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20 Best Spa and Wellness Resorts in California

Whether you work hard in an office, out in the field, in school, or as an athlete, the human body is only able to handle so much before it needs rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Sometimes you just need to take some time out of your usual routine and do something positive for yourself to keep going and empower your body to keep up with you.

From Northern California to Southern California and everywhere in between, there are some amazing spa resorts throughout the state that offer healing services that do exactly this. These are great destinations for locals who live in the area, visitors from out of town, or gifts for special occasions. So next time you find yourself on the West Coast and in need of a little physical and spiritual boost, check out one of these rejuvenating spa resorts in California.

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
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Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells

A popular honeymoon resort in California, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is located near the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains and close to lots of upscale restaurants and boutique shops. This makes the Indian Wells area a wonderful place for a much-needed vacation. There is a private saltwater pool and a co-ed courtyard here for guests. Separate men’s and women’s eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and locker facilities are offered. For a fresh and delicious meal after your treatment, head over to Citrus & Palm Restaurant for farm-to-table offerings or Tavern at Citrus & Palm for cocktails and live music.

Key Amenities:

  • Private saltwater pool and co-ed courtyard

  • Eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and relaxation lounge

  • Farm-to-table restaurant and bar with live music

Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes Terranea Resort
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Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

The highly-ranked spa at Terranea Resort aims to help you reconnect with nature and live life to the fullest. The top-rated California resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, and its spa has 25 treatment rooms, a spa café, a fitness center, a full-service salon, VIP suites, indoor and outdoor lounges, saunas, steam rooms, and more. The Spa At Terranea is where you can really do it all, including yoga classes, skincare treatments, and massages. The spa has won over a dozen awards for its exquisite service. You can browse stylish workout wear and sundresses at the boutique too.

Key Amenities:

  • VIP suites, spa cafe, full-service salon

  • Indoor and outdoor lounges, saunas and steam rooms

  • Fitness center and yoga classes

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort, Calistoga Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort
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Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort, Calistoga

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort is a hot springs paradise that’s a perfect stop on your tour of wine country in Napa Valley. Calistoga is an absolutely charming town that’s at the base of Mount St. Helena, and all of the seasons are beautiful here. Specialties here include therapeutic massage, herbal facials, reflexology, and mud and mineral baths, and services for both couples and individuals are available. You can also book some exciting hotel and spa packages, such as a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley and guided wine country tours. This is a great vacation destination to get away from it all and reconnect with yourself or someone you care about.

Key Amenities:

  • Tuscan-style accommodations with gardens and private patios

  • Mud and mineral baths, massage, facials and other deluxe spa treatments

  • Hotel and spa packages with excursions included

Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla The Lodge at Torrey Pines
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Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a luxury resort that overlooks a golf course and is just a few miles from the beaches at La Jolla. It’s also just 15 miles north of downtown San Diego and has modern rooms and suites to accommodate overnight guests. The Spa at Lodge Torrey Pines offered services inspired by nature to celebrate its location by the Torrey Pines State Reserve, and it uses botanical and marine-based extracts to restore the body and mind. The spa offers a steam and sauna room, a relaxation lounge with a fireplace, a fitness center and an outdoor grand-scale pool and whirlpool.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site golf course and pool with whirlpool

  • Spa treatments inspired by indigenous plant life

  • Relaxation lounge, steam and sauna, fitness center

The Landing Resort & Spa, South Lake Tahoe The Landing Resort & Spa
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The Landing Resort & Spa, South Lake Tahoe

The Landing Resort & Spa is just a couple of miles away from the Heavenly Mountain Resort, so it’s a great pick for skiers in California. The resort overlooks Lake Tahoe, and all resort guestrooms have stone fireplaces. On the spa’s menu, you can choose from treatment packages for massages, facials, waxing, body wraps, and microdermabrasion. You can enhance your packages with fine-line eye treatments, aromatherapy scalp massage, and resurfacing scrubs for the back and feet. Come here for exquisite full-service amenities like the couples treatment room, dry sauna, and comprehensive fitness center.

Key Amenities:

  • Couples treatment room, dry sauna and fitness center

  • Rooms overlooking Lake Tahoe with stone fireplaces

  • Restorative massages, facials, waxing, body wraps and more

Meadowood Napa Valley, St. Helena Meadowood Napa Valley
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Meadowood Napa Valley, St. Helena

Why not combine a spa day with your exploration of California’s wine country for the ultimate relaxation experience? Meadowood Napa Valley is one of the best Napa Valley hotels, offering lodging, wine, dining, golf, conference and wedding facilities, and a wonderful spa. “The Essential Journey” experience here is a 90-minute signature starting point that includes pre-treatment, wellness consultation, 60-minute massage, and facial or body treatment. Facials address specific skin issues, like detoxifying, hydrating, and anti-aging. Scrubs, wraps, massages, and services specially designed for men are also available. You can purchase skincare and spa products to take back home with you in the boutique.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site golf course, sanctuary gardens

  • “Essential Journey” experience with wellness consultation and spa treatments

  • All-suite plan for guest privacy and couples’ suites

Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach
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Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

Just a couple miles away from the legendary Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach is situated on an oceanfront bluff. It also has spacious guestrooms for overnight accommodations on its 30 acres of property. Its spa has steam rooms, saunas, a salon and a fitness center for guests. Signature treatments include a 120-minute body balancing experience through various techniques, a 90-minute wellness wrap with mineral salts and botanical muds, and a 90-minute facial that is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Nail therapies, couples’ treatments, waxing services, and teen spa services are also available to guests here.

Key Amenities:

  • Eucalyptus steam rooms, dry redwood saunas, whirlpools and lounges

  • Nail therapies, couples treatments and teen spa services available

  • Fitness center, salon and boutique

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe

Head about 30 minutes north of San Diego to spend the day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, which is set among acres of gardens and olive groves. This resort is also known for its excellent tennis programs, so it’s a great one to visit if you want to get active as well as rejuvenated. It’s been in business since 1989 and has won numerous awards from top travel and news sources. Spa services are offered as well as fitness classes like yoga and spin. In addition to an extensive menu of facial and bodywork treatments, you can also purchase packages that include access to fitness classes and the sauna and steam rooms.

Key Amenities:

  • Full salon and spa with facials and bodywork treatments

  • Packages including spa treatments, access to pool and fitness classes

  • Known for highly-ranked tennis programs

Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach
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Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach

Situated on a Mediterranean-style estate, Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach has luxurious rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and soaking tubs. Spa services and treatments celebrate the natural spirit of the Pacific Ocean and the Del Monte Forest. It has also received the Forbes Five-Star Award because of its signature services that use the healing properties of plants, herbs, and minerals. This 22,000-square-foot spa has 15 massage rooms, five facial rooms, a flotation wrap suite, an outdoor pool, a full-service salon, and a fire pit. It also offers California Skin Institute dermatology services as well.

Key Amenities:

  • Spa services with healing plants, herbs and minerals

  • Full-service salon, flotation wrap suite and outdoor pool

  • California Skin Institute Dermatology services

Cal-a-Vie, Vista Cal-a-Vie, Vista
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Cal-a-Vie, Vista

Another Mediterranean-style resort that almost resembles a French village in California is Cal-a-Vie, which is about 45 miles from San Diego International Airport and one of the top spa resorts in the world. This is an intimate and exclusive spa in northern San Diego County that boasts of having five staff members for every guest. Treatments include a variety of facials, hands and feet packages, hair styling, wraps, scrubs, Reiki, acupuncture, and much more. Plan to stay here for a while because you can also take mind-body-spirit-focused classes like meditation, Tai Chi, guided visualization, chakra yoga, and Qi Gong. Wellness programs are offered for holistic retreats that include spa treatments and specialized workouts.

Key Amenities:

  • Wellness program packages range from 3-7 days

  • Facials, massages, salon services, Reiki and more

  • Mind-body-spirit classes like meditation, Tai Chi and chakra yoga

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, San Luis Obispo Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, San Luis Obispo

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa is a wonderful place to come for hot mineral springs baths near the Central Coast of California’s Avila Valley. The property spans over 100 wooded acres and has luxury guest rooms and suites for overnight guests. Accommodations include individual hot mineral spring tubs on private patios and balconies. The unique and scenic oasis waterfall lagoon and hillside hot tub are perfect for soothing sore muscles and releasing your tension. No matter which spa treatment or package you choose, you’ll receive a 30-minute private mineral spring soak before your treatment.

Key Amenities:

  • Waterfall lagoon, hillside hot tub and yoga dome

  • Private mineral spring soak before treatment

  • Spa packages including massages and facials

Quiet Mind Mountain Lodge, Retreat & Spa, Julian A Southern California wellness resort nestled in the rolling hills of San Diego
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Quiet Mind Mountain Lodge, Retreat & Spa, Julian

The Quiet Mind Lodge is located in the rolling hills of the San Diego area and is a serene retreat overlooking Lake Cuyamaca and Cuyamaca National Park. This is an elegant and spa-themed luxury hotel an hour east of San Diego and two hours from Los Angeles. Therefore, it makes an excellent weekend escape from the cities in a place that honors quiet and technology-free relaxation. Couples often come here for the all-inclusive suite accommodations and spa-themed retreats. At this lodge, you can experience massage, yoga, hypnotherapy, reiki, and fitness classes. The outdoor lake-view jacuzzi is an unforgettable place to gaze at the stars.

Key Amenities:

  • Setting overlooking Lake Cuyamaca and Cuyamaca National Park

  • Luxe spa with massages, yoga, hypnotherapy, and reiki

  • All-inclusive suite accommodations

  • An outdoor lake-view jacuzzi

Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego

One of the best beach hotels in San Diego, the Paradise Point Resort & Spa is also a wellness destination that has consistently been voted one of the top U.S. resort spas. Spa appointments are available on a walk-in basis or by making a reservation from your guestroom phone. At Paradise Point, you can experience self-guided meditation, use the fitness center, and book a spa package. It is on a 44-acre island in Mission Bay and has chic guest rooms, including spacious suites and lanai patio rooms. The resort is popular for family vacations, weddings, and business conferences.

Key Amenities:

  • An award-winning spa

  • Spacious suites and lanai patio rooms

  • Multiple swimming pools

  • Beach bonfire pits

Bardessono Hotel and Spa, Yountville Bardessono Hotel and Spa
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Bardessono Hotel and Spa, Yountville

For a spa vacation in Napa Valley, consider booking accommodation at the Bardessono Hotel and Spa. This hotel has a spa, rooftop pool, eclectic gardens, and farm-to-fork cuisine. This is a spa resort where you can disconnect from technology and enjoy the simplicity of nature. There are signature villas and spa suites at Bardessono, as well as onsite dining and valet service. Guests enjoy the use of the hotel bicycles to tour Yountville, a glass of wine at check-in, a bottle of Napa Valley wine in your guest room, a fitness center, and in-room refreshments that are stocked daily. Pet-friendly rooms and amenities are available here too.

Key Amenities:

  • A luxe spa

  • Rooftop pool

  • Signature villas and spa suites

  • Hotel bicycles to tour Yountville

Rush Creek Lodge and Spa at Yosemite, Groveland Rush Creek Lodge and Spa at Yosemite
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Rush Creek Lodge and Spa at Yosemite, Groveland

This Yosemite lodge offers a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere near the national park. There are spacious rooms, suites, and hillside villas at the lodge, plus plenty of dining options and a great spa. It is a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, so it’s perfect for a long weekend getaway. On-site dining options include a rustic restaurant, tavern, poolside bar, and general store for convenience items. The spa offers massage treatments, skincare treatments, an indoor/outdoor day-use area, aquatic workouts, and wellness retreat experiences with yoga and rock climbing. The lodge also offers rentals for outdoor gear, daily activities, and live music.

Key Amenities:

  • Set at Yosemite National Park

  • Rooms, suites, and hillside villas

  • Multiple dining options

  • Spa with massages, skincare treatments, yoga, and aquatic workouts

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Situated on 78 acres of land overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara is a spa resort with a 42,000-square-foot spa, three infinity edge pools, and two beaches. It is a Santa Barbara, California destination that also has a redwood sauna and eucalyptus steam room. Seasonal dining with panoramic ocean views is available onsite at this Marriott-brand hotel. The hotel has a variety of accommodation options, which include rooms, suites, and residences. Many rooms have private balconies with ocean views. Guests can enjoy locally sourced cuisine, a signature steakhouse, and a 12,000-bottle wine collection while staying here.

Key Amenities:

  • Large spa with a sauna and steam room

  • Seasonal dining with panoramic ocean views

  • Upgraded rooms with private balconies and ocean views

Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, Calistoga Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, Calistoga
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Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, Calistoga

An idea for a spa resort in Napa Valley is to stay at Solage and escape to a place where you can truly live the good life. It is located on the outskirts of Calistoga, California and in a place of natural beauty with lots of outdoor space. People come here to experience the 20,000-square-foot spa with mud and mineral water therapies. There are geothermal pools here that range from icy cold to 103 degrees in temperature. You can also enjoy local wine, craft cocktails, weekend brunch, and poolside fare while staying here.

Key Amenities:

  • A 20,000-square-foot spa with mud and mineral therapies

  • Geothermal pools available

  • Luxe cottages with jetted hot tubs, fire pits, and outdoor living spaces

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
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South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula

The South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is a California spa resort located on winery land in Temecula. It is surrounded by 63 acres of grapevines and offers wine tastings, full pours, and bottles for purchase. The spa here offers a heated, outdoor saltwater pool and services that range from massages to body treatments, nail care, and facials. This is also a resort that offers elegant dining at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant. The villas and suites at the resort measure 490 to 1,150 square feet and offer gas fireplaces and deep soaking tubs.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site wine tastings

  • A spa with heated outdoor saltwater pool and body treatments

  • Elegant on-site dining

  • Luxury villas with gas fireplaces and deep soaking tubs

Nakoma Resort, Clio Nakoma Resort, Clio
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Nakoma Resort, Clio

Just 45 minutes from Truckee, the Nakoma Resort is a place for making memories in the mountains. There are 42 rooms at this boutique hotel, surrounded by rugged peaks and vast forests. The Spa at Nakoma is open by appointment and offers various treatments. There is a restaurant on site, and private dining is available too. Golfers also enjoy staying here because of the Dragon Golf Course, with a picture-postcard view from each tee.

Key Amenities:

  • Spa with Swedish massages and facial treatments

  • Upgraded suites with separate living areas

  • On-site 18-hole golf course

Onsen Hotel & Spa, Desert Hot Springs Onsen Hotel & Spa
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Onsen Hotel & Spa, Desert Hot Springs

Onsen Hotel & Spa is an adults-only oasis that offers spa services and meditation classes. It also has a jacuzzi fed by natural hot springs, a complimentary breakfast for guests, a swimming pool, and pet-friendly rooms. The rooms have a distinctly Zen aesthetic. This is an ideal getaway for a solo vacation, couple’s trip, or intimate stay with close friends. You can experience the magic of the Coachella Valley and be close to Joshua Tree National Park, Idyllwild, Palm Springs, and other places of natural beauty.

Key Amenities:

  • Adults-only property

  • A jacuzzi fed by natural hot springs

  • A swimming pool fed by natural hot springs

  • Complimentary continental breakfast

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