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ESCONDIDO, Calif., March 6, 2023 ~ Golden Door, a globally renowned pioneer in wellness, has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. The project included a complete overhaul of the bathhouse and pools, as well as updates and enhancements to all forty guest rooms and gyms.

San Diego based designer Kristine Smith was responsible for the project, ensuring that the traditional Japanese aesthetic inspired by a traditional ryokan was maintained. Smith aimed to strike a balance between the inherent rustic nature of the traditional bathhouse and a more refined space. This nod to the natural elements blends well with the rest of the property and maintains the sense of Zen that makes Golden Door so unique.

The bathhouse, dating back to 1958 when Golden Door first opened its doors, had its entire layout reworked. Private dressing rooms were added along with new tile, flooring, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The Jacuzzi area was brightened up with lighting and a visual healing space featuring time lapse captures of nature directed by artist and renowned filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg.

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"Beauty is nature's tool for survival because we protect what we love," said Schwartzberg. "If we inspire people emotionally, we can achieve the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and honor the miracle of life."

Other new amenities include a soaking tub where guests can choose between warm cherry blossom baths or cold mood boosting plunge soaks with Epsom salts for faster muscle recovery, better sleep and enhanced immune system. The wet room houses a 7 hose Vichy shower which can be experienced with body scrubs and signature body treatments. A LightStim LED experience room was also built offering full-body treatments to promote overall wellness and peak physiological function while providing anti-aging benefits.

Kathy Van Ness, COO/GM at Golden Door said: "We know in today's hectic high-stress world, the benefits of reducing stress and eliminating toxins is key to longevity. Our bathhouse is an integral part of our wellness programming; reimagining its look and feel while bringing in new technologies will enhance our guests' experience."

The multi-million dollar renovation at Golden Door has been completed successfully; it has kept true to its rich history while introducing modern amenities that will benefit guests looking for relaxation or improved health through their stay at this world renowned destination spa.
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