The Lodge at Torrey Pines – Romance and Relaxation

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Valentine’s Day may be hours away, but February 14th shouldn’t be the only time of year you focus on romance. As a full-time working woman and graduate student to boot, I know how hard it can be to find the time to spend with that special someone. Fortunately for couples everywhere, San Diego is full of luxurious hotels perfect for a romantic weekend escape. And with majestic views, gorgeous Craftsman-style architecture and one of San Diego’s best restaurants, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is an ideal destination a blissful San Diego getaway, no holiday or special occasion required.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Pulling up to the Lodge’s grand yet secluded entrance, dark wood, glowing stained glass windows and the scent of fresh flowers greet you as you step into the lobby. As you head towards your room, the demure hallways feel cozy, despite the Lodge’s vast size.

Romantic Lodging

The Lodge At Torrey Pines Guest Room

The Palisades Suite

The Lodge offers a variety of guest room types that set the mood for romance and relaxation. On a recent weekend, my husband and I settled into a spacious Palisades Suite, complete with a fireplace at the foot of the bed and a balcony looking out onto the resort’s meticulously manicured lawn. As the sun began to set over the world-famous Torrey Pines golf course, we toasted with champagne and a plate of fresh fruit.

Lodge's Champagne and Fruit

A fruit plate from the hotel was the perfect pairing with a bottle of champagne.

Relaxing Activities

Relaxing Activities at the Lodge

There’s no shortage of ways to unwind at the Lodge.

The Lodge offers a range of pleasant pastimes if all the relaxing gets to be too much. In the library, you can settle in with one of the available books or enjoy a game of pool or darts. On the lawn, colorful croquet sets dot the thick green grass. Oh, and I’ve heard golf may be a popular activity here…but I chose to spend an afternoon at the spa. The pristine white marble of the Spa at Torrey Pines had me wallowing in the lap of luxury before my massage even began.

Fine Dining at A.R. Valentien

When it comes to a romantic dinner, few restaurants can top the Lodge’s signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien. Buttery sea scallops and a generous portion of tender New York strip steak were proof enough that Chef Jeff Jackson is one of San Diego’s best, and their friendly sommelier will help even the most novice wine drinker find the perfect pairing. While a bottle of Silver Oak may accompany a birthday or anniversary meal, it’s also nice to be able to indulge in a mini-splurge with their extensive by-the-glass selection of top-notch wines.

It’s the Little Touches at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Lodge's Turndown Service

Chocolate and slippers greet you at bedtime.

Returning to our room, friendly touches from the turn down service made our stay feel even more special. A delicate chocolate bar emblazoned with the resort’s logo rested on our pillows, while bedside mats held cozy slippers waiting to warm our feet before bed. Combined with the beauty of the property and the exceptional food, the attentive and thoughtful service at the Lodge at Torrey Pines make it a can’t-miss hotel for relaxing and reconnecting.

View from The Lodge Torrey Pines

You can’t ask for a better view!


Knead to Relax? San Diego Spas are Here to Help

Voga Voyage at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort's Sea Spa

Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a rejuvenating treatment at some of San Diego’s best spas! From a floating couple’s massage to a tranquility facial, you’ll find everything your mind, body and spirit need to get you ready for Spring.

Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Spa like a Rock Star at the Rock Spa

Rock Spa

The full-service Rock Spa, at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, gives you everything you need to recharge for the night ahead – or decompress after the one you’ve just had. Rock Spa current specials include the “Tension Tamer Massage” (50 min $95) designed to combat stress and fatigue with Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques combined with a special muscle and joint cream to eliminate tension and ease sore muscles. Need a little polish? Try the “Glycolic Resurfacing Treatment” (25 min $40). Skin is renewed and vibrant after this “no down time” glycolic peel.

Voga Voyage at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort's Sea Spa

Voga Voyage over the waters of San Diego Bay

Sea Spa

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort takes romance and relaxation to a whole new level with the floating couples massage. The Voga Voyage is enjoyed while cruising through the canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays in an authentic Venetian gondola equipped with two professional massage beds. Complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries are enjoyed after the relaxing 40-minute massage. The Voga Voyage starts at $400 per couple.

Kin Spa Massage at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

Relax with a Massage at Kin Spa

Kin Spa

Located inside the Manchester Grand Hyatt and overlooking the San Diego Bay is the Kin Spa. Unwind with a Swedish Massage (45 min), their most popular treatment, or try the Tranquility Facial (45 min). The facial includes a collection of seaweed and algae, rich in enzymes, essential minerals and vitamins followed by a warm, energizing gree tea and ginger mud mask. Each treatment is only $100 Monday-Thursday during the month of March, 2012.

Be ready to say aaahh…Tell us, what is your favorite spa in San Diego?