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Top Resorts & Spas in the San Francisco Bay Area

Top Resorts & Spas
in the San Francisco Bay Area

AAAAH…  Need I say more?

Need a little pampering? Here is our list of the top resort spas in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond. Not only do we focus on the spa treatments, but we take into account the overall environment of the resort and its spa. 

To refine your search and focus exclusively on a specific travel destination, e.g., Napa Valley or Half Moon Bay, please select the desired vacation location from our Destination Explorer and search away!

Big Sur, Carmel & Monterey

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey

Located over the tranquil Monterey Bay, the state-of-the-art Vista Blue Spa is on the top floor of the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. The Spa reflects both comfort and relaxed refinement with treatments geared toward rejuvenating the body, renewing the spirit and reviving the senses. With everything from massages, facials, body wraps, and "signature" treatments such as the Monterey Bay Salt Glow treatment, you will enjoy the finest in spa luxury.

The Spa at Bernardus, Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley

A romantic retreat nestled in the idyllic Carmel Valley, amongst sprawling oaks and sun-dappled vineyards. Scents of lavender, rosemary and lemongrass, sounds of bubbling fountains, and the warm breezes from the valley surround this hidden jewel. Steam and sauna rooms, a private outdoor tub and terra cotta walls reflecting the Warming Pool's shimmering blue images all lend to its award-winning, rustic charm. The Spa nurtures mind, body and spirit with luxurious treatments infused with pure and natural ingredients culled from the ocean, the vineyards and abundant, on-site organic gardens. So whether you seek to relax, renew or reconnect, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge offers an array of distinctive services from vinotherapy to marine-inspired treatments to international traditions, elevating relaxation to an art form.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach invites you to relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize your body and spirit at our 22,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon, nestled in the heart of Del Monte Forest. Choose from a variety of massages, body scrubs and wraps, water treatments, skin care, nail care, and hair care. Our professional staff is trained to help you select appropriate services and to provide impeccable personalized service for an experience that exceeds your expectations.  

Allegria Spa, Ventana Resort, Big Sur

Allegria Spa embraces the magical "Essence of Big Sur" through the use of natures healing gifts. All treatments are designed to relax and nurture the body and spirit, and rejuvenate and revitalize subtle energies. Choose from a variety of massages in the privacy of your room, on your deck or in our spa, either by yourself or with your partner. Take the opportunity to lose yourself in the fragrance of wild mountain lavender and other natural botanical essences. Our practitioners are dedicated to providing a sensory experience that offers relaxation and connection where one can find inner peace and sanctity.

The Spa at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

Located off Highway One in Big Sur, this Small Luxury Hotel member is a sanctuary suited to all your needs. Rooms offer a rustic elegance with luxury and comfort. Relax by the pools and take in the views of the Ventana mountains, awaken your senses with an in-room massage, spa treatment, or daily yoga classes. Their award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant offers an awe-inspiring setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with stunning views of the Big Sur coast, perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

Their spa treatments are designed to relax and revitalize using the healing properties of nature. Begin your journey with a soothing spa treatment, an invigorating private guided hike, taking in a unsurpassed view of the Ventana Double Cones, or an energizing yoga class. Breathe deeply, walk softly, let go – harmonize your body and soul. 



Half Moon Bay and San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay.

Perched atop a scenic bluff with sweeping coastal vistas, this luxurious Northern California spa resort provides the perfect setting for renewal or reflection – just 30 minutes from San Francisco. Allow the healing power of the sea to ease away tension and leave your body and mind feeling thoroughly refreshed. First, they make the world revolve around you. Then they gently slow it down.

Claremont Resort & Spa, San Francisco

For nearly a century, The Claremont Resort & Spa has drawn its knowledge and expertise from the millions of individuals who have sought their destiny in the Bay Area. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Spa Claremont itself.

Today, area residents and international travelers alike seek refuge from all things taxing within this wonderfully serene setting. Whether enjoyed as a day spa or as a destination retreat, an ever-changing array of options helps to bring mind, body and soul into balance. To discover the peace that a world of knowledge passed down through the generations can provide, indulge your senses at Spa Claremont. 

Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

Spa at Squaw Creek Resort

Olympic Valley, CA (West Lake Tahoe) Rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the Top 5 Resort Spas.

Mendocino and Fort Bragg

Sea Ranch Lodge

Sea Ranch Lodge is a tranquil hotel on the Sonoma coast of Northern California, near San Francisco. Be alone, together. Share slower, simpler pleasures.

Mount Shasta and Shasta Lake

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Napa Valley

The Carneros Inn Spa,  Napa.

For centuries, people have sought out a tranquil space in nature to capture the healing properties of the earth.  The Carneros Inn, where their gardens overlook the vineyards and farmlands of Carneros, is such a place. That is why they have based many of our spa treatments on the very ingredients inherent to their surroundings. They believe that it takes just the right environment to restore breath and energy to our head, heart and spirit. So bathe in the waters of their Huichica Creek bath, absorb the benefits of our revitalizing body treatments, indulge in a private yoga class, or simply enjoy the pleasure of a good book on your cottage deck. To open yourself to the Spa at The Carneros Inn is to explore your potential for true wellness. Explore what it is to be Carneros.

Auberge Spa, Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford.

THE AUBERGE SPA is a natural extension of California wine country’s most luxurious country inn, Auberge du Soleil. Built for the exclusive use of the inn’s guests, The Auberge Spa occupies a 7,000 square feet stucco building, overlooking the Napa Valley.  It embraces a nurturing philosophy embodied by a unique menu of body and facial treatments, which utilizes natural ingredients indigenous to the region. 

SOLAGE, Calistoga, CA

Solage Calistoga is a luxury resort in Napa Valley, complete with resort, spa and restaurants. Experience Northern California wine country in style.  

Santa Cruz

The Spa at Chaminade

Aptos, CA – The Spa at Chaminade has so much to offer, whether you're a day spa-goer or resort guest, The Spa at Chaminade invites you to step into a relaxing state of mind. For more information contact The Spa at Chaminade at 831.465.3465  


Sonoma Valley

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma

Sonoma, CA – For hundreds of years, ancient thermal mineral waters have graced this site. Today, our resort is proud to be one of the only luxury spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water. The Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa hotel pays homage to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations, which believed in the axiom 'Sanitas Per Aquas'.

Garden Spa at MacArthur Place, Sonoma

Nestled in the heart of the Inn's fragrant gardens, the Garden Spa at MacArthur Place offers a unique array of treatments based on the fruits, flowers and herbs grown in the gardens at the Inn.

Yosemite Valley

Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge – Fish Camp, CA 

Fish Camp, CA – Waterfalls and a Zen-inspired décor make Ascent Spa a perfect place to rejuvenate.


Reno, NV

Spa Atlantis at Atlantis Casino 

Reno, NV – Winner of SpaFinder’s Readers’ Choice award for Best Casino Spa, for four consecutive years.

Las Vegas, NV

Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at The Venetian® 

Las Vegas – Canyon Ranch SpaClub® is one of the world’s largest day spas, where you can relax, revitalize and savor a setting of tranquility, beauty and joy.


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What’s on Tap


Winter Festivals & Events:

San Francisco Fleet Week – Oct 3 – 10, 2016

Airshow, ships and much more!

Giant Pumpkin Patch at Guadalupe River Park – Oct. 8

San Jose—Fun activities and lots of pumpkins

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Patches – October 2016

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Oct. 15 & 16, 2016

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches – October 2016


For more “top” events, click on our Festivals & Events page or select a specific travel destination from our City Selector.


Top Winter Attractions:

Snow Skiing in the Sierras

Lake Tahoe is home to 15 snow ski resorts and some of the best alpine and cross county snow skiing in the world. You’re sure to find a ski resort and hotel that will meet your expectations.

Whale Watching – Dec. through May

California grey whales migrate down the coast

Elephant Seal Watching – December through March is breeding season. Año Nuevo State Reserve has a large colony of northern elephant seals that assemble there each winter. Watch 5,000 pould males fight for breeding rights!



The Region’s Fall Advisories:
Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.

Traffic Conditions. Traffic through major cities and extremely popular travel destinations can be challenging. Plan ahead to drive before and after commute hours. Go to to learn about road conditions. As a special note, Highway 92 in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be very difficult during the pumpkin season. Plan ahead and arrive early and leave late!