The 7 Best Spas in San Francisco (And the Coolest Treatments to Try at Each)
Sheet masks and massage guns are great and all, but they don’t compare to an actual spa day. But every once in a while, you deserve to treat yourself—and when you do, you should go to a place that’s worth the cost of that matcha-soak-acupuncture-body-wrap, or whatever piques your interest. That’s why we rounded up seven of the best spas in San Francisco, pairing them with the most interesting treatment to try (think: matcha bath soaks, Chardonnay massages, liquid gold body wraps and more).
Editor’s note: With restrictions constantly changing, these spas are working hard to adapt and follow the latest safety protocols. Before you book a treatment, check the spa’s site or social (or give them a call) to make sure they’re currently offering services. And always check their rules about mask requirements and distancing measures.
1. INTERNATIONAL ORANGE
What to try: In Fiore Facial
We’re still mourning the closing of International Orange’s SF location, but we’ll also take any excuse to cross the bridge for the Marin Country Mart. (Plus, the Larkspur location has an amazing outdoor roof deck for lounging pre- and post-treatment.) This next-level facial uses products from SF’s renowned botanical beauty line. The experience starts with an In Fiore cleanse, followed by a brightening peel and mineral boost to refine and enrich your skin with nutrients and antioxidants. And then your facialist will treat you to IO’s signature “slap, tap & roll” facial massage, which will relax and awaken your skin at the same time. You’re guaranteed to walk out glowing.
$200 for 60 minutes; $265 for 80 minutes; 2421 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 43, Larkspur; 415-563-5000 or internationalorange.com
2. CLAREMONT CLUB & SPA
What to try: Therapeutic Relaxation Massage
Berkeley’s beloved Claremont Club & Spa is now open Friday through Sunday for signature treatments, like the therapeutic relaxation massage. This personally tailored Swedish-style massage uses gentle intensity to increase circulation, improve energy levels, melt away muscle tension and even promote better sleep. Bonus: Before you go, make an advanced reservation for the hotel’s famous pool, so you can take a dip post-massage.
$170 for 50 minutes or $235 for 80 minutes; 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley.; 510-549-8566 or fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley
3. B SPA AT BARDESSONO
What to try: Yountville Signature Experience
You probably head to Wine Country to visit wineries and drink wine, but what if we told you about a vino-focused spa treatment designed to relax and rejuvenate? B Spa’s Yountville Signature Experience uses Chardonnay wine therapy products containing potent, natural antioxidants that form a protective layer on the skin and stimulate the renewal of cells and collagen. The treatment, intended to refresh and soothe, starts with a full-body exfoliation to soften and smooth the skin, followed by a 60-minute full-body massage to relax your muscles.
$280 for 90 minutes; 6526 Yount St., Yountville; 707-204-6000 or bardessono.com
4. CAVALLO POINT
What to try: Cavallo Point Signature Massage
Do you prefer Swedish or Thai massage? With Cavallo Point’s signature treatment, you don’t have to choose. The unique, aromatic massage (using one of the spa’s five exclusive aromatherapy oils) blends the two techniques: long, flowing strokes common with the Lomi Lomi style of Swedish massage and the compressions and stretches of Thai massage. The spa’s steam room, jacuzzi and showers are now open again, and the meditation pool is available to hotel guests with spa treatments. The only thing that would make this experience better? A view of sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge—which there’s no shortage of on the grounds of this special inn and spa.
$185–$195 for 60 minutes or $275–$285 for 90 minutes; 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito; 415-339-4700 or cavallopoint.com
5. PEARL SPA
What to try: 24-Karat Gold Pearl Special
Go for gold at this Korean-style, ladies-only spa, and we mean that literally. In this unique body scrub and full body massage, you’ll be wrapped in a mineral gold body gel to calm and refine your skin, leaving you glowing. While you’re there, be sure to check out the spa’s other unique offerings, including a pool of marble-sized clay balls, a Himalayan salt room and a gilded lobby perfect for a pre-treatment selfie. Due to COVID restrictions, day passes for the steam room, sauna and tubs are currently unavailable, and appointments are required for all services.
$180 for 100 minutes; 1654 Post St.; 415-580-7142 or pearlspasf.com
What to try: Sen Hot Stone
Tucked away in the Presidio is one of the most tranquil spas in the city. Chilly days call for SenSpa’s signature hot stone massage using warm, smooth stones that penetrate deep into the muscles and joints. Swedish-style relaxation massage combined with gemstone crystals and aromatherapy will calm and balance the body. Looking for more? Add on a keratin hand-and-foot moisturizing wrap ($45 for 15 minutes) with subtle, warming scents of cinnamon, clove and eucalyptus for an extra indulgence.
$220 for 75 minutes; 1161 Gorgas Ave.; 415-441-1777 or senspa.com
7. KABUKI SPRINGS & SPA
What to try: Bliss Massage with Private Bath
Kabuki is beloved for its Japanese-style communal baths and dry sauna with salt scrub, but with COVID, it’s worth splurging on a private treatment. With the Bliss Massage package, you’ll get to experience a traditional deep Japanese furo tub, where you’ll soak in a signature blend of detoxifying matcha and sea salt, followed by your choice of Eastern or Western full-body massage.
$170 for 80 minutes; $220 for 110 minutes; 1750 Geary Blvd., 415-922-6000 or kabukisprings.com
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