Indulge & Relax: Best Spas in California
Everyone needs to relax so what better way than to feature some of the best spas in California. Many of these are destination spas in California featuring not only amazing treatments but also luxe accomodations as well. California is home to many spas but the ones we've listed below truly set themselves apart by offering unique spa experiences for visitors to indulge in. So grab your tax refund and book your appointment ASAP!
Nestled away in a wooded canyon in Napa, discover soothing soaking pools overlooking a creek and moss-laden oaks, sample restorative organic Napa spa treatments in restful private rooms–and enter upon a journey to pure relaxation.
Must Try: The Calistoga Cure, invigorate and exfoliate with a therapeutic body scrub followed by a private outdoor mud or mineral salt bath. Honey Body Quench, a massage of rich honey crème and local organic honey, hydrate your skin while boosting your body’s immunity with the powers of bee propolis.
Indulge in uniquely paired spa treatments with local and natural ingredients in the heart of California's wine country. Also on site a eucalyptus stream room to relax in before your spa treatments.
Must Try: Lavender and Vine, warm lavender oil to relax and a custom made gommage of powdered lavender blossoms, grape skins and honey which is buffed into your skin to protect and renew. Olive Rosemary Body Scrub, olive and rosemary leaves are mixed with Pacific salt to cleanse skin of free radicals and refresh. Finish with a hydrating rosemary and lemon balm.
Located in the heart of Sonoma County and featuring exclusive treatments utilizing produce harvested on site are the cornerstones of the Spa at Farmhouse Inn by Francis & Alexander.
Must Try: Body Melt, lie on a large moist body pillow filled with healing herbs, alfalfa, lavender and chamomile which is warmed and placed on top of a water bed. Finish with a body massage with the house blend of Muscle Melt massage oils. (photo credit: www.farmhouseinn.com)
This seriously luxurious spa in San Luis Obispo was voted a top global destination mineral spring resort by Spa and Spa Finder Magazine. Also, each spa treatment includes a complementary private mineral spring soak prior to treatment.
Must Try: White Algae Body Mask, Stimulate cell regeneration with a full body dry brush exfoliation. White algae soothes sensitive skin while providing antioxidant protection and anti-aging benefits. A sea mineral body balm filled with omega fatty acids hydrates and firms the skin.
A Morraccan inspired villa resort tucked away in the mountains of Southern California. Amongst its many awards it was named as the #1 spa by Shape Magazine, one of the prestigious top ten spas named by Travel & Leisure Magazine and a dons a Forbes Four Star rating.
Must Try: Warm Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, ultimate relaxing full body massage that uses Warm Himalayan Salt Stones which are ethically sourced from 250 million year old pristine crystalline deposits that calm and balance the central nervous system. Ayurvedic Detox Body Treatment, Based on India’s 6,000 year-old system of health and healing, this treatment utilizes a powerful combination of authentic Ayurvedic herbs and oils. The treatment features an herbal body mask while wrapped in heated linens steeped in authentic Ayurvedic Herbs. (Photo credit: www.ojairesort.com)
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Palos Verdes coastline, The Spa embraces the natural beauty and energy of its Southern California setting. Spanning over 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, contains 25 treatment rooms, a fitness and wellness center, a Spa Café for seasonal healthful fare, and a full-service salon built to restore, rejuvenate, and realign. They've also been awarded numerous "Best Of" awards from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Shape Magazine and SpaFinder.
Must Try: Flickering Embers, basking in the soothing warmth of a nutrient-rich, detoxifying volcanic ash body wrap, impurities are drawn out of the body leaving skin toned and re-mineralized. Follow with a neutral temperature bath in a copper tub steeped with fragranced essential oils and healing magnesium. Complete with a balancing and restorative massage.
Located in beautiful Sonoma County in Northern California, Osmosis Day Spa offers a total mind and body cleanse. They are well known for their cedar bath experience (check out our article about it).Treatments here include beautifully landscaped Oriental gardens and tea in a private room overlooking a Japanese garden.
Must Try: Bath as Medicine Deep Detox, this 3-hour package includes Lymphatic massage, dry brush exfoliation, Osmosis’ Signature Tea mixed with digestive enzymes, a soak in the Signature Cedar Enzyme Bath, aromatherapy and sound therapy.
Elevate personal indulgence to a fine art with an inspiring array of restorative beauty treatments based on the bounty of the sea blended with botanicals from the gardens of Santa Barbara. They feature eleven spa treatment rooms, including four day suites with a fireplace.
Must Try: Avocado-Citrus Wrap, extracted from the seed of the avocado and proven to reduce the signs of ageing, avocado oil is combined with mineralizing sea salts and clays to provide a hydrating and healing wrap.
The Claremont, located in Berkeley just outside of San Francisco, offers 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and enticing spa services. The Claremont Club & Spa recently celebrated its 100th birthday making it a historic architectural gem as well.
Must Try: Hawaiian Retreat, this island inspired retreat begins with an antioxidant coffee fruit polish and volcanic clay wrap. The experience culminates in a traditional Lomi Lomi massage with kukui nut oil and a refreshing mango mist. (Photo credit: www.fairmont.com)
Located in Calistoga, this spa is famous for its geo-thermal waters featuring 103° jetted mineral pools. One of the most unique offerings at this spa is their mud bar. Featuring mineral-enriched mud customized with your choice of pure essential oils to achieve specific results tailored to your needs.
Must Try: Starlight at the Bathhouse (best for couples), under the stars, after spa hours, experience the bathhouse all to yourself. Soak, steam and retreat. Toast to this romantic evening with two glasses of sparkling wine and a shared dessert.