Any place of complete bliss and delight and peace.
The state of peace and happiness that a person achieves after giving up all personal desires
Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
Are you a boomer in search of the perfect escape? Have you been giving too much to everyone else and neglecting your own needs? Do you yearn to find someone, something or somewhere to retreat where you are receiving back the love, caring, and attention that you have given out for decades? If you’ve answered yes, then you are ready to experience the Golden Door. You can engulf yourself in a place of peaceful tranquility. The original Golden Door is the optimum destination spa resort to let go, relax and surrender your mind/body/spirit in a safe, secure and nurturing environment.
Located 40 minutes from San Diego, 130 minutes from Los Angeles, founder Deborah Szekely has manifested a dream come true. A glowing example of vibrancy, at the age of 89, Ms. Szekely is still bright and expressive, and following her unique philosophy of personal health and fitness. Both she and the Golden Door are still the Grande Dames of the spa industry and world renowned as the forerunner of the destination resort spa that established the template for the modern day fitness resort concept. With an all-embracing spa menu, there is a myriad of tried and true fitness programs. This ultimate get away exudes Five Star pampering is still on the top of the list for the best of the best across the globe.
Picture yourself entering the Golden Door, stepping through the threshold to a place unlike any other, except maybe in your fantasy. Leading by example and living her dreams, Ms. Szekely is the poster child for graceful aging, with a zest for uplifting and inspiring others to play full out, especially in the golden years. She is the innovator of the modern day fitness and health spa, and now both are a National Treasure.
“Make time for you. Make time to go inside. Go outside in the morning and connect to Nature's energy. Listen. Feel it. Being outdoors you get to commune with Nature. Problems will still be there but you get to share them in a different way." When we connect to something bigger than us and take the time to go inside, we'll find the answers we seek.” Deborah Szekely
Once you step through the door, there is an immediate sense of tranquility. You are motivated to take a break from the outside world, letting go of the cell phone and lap at home (or stashing it away) and begin the inner journey to exploring yourself, from the inside out. With an abundant offering of all facets of fitness, this is the ultimate spa retreat, with active and passive options from cardiovascular, strength training, flexibility, posture and balance and fabulous hiking trails to explore, to meditating in the sacred landscape. Sprawling across 377 acres, you have more than enough space to expand your boundaries, focus on healing and wellness and try a new activity you’ve wanted to do since childhood. In fact, you will be re-introduced to your inner child; and this time, you will have the chance to indulge yourself without worrying about anyone else’s needs. You’re in the best hands, and can surrender to your own personal fitness guru who will create a program that is tailor-made to your specific needs and desires. You can learn new behaviors and give up ones that are not serving you anymore. There is a thorough intake that will assess your overall wellbeing and guide you in the direction of wellness. You will have a spa treatment daily, truly the optimum in luxury pampering, including facials, body treatments, beauty, and the piece de la resistance, a massage in your private, spacious room.
This posh, yet understated place, is free of pomp and flash, instead of slick you get serene, instead of trendy you get tried and true.
There are specialty weeks, which focus on a specific subject, skill or talent. The newest addition is Active Aging, which is unique because while most places include all the hyper-speed and power classes, The Golden Door is now addressing the needs of it’s well seasoned guests. The woman or man of a certain age whilst returning year after year has blossomed, honoring the concept of aging with grace. Now she is going deeper into wholeness and rejuvenating yet, respecting their current conditions. From Posture Improvement to Strong and Balanced, this ‘comprehensive program is designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance and posture “(which we can all benefit) “to perform activities of daily living with greater ease and less fatigue.” Have you noticed how so many fitness buffs may be in good shape, especially the men, and yet they are hunched over and totally not attending to their posture?
Here’s a tip, you can look 5-10 years younger just by strengthening your core and improving your overall posture!
In addition, the newer, younger generations are discovering this well-kept secret from their mothers and grandmothers, and finding their own unique path. All guests can find a common ground when choosing a specialty week like The Yoga Week. The gifted teachers can help you to learn or improve your practice with unique classes such as Active Yoga, Internal Yoga and even Aqua Yoga, in the pool!
“The spa’s 4:1 staff-to-guest ratio ensures an incomparable level of service and attention to detail, encouraging most guests – more than 60 percent – to return time-and-time again; with repeat guests visiting 10, 20, even 50 times.”
With all of the accolades, it’s no wonder on the last day you’ll hear departing spa guests say to each other, “Same time next year!”
Just in case you’re wondering, there are coed and just for-men-only weeks. And for you macho types, here’s a quote from someone you probably know and respect.
Phil Jackson, from Spa Finder magazine, 2001
“I came her because I had heard that the Golden Door offers a unique experience, both spiritually and physically.”
“I think that professional athletic teams could benefit from this type of atmosphere. A spa would be a good place for players to become cohesive as a group.”
“Too bad this place is not part of the Lakers’ regimen.”
“The staff here is wonderful…”
“I find that beauty treatments are a wonderful way to relax and regenerate. Each afternoon I have a facial, body wrap, scrub, steam, manicure or pedicure, and my massage.”
“The experience of the week has changed my life. I have come to realize how much energy I expend bracing myself against pain. The Golden Door has helped me to loosen up, to let my energy flow, and to deal with the pain in a different way.”
Stay tuned for the next segment-Luxury pampering at the Golden Door: Sublime Signature Spa Treatments and The Culinary Magic with recipes to try at home.
In addition to the original destination spa, Golden Door resort spas can be found at the following properties within the Waldorf Astoria Collection: Park City, Utah; The Boulders Resort, Carefree, Arizona; the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida; and the El Conquistador in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico.