California native Tania Swasbrook grew up near San Diego, and knew of The Golden Door. But she’d never been. So following the destination spa’s recent renovations, the now-living-in-Brooklyn travel advisor was only too happy to hop a plane and head ‘home.’
But despite ‘knowing’ southern California, she admits being a bit blind-sided by the spa’s beauty.
“The location is just out of this world – which I didn’t expect,” says Tania. “The physical golden door is so appropriate – opening to a completely different world. There are ponds, bridges, even a curve – all symbolic of leaving the world behind. I was shocked by the beauty and zen of the place.”
She was also a bit taken back – at first – by the ‘realness’ of Golden Door. “I come from very rigid wellness places, so to be asked if I’d like a cookie or cup of coffee, I was surprised. But I love that there is real food. That guests don’t go hungry, that it’s not so hard core.”
“Golden Door is a realistic spa – days can be as hard – or as easy – as you want. You can step up the workout regimen or take an hour to relax by the pool. The staff is super kind; the chef, unreal. He showed us the bees, the chickens, personalized the experience. And of course his cuisine is organic, farm-to-table, delicious.”
“I loved too having daily massages and facials. And my kimono – I can’t say enough about my kimono.”
Luxury Travel Designer and Vice President
Travelworld of Coronado