La Costa Resort & Spa

When I was a kid on the East Coast, there were three places that oozed glam: Beverly Hills, Cannes Film Fest, and La Costa.

La Costa Resort & Spa

Magically, two of the three were knocked off my Bucket List early on. Recently, I visited the third — La Costa Resort & Spa, after a $50 million renovation.

Lucy and Desi, as well as Sinatra and Hope, frequented the hotel. These days, you may see Chris Noth, Marcia Cross, or Gladys Knight at the Clubhouse.

Located in Carlsbad, Calif., the KLS property renovation includes the Champions Golf Course greens, tees, and bunkers and improved drainage, irrigation, turf, and conditioning. Golfing is a staple, however, there’s plenty to do if you’re not a golfer. Walking through grounds of Birds of Paradise, white stucco buildings, Spanish tiled roofs, fountains, and orange trees, I found myself at the Spa.

Spa Magazine named it the #1 Resort Spa in Southern California with 28,000 square feet inside and a large courtyard. I chose a bamboo massage, in which the masseuse rolls stalks of warm bamboo over my muscles. So relaxing!

The courtyard: comfy chaise lounges, large Jacuzzi, heated pool, and Roman waterfall showers for guest use. Did the mountain come to Mohammed or did Mohammed go to the mountain? Picture this: You’re taking a shower outside in a garden with a waterfall cleansing your soul (and your bathing suit), the perfect antidote before of after a treatment. Heaven.

Beside an herb garden, the Courtyard’s piece de resistance is a Reflexology walk. Popular in China, these paths contain smooth cobblestones (of all sizes) embedded in concrete, laid in specific patterns to provide stimulation to the feet. You walk barefoot. This path is one of the few in the United States.

I was able to squeeze in a Zumba class at the Athletic Club. There were 51 other classes, so there is no excuse not to work out!

Legends Bistro and the upscale Blue Fire Grill serve California cuisine. There’s even an off-the-lobby Starbucks gift shop café. Dr. Deepak Chopra, whose spiritual center is on the premises, visits every morning at 6 a.m. when he’s in town. His drink of choice – a plain coffee. No muss, no fuss.

It was an additional treat to experience a Gandharva spa treatment at the Chopra Centre. Misty, my masseuse, was instructed not to say a word during the treatment, adding to the relaxation.

And then there was my lesson at the Golf Academy. I took the time to check out the latest in golf fashion at the Pro Shop and with Donna Karen’s, Ralph Lauren’s, and Jamie Sadock’s designs.

Since it rained the night before, I was hesitant about a lesson on wet grounds. No worries. And I added new golf terms to my vocabulary! The staff provides videos of your swing, which they email to you.

For more information visit LaCostaResortandSpa.com. For reservations, call (800) 854-5000.