing 350 feet in elevation. Low intensity activities range from H20 Sport Conditioning, to Partner Thai Massage, and Cooking Classes.
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