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Hit Refresh for Spring: 5 Bay Area Spas to Visit

A guide to the top spas and no-fail treatments in San Francisco and beyond

Spring is the perfect season to make a little time to treat yourself in the name of rejuvenation. You can't go wrong at these five Bay Area spas, each offering a distinct and tried-and-true experience.

Nob Hill Spa pool lounge
Nob Hill Spa pool lounge (©The Scarlet Huntington)

For the Traditionalist—Nob Hill Spa

Look no further than the posh, freshly made over Scarlet Huntington Hotel for the quintessential San Francisco spa experience, complete with a storied address, grand city views and a long list of high-profile local regulars. The infinity pool, hot tub, sundeck and spa menu encourage visitors to linger. 1075 California St., San Francisco, 415.345.2888

Book this: Italian Blood Orange Sea Salt Scrub. This 50-minute reinvigorating spring treatment exfoliates and moisturizes tired winter skin with a zesty, tingling blend of orange blossom, blood orange, grapefruit and orange rind.

Sense Spa at Rosewood Sand Hill
Sense Spa at Rosewood Sand Hill (©Rosewood Sand Hill)

For the Aesthete—Sense Spa

Headed to the South Bay? Join the business travelers, Silicon Valley locals, Stanford parents and wedding parties at the five-star Rosewood Sand Hill resort. The ranch-chic property in view of the Santa Cruz Mountains is truly best of class, as is the luxurious and modern spa, located by the stunning pool area. 2825 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, 650.561.1500

Book this: Gold Rush Renewal. Expect impossibly relaxed muscles and smooth, glowing skin after this decadent treatment, which entails a full-body, gold-infused scrub-down followed by a full-body massage with golden Shea body butter. 

Spa Radiance on Fillmore Street
Spa Radiance on Fillmore Street (©Lance Skundrich)

For the Glamorous—Spa Radiance

If this spa and apothecary, housed in a gorgeously renovated Victorian in the shopping and fitness mecca of Cow Hollow, is good enough for the most well-groomed local socialites, it’s probably good enough for any of us. Offering almost every spa service imaginable (including makeup and airbrush tanning), the nearly 40-year old business is shining brighter than ever with its new elegant, Parisian-chic décor scheme designed by local interiors genius Jay Jeffers3011 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 415.346.6281

Book this: LED Custom Facial. Look better instantly with a peel, enzyme mask and extractions followed by a clinical-grade oxygen spray and a personalized dose of LED therapy, which uses light pulses to treat everything from wrinkles to acne.

Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel
Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel (©Monterey Plaza Hotel)

For the Outdoorsperson—Vista Blue Spa

For those going down scenic Highway 1 to visit Monterey and Big Sur, Monterey Plaza Hotel’s spa looks out over the Monterey Bay from the top floor. Guests can soak in the hot tub while taking in the expansive blue sea. 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, 831.646.1700

Book this: Warm Soothing Stone Massage. Unwind during this 75-minute detoxifying treatment in which essential oils are applied on the spine and silky, heated basalt stones are strategically placed on the body to reduce tension. 

LaBelle Day Spa in Union Square
LaBelle Day Spa in Union Square (©LaBelle Day Spa)

For the Urbanite—LaBelle Day Spa

Founded in 1976, this spacious, results-oriented spa downtown in Union Square caters to tech titans and celebrities. The eponymous owner, Queen of Facials Bella Schneider, is a pioneering esthetician with her own professional product line used at spas nationwide and two sister spas Palo Alto. 233 Grant Ave., San Francisco, 415.433.7644

Book this: Caviar & Carat Complete Anti-Aging Facial. Get ready for a big night out with a nourishing combination of caviar, honey and pure gold infused via ultrasound.