Balensi Spa is one of San Diego’s beautiful, resort-style spas. Most people probably have no clue it even exists, being tucked away in an inconspicuous location behind downtown Chula Vista.
Once you visit, you will immediately feel as though you’ve been transported to a luxurious day spa in the Mediterranean. And there is a reason for that.
The owners have spent much of their lives both living in and visiting France and other European countries. Here they have taken notes on what the most prestigious spas have done to create the ultimate, luxuriating experience. They then took all the inspiration they gathered and created Balensi Spa.
The property itself that the spa is in was actually built in 1910! I’m all for historic preservation instead of tearing the lovely home down, so thank you to the owners for that! The owners then turned the backyard into a beautiful courtyard, with individual bungalows where the beauty services are held.
Beyond the aesthetics of the place, the technicians are very serious about skincare and the many awards on the wall prove it. Co-Owner, Lorena, has made the front cover of many magazines for her top of the line facials. She even has her own skin care line which can be purchased in their boutique!
One of their more unique offerings is the Body Scrub with Vishy Shower. I had never heard of a vishy shower before and I guess that is because it is mostly used in Europe! The Vichy Shower was designed in Vichy, France as one of the hydrokinetic treatments. The Vishy shower body treatment consists of a waterproof massage table and a set of many shower heads that rain down pressured water to your body, while you are lying on the table; providing a relaxing and therapeutic water massage.
The health benefits include: Relief of muscular tension, stimulation of circulation, deep relaxation , renewed energy, elimination of toxins. You lie comfortably on a bed situated under a rainbar with many rotating showerheads that cover the whole body with a warm shower. The body is exfoliated & jet temperature & strength regulated and guided by your therapist to areas holding tension. The perfect compliment to a massage.
Balensi Spa also has high-tech machines that aid in amazing facials such as the oxygen or hydra-facials. They also offer cellulite treatments, a sauna, massage offerings and more! Get ready to be pampered!
Even the locker room is fancy:
Before your treatment, you get to unwind and relax in the sauna:
The courtyard where the treatment rooms are is a truly magical place and really makes you feel like you’ve transported to some exotic location:
Here was my treatment room. They have a bunch of high-tech machines here to make your skin flawless!
I mean, look at one of the steps!
Husband and wife team Lorena and Jean-Michel: