Evans Mission Bay Magazine Issue 2 - Page 18

relax A Sense of Place In a growing trend, spa treatments incorporate locally inspired ingredients such as sea salt, tropical fruit or regional plants. BY ELIZABETH NUTT The Catamaran Spa’s island-inspired decor encourages relaxation. At beach and island-based spas, treatments containing coconut or seaweed indulge the body and mind. In mountain towns, some spas utilize indigenous plants and minerals long prized by Native Americans for their healing properties. More and more, spas are looking to the local environment to infuse their massage oils, scrubs, bath soaks and the like with ingredients found in or inspired by the area, creating a heightened sense of place for guests—and helping them form a deeper connection with the site they are visiting. In San Diego, one wellness center embracing this trend is The Catamaran Spa: The local beach setting extends into this full-service, waterfront retreat with 18 island-inspired decor and treatments. The spa, at the Polynesian-themed Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, creates a distinct getaway for guests. The furniture is made of bamboo and cork materials while mother of pearl, shells and sea glass are highlighted in design details. And the spa’s location on Mission Bay—just steps from the sand— only adds to the oasis experience. “The minute you walk on the property, even though it might be in the middle of Pacific Beach, you get that peaceful feeling and the flora and fauna is so lush, you get a serene, calm feeling as you start walking toward the spa, so we start the relaxation process before you even get to the spa,” says Christina Remmling, the spa operations manager at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. Once inside, you can expect to find ser- vices and ingredients that complement and are influenced by the resort’s surroundings. From spa rituals inspired by the ocean to treatments that utilize tropical fruits like mango and star fruit and elements such as sea mud and coarse sea salt, The Catamaran Spa is paradise for the senses. Indulge in one of these three offerings and you’ll walk