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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the typical temperature?
A. San Diego County weather is described as Mediterranean with daytime temperatures averaging 72º degrees throughout most of the year. The July high is around 80º and the January low can be in the 50s.

Q. What time do I check in and check out?
A. On arrival day please check in any time after 1:00 pm. Please plan your departure any time before 11:00 am.

Q. How do I get there?
A. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa provides complimentary transportation to and from the San Diego Airport (SAN). If you are on a private flight, we will pick you up at Carlsbad / Palomar Airport (CLD). If you are driving, click here for directions.

Q. Can I expect to lose weight during my stay at Cal-a-Vie?

A. With our active exercise program, gourmet spa cuisine and therapeutic spa treatments most guests lose weight. More importantly, you are stimulating your metabolism while making healthy lifestyle changes. If you somewhat adhere to the Cal-a-Vie program when you return home you should see a continued drop in weight and inches.

Q. My husband and I are vegetarian. Can you accommodate our special diet?

A. Vegetarian diets are easily accommodated. For special dietary needs we suggest a pre-arrival interview with our chef and registered dietitian.

Q. I am very active and fit.  Will your fitness program be challenging enough for me?
A.Yes, our fitness team offers a variety of over 120 classes. Activities are advanced for the very fit. For guests needing a less rigorous regimen the program can be effectively modified for anyone’s age and fitness level.

Q.  Does Cal-a-Vie provide spa services on a walk-in basis?

A. Cal-a-Vie offers privacy and exclusivity to all guests and there is no walk-in traffic.

Q. Can you describe a typical day at the spa?
A. We schedule you for a full day of fitness, spa treatments, meals and other activities; everything is optional. Click here to view a typical day at Cal-a-Vie.

Q. I am a golfer, can I include golf in my program?
A. Yes. Vista Valley Country Club, our sister property, is located adjacent to Cal-a-Vie. Being a private member club with a Ted Robinson-designed golf course, Vista Valley is owned by Cal-a-Vie and is available to our guests to play 9 or 18 holes or use the driving range.

Q. What should I bring with me?
A. Cal-a-Vie provides windbreaker jackets, robes, bath shoes and bedroom slippers. Rain gear is also provided.  We suggest you bring your own workout wear, one or two swim suits, shoes for hiking and athletic shoes for fitness classes, socks, personal toiletries and medication, sun screen, hat and gloves for late fall and winter months. We provide daily laundry service for your personal laundry.

Q. How often do your guests return to Cal-a-Vie?

A. We have an amazing return guest rate of over 65%. In fact, when a guest reaches a total of 70 points (one point earned for each paid night at the spa as of July 01, 2000) we celebrate this honor with the planting of an orange tree with a personalized plaque in the guest's name. Program details

Q. What’s the age of your typical guest? Is it mostly women?
A. The median age is 45. The majority of our guests are women but you will find the majority of our weeks are co-ed with one or two women’s weeks a month. We are seeing an increase in the number of men visiting Cal-a-Vie.

Q. I will be coming there by myself.  Will I feel out of place?
A. Cal-a-Vie is perfect for solo spa-goers. Although some guests are here with friends, family or a spouse many of our guests are here by themselves and thoroughly enjoy their time with the other guests while participating in the meals, fitness classes and other activities.  There can be plenty of alone time too for those looking for a serene, independent spa retreat.  You are always in good company at Cal-a-Vie.

Q. Does the price include everything? What could be extra costs?

A. Cal-a-Vie's packages are designed to be all-inclusive, however, the price does not include tax, gratuities, upgrades or added treatments of other services.

Q. Is wine and alcohol served at Cal-a-Vie?

A. We respectfully request and invite our guests to enjoy cocktails or wine in the privacy of their room. We will provide glassware and other accessories for their cocktails or wine service. Wine can be purchased with a credit card through Vista Valley Country Club from their wine menu.

Q. Can a group hold a private party at the spa?

A. Yes, we often host private groups and retreats, providing a program that is custom tailored to the specific needs of the group. For information, contact Group Sales.

Q. Do you have a recycling program and do you use "green" cleaning products?

A. Yes, we have an ongoing recycling program for all recyclable materials, including water bottles, cardboard, metal, and more. In addition, we have recently upgraded all of our cleaning techniques to include a chemical-free cleaning system (sodium lauryl sulfate-free), which is less dangerous to humans, reduces allergies, and is free from carcinogens.

Q. Can I bring my teenager?
A. Cal-a-Vie's minimum age is 16 years. You may be interested in our popular Mom/Teen week. Click here for specials.