50 and Fabulous

In 1965, the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, with it glistening pools, his-and-hers gyms and specialty mineral baths, opened in Carlsbad after an impressive $3 million construction, the first spa of its kind to be sanctioned by the American Medical Association. Fifty years later, this exemplary spa still leads the field with its progressive wellness therapies, top-notch therapists and hacienda-style setting, replete with outdoor Roman waterfall showers, soaking pools and a meditative stone path labyrinth. The “La Costa lifestyle” has been embraced over the years by luminaries like Jackie Kennedy, who luxuriated at the spa, and Charlton Heston and Johnny Carson, who played on the courts. While greats like Billy Casper, Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer graced the resort’s emerald green fairways, today’s golfers enjoy two fully renovated courses: the Champions and the Legends, along with knowledgeable instruction at the La Costa Golf Performance Institute and custom club fittings by Cobra Puma Golf. Mind-body-spirit seekers gravitate to the on-site Deepak Chopra Center for meditation, yoga, ayurvedic healing and Perfect Health workshops. A soak in the infinity edge adults-only hot tubs overlooking the golf courses makes a nice end to a day of healthy La Costa living. Guest rooms start at $199. omnihotels.com

Anne Wycoff

Ann Wycoff is a travel and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in San Diego Magazine, Coastal Living, Modern Luxury, and many more. She lives in Encinitas, CA with her husband and daughter, and believes in traveling with a purpose.