About Golden Door
Golden Door is a luxury wellness spa located in San Marcos, California. Featuring an all-inclusive weeklong stay package, Golden Door offers guests a personalized meal plan, fitness regimen, and spa package in order to promote the recharging of guests’ mind, body and spirit.
A stay at Golden Door is truly luxury, and includes free transportation to and from the airport, all meals and snacks, and provides guests access to over 600 acres of hiking trails, farms and Japanese Gardens. Golden Door features only 40 available rooms, so guests are able to relax and meet their health and fitness goals with a staff to guest ratio of 4:1. Because of the small ratio, the staff at Golden Door provides individualized care 24/7 during guests’ stay, to help guests meet their health and fitness goals.
Additionally, included nutrition and mindfulness classes help guests stay motivated and healthy after they leave the resort. During their stay guests are encouraged to partake in a balanced personalized plan that balances healthy eating, exercise, relaxation and mental training.
All 40 rooms at Golden Door are single occupancy only, and feature a variety of amenities and services.
Each room includes:
- Private bath
- Warm-ups, shorts, t-shirts, sandals, kimono, and yukata (to allow guests to pack lightly)
- Free water bottle
- Free high-speed Wi-Fi
- Golden Door skincare products
- Sunscreen and sunhat for hiking
- Twice-a-day maid service
- Daily in-room massages
An all-inclusive stay all provides guests access to the following:
- Zen and Japanese Gardens
- Vegetable and fruit gardens—guests may harvest some foods to eat
- 600 acres for hiking
- Resort Gym
- Any of the resort’s three pools
- Pilates studio
- and more.
The fitness program at Golden Door has been described as challenging but worthwhile. The program gives guests the opportunity to participate in the following exercise:
- Over a dozen types of hikes, with varying difficulty
- Strength and Balance
- Core Classes
- Boot Camp (weight loss promotion)
- and private sessions which feature dance, cycling, fencing, archery and many more.
The nutrition program at Golden Door is catered to each individual’s dietary needs and goals. An all-inclusive stay includes breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, two snacks, nutrition and cooking classes. Breakfast is served to guests in-room, before or after their daily massage, and guests may also participate in a celebratory total-group dinner on Golden Door’s farm.
The food at Golden Door is based in fresh produce grown in their on-site farms and gardens, from which guests may harvest their own food. Not only does Golden Door encourage healthy eating during a guest’s stay, but they also hope to teach guests healthy habits that they can take home with them when they leave the spa.
Included in each guests stay is a spa package good for a daily in-room massage, five skincare or body treatments, and a manicure/pedicure. This package is provided to promote balance to the rigor of Golden Door’s fitness program. Guests may also purchase additional spa services at an extra cost.
Additional services available include:
- Body scrubs
- Hydrotherapy baths
- Stone Massage
- Water Therapy
- Spray Tanning
- Brow Treatment
- Hair treatments
- Age defense hand therapy
- and more.
Included in the nutrition plan at Golden Door are several nutrition and cooking classes. Some of these options include:
- Dining Out
- Diet 101
- Eating with Intention
- Seed to Table
- Supplements—What You Need to Know
- Immune Boosting Foods
- Understanding Food Labels
- and more.
Golden Door also strongly believes in the power of mindfulness. Mindfulness courses available to guests include:
- Tai Chi
- Dream Sharing
- and more.
Golden Door is located in San Marcos, California, about 38 miles north of San Diego. The resort offers private drivers to guests choosing to fly into the San Diego Airport. Once guests land at the airport, they meet their driver at the information desk, and are driven the remaining 40 minutes to the resort.
Additionally, guests who choose to fly privately into Golden Door can utilize the McClellan/Palomar Airport, which is located about 15 miles southwest of the resort.
If it is more convenient, guests may also fly into Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and will be driven by a complimentary driver the remaining 130 miles to the resort.
Golden Door offers a single rate of $8,850 for a 7-day fully inclusive stay. This cost includes a personalized meal plan, cooking and nutrition courses, a spa service package, fitness and mindfulness classes, round-trip transportation to and from the airport, a private room with a daily in-room massage, and additional hotel accommodations previously mentioned.
Additional personal training sessions and spa services may be scheduled at an additional cost. The $8,850 rate does not include tax or gratuities.
Golden Door is an all-inclusive luxury wellness spa located in San Marcos, California. Providing guests individualized spa, organic nutrition, and extensive fitness services and access to over 600 acres of land, Golden Door hopes to rejuvenate guests’ minds, bodies and spirits during their weeklong stays.
Golden Door Pros
- Small Staff-to-Guest Ratio – Golden Door only has 40 available private rooms, which allows a 4:1 staff to guest ratio, allowing guests the most personalized experience possible.
- The Land – Many guests have complimented the spa’s atmosphere and landscape, saying that the environment helped them relax and fully enjoy their stay.
Golden Door Cons
- Price – Though a luxury spa by definition, Golden Door is pricier than most other weeklong spa stays.