Revive Your Senses at These 10 Best Spas in California
By Seema Nande on Jul 27, 2016
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After our Best Staycation Ideas in Southern California, we are in no rush to get back to the routine grind! We feel you and understand your withdrawal symptoms post a wonderful staycation. So now, we bring to you a list of the best spas in California, because we just can’t get enough of the Cali sun!
1. Auberge du Soleil
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It was the breathtaking valley views that inspired French-born restaurateur Claude Rouas to recreate the sun-drenched ambiance of a Provencal restaurant in the California Wine Country. Superb cuisine in a natural setting is all that you need to destress and relax. Auberge du Soleil perfected the art of balancing wellness with luxurious indulgence when it opened the Auberge Spa, a retreat modeled after a centuries-old monastery that continues to be one of the most acclaimed spas in the country! Unwind as you spend lazy hours lounging by the poolside on oversized chaises or underneath gauze-draped canopies on day beds for two, at this heaven located in Rutherford.
Must try: The Auberge refresher facial spa
2. Rancho Valencia
Veiled among the immaculate horse ranches and polo fields, the Rancho Valencia is just a short drive from LA. California's only Relais & Chateaux property is a quiet, romantic, solidly slick operator. It recently got renovated making the place even better, which now includes two stunning destination restaurants and a gigantic spa-as-sanctuary with a Balinese-style yoga pavilion. The men don’t have stick to the conventional massage here, given their exclusive menu of men’s facials!
Must try: The avocado body wraps and Valencia orange massages
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3. Calistoga Ranch
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Located in the upper Napa Valley, the Calistoga Ranch is nestled away in a wooded canyon of moss-laden oaks. Explore the plethora of therapies here for the ultimate relaxation and Napa spa treatment. Distinguished by a sense of belonging of the surrounding land and culture, a strong connection with nature and a firmly held belief in the healing power of pleasure, the spa has a collection that is widely categorized as The Auberge Anthology, Auberge massage specialties, body restoration among others.
Must try: Their Honey Body Quench
4. Post Ranch Inn
Available only for the guest hotels, Post Ranch’s award-winning Big Sur spa takes relaxation to another level. Relax by yourself or your partner, in the wide ranges of therapies this spa offers. You get to choose a setting guest room, the scenic spa treatment rooms or the couple’s Spa Suite. The spa offers views of the forests, treatments that include chakra clearing, a crystal-and-gemstone therapy that uses burning sage to clear your aura, and an almost tribal drum session with a local shaman to let go of any painful past experience, could it get more tempting?! If you're open to it, these treatments can really catalyze change, however, if you like to be on the conventional side, then opt for the more orthodox organic garden facial, which uses herbs, local honey and minerals blended for your skin type to sort out blemishes and sun damage. Advance booking well ahead of the time is advisory as the staff is sometimes a little out of sync.
Must try: The crystal-and-gemstone therapy
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5. Miramonte Resort & Spa
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Miramonte’s The Well Spa, is a Palm Springs spa, offers award-winning services in an intimate Tuscan environment. Named ‘Best Spa’ by readers of Desert Magazine and ‘Top 100 Resort Spas’ by Conde Nast Traveler, this Indian Wells resort spa features 13 treatment rooms, seasonal offerings, and a co-ed courtyard with private salt water pool. A natural well was discovered in the California desert, hundreds of years ago, which lured generations of travelers to this area and became known for relaxation and essential rejuvenation. These desert waters continue to revitalize visitors even today, making Miramonte Resort & Spa a premier California destination spa resort!
Must try: The hot stone massage
6. Terranea Resort
With a list of awards under its wing, The Spa at Terranea gives you the opportunity to reconnect with nature and live like every day is a special occasion at this Southern California resort spa. As you unwind here, you'll be reminded of what true relaxation and comfort feels like. 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. Containing 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 as you enjoy locally inspired massages and skin-care treatments.
Must try: Shiatsu therapy
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7. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
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In search of ultimate relaxation? The Spa at Laguna Cliffs awaits you, boasting scenic views of the historical city of Dana Point. One of the best with a passion for delivering results-oriented treatments using high-quality products, this spa is certainly one of the best spas in California. Rejuvenating, body and facial treatments, soothing eye treatments, fitness counseling and even massage lessons can be pursued here. An appointment is required, so book yours well in advance.
Must try: Their soothing eye treatments
8. Belmond El Encanto
The Spa at el Encanto, is a full-service Santa Barbara spa offering an array of treatments, featuring local ingredients that relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. Nestled perfectly between the Pacific Ocean and the rolling hills of the wine country, Belmond El Encanto is home to the most idyllic day spa, Santa Barbara has to offer. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, treatments here provide the ultimate in natural indulgence. Let tranquility take over, with soothing water therapies in the special wet treatment room, or unwind together in the romantic couple’s room. The best part, each treatment concludes with a selection of detoxifying teas as you enjoy breathtaking views from the patio!
Must try: Lemon Basil Body Scrub
9. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
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An award winning, the transcendent Spa Ojai Village offers an experience of freshly-harvested, resort-grown produce and blossoming flowers that entice your senses in the Spa Ojai’s sought-after seasonal treatments. Their signature, indigenous Kuyam treatment will offer you a glimpse into a unique cleansing and a rejuvenating sauna experience which honors our Native American ancestors. Even their zero-gravity pedicure chairs provide the ultimate relaxation, and to complete the preeminent spa experience, the spa’s tranquil Artist Cottage & Apothecary offers insightful, introspective and playful classes to spark your creativity and nurture the soul.
Must try: Their signature Kuyam Treatment
10. La Quinta Resort & Club
At the resort’s Spa La Quinta, experience a blend of the latest and most effective technologies with the world’s best skin care products, to bring you an unparalleled experience of beautification, peace, and comfort. You will receive an experience that is uniquely yours via engagement and explanation. While you are with them, the staff will thrive to transport you to a place where you can truly appreciate a newly found state of relaxation! Sounds euphoric, doesn’t it?! With a variety of treatments, including some amazing detoxes, this easily is one of the best spas in California!
Must try: The Desert Detox
After a visit to these best spas in California, we hope you found your utopia!
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