Golden Door

Currently does NOT ACCEPT Spafinder Gift Cards

Max of US$500 per person, per stay

777 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, CA 92069 United States 


Residing on 600 acres on the western slopes of southern California’s Peninsular Ranges, the legendary Golden Door has established itself as a premier destination spa and a storied retreat for visitors around the world.
This meditative environment, laden with stone walkways, serene waterfalls, Japanese gardens, koi ponds, and a circular labyrinth, emphasizes sustainable and philanthropic commitments and inspires possibilities for complete personal renewal. Tailored fitness programs, complemented by 20 miles of private hiking trails and 600-plus acres of nature to explore, strengthen the body, while inner focus-inspired classes such as meditation, tai chi, and qigong stimulate the mind. Additionally, personalized beauty regimens, spa treatments, and healthy, wholesome cuisine provide a flawless mix of pampering and wellness.
Decision-making is kept to a minimum, as the all-inclusive schedule and program is created for each individual, allowing a truly stress-free week to unfold. Though the 40-room Golden Door is designed for women, some co-ed and men's weeks are offered throughout the year; specialty focus weeks and four-day interludes are also available.
Notice: SpaFinder Wellness Gift Cards may be redeemed for a maximum of US$500 per person, per stay, at this property.


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Reflecting the integration of body, mind, and spirit, Golden Door mingles guest houses, gardens, and treatment spaces to form a seamless spa. Treatment rooms, all of which overlook beautifully serene landscapes, are scented by the natural fragrances of surrounding azaleas, camellias, and fruit trees, and a Japanese bathhouse affords visitors access to a steam room, sauna, and showers.

Daily in-room massages are a treasured ritual here, and a personal esthetician designs a customized beauty regimen for each guest. Different treatments are offered each day, with options including hydrotherapy baths, body scrubs, wraps, signature facials, and hair, scalp, and nail services. Coloring, brow/lash tinting, and specialty massage are available for an additional charge.







Golden Door Rooms & Dining

Facilities & Amenities

Each day at Golden Door is a balance of vigorous movement and total relaxation, as guests discover the meaning of true wellbeing. Personal Program interviewers work with each guest to develop a customized exercise schedule tailored to fitness levels, goals, and preferences, while handpicked fitness guides act as mentors, providing one-on-one coaching, monitoring progress, and adjusting workout schedules.

Blending current fitness therapies with ancient disciplines, Golden Door’s broad array of classes include yoga, tai chi, Feldenkrais®, meditation, flexibility training, cycling, cardio boxing, aqua yoga, and dance; private sessions can be requested for an additional fee. Most of these classes are offered at the state-of-the-art fitness facilities, which include three aerobic gyms, an Inner Focus retreat, a Pilates studio, group cycling room, a 1,000-square-foot equipment gym, Watsu water therapy pool, tennis courts, and solarium. Meanwhile, enlightening “inner focus” classes—self-hypnosis, biofeedback, stress management, labyrinth walks, private garden tours, “seed-to-table” sessions, and joyful living—cultivate self-awareness.

The destination maintains a staff-to-guest ratio of 4:1.


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  • Robes Provided

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  • Jacuzzi

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  • Pool-Outdoor

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  • Steam Room

  • Tennis

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  • Weight Loss/Slimming Programs

Golden Door Facilities & Amenities

Rooms & Dining

With a design evocative of a Japanese honjin inn, guest rooms at Golden Door promote tranquility. Each room is decorated with the purposeful simplicity of antique Japanese artwork and a traditional tokonoma meditation shrine; a deck overlooking Japanese gardens allows for private moments of reflection.

As well, Golden Door visitors will notice the destination’s Japanese art collection scattered throughout the grounds; designed to inspire, the collection, with pieces dating back to the 18th-century Edo period, includes Kasuga lanterns illuminating pathways, rice paper room-divider screens, and a protective “temple guardian” to offer shelter.

Dining is a thoughtful experience at Golden Door, with every dish served intended to be “a banquet for the eyes, soul, and palate.” The property celebrates bio-dynamic farming methods, and much of the produce used for cooking is sourced from the on-site organic garden, paired with locally raised, free-range poultry and freshly caught fish from the Pacific Ocean. Prepared in the kitchen where spa cuisine was first served, fare is colorful and inventive, featuring low-fat, low-calorie meals.


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