California has a lot to offer active travelers – beaches and bluffs on the Pacific Coast, mountain trails and hot springs around Yosemite, wineries and unparalleled agriculture through Napa and Sonoma counties and the Sacramento Valley.
But it’s also important to be able to unwind after a day of hiking, cycling, or sightseeing – even wine tasting can take a toll on the body. The spa culture of California is perfect for those looking to experience the state beyond Hollywood’s glamour. Here, you’ll find luxurious spas that will complement any trip to the state.
1. The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg
The Spa specializes in “Farm to Spa” treatments sourced from the best of Sonoma County – Meyer lemon sage massages, wine and honey wraps, and stress-relieving facials with ingredients from local farms. Staff members provide services that revolve around the needs of hotel guests and clients; there’s even a special Deep Relief massage for cyclists coming in after a day of exploring the wineries and other nearby attractions.
Exploring the dining and wine options in the Healdsburg area
2. Spa at Auberge du Soleil
Travelers headed to Napa Valley’s wine country can get the full vino experience by adding a little Chardonnay or Cabernet into their spa treatments. This property provides services that use the healing benefits of wine and grape-seed oil, and most packages come with a complimentary glass of wine from a nearby vineyard.
3. Spa at Farmhouse Inn
4. SpaTerre at Bernardus
Located within the Bernardus Lodge and Spa property, just inland of Monterey, SpaTerre offers an extensive array of options that include Chardonnay pedicures, Lomilomi massage, and detox wraps. The spa specializes in therapeutic treatments from around the world, as evidenced by their list of global rituals and water wellness offerings; Turkish Hamam, Balinese massage, and Aqua Floatation therapy are all available.
5. The Spa at Pebble Beach
Water and natural minerals are huge components of what makes the Spa at Pebble Beach so luxurious. The highlight of this spa is its unique selection of floatation wraps; guests benefit from the healing properties of plants, herbs, and minerals indigenous to California’s Monterey Peninsula. The technique uses a dry flotation bed, where the body is wrapped in a waterproof sack of lotions, herbs and antioxidants, then placed within a bed of warm water.
Striking views of Pebble Beach golfers and Carmel Bay
6. Spa Aiyana at Carmel Valley Ranch
Travelers will appreciate the oak forest and hiking trails surrounding Spa Aiyana in the Carmel Valley. The site encourages guests to explore the grounds before unwinding with massages, facials, body polishes, and Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusions in private treatment rooms. The spa cultivates its herbs and other ingredients in gardens on the property.
7. Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge
Inspired by the landscapes of Yosemite National Park, Ascent Spa provides travelers with a retreat from hiking, skiing and the chaos that sometimes comes with family travel. With 12 treatment rooms, the needs of guests are exclusively handled, especially regarding how the dry mountain climate affects the body. The spa’s body experiences incorporate seasonal ingredients, and their Half Dome treatments are especially beneficial for active visitors.
Solitary and serene views of Lake Tenaya