Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa

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With summer fast approaching many people are searching for the perfect vacation spot and it’s not a vacation without a luxury spa and hotel. San Diego has so many establishments that it can be hard to wade through them all to find the perfect destination. However, you can finally rest easy and consider your search finally finished. The best part? You don’t even have to leave San Diego! Resting in the heart La Jolla is the Estancia Hotel and Spa, a phenomenally gorgeous establishment that is the ideal choice for vacations, events, meetings, summer weddings, and the perfect relaxing spa day.

Having opened in 2004, Estancia is one of San Diego’s top resorts and it’s no surprise because being there is like entering another world that was built just for you. With its rustic and one-of-a-kind San Diego vibe, Estancia is filled with bright colors, stunning landscaping that pays homage to the ranch style architecture of the 1800s, and expansive grounds perfect for wandering leisurely. Everything it has to offer is thoughtfully designed and furnished with complete comfort and enjoyment in mind. The hotel and spa is in a fairly private location but is still within walking distance of various hiking trails for the adventurous, beaches, many shopping opportunities, and golf courses.

If you plan on staying overnight, Estancia’s hotel guest rooms are impeccably furnished and designed. You’ll never want to leave once you are lulled to sleep by their plush bedding, including 350 thread count linens imported straight from Italy. The rooms are brightly lit with doors leading out to your very own patio. Many great amenities are also offered, like a TV with video games and cable, wireless Internet, two line speaker phones and a cordless phone with voicemail. The guest rooms are certainly a welcome refuge, allowing you to escape from the monotony of daily life. Necessary for any perfect hotel stay is the perfect spa and luckily, Estancia knows how to provide exactly that.

The state-of-the-art spa is artfully designed to treat you the way you’ve always dreamed of being treated. With Estancia’s team of professionals, whose expertise set them apart from other spas, it is the perfect place to get away from the stress of everyday life. The wellness retreat has seven different cozy indoor treatment rooms, including refreshing eucalyptus steam rooms, saltwater spas, and an excellent fitness center where you can find Life Fitness training equipment and luxury poolside cabanas. “From the moment you arrive you will find yourself surrounded by rose gardens, by eucalyptus trees, rosemary and lavender, all locally grown herbs,” says Brisa Huezo, Director of Spa. If a spa treatment indoors isn’t what you’re in the mood for though, you can always request to get a massage outside in the lush garden area. There’s nothing better than a massage under the San Diego sun while a cool breeze drifts over you, bringing to you the scent of the various surrounding flowers and plants.

Not only is Estancia known for its spa, it’s also the premier location for business meetings. Their non-traditional approach to conferences is what sets Estancia apart from all other businesses. With 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including 16,000 square feet of IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) certified conference facilities, the people behind Estancia do everything they can to ensure your comfort and productivity. The rooms are specifically designed to inspire creativity, communication, and collaboration within a professional working team. The impressive learning center is able to comfortably accommodate 500 people and even has ergonomic tables and chairs.

If something smaller is what you’re after, Estancia also has a Boardroom that is more exclusive, seating a maximum of 20 people and filled with plush leather chairs and a private patio. Even better is that most of their rooms open up onto beautiful gardens and pathways, allowing fresh air and sunshine to spill inside. If you decide on a little trip to the beach, Estancia has you covered with their Meet and Beach service. Your team can bond at a beach gathering without having to worry about transportation, water, or sunscreen because Estancia has it all taken care of. There will also be an hour “back from the beach” reception upon your return. Meeting packages are also available, including amenities like guest rooms, three meals a day, refreshments breaks throughout the day, 24-hour meeting rooms, and various services support to make sure all the tech runs smoothly.

Sitting in the heart of Torrey Pines, it’s no surprise that many people choose Estancia for their special events, especially weddings. Featuring exotic plants, citrus trees, outdoor fireplaces, water elements, and quaint paths, the outdoor gardens strike the perfect balance between space and intimacy that set the stage for the wedding of a lifetime. Estancia’s Olive Lawn, surrounded by olive trees, is the perfect place for a smaller intimate wedding. Holding 130 of your loved ones, it would also be a great choice for rehearsal dinners and receptions.

Even more impressive is the Garden Courtyard, designed specifically for weddings in mind. The courtyard is surrounded by magnolia trees and specifically chosen flowers with symbolic names, like “Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow” and the “White Doves.” With over 100 different types of plants and flowers lining the area, the bride makes a grand entrance via a sweeping staircase that exudes dramatic romance. The best part is that Estancia strives to ensure your event is stress-free by being flexible and offering personalized ceremonies and themes. With an award-winning staff of planners and experts, the hotel and spa provides just the right amount of support so you can relax and focus on your special day. You don’t have to be getting married though to hold an event at Estancia. They have many areas where smaller gatherings can be held, even offering private dining for as few as two people.

While wandering the many pathways, surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants, you’ll think you stepped into the Garden of Eden. With historically inspired architecture combined with an organic environment, Estancia is the perfect reflection of a rustic and charming Southern California.  Its sophistication and classic beauty make Estancia Hotel and Spa uniquely picturesque, making it the only place you’ll ever need to go for state-of-the-art pampering, special events, and business conferences.

For more pictures and information make sure to stop by Estancia’s beautiful site or watch Estancia in the May 2012 E&L TV show.

All photos courtesy of Estancia Hotel and Spa.
Mila Pantovich’s articles can also be found on her blog, Reel Obsession


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