Juan Cabrillo kept sailing along the Pacific Coast, hoping to find more exotic locales, after he discovered San Diego in 1542. Five centuries later, the Catamaran Spa at Pacific Beach has found what Cabrillo was looking for. Nestled inside a spacious beachfront hotel and resort, the spa offers four distinct rituals: Ancient Oceans, Egyptian Golden, Thai, and Inara. Each treatment is inspired by different cultural traditions and incorporates the native ingredients. The Inara, for example, calls for a slathering of eponymous organic bath products harvested by women’s cooperatives in Brazil, followed by a full-body massage. The rituals live up to their historic proportions at just under two-and-a-half hours and $275 each.
3999 Mission Blvd.
(858) 539-8820
www.catamaranspa.com