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SK Sanctuary Day Spa
Ranked #6 of 14 Spas & Wellness in La Jolla
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

This is a little gem on La Jolla Boulevard just before Nautilus going south. At Nautilus, turn left and make the first turn into an alley and you're there. Ask for Shinaz, she's the best facialist I've ever found. They're pricey, but not overly so. And there are deals on line. sksanctuary.com. They have just about every service imaginable except a pool. But, they are experienced and are very clear about pricing (they'll work with you). I love their candles; they last forever and not expensive. They also don't push product on you. They do not, also, do any kind of gel nails, straight mani/pedi. There are better places in LJ for manicures/pedicures. Their claim to fame is massage, facials, any anti-aging products/procedures. Ask for Angel about that. Great steam room, too, and USE IT. There's a juice/fruit bar and you can bring your own food if it's a full day, which, well, I envy you already.

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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Pleasant, friendly staff and nice massages and mani-pedi. It is in a beautiful old refurb'd building. It is not an over-the-top high end hotel spa but it was a really relaxing and pleasant experience and was fairly priced unlike the hotel spas.

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Reviewed April 22, 2012

I was in La Jolla on business and decided to take a break and head to a spa. The hotel recommend this place. The wait area is uncomfortable with only one chair not in the sun and the outside sitting area overlooking the parking lot. My Cocktails Anyone body scrub ($135) was very nice. It was relaxing and felt wonderful with the warm shower. The Spa Pedicure ($60) was nice but not very relaxing since it was next to the hair salon and people were talking very loudly. When I left I was happy with the service I had received. Later that evening I noticed that my shower hurt and when I looked at it saw a huge scratch that was very painful. I also noticed scratches on my chest and arm. Someone at my meeting asked me if a cat had attacked me. I assume the loofah they used to polish the skin must have had something sharp in it that scratched me. I also noticed three days later that the pedicure had chipped off on the large toe. So, after a few days I was not as happy with my experience. I cannot recommend this spa.

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Reviewed February 12, 2012

I love a good massage and it's very rare to find one that is perfect in every way, but I found it here. My husband and I arrived a little early, so they asked if they could order us anything from one of the local restaurants- we were hungry and after a drive, didn't want to go anywhere else, so this sounded amazing. We ordered our food and went upstairs to a little sitting area (there's indoor at a bar and outdoor). While we waited, they poured us some wine (although I think the white was Charles Shaw, so I'd definitely take the red lol) and we enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere. The food arrived within 15 minutes and it was delicious, so we were off to a great start. It is a very small spa area upstairs with one bathroom, one shower, and one small steam room (no jacuzzi) but I think they keep you spaced so you don't overlap with someone else. Anyways, fast forward to the massage; my husband and I had an hour couple's massage with hot stones. My masseuse was INCREDIBLE! His name is Vin and he's bald. lol You MUST ask for him. He listens to what you want and will take the time to work out the knots. He was fantastic so I highly recommend him. As for my husband, he had a petite woman whose name I can't remember but she had an accent and dark hair, and my husband said she was awful. I heard him keep asking for more pressure and she said she wasn't able to do so with the stones but she wouldn't stop using the stones, so he was really disappointed, which is unusual for my husband... and it made me a little annoyed. All I can say is ask for Vin- you 'll thank me later. :-)

1  Thank ReadySetGo_1302
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

What a treat to visit SK Sanctuary Spa during a girl's trip to La Jolla. The spa is beautiful as well as immaculate. Spa staff provided excellent customer service. I'm sure we'll return for manis, pedis and other spa services. A+!

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