Finding Zen in California - 3 favorite Spa Resorts
Three of our favorite spas in California
With sunny skies, a naturally zen atmosphere and dizzying array of choices, California is one of the best places to recenter and revitalize. But which one is the best for you? Check out three of our favorites from Napa to San Diego.
Escondido, California’s Golden Door is the best of the best, so much so that it was named the #1 destination spa in the world. 600 acres of land centered around various Japanese gardens offer the ultimate zen experience for individuals looking to reflect and transform inside and out. Vistas, mountains, and a bamboo forest further help you connect with nature and yourself. A stay at Golden Door offers you a single room with sliding doors to enjoy the gardens at your leisure. A 7 day personalized program concentrates on fitness, spa, personal care, and nutrition for a holistic transformation. Renowned chefs select produce from the on-site gardens to ensure the ultimate freshness of meals and snacks based on your nutrition plan. The program includes 4 sessions with a personal trainer, choice of over 40 fitness classes, mindfulness and improvement sessions, a customized take-home fitness plan, and evening programs and lectures. Relax after your workout with a daily in-room massage or any of the spa and beauty treatments recommended for you - a skin analysis, 5 skin care sessions, 1 body treatment, 2 herbal wraps, manicure and pedicure, and a deep conditioning hair treatment. In your free time, take advantage of their 7 on-site fitness centers, gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts, and more. To truly leave it all behind, Golden Door offers you everything you could possibly need during your stay - workout clothes, sandals, kimono, reusable water bottle, and even specialized skincare are included. Golden Door could be the perfect place to start you on your transformative journey to achieve a healthy mind, body, and spirit. And our favorite part - 100% of their profits are donated to charity, so you can feel good about getting well.
Nestled in Napa Valley’s vineyards, Solage Resort perfectly combines is the best of the Napa Valley with wellness amenities so you can relax and de-stress among the vines. Recognized for its award winning spa with mud and mineral therapies you can relax in the bathhouse, the heart of Solage, which offers geothermal pools ranging in temperatures, from icy cold up to 105 degrees. Take advantage of one of their signature treatments like the “Mudslide” which soothes with mineral-enriched mud. There’s no need to skip your fitness routine during your stay since their modern fitness center offers a wide array of machines and classes like aqua yoga in geothermal pools and TRX Fundamentals or mindful meditation set against stunning views of Napa Valley. Solage offers its guests the best available activities in surrounding Napa as well. If you the idea of a gourmet picnic after hiking on Oat Hill Mine Trail, biking the Silverado Trail, or going to one (or several) local wineries for tastings they will make it happen. Choose to stay in a private studio or suite, each with a patio overlooking Napa Valley and a private hot tub. Solage bills itself as the perfect place to “detox, retox and repeat” and we couldn’t agree more!
Carmel Valley Ranch
In the rolling green hills of Carmel Valley, the Carmel Valley Ranch houses one of California’s best, and most playful, spa resorts. “The Ranch” invites people of all ages to rediscover their sense of wonder at their beautiful property by connecting with nature or trying exciting new experiences. With scenic hikes, archery, falconry, beeswax candle making, beekeeping classes, organic garden tours, and everything in between, there is always an adventure to be had at the ranch. Their renowned Spa Aiyana is located among the treetops surrounded by fragrant plants and beautiful gardens. Locally grown flowers and herbs compliment their wide array of treatments like the lavender garden swedish massage and rosemary foaming body buff. After a spa treatment, complete try a hypnotic health session for weight control or deep sleep with a certified hypnotic doctor. Sample from a wide array of classes including Barre, Fundamental Core, Circuit Training, and Indoor Cycling at the beautiful fitness center. More of a yogi? Try out one of their many yoga classes like hilltop yoga; hike up to a beautiful yoga platform with stunning views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. After a fun day, unwind in accommodations that blend luxury with the outdoors. Draw a luxe bubble bath on a private outdoor deck and wake up to organic breakfast in bed with views of the rising sun over Carmel Valley. Throughout your stay, enjoy organic, sustainable meals (with many ingredients grown in the on-site garden) at any of their renowned restaurants prepared by award-winning executive Chef Tim Wood. The Carmel Valley Ranch is the perfect place to let loose and enjoy yourself while taking in all the beautiful outdoor world has to offer.