In quite a departure from its elitist status the seriously pricy Golden Door Health and Fitness resort in Escondido, California has announced its entry into the outside the spa retail industry by opening kiosks in two SoCal locations: Westfield UTC in San Diego and Westfield Century City in Los Angeles. Designed for people who can’t afford the steep $8,000 weekly rates or regulars who run out of products, the stalls will be stacked with the spa’s skincare line, skin care, artisan food, jewelry, a selection of luxurious other Golden Door items and spa gift certificates. The timing for the kiosks couldn’t be better for Christmas shoppers. There will also be cooking, beauty and jewelry demonstrations by Golden Door experts into December as well as a September drawing to win a basket of Golden Door products valued at $500, with one basket awarded at each location.
An evening session with Golden Door founder Deborah Szekely
“Going into the holiday season, shoppers will feel good knowing that each item purchased from Golden Door is a double gift,” says Kathy Van Ness, Golden Door general manager and Chief Operating Officer. “Each product is first a distinctive gift for the recipient, and second a charitable contribution. In keeping with Golden Door’s philosophy of initiating positive change, we donate 100 percent of net profits to select local, national and international charitable organizations that benefit children.”
The Golden Door was founded more than half century ago by now doyenne of spas Deborah Szekely who also created small batches of antioxidant preparations for guests, which later grew into a retail skin care line. Those formulas have been hone and updated with all-natural, sustainable ingredients. Inspiration for the products’ anti-aging and moisturizing properties, botanical extracts and aromatherapy essential oils can be found throughout the resort’s gardens and orchards.
Food offerings at the kiosks come from Golden Door’s culinary gardens and orchards, which are organically and bio-intensively farmed, provide healthy garden-to-table meals for guests. The jewelry on display and for sale is a representative collection of finely crafted pieces such as Winged Messenger gem bead bracelets and traditional gem bead Mala bracelets, accentuated with a hanging Golden Door icon. Gold vermeil and white sapphires adorn Italian-crafted leather necklaces and bracelets. The Golden Door gemstone collection features hand-selected gemstones designed into earrings, yoga necklaces and bracelets. The gemstones represent different qualities: green peridot for clarity, golden citrine for prosperity, blue topaz for leadership and fiery carnelian for creativity.
One of the top elitist spas in the country the Golden Door attracts movers, shakers and movie stars along with anyone who can afford the splurge (many people save up for years to be able to spend on glorious week of pampering, exercise, nutritional guidance and soul revival). The décor reflects a Japanese inn with gracious fountains, koi ponds and other Asian adornments. Room are simply exquisite and care for by attendants who plump your pillows, change sheets and towels and keep it neat and tidy for your return from a rigorous of day of fitness that begins early in the morning with a variety of mountain hikes and runs through the gamut of workouts for every muscle in the body, plus yoga and relaxation. The food is always consistently good, low in fats with calorie-controls depending on the guest’s goal (some folks actually go to gain or maintain weight). It is pretty much a women’s only resort with the exception of men’s and coed weeks that are sprinkled in.
Almost everything you need for a Sunday to Sunday week is taken care of at the Door with the exception of shoes and personal items. Transportation is provided from San Diego Airport or Oceanside’s Amtrak station. The facility is about a three hour drive from Los Angeles, 20-minutes from Oceanside and a little longer from San Diego.