5 of the Best Day Spas in San Diego

by Paul Joseph  |  Published April 30, 2022

In a sun-kissed beach destination like San Diego, there’s no shortage of opportunities for rest and relaxation. And among them are several enticing day spas dotted across the city.

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While many spas are only open to fully paid up members, there are also plenty that welcome day guests seeking a one-off spot of indulgent pampering. In San Diego, there are a wide number of spas that offer day passes, giving guests access to a range of luxurious treatments and services, as well as amenities such as swimming pools, saunas, Jacuzzis, and more. If you’re visiting San Diego and would like to book into one of the city’s day spas, we’ve picked out 5 of the best.

Massage Green Spa

Renowned for their specialised and customised approach to therapeutic massage, Massage Green Spa apply ‘luxury at low cost’ principles to deliver affordable wellness services for clients. Working on the basis that there are four main reasons people need a massage – relaxation, stress management, pain management and increased mobility – the spa’s licensed massage therapists select the treatment that best suites each client’s  needs, using techniques ranging from gliding Swedish strokes to focused deep-tissue kneads. The spa also offer facials, infrared sauna sessions, and float therapy, all utilising cutting edge technology.

Groupon currently offers discounts of up to 16% on treatments at this day spa. They also offer reductions for many other San Diego spas. Check

Girl on the Go Wellness Spa

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Originally launched offering high quality, affordable skincare services during after-office hours for busy, working professionals, Girl on the Go has since grown to become a full-service day and evening spa that attracts everyone from local businesswomen to out-of-towners. Focussing on a personal, one-on-one experience for clients in a relaxed, quiet setting, staff are on hand to deliver treatments that target whole body wellness and relaxation, including event makeup, airbrush tanning, waxing, and their signature skincare services.

The Spa at Torrey Pines

Located above the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, set within the upscale, Craftsman-style Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, just north of central San Diego, this spa is inspired by its location and indigenous plant life found in the nearby Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. It features a sumptuous relaxation lounge area with a fireplace, where you can kick back on a white chaise lounge while you wait for your treatment. Among the most popular services are the luxe exfoliations, which sees your body get buffed as warm water from five shower heads rinses your skin. The spa is open to day visitors, as well as hotel guests.

Beautiful by Abbie

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Owned and operated by a fully licensed and qualified esthetician, Beautiful by Abbie specialises in advanced skin treatments and chemical peels. Based on the belief that skincare isn’t a “one size fits all” solution, she works with each client to create a customised regime and treatment plan tailored to achieve their individual goals. Pampering is always a part of her services too, ranging from basic, deep cleansing facials for when a client wants to feel refreshed and relaxed, to specialised treatment plans for the confidence building – and often life changing – results that let clients present their best face forward.

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 Spa Kingston

Unashamedly glam, this luxury day spa on Fifth Avenue boasts a sophisticated and chic, yet unpretentious, aesthetic, kitted out in shades of white, grey, and lavender, with teardrop chandeliers that catch the light and an eye-catching flower wall. Services focus on facials, acne, and body treatments, and while you wait for your treatment, you’ll get a rose petal foot soak, warm neck pillow, and your choice of water, champagne, or tea. The spa menu features everything from facials, oxygen treatments, chemical peels, diamond tip microdermabrasion, massage, LED Lightstim, waxing, and more.