California Spa Resorts

California spa resorts are so much more than a place to spend the night. They’re a place of luxury, a place of relaxation, and a place to step away from the ordinary. Whether they enjoy a commanding view of the ocean, are nestled in the mountains, or provide an oasis in the desert, the Golden State’s spa resorts are worth considering. When planning spa vacations, you have nothing but options, no matter which part of California is in your plans.

Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge
Tenaya Lodge

As majestic as the Sierra Mountains setting, Tenaya Lodge provides upgraded accommodations for Yellowstone spa vacations. This all-season resort in the charmingly named town of Fish Camp recently expanded, upgrading its visitor amenities and environmental practices. Now LEED-certified Silver, Tenaya Lodge has one of the best spas around. The Ascent Spa covers 10,000 square feet, offering 12 separate treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms for men and women, and a wellness center. Locally grown and organic ingredients are featured in all of the treatments. Beyond the spa, Tenaya Lodge has 297 guestrooms, including cottages and suites, and several dining options—all adjacent to the South Gate of Yosemite National Park.

The Original Spa Escondido

The Original Spa Escondido
The Original Spa Escondido

Another popular choice for spa getaways, the Original Spa Escondido builds on a long tradition of relaxation. Considered the spa that began it all, the Original Spa is part of the Golden Door, a resort started in 1958 in scenic San Diego County. Nestled on 377 scenic acres just north of Escondido, the spa offers a full menu of treatments and architecture both inspired by Japanese inns, renowned for their hospitality. As one of the smallest California spa resorts, the Golden Door specializes in secluded comfort with 40 guestrooms designed with comfort in mind. The resort is also known for its vast fitness offerings, including 20 miles of hiking trails, a trio of gyms, and two swimming pools to match the therapy pool and solarium.

The Cliffs Resort at Shell Beach

The Cliffs Resort at Shell Beach
The Cliffs Resort at Shell Beach

In between Los Angeles and San Francisco in Pismo Beach, the Cliffs Resort at Shell Beach has much more going for it than its fantastic location. The resort draws its inspiration from the ocean in its design, amenities, and architecture. Those who choose the Cliffs Resort for spa getaways will be treated to a vacation they can take at their own pace. Relaxation is easy to find at its Spa at the Cliffs and oceanfront restaurant as well as the secluded guestrooms with private patios or balconies. All 160 of the rooms and suites have flat-screen TVs and amazing views of the Pacific or the mountains. When you’re up for some fun, the heated oceanside pool beckons as do the nearby wineries, golf courses, and the unmatched Hearst Castle.

Miramonte Resort & Spa

Miramonte Resort & Spa
Miramonte Resort & Spa

Located in Indian Wells, a stone’s throw from Palm Springs, the Miramonte Resort & Spa (pictured) is an oasis in the desert. Evocative of a Mediterranean villa, Miramonte welcomes its guests to find tranquility in the spa, on the golf course, underneath the shade of a cabana, or in the oversize guestrooms. Each of the 215 guestrooms spread among 11 villas boasts a terrace and marble bathrooms. Beyond the rooms, guests will find flowing fountains, an expansive pool complex, and one of the top-rated spas in the Coachella Valley. The spa, simply called The Well, combines locally grown ingredients and expertise for truly relaxing experiences.

Resort at Squaw Creek

Resort at Squaw Creek
Resort at Squaw Creek

For spa vacations at Lake Tahoe, the Resort at Squaw Creek is an excellent choice. This mountain resort at the base of Squaw Valley is one of the top-rated resorts in the area, which is evident as soon as guests step into the lobby where its stunning windows overlook the Sierra Nevada peaks and a tumbling waterfall. Beyond the lobby, the resort features 405 suites and guestrooms with such amenities as flat-screen TVs, romantic fireplaces, and full kitchens. After time on the slopes or the links, you’ll be ready to relax at one of Lake Tahoe’s most luxurious spas.

Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach
Montage Laguna Beach

When Orange County’s ocean breezes roll in from the shore, there are few better places to enjoy them than the Montage Laguna Beach. Easy to find halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, the resort stands on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Designed in the Craftsman style, the resort is typical California, but the amenities are anything but ordinary. On the 30 acres, visitors will find 250 guestrooms, which include beach bungalows and suites, all with oceanview balconies. Guests also enjoy access to the Spa Montage as well as the pool complex and plenty of gourmet options for their spa getaways. The town of Laguna Beach itself is one of the trendiest spots on this part of the coast, with a wealth of restaurants, shops, boutiques, and art galleries.

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Only 25 miles from the San Francisco airport and miles away from ordinary, the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay sets the stage for Northern California spa vacations. Guestrooms are spread throughout the traditional hotel building and the beachside cottages. Relaxation is waiting around every turn, from the Egyptian cotton linens and plush robes to the 16,000 square feet of the spa and the indoor heated pools.

St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa

St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa
St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa

The well-appointed St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Beach has appeared on the list of the top 25 spa resorts in the world. The Orange County resort lives up to the praise with a long list of amenities and top-shelf service. As expected for California spa resorts, the Monarch Beach offers a long list of ways to relax. Its spa, inspired by the elegance of Old World Spain, has a several relaxing treatments and massages available. After night falls, many guests gather along the beach at the fire pit, a fitting end to a relaxing day.

Villagio Inn & Spa

Villagio Inn & Spa
Villagio Inn & Spa

Nestled in Napa Valley wine country, the Villagio Inn & Spa fills a 23,000-acre vintage estate inspired by Tuscany. The centerpiece of the resort is the Spa Villagio, where its 13,000 square feet host 16 treatment areas and five spa suites with such amenities as infinity baths, wet bars, and flat-screen TVs, and that’s just the spa. Elegant touches continue throughout the resort throughout the 112 guestrooms, champagne brunch and restaurant by celebrity chef Michael Chiarello. 

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