Perched atop a stunning seaside bluff along one of Southern California’s most dramatic stretches of coastline, Alila Marea embodies the soul of California beach culture, just steps from six miles of sun-drenched sand and the bustling community of Encinitas.
A refuge of tranquility and calm, Spa Alila features five treatment rooms, separate men’s and women’s saunas, and soothing relaxation space. The area’s abundance of indigenous gifts, such as minerals and botanicals used by the native Kumeyaay people, merge with the landscape’s powerful unseen energies in treatments that restore your connection to the earth.
Emerge from our facial rituals renewed by the healing splendor of coastal California. Ground by hand with our signature Spa Alila milling stones, each ingredient surrenders its restorative bounty. All facials feature gua sha, which applies light pressure using a flat obsidian stone like those once coveted by the native Kumeyaay people. Gua sha relieves tension in the muscles of the face, boosts blood circulation, and encourages lymphatic drainage, resulting in skin that looks smoother and more lifted.
Each Spa Alila body treatment begins by selecting the essential oil blend best suited for your desired results. Tableside with a mortar and pestle, your massage therapist blends your base scrub with the chosen nutrient-rich oils. Remain in a state of zen throughout the service as the therapist does all the work, removing the exfoliant with soothing, warm towels. Our essential oil blend choices, imbued by the native plants of our coastal locale, feature rosemary, juniper berry, wild sage, sweet orange, and bergamot.
Inspired by the soothing rhythm of the sea and the native people who first lived here on its shores, our massage and energy therapies wash away the tensions of both body and mind. As in ancient Kumeyaay practices, healing indigenous herbs including arnica, eucalyptus, dwarf pine and lavender are gathered into warm poultices and oils, simultaneously easing pain and enlivening the spirit when applied to the skin. Other natural tools, such as Himalayan salt, obsidian gua sha and basalt sea stones, permeate even the innermost layers of muscles while the transcendental vibrations of Tibetan sound bowls and focused energy work unburden the depths of the soul.
True, total wellness transcends the body. Nourish the mind and spirit with holistic sessions led by our resident master yoga teacher and healer in the privacy and comfort of your guestroom. 72 hours advance booking notice required.
More than a manicure, this nail therapy imparts the restorative benefits of a botanical Epsom scrub. Salt crystals exfoliate to allow tension-relieving magnesium to permeate the muscles, and red algae soothe and seals skin with hydration. Also includes a hand soak, nail grooming, and shaping, polish, and nourishing lotion.
Alila Marea Beach Resort and legendary concert venue Belly Up present Alila Sessions, a series of intimate seaside music experiences with proceeds going to the Rob Machado Foundation. Enjoy performances by internationally celebrated singer-songwriters in a relaxed living room setting at Alila Marea, accompanied by an elevated dinner, gentle ocean breezes and soulful sunsets over the Pacific. Previous shows include sold-out performances by Donavon Frankenreiter, Goth Babe and Brett Dennen. 2023 lineup to be announced soon.
Celebrate the flavors of the region and its ever-changing confluence of cultures with dishes crafted from fresh local ingredients.
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