I recently enjoyed a well-deserved day at the spa after a year filled with adventure and outdoor activity! I have been on several hiking adventures including slithering through slot canyons, venturing to see a triad of waterfalls, and a climb using cables bolted to a granite rock stone in Yosemite; hell yeah I deserve a spa day! And I must say, it was spectacular! Thanks to my awesome hubby who purchased a spa day gift card from The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn for my birthday. Which is why I made the call and reserved my spa day. Here is my review.

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Hidden and tucked away in the northern part of San Diego County, Rancho Bernardo Inn is what I call a rustic resort with tons of charm. Business began in 1963 when they first opened their doors with only 30 rooms available. The room rates started at $8. Its old-school feel and well-built structures reminds me of the days of quality versus quantity with respect to consumerism. Today, it has become a luxurious resort that has expanded to include a Conde Nast Traveler Magazine award winning spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, and an additional 250 guest rooms!

The Grounds

From the moment you step foot on the property, you feel a sense of calm. As you peruse through the entrance and lobby take notice of the oversize chairs and sofas in the several seating areas throughout. I always enjoy a seat by the cozy fireplaces when I come over to visit the Inn. There are always special events or parties happening here from wine tasting to holiday soirees, it will surely peek your interest. 

The Spa

My day at the The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn consists of a massage, facial and tons of relaxation by the pool. I arrive early so that I can enjoy more relaxing time lounging, swimming, sunbathing, and daydreaming. I am so pleased that they use nothing but the most natural and healthy products and ingredients available in the spa treatments. 


After my climb to Half Dome in Yosemite, I had several knots in my muscles all over my body. My masseuse performs her magic and is able to knead all the knots out, and help me feel relaxed and calm. When I say magic, I mean it! This is exactly what I needed! The calming aromas of the warming and cooling body oils namely the Lavender Eucalyptus treatment are amazing!


My luxurious facial experience is nothing short of incredible. The products used on me are for brightening and anti aging, and of course all organic! The bright skin kit includes products by Eminence Organic Skin Care. When finished, My face felt so clean, soft, and refreshed! Here are some of the names of the products used on me and include the following:

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant
  • Bright Skin Licorice Root
  • Citrus and Kale Masque
  • Bamboo Firming Fluid
  • Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream
  • Citrus Lip Balm

Other Packages

Of course, there are several different luxurious packages to choose. They sometimes have themes; for example during Valentines Day they might run a promotion geared towards romance. Since this is the season of summer, current promotions include a Coco Melon Summer treatment and other enriching summer spa packages.

Final Thoughts

I had an incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating day at the spa. The staff was especially friendly and the technicians are amazing! The treatments definitely helped me recover and heal from my hiking activity and the intense training leading up those hiking adventure trips. If you visit San Diego or live here, I highly recommend a day at the Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn located in lovely San Diego, you will not be disappointed.

More Info

Rancho Bernardo Inn located at 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128 DIRECTIONS.

Disclaimer. This information is based on my personal experience and opinions only. This is NOT a sponsored post.


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