Sarah Weinberg

Summer Play Days at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Sheraton San Diego Hotel Pool and Marina
Sheraton San Diego Hotel Pool and Marina

Enjoy the water and more at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

One of the cool things about being a San Diegan is that you don’t have to own a boat or even a surf board to get out on the water and have a real outdoor adventure. For a family fun getaway, I schedule some play time on San Diego Bay. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is my home base. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guests and locals can enjoy the hotel’s Summer Play offerings with free poolside activities for families, daily deals and discounts on boat charters, whale watching excursions, paddleboat or kayak rentals, and more.

Unwind at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Spa

After a day out on the bay, you can cruise back into the marina and enjoy some pampering at the spa or full service salon at the Sheraton; this includes complimentary parking and use of the pool facilities, of which there are three! After a dip in the quieter Lanai pool area, I followed with an aromatherapy massage at the Sheraton’s Island Breeze Spa. The intimate facility offers workout room, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a variety of treatment rooms offering massage therapy, body wraps and cleansing treatments. Island Breeze Spa has expanded their spa services by offering single or couple massages at an outdoor pop-up cabana that overlooks the San Diego bay.

Beyond Four Walls – Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor Yoga - Summer Play Days - Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Find inner balance with cool ocean breezes and sunshine at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina’s Outdoor Yoga

On my next visit, my daughter and I enjoyed the 10:00 AM Saturday outdoor yoga class courtesy of YogaOne ($17 adult, $12 child). Nothing starts off your weekend like doing a tree pose on a lawn surrounded by palm trees while gazing upon sailboats as they glide along the harbor.

Pooltime

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Pool

Escape the summer heat with a dip in the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina’s cool pool

After yoga, we headed to the Marina Tower pool and my daughter enjoyed some of the kids’ activities planned by the staff. The Shoreline Restaurant, next to the pool, provides full service dining with delivery right to your lounge chair. Rose played pool games and ping-pong then dug into a burger and mango smoothie while I relaxed poolside with my mojito.

Dive-in-Movie

We’ve yet to try the family friendly Dive-in-Movie every Friday and Saturday night in the pool; so we might just have to book a room to fit it all in.

Where’s your favorite place to cool off and relax during a warm San Diego summer day?

Robert Arends

Mother’s Day Delights in Coronado!

Mother's Day in Coronado
Mother's Day in Coronado

Mother’s Day in Coronado

So have you made plans yet for mom this Mother’s Day? Best hop to it! 😉

Coronado has the holiday ALL wrapped up with some fun – and delectable – ways to show mom she’s #1:

Mother’s Day at the Hotel Del Coronado

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Hotel del Coronado’s Crown Room.

The Hotel del Coronado’s annual Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the magnificent Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom features a cornucopia of culinary delights. It’s the most lavish brunch around and the Del makes it extra memorable with live music, a rose for mom and special children’s buffet.

When: May 12, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Adults – $82.50. Children – $35. Children under 5 – Free.
Reservations: 619.522.8490
> Find out more about the Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at the Del

Spa at the Del for Moms and Mommies to Be

Help Mom relax with a day at the Spa at the Del

Help Mom relax with a day at the Spa at the Del

After brunch, help Mom rejuvenate with a spa treatment at Spa at The Del. Even mommies to be can relax with a special a maternity massage for only $109, from May 1 through May 23rd (Sunday-Friday) for 2nd or 3rd trimester only.

Mother’s Day at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The Gondola Company at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The Gondola Company at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The luxe Loews Coronado Bay Resort features a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on May 12 (12:00 to 3:00 PM) in the Constellation Ballroom. Menu includes breakfast classics like omelets and eggs made to order, oysters, crab claws, shrimp, sushi, prime rib, salads and greens, cheeses and charcuterie, a Bellini bar and grand dessert spread (yum!). For kids, there will be an activity room and buffet. Classical piano music and long-stem roses for all moms stylishly set the mood.

Afterward, go on a relaxing gondola cruise through the Coronado Cays and San Diego Bay with The Gondola Company. The gondoliers sing in Italian…Mom will feel like she’s on a chic European getaway!

Coronado Historic Home Tour

Coronado Historic Home Tour beckons moms this Mother's Day

Coronado Historic Home Tour beckons moms this Mother’s Day

The Coronado Historic Home Tour has become a Mother’s Day tradition on the island. Guests have a rare opportunity to walk through and admire six gorgeous Coronado homes, ranging in architectural styles from a Queen Anne built in the 1880s to a mid-century modern and Spanish Revival.

Where: Coronado Visitor Center – 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
When: May 12, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $40
Reservations: 619.482.6148
> Find out more about the Coronado Historic Home Tour

Happy Mother’s Day (almost) from Coronado! 🙂

Candice

Enjoy San Diego Spa Week at the Catamaran Resort

Catamaran Spa relaxation room

If you need an excuse for a little rest and relaxation, you’re in luck: San Diego Spa Week returns April 15-21, 2013. San Diego is a treasure trove of incredible spas, with spas to suit all visitors. Whether you’re looking for a weeklong wellness getaway to restore your inner balance or you just feel like being pampered, you’re sure to find a spa to fit your style in San Diego.

San Diego Spa Week Highlight – Catamaran Spa

Catamaran Spa relaxation room

Relax at the Catamaran Spa

In need of both an inner balancing and a bit of indulgence, I recently found the perfect blend reflective peace with a touch of luxury at the Catamaran Spa. If you’re staying at the Catamaran Resort, or just want to check into the spa for the day, spend some time decompressing in the Catamaran Resort’s beachside fitness center before your spa treatment. With elliptical machines set on an open air patio facing out towards the white sands and sparkling waters of Mission Bay, the fitness center has all perks of jogging on the beach without the risk of getting sand in your shoes.

Catamaran Resort & Spa fitness center

Who needs a tv on mute when you have beautiful views of the water?

The spa’s signature Tropical Catamaran Ritual is a two-hour mini-vacation in its own right. Your therapist guides you from the tranquil, Polynesian-inspired relaxation room to a spacious suite complete with a massage table, jetted tub and 13-head shower. The journey begins with a brisk head-to-toe coconut sugar scrub that smells good enough to eat. After a thorough scrubbing, the suite’s indulgent shower washes away the impurities with an invigorating massage from the stream of 13 shower heads.

Once good and clean, it’s time to be wrapped. After being gently brushed with a delightfully tingly antioxidant mask, you’re tucked up burrito-style in a warm, comforting wrap. But you’re not done yet – after your wrap, it’s time to slip into the jetted tub for a soak in coconut milk, followed by a soothing massage.

Catamaran Resort & Spa Whirlpool

Sooth your weary body in the outdoor whirlpool.

Still not relaxed? Slip on your bathing suit and head outside to the beachside whirlpool. As you watch the suns bounce off of the gentle waves of Mission Bay, you can’t help but enjoy the moment.

The Tropical Catamaran Ritual is just one of many varieties of treatments available at the Catamaran Spa.

Catamaran Spa’s San Diego Spa Week Offerings

During San Diego Spa Week the Catamaran Spa will be offering the a 50 Min Coconut Pineapple Body Balm Wrap, choice of 50 Min Catamaran Island Facial or 50 Min Coconut Scrub, or a 50 Min Tropical Pedicure for only $50 each!

> Find more San Diego Spa Week Offers

Where will you relax during San Diego Spa Week? Tell us below!

Denise

Valentine’s Day Ideas – Sweetheart Spa Treatments in San Diego

Couples Spa Massage - Valentine's Day Sweetheart Spa Treatments
Couples Spa Massage - Valentine's Day Sweetheart Spa Treatments

Spoil each other with a Valentine’s Day sweetheart spa treatment in San Diego

After a busy day of sight-seeing and exploring San Diego, you may be ready to try a different kind of R&R. There’s no better way to relax and rejuvenate your body and your soul than at one of San Diego’s top hotel spas – especially if your sweetheart is by your side. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not surprise your significant other with a relaxing couple’s massage. From ginger-vanilla massages to chocolate and orange body wraps, here are just a few of the romantic offerings around town.

Hotel Del Coronado – Spa At the Del

How about a s’mores couple’s massage? The Hotel Del Coronado, with its spectacular oceanfront location, is serving up a classic campfire favorite with a soothing massage. Start with a side-by-side 50-minute Swedish massage in the couple’s suite. Then head out to the sand for a private beach bonfire complete with s’mores, champagne and spectacular Pacific views.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – Kin Spa

If you want the ultimate poolside escape, try an outdoor couple’s massage under a private cabana overlooking sparkling San Diego Bay. Before and after your service, Kin Spa provides complimentary access to a relaxation lounge where you can spoil yourself with wine or champagne, and fruit and cheese snacks.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Spa Aquazul

For a limited time, Spa Aquazul is offering a Love Birds Retreat package. Decompress with an 80-minute Shea Butter Couples Scrub, followed by a warm shower and a 50-minute Couple Travelers Tonic Massage. Complete your bliss with a champagne toast.

Paradise Point – The Spa at Paradise Point

“Oh, baby!” For parents-to-be, how about a mommy-daddy romantic get-a-way before your little one arrives? The Spa at Paradise Point provides a tranquil, romantic setting for “babymooners,” including sparkling cider upon arrival, a prenatal massage and everything you would expect for the perfect pre-baby spa experience.

Rancho Bernardo Inn – The Spa

The Rancho Bernardo Inn offers an 80-minute warming body treatment with a delicious blend of ingredients that are undoubtedly good enough to eat. Specialties for two include a dark chocolate and orange body scrub and wrap, as well as a ginger-vanilla massage. Unwind even more in the spa garden, or poolside in a private cabana, savoring a delicious picnic-basket lunch prepared just for the two of you.

The Grand Del Mar – The Spa

Cupid has definitely arrived at The Grand Del Mar. You and your honey can experience a luxurious mineral-rich bath for two, along with a chilled bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Your package also includes a blissful moisture-intensive wrap and a therapeutic massage.

Tell us about your favorite San Diego hotel spa experience for two!

Suzzanne

Enjoy Se Spa’s ’50 Shades of Summer’

Se Spa inside the Hotel Palomar San Diego

Se Spa inside the Hotel Palomar San DiegoOne of my favorite spas, the Se Spa inside the Hotel Palomar San Diego, just launched a new promotion to celebrate the summer (and the NT Times #1 bestselling book 50 Shades of Grey), with their ’50 Shades of Summer’ promotion.

The promotion includes a choice of 50-minute discounted servcies including:
* 50 minute Pedicure: $50
* 50 minute Body Treatment: $85
* 50 minute Facial: $85

After each treatment, guests will enjoy a complimentary Red Room Martini (recipe below) in the spa’s Silk Lounge. The spa’s Silk Lounge, a private relaxation lounge, offers an additional dose of ‘aaaah,’ with a courtesy Soma Shot, a delicious blend of cucumber vodka, agave nectar and blueberry pomegranate juice, along with herbal teas and healthy snacks.

Red Room Martini
1.5 oz Cucumber Vodka
1 oz Pomegranate Juice
.5 oz Lemon Juice
2 oz Soda

Suzzanne

A Little Pampering to Get You Through the Holidays

Kin Spa at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

I love San Diego during the holidays. There is so much to do! From ice skating by the sea at the Hotel Del to seeing the Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay, it’s not hard to be in the holiday spirit here. But let’s face it…it can also be stressful. From trying to find the perfect holiday gift, the parties and oh yea work, a little pampering along the way can really get you through it. Lucky for us, many of San Diego’s finest spas have thought of this and are offering some amazing holiday spa packages.

Kin Spa at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego: From now until December 31, be sure to stop by for a few of their holiday themed treatments. From a Candy Cane manicure and pedicure to a Cinnamon Spice Complement, spa goers are sure to leave feeling refreshed and ready to brave the crowds. I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the Merry Mint Massage. During this full body massage, the fresh scent of peppermint not only got me in the holiday mood, but was also so relaxing. The spa offers full body massages that refresh and relax, facials using only the highest quality natural ingredients, manicures and pedicures, hair styling, rejuvenation treatments that transform your skin and much more.

Spa Aquazul at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Spa Aquazul at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront: Spa Aquazul is featuring its 12 Days of Bliss from now until December 23rd. Special treatments are $50 with a toy donation for Toys for Tots. From a Gentle Touch Massage to an Organic Passion Facial, spa goers are sure to find something to leave them feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. By emphasizing the healing properties of the sea in all of their spa treatments and products, Spa Aquazul has created the perfect sanctuary to revitalize mind and body.

Suzzanne

California’s Only Triple 5-Star Resort is in San Diego

San Diego’s own The Grand Del Mar has achieved a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, making it the first and only hotel in San Diego to ever attain Five Stars and the only property in California to earn three 2012 Five-Star awards for Lodging, Spa and Dining. The Five-Star Lodging award places the resort in the elite company of only 57 high-end hotels and resorts throughout the world to hold this designation. Additionally, The Grand Del Mar retained its AAA Five Diamond hotel rating for the third straight year, while Addison has earned the AAA Five Diamond distinction for the fourth consecutive year.


This distinction is testament to the resorts mission of providing luxury and quality to San Diego visitors. At The Grand Del Mar, visitors will enjoy the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxury of an elegant resort. The resort offers stunning natural beauty set amongst the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, a championship golf course, award winning spa and irresistible dining – epitomized by Addison.

Robert Arends

20 Perfect Days to Play in Coronado!

Have you entered Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s 20 Days, Your Way” giveaway yet? If not, time is ticking… Last day for submissions is next Tuesday, October 25. Grand prize: 20 free room nights! It’s all to celebrate the resort’s big 20th Anniversary. Good luck!

So I was thinking, if I was eligible to enter and I WON, what would I do, not only at Loews’ resort, but around the picturesque island of Coronado? Fortunately, there’s a plethora of delightful and exciting activities to enjoy: arts & culture, fine dining, spas, outdoor recreation and much more.

Read on to see Robert’s 20 picks for 20 days on Coronado…

Robert Arends

Lovin’ Loews Coronado Bay Resort – 20th Anniversary

Lovely Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Ah, to be 20 again! Loews Coronado Bay Resort celebrates its big 20th Anniversary this month with a massive giveaway promotion, 20 Days, Your Way – 20 free room nights to use anytime, any way you wish!

Imagine if you were the lucky winner. What would you do during your stay? Luckily, Loews was made for play with its unique, postcard-perfect peninsular location on San Diego Bay and just steps away from Silver Strand State Beach. There’s so much to see and do in and around the resort, it’ll make your head swim – and that’s a good thing!

Follow this link for Robert’s Top 10 picks while staying at Loews…

Candice

San Diego Spas Get Top Honors by Travel + Leisure

Between the year-round mild weather, gorgeous scenery and the easygoing attitude of the locals, it’s hard not to feel relaxed in San Diego. But if you’re looking for the ultimate rejuvenating escape, San Diego County is home to some of the best destination spas in the world. Just ask Travel + Leisure magazine: they recently recognized four San Diego area spas with their 2011 “Worlds Best” award for top destination spas!

Here’s a peak at what makes these spas four of the best in the world:

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa's scenic setting

Nestled on 200 private acres in the rustic community of Vista, located approximately 40 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Cal-a-Vie health spa and resort offers an unparalleled level of personalized attention with a 4-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio.  The resort combines luxurious European spa philosophies with the California concepts of fitness, health and nutrition.  Three-, four- and seven-night packages include gourmet spa cuisine, fitness classes, golfing, hiking, beauty and spa treatments.  Guests stay in private, luxuriously appointed Mediterranean-style villas featuring breathtaking views from private balconies.

The Golden Door's serene accommodations

The Golden Door, located on a winding country road five miles north of Escondido in San Diego’s North County, greets guests with a  jewel-encrusted entrance gate flanked by camellias and fuchsia. The facilities include three guest lounges, a dining room, kitchen, indoor/outdoor exercise studios, the Dragon Tree Gym, two swimming pools, two tennis courts and a private hillside for hiking. The bathhouse contains a steam room, sauna, showers, fan-shaped therapy pool and sequestered rooms for body scrubs and herbal wraps.  With a clientele that includes the very famous and ultra-rich, the Golden Door has earned a reputation for exclusivity, luxury and unparalleled relaxation and rejuvenation.

A relaxing Shirodara treatment at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Located in the beautiful La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, the Chopra Center for Wellbeing was founded by the internationally renowned Dr. Deepak Chopra.  The Chopra Center explores new frontiers in the expansion of human consciousness through programs, products and services that integrate the mind, body and spirit.  Here, spa guests can relax with an exotic mix of body massages, treatments and facials.

Rancho La Puerta's world-class views

The #1 pick in Travel + Leisure‘s poll, Rancho la Puerta, located just an hour’s drive southeast of San Diego in Tecate, Baja, Mexico, is a fitness-spa showplace featuring 84 handsome casitas set amongst 3,000 beautiful acres.  Active endeavors include hiking, Pilates, yoga and tennis, while the more indulgent pursuits include massages, hydrotherapy, herbal facials and body wrap treatments.  The riches of the earth are also celebrated at the six-acre organic farm that serves the Rancho La Puerta kitchen.  The farm is a vibrant tapestry of orchards, raised vegetable beds and herbs where the flavors of freshly picked produce are available year-round, as are the homemade honey and extra virgin olive oil.

Out of the four listed, which one would you pick for a relaxing getaway?