Testimonials

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

This special place called the Golden Door is home to beauty in all of it’s forms. Caring and kind staff who spend their time and talent to bring comfort, joy and peace to all who pass by here. Hugs and love abound. 

Judith K. Linaburg, Pittsburgh, PA

This special week at the Golden Door has truly confirmed a new direction in my life. The challenges proved to be opportunities for renewed strength. Fear of not reaching my goals is no longer an excuse. The staff were outstanding in their willingness to help me improve in every class and situation. The cleanliness was beyond perfection, the quality of the meals and their preparation was superb. Truly this is a well-seen spa and I would give it 5 stars! 

S.T., Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Thank you Golden Door from the bottom of my heart. After three days of specific training I am able to walk up the stairs to my room freely without holding on to the banister. I am going home with exercises I need to continue with my progress. I’ll see you all next year! 

S.R., San Luis Obispo, CA

I come here to remember and  take pause. The air changes when you walk through the Golden Door. You exhale and then breathe in all the peace, beauty, and spirit nurturing air. The wise women teach me things I did not know and remind me of things I have forgotten. My spirit is lifted and my mind is centered. It is the most wonderful gift for the soul. 

S.P, Charlotte, NC

My focus this visit was two fold. One, for my mind and body to take the time to reflect and relax. And secondly, to tailor my activities and nutritional needs in such a way that I could realistically incorporate them into my daily life at home. To these ends I have had a very successful visit. 

E.M., Dallas, TX

I arrived tired, overworked, stressed and my energy was low. I am leaving relaxed, restored and excited about my life. Thank you!

L.W., Kansas City, MO

I came here physically and mentally exhausted and I’m leaving nourished, loved, grounded and well. Thank you for seven transformative days. I’ll be back!

Monica Babich, Santa Barbara, CA

Every so often, we all need to adjust our compass and find our way back to “true north.” Dreams of escaping the stress of ordinary, or even extraordinary life consumes our thoughts. The quandary lies in the choosing of where one should go to reset our internal compass. There are many wonderful places in the world from which to choose, but will they live up to your expectations? The Golden Door not only meets the expectation – it exceeds the expectation. From the moment you pass through the exquisite golden door and walk down the crooked bridge, past the riot of blooming camellias, you are enveloped in a nurturing environment where an unparalleled staff gently guides you on a transformative journey. This unique Japanese inspired spa has changed my palette with its sophisticated, delicious, organic cuisine. The truly exceptional massage therapists have helped me to stretch my body further than I could have imagined. From the superior instruction I received on the tennis court to the beautiful early morning guided hikes, every goal that I set for myself was achieved with the help of the incredible staff at the Golden Door. 

Renee Drake, Chicago, IL

I look around at all the women smart enough to come here before a healing crisis, and I’m glad to have finally joined their ranks. 

R.S, Vancouver, BC

I knew I had to come here, but I didn’t know what I needed. Luckily the Golden Door knew exactly what I needed and gave it to me in drones. Signed, a changed human being. 

S.B., San Francisco, CA

At dawn, lungs joyous with fresh air, spider webs hanging from branches like dew filled crystalline tumblers, eyes brimming with tears of gratitude, and marvel at the majesty of nature. 

Dora Levy Mossanen, Los Angeles, CA

This was my second trip and just as perfect as I remembered the first time. I cannot compare this to any place on earth in fact. And, if it appears expensive – it isn’t, not if you compare with a fine hotel, then include all meals, dozens of classes, massage everyday, facials, manicures, pedicures, and so much personal care. I have not met a staff person who wasn’t eager to make this wonderful refuge a delight. 

Beth Ferester, The Warmlands, Texas

When I arrived here on Sunday I was totally burned out – my body was exhausted, my stress levels were maxed out and I was feeling depressed and shut down. Today I’m feeling like a completely new person. I’m energized, rested, and feeling like a million dollars. Most importantly the deep fog of depression has lifted it’s veil and my spirit feels strengthened and my heart feels light. I’m feeling such joy and gratitude. On my Labyrinth walk my stone said ‘love’, which just sums things up perfectly. I feel loved. Thank you to the wonderful staff here.

Keli Roberts, Pasadena, California

Inner Wisdom week at the Golden Door has been an exquisite and profound experience. The level of care in every area was literally heavenly. Answers were given before you asked and most needs were anticipated. I asked for very little because everything had been thought of. I feel stronger and healthier and have a jump start to my exercise agenda at home as was as healthier eating. I now know really well the extraordinary difference fresh vegetables and fruits picked straight from the garden can make in taste and presentation. The staff is extremely gracious and caring and always try to help with even the smallest things. 

N.D., Winston-Salem, North Carolina

I came to the Golden Door by accident – or maybe karma. My husband passed away just over four months ago and I was looking for a retreat to gather myself physically, mentally and emotionally. I gained all of that and more. I rediscovered activities I used to love doing and will now incorporate them back into my life. I had time to think and reflect in the dream sharing and wise women circle, and will now go back to consider how to proceed those insights. I am very grateful for this experience.  

S.B., Perth, Australia

Golden Door is a very special place that quietly brings out the warmth, love and joy in people. I have met the most wonderful people and have never felt so cared for. It has been a sensational and wonderful experience. 

Danielle Price, Sausalito, CA

To the entire Golden Door Family: thank you, thank you! This is my first visit to this magical oasis. My heart, brain and feet have been on the path to find my ‘golden’ door for a long, long time. I’m just sorry it took this long, but I am sure there was a purpose. Being with my sister was such a joy. I will be back! 

Tamara Sarantschia, Napa, CA

My stay has been just perfect.  I cannot express myself poetically, but I shall carry in my inner self a fabulous memory of the people and my experiences here. I hope I shall return. Inshalla.

Laetitia Oppenheim, London, England

The Golden Door is an aurora—brilliant reds, soothing blues, luminous greens. It is always beautiful, mesmerizing, energizing. The colors dance for a lifetime.

M.S., Sutton, Alaska

The beautiful setting and the care and warmth of the staff

make this place so very, very special.

CK, Queen Charlotte, BC, Canada

There is a huge variety of classes to choose from for all levels and they make each one fun and challenging. All the trainers are amazing—knowledgeable, encouraging and caring.

M.N., McLean, Virginia

I have been to other spas before, but there is none that compare to Golden Door in the US or in Europe.  It is a total mind body experience in a beautiful setting.  First rate exercise, organic, delicious food, and dedicated, caring and enthusiastic staff. It’s wonderful!

Bim Kendall, Greenbrier, CT

It pleases me when I realize that the kale I am looking at on this warm summer morning is going to be on my plate tonight.

Carolyn Chandler, San Francisco, California

I learned so many things in addition to my physical fitness training.  I also learned so many new American words…like ‘buttocks!” –names for parts of the body I never learned in school in Japan.

Hisako Chako Hatakeyama, Tokyo, Japan

Golden Door is a must for those seeking refuge from daily madness.  You are taken care of by some of the best trainers, massage therapists and staff the world has to offer.  Let your spirit glide!

Mari Winsor, Slimming Pilates, Los Angeles

I love Golden Door.  It is my third stay and each time I feel like I am coming home.  Everything is special here.  The Tai Chi, meditation and labyrinth walks have changed my life by giving me an inner peace I never imagined.  It is a truly special place. 

Janet Hilson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Golden Door reminds us all that we are worthy, that we all experience love, laughter, pain, and that we are all connected. I am so deeply, profoundly grateful for its existence.

Marta Kauffman, Los Angeles, California

I had an exceptional time.  Not only am I pain-free from a

long-term injury, I now have the knowledge and skills

to better myself in a more efficient manner.  No matter your level

of fitness, you will learn and improve beyond expectations at Golden Door.

JS, Tokyo, Japan

The myriad experiences offered allowed me to see how bored I was with my own chatter.  I felt a quietness and groundedness that was startling.  Golden Door broke through my shell so delicately.

Victor Syrmis, New York, NY

Having the closeness of female companionship reminded me how important it is for women to connect with other women. Golden Door reminded me that I am more than a mom, a wife, or an employee and I feel empowered to hold on to that.

Tiffany Alexander, Lake Forest, Illinois