Finding inner peace at Omni La Costa

The reflexology pathway at the SoCal resort’s spa.
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The reflexology pathway at the SoCal resort’s spa.
The reflexology pathway at the SoCal resort’s spa.

Founded as an equestrian ranch in the 1960s, San Diego's Omni La Costa Resort & Spa today is a luxurious escape for those seeking the rugged beauty and perfect weather of the California coast.

Upon stepping into the resort's beautifully manicured open-air plaza, I felt immediately at ease. Palm trees, wild flowers, the delicate splashes of the plaza's tile-adorned fountain and the all-white, hacienda-style exterior exude quintessential California-cool ambience.

The property features eight swimming pools, one of which is an infinity pool offering panoramic views of the lush rolling hills and surrounding golf course.

The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa has more than 600 guestrooms, each incorporating neutral tones with deep blue and emerald accents, mimicking the picturesque Pacific coastline surrounding the area.

Plaza rooms encircle a peaceful courtyard with a large outdoor whirlpool spa making a midnight dip easily accessible, while other suites offer closer proximity to the championship golf courses.

A $140 million renovation in the early 2000s made way for the current 42-treatment-room spa, which boasts a continually changing selection of offerings ranging from regionally inspired treatments to therapies that incorporate seasonal ingredients.

The Spa at La Costa features a variety of water experiences, including an impressive Roman waterfall shower, an 85-degree heated pool, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, steam rooms and saunas, all open to spa guests in preparation for their treatments.

The spa prides itself on utilizing innovative techniques, organic ingredients and sustainable products to elevate guests' experiences. One of the main draws for those seeking tranquility is the spa's reflexology pathway, which La Costa touts as the only one of its kind in Southern California.

The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa also is home to the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, a "nurturing place where people come to heal their physical body, empower themselves, find emotional freedom and experience spiritual awakening" that was founded by holistic physicians Deepak Chopra and David Simon.

Its professionals are board-certified medical doctors as well as experts in ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old healing system of therapies designed to "revitalize, balance and restore you at the deepest cellular level," according to the resort.

Here you can spoil yourself with an ayurvedic massage, which uses herb-infused oils, aromas and massage techniques to balance your mind-body type.

Rates begin at $299; visit www.omnihotels.com.

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