5 of the Best: Spas in California, USABy Angelica Malin
As the cooler weather sets in, now’s the time to hotfoot it over the pond for a bit of R&R. Catch the last of the summer rays in Cali with these five incredible spas that will leave you feeling rested and revitalised before winter approaches.
The Lowdown: Relax, revitalise and rejuvenate with the perfect spa break at Belmond El Encanto. Located in the American Riviera, the hotel is Santa Barbara’s only Forbes five-star resort. This iconic early 20th-century property, which is celebrating its centennial this year, is situated atop a commanding hillside, offering ninety-two quintessential, California-styled bungalows and terraced grounds featuring seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.
Original architectural features have been lovingly restored, including the historic, trellised-lined Arbor and Lily Pond. Modern additions to the expansive outdoor swimming pool and a new beautifully appointed boutique spa enhance the Belmond El Encanto journey for today’s luxury-seeking spa goers.
Where: 800 Alvarado Pl, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, USA
The Lowdown: Located on the shores of South Lake Tahoe, The Lodge at Edgewood is home to 154 luxury rooms and suites each boasting their own fireplace and private deck or terrace. The year-round lakefront heated pool and hot tub are the perfect place to unwind with views of the mesmerising waters of Lake Tahoe – one of the clearest lakes in the world at 99.7% purity.
Nestled in a private, yet expansive area on the second floor of the Lodge is the Spa at Edgewood Tahoe – an 8,500 sq. ft. space that offers uninterrupted serenity amongst a peaceful and inviting atmosphere. With a stunning streamlined design aesthetic influenced by the innate beauty of the area’s natural surroundings, the Spa at Edgewood inspires relaxation, rejuvenation and inner balance.
Where: 100 Lake Pkwy, Stateline, NV 89449, USA
The Lowdown: If you love spas and wine then you’ll love Wine Crush season in Sonoma County. After a long day of wine tasting and touring wineries in the middle of harvest, a relaxing massage or spa treatment is the perfect way to end the day. Many Sonoma County resort spas offer special packages for the Fall Wine Crush Season.
Tucked away in the redwood oasis of the Russian River, boon hotel + spa has a modern, clean-lined design and a variety of services to enhance your Wine Crush experience. Enjoy a poolside cocktail before or after your spa appointment or an evening hot tub under the stars.
Where: 14711 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
The Lowdown: Wake up to ocean views surrounded by contemporary, Spanish-style architecture at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. See what makes Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, unlike any other beach town on the California coast. After a day’s surfing, indulge in the ultimate spa experience at Pacific Waters Spa in Huntington Beach.
The 20,000 square foot spa fuses elements of Mediterranean culture with inspirations from the Southern California waters off the coast of the resort. Enjoy a blissful massage, facial, body, or salon treatments from its extensive spa menu or lounge by the hotel’s lagoon-style pool.
Where: 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
The Lowdown: A hidden gem of a destination on the iconic HWY1 road trip, Santa Cruz is a quintessential Californian beachside town 70 miles south of San Francisco with sandy beaches, redwood-covered mountains and a burgeoning beer and wine scene.
Nestled on a bluff overlooking wooded valleys of the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Spa at Chaminade is Santa Cruz’s only complete day spa destination offering a variety of treatments designed to rejuvenate your body, relax your mind and elevate the soul. Their 75 minute seasonal facial uses the freshest local ingredients of fruits and spices to enhance the senses at $160, but the latest addition to the spa is the Himalayan Salt Sauna Experience – exploring the healing properties of salt therapy providing unique experience for all.
Where: 1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95065, USA