SEP 2016

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YOURWELLNESSSPA WELLNESS FOR ALL Boasting eight swimming pools (including one equipped with waterslides) and a Kidtopia Kids Club that caters to younger guests, La Costa really comes into its own for families. But it also serves as a romantic hideaway for couples and a haven for wellness seekers—and that's why I was here. Set back from a main path across from The Chopra Center, the 43,000-square-foot spa is the main jewel in the resort's crown. It recently welcomed a new spa director, Leslie Johnson, who has held numerous high- profi le positions in the industry, including program di- rector for Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa and opening director for the Lodge at Woodloch. After I check in—a process that takes place in the spa's gorgeous, inviting retail area—I begin to explore the extensive indoor and outdoor facilities. In the court- yard, girlfriends are relaxing in the small pool, while another guest treads the refl exology path. It's busy but serene, the silence punctuated by soft chatter and the occasional pop of a Champagne cork at the spa café, which also serves salads, sandwiches and smoothies. When I later describe the scene to Johnson, she knows exactly what I'm talking about. "You experience an immediate sense of calm; when I give people tours, they walk into the courtyard and I hear a loud, deep breath… it just happens," she says. As I pluck a sprig of mint from the garden to sprinkle into my chilled water, I'm summoned for my service. Christine, the experienced therapist who performs my Éminence Monoi Age Corrective Facial, is so knowledge able about skin- and bodycare brands that I almost wish I'd brought a pen and paper with me to make notes. Ultimately, however, I sink into a state of deep relaxation as she works her magic, customizing all the way. Christine exudes an excitement for her job—a quality that's key for the role, according to Johnson. "I look for candidates who embody passion and pride in their work," she explains. "They must have a hospita- ble nature too: We always want to make our guest feel comfortable, in every moment." Positivity is another SNAPSHOT 64 DAYSPA AYSPA 64 DAYSPA | SEPTEMBER 2016 THE SPA AT OMNI LA COSTA Website: Opened: 1965 Facility: 42 treatment rooms; 2 couples' suites; steam; sauna; courtyard with spa pool; Jacuzzi; al fresco waterfall shower; café; refl exology path; herb garden Staff: 8 front desk employees; 13 locker room attendants; 11 salon employees; 49 massage therapists; 10 estheticians; sales manager; sales coordinator Most popular treatments: Body Bliss Active Life Massage (50/80 min./$165/$230); Éminence Strawberry Hibiscus Body Buff (50 min./$165); Pevonia Stem Cell Time Reverse Facial (80 min./$249) Products used/retailed: Alo, Aromatherapy Associates, Body Bliss, Clarisonic, COOLA, Daisy London, Éminence, Energy Muse, Eufora, FOREO, Jack Black, Jan Marini, Malas in Bloom, NuFACE, Pevonia, SpaRitual, Veronica M, Voluspa, ZO Skin Health

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