With terrific weather year-round, coupled with pristine beaches and endless mountains, California is at the center of the health and wellness. From Napa Valley to Los Angeles and San Diego, there are many incredible retreats to wake up in and be pampered all day long. So, if you’re looking to escape the stress in your life and focus on your health and wellbeing, these excellent wellness spas and retreats provide the perfect solution!
Napa Valley, California
Your wellness journey begins at the excellent 5-Star Meadowood Napa Valley Spa. The hotel, which by itself will relax you with its stunning and peaceful grounds. It offers guests and non-hotel guests alike a myriad of restful spa treatments at their recently renovated and expanded spa. This stunningly serene and beautiful new spa offers a unique, all-suite concept, to create an elevated experience and offer guests a true sense of retreat and privacy. Beginning with an in-depth conversation with a highly skilled spa therapist, the goal is to start with a wellness dialogue to set the tone for your massage, body treatment, facial, or other wellness service. The Meadowood Spa works with a curated selection of luxury product lines to ensure the most effective results of harmony as well. Choose from a long list of treatments, including anti-aging, detoxifying and hydrating facials, scrubs for all skin types, full body wraps with aloe, shea, mud, and/or mineralizing algae, and massages by their highly trained massage therapists. There are specific treatments designed specifically for men, too. Get a back facial, using HydraFacial technology to exfoliate, deep clean and renew skin or a cold facial treatment with stones. Their Awaken Massage is designed to invigorate, relax tight muscles and increase range of motion. Explore their wellness and spa offerings in their treatment guide.
Situated on the pristine grounds of the Ojai Valley Inn with its beautiful palm trees, charming Spanish architecture, and acres of avocado and lavender fields, The Spa Ojai is perfect for a calming retreat. The idyllic southern California town of Ojai is also a center of relaxation and meditation, making it the perfect place to get away and relax. The Spa Ojai has a fantastic reputation as it provides extensive and one-of-a-kind treatments. From facials and massages to their organic sea mineral body wrap, a Shangri-la body treatment which is designed to help you find your personal utopia. The treatment options are just about endless. Their Kuyam Treatment combines the therapeutic effects of self-applied desert clay infused with essential oils, intense dry heat and inhalation therapy in a sauna like environment. Inspired by the local Chumash Native Americans, the treatment is truly unique. The 31,000 square foot spa facility offers 28 treatment areas, and for those wanting a more decadent experience, they offer meditation lofts, fireplaces, pools, a fully-equipped workout room, a Mind and Body Studio for mindful journey treatments, and much more. Enjoy a fresh-pressed juice drink, or get a snack for lunch at Spa Café, which offers a menu of healthy indulgence.
The recently opened Rosewood Miramar Beach is a destination designed for renewal and rejuvenation. At Sense Spa, you will enjoy the ultimate in personalized attention from wellness experts. Unwind as knowledgeable spa and wellness specialists offer treatments inspired by the healing traditions and native plants found along the Santa Barbara coastline. Using indigenous ingredients from the area, Sense Spa offers treatments that will work to heal the body. Plants and flowers in the area are known to help heal the body and clear one’s energy, and they are used in all treatments to achieve the best results. The Miramar Escape treatment will help you relax and rejuvenate by beginning with a 90 minute massage to release tension. Or, opt for a couples massage, which begins with an aromatic foot soak and moves on to a full-body exfoliation of wild ginger, citrus and salt. Using their organic aromatherapy massage oils, the treatment will leave you in a relaxed state with your partner. Their expert skin specialists offer facials, anti-aging treatments, as well as a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage with warm basalt and stones that are massages onto the body with warm oil. Explore the full spa menu.
Brentwood / Santa Monica, California
Experience a profound transformation at Brentwood’s Surya Spa as traditional treatments are prepared specifically for each guest. This unique and artisan wellness spa will have you returning to your best health and well-being after their nourishing, detoxifying and rejuvenating treatments. Guests here explore age-old Indian wellness principles from the leaders of modern Ayurveda, including therapeutic massages, yoga, meditation, steam and oil treatments, as well as 3 to 21 day Panchakarma programs designed to cleanse and restore the balance in your mind, body and emotions. The Panchakarma treatment begins with oil therapy and finishes with warm, herbed oil or fresh coconut water poured in a healing steam to provide restoration to your nervous system. Surya Spa is currently in Brentwood, but moves to the new Proper Hotel in November 2019, with interiors designed by Kelly Wearstler.
Nestled in the cliffs above Malibu’s beachfront, The Ranch Malibu wellness retreat is different than most destinations with spa treatments. Utilizing an immersive health, weight loss and fitness program centered around daily hikes, guided exercise and locally sourced plant-based meals, The Ranch Malibu is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Reset your mind and body with their signature programs offered in a spectacular setting. The Ranch Malibu offers 4 to 10-day luxury fitness and wellness retreats which are designed to promote a healthy mind and body. Ideal for individuals, couples or groups; all guests will enjoy food that promotes healthy living, a fitness routines aimed at shedding weight, toning, detoxifying the body and boosting endurance, as well as spiritual programs designed to promote growth and life transformation.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco Bay’s The Coast Ridge is one of California’s premier health and wellness retreats. The 4-day health excursion is all about exercise and promoting a renewed mind and body. The wellness retreat begins with sunrise yoga, which is followed by 4-5 hours of hiking through the beautiful Bay Area landscape. Hike through redwoods and along trails offering beautiful coastal views. Specialists then teach guests exercises that work to strengthen your core, as well as yoga. Plant based foods, massages and other treatments will have you feeling renewed.
For an excellent San Diego spa getaway, The Golden Door in Escondido is the perfect wellness experience personalized for you. The nationally acclaimed resort is different in many ways. Unlike most spas which focus on just offering pampering treatments, The Golden Door focuses on not only indulgent massages, facials and other treatments, but also tools for inner reflection, healthy eating, fitness techniques and more. The goal is to leave this excellent retreat with the tools you can use at your own home. With 80 rejuvenating classes for your mind and body, there is no shortage of wellness experiences to take on. Add in 30 miles of private hiking trails, personal training, farm to table meals, and a massage every day, and you will experience a truly luxurious retreat which will help your mind and body.
Additional Notable Mentions
From the desert to Napa Valley, visit these additional wellness retreats to find your inner peace: