Well, I never thought it would happen. But alas….it did and I suppose it had to. The Golden Door Destination Spa in Escondido, California is introducing “Spa Interludes” which give guests the option, several times a year, to check in for three and four-day stays rather than the traditional seven days. These shorter stays are only available certain weeks in July, August, and December. While I am sad to think that not everyone will have a full seven day experience, the positive is that more people will be introduced to the magic of the Golden Door.
Deborah Szekely (and many of us who worked at the Golden Door and feel like part of its extended family) has been a staunch supporter of the seven-day spa stay because of its transformational possibilities. The changes in mind, body, and spirit and the bonding between guests,when everyone checks in on the same day and “graduates” together seven days later, takes time.
Happily the one thing I learned recently is that their dedication to the shared experience remains; all guests will check in either on Sunday or on Wednesday and each group ends at the same time. Therefore, the bonding between guests will be preserved. I am sure they will also adjust their program so that the Rocky theme, which I always hear playing in my head at the end of a Golden Door stay, will happen that much earlier.
Everyone’s schedule seems to have gotten so hectic these days that fewer people are willing to carve out seven days for a spa visit. While the stress of our lives points to the fact that we SHOULD carve out seven days, reality has the trump card. We are going to have to figure out how to become transformed and rejuvenated more quickly. If the Golden Door has less than 100% occupancy at certain times of the year, I can’t blame them for adding some shorter week options. And in all fairness, I must say that even a very good 90 minute massage has caused a major shift in my well-being, so a 3 or 4 day Golden Door visit is likely to still be very effective.
Perhaps in time the seven-day visit will once again be the norm throughout the entire year at the Golden Door…not because they won’t offer shorter stays, but because guests -having been introduced through a shorter visit – will subsequently choose the seven-day program. As you can see, I still believe in magic.
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