JAN 2016

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YOURWELLNESSSPA SNAPSHOT 64 DAYSPA | JANUARY 2016 A charming, Spanish-style, 1920s complex sits tucked at the north end of Crescent Drive—the singular oceanfront boulevard in the town of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, part of the Channel Islands chain off the Pacifi c coast of California. Home to Island Spa Catalina, the structure makes an earthy statement with its off-white walls, terracotta roof and warm brown tile fl ooring, all punctuated by turquoise- trim windows and hand-painted tiling in bright cobalt and marigold hues—an homage to the building's rich, century-long history. Once known as El Encanto (Spanish for "the charm"), the original compound served as the Band Box Theatre and housed a Chinese restaurant. In 1933, the Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICO) purchased it, via the William Wrigley Junior estate, and converted the lot into an authentic Mexican-style village populated with artisans, candle makers and food vendors. A full-service restaurant was added in the 1970s. But by 2013, the building was beginning to show its age, and the island's salty air had taken its toll on the structure's foundation. In November 2014, SCICO helped to fi ll one of the is- land's noticeable wellness voids and opened the doors to Island Spa Catalina. Inhabited for nearly 8,000 years, Catalina Island is a mere 22 miles southwest of the humming, smoggy city of Los Angeles, yet the 21-by-8-mile landmass is re- mote enough, and the vibe quaint and relaxed enough, to serve as an ideal getaway or day-cation destination for Southern Californians. "Can you think of a better place to spend a few relaxing days away from home, focused on yourself, than on an island that's merely an hour boat ride from L.A., but somehow feels worlds apart?" asks Island Spa Catalina spa director Zach Thomas. The answer, of course, is no—and that's why the spa has found a perfect niche. Just off the Southern California coast, Island Spa Catalina serves as a welcome wellness respite. By Rachel Kossman Pacifi c Bliss PHOTOS COURTESY ISLAND SPA CATALINA

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