Sonoma County boasts more than 40 spas and wellness centers, and many are unique to our region, offering soothing, restorative treatments using local products like goat's milk, honey, grape seeds and wine. Even our mud is special, bringing warming wraps and soothing skin, while we’re also home to one of the most distinctive spa treatments in America – Japanese cedar baths. Find all Sonoma County spas and resorts. Renting a vacation home overlooking the ocean is another great relaxation option.
With spring comes Mother Earth renewal, and in Sonoma County, that means flowers, baby lambs, butterflies, gentle rain showers, and warming sunshine. It can also mean personal renewal, as we shed our winter jackets, fluff up our spirits, and treat ourselves to the refreshment and rejuvenation of spa treatments.
Many spas are located inside resorts and inns, so why not extend the therapy and restore your mind, body, and spirit with a getaway? Relax, enjoy, and inspire with these pampering partners where you unwind on a massage table, then stay the night in a plush, feather-top bed.
Kenwood Inn & Spa, Kenwood
This is truly one of Sonoma County’s hidden hideaways. It’s tucked in an unlikely place — a tiny Mediterranean-style property on the edge of Highway 12 — yet it’s a lavish 29-room resort, with a luxurious spa, multiple pools and hot tubs, and even a private, 35-seat restaurant that is open only to Inn guests. But here’s an inside tip: book a spa treatment, and you can dine at the restaurant, too. May we suggest a Vinotherapy Bath, soaking in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or sparkling wine salts and oils, followed by a rub-down with Caudalie skin products, which are infused with the potent antioxidants found in grapevines.
Gaige House, Glen Ellen
It’s part bed and breakfast, part luxury resort. With just 23 graceful Asian-inspired guestrooms and suites plus eight new “Zen” suites featuring granite soaking tubs and private Japanese gardens, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a private sanctuary. Spa services can be enjoyed in the loft salon, en-suite, or in an outdoor cabana, followed by a dip in the hot tub or a steam in the sauna. The B&B part comes in the personal, attentive service and the complimentary, three-course breakfast served every morning, plus the home-style amenities like creek-side hammocks.
Applewood Inn, Guerneville
This spa is a best-kept secret at this Russian River oasis of luxury. Tucked in a private salon on the ground floor of one of the suite lodges, the gorgeous set of rooms look like a resort cottage, complete with a curved black tile and glass rain shower, cozy overstuffed beds for side-by-side treatments, mood lighting, blackout curtains on the expansive windows, soft music, and luxury Biotone Spa Therapy lotions and oils. Highlights include Jurlique biodynamic facials and warm river stone massages. If you’d prefer to conk out and snooze after your indulgence, some of the resort suites are set for in-room treatments.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma
This luxury resort in Sonoma offers two swimming areas, both filled with the resort’s unique mineral spring water. The main pool is open seasonally during the warmer months and is family friendly, offers lap swimming and poolside dining.
The spa pool is part of the Inn’s beautiful Willow Spring Spa; it offers a romantic setting and is a great place to relax after a spa service.
Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Forestville
Recently, the upscale rural property was expanded and the circa-1870 retreat was redesigned. Here, amid the towering redwoods of the Russian River Valley, crews added eight new guest rooms housed in an elegant new “barn,” refreshed the Inn’s original ten guest rooms, and brightened the Michelin-starred restaurant that fronts the property. Baths are gussied with large jetted tubs and saunas or steam showers, morning starts with full breakfast and fresh flowers in your room, and in the afternoon, you can take wine tasting classes with Sonoma County's only Master Sommelier, then move on to homemade cookies and milk. For even more heaven, gift yourself with farm-to-table spa signatures like the honey ginger massage, or treatments using heirloom cider apples from the inn’s home ranch plus herbs grown in Farmhouse's kitchen garden.
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Freestone
Oh, such bliss! It’s a Zen experience straight from Japan, escaping into tranquility with deeply blissful cedar enzyme baths, meditation in creek-side sand gardens, and massages in outdoor pagodas amid the whispering trees. The idea is health, wellness, and healing through communion with nature. Ah, but the bath — it’s a couple’s experience taken in two large side-by-side wooden tubs filled with finely ground cedar, rice bran and plant enzymes imported from Japan. Each partner rests in a hollowed out bed in the shavings, covered up to their necks, where they “ferment” in the naturally occurring heat and cleansing enzymes. The attendant brings cold face cloths and iced beverages periodically, while the couple enjoys views of the garden. Bliss.
How about renting a whole house with a gorgeous view, pool, or beautiful garden as your own private resort?
You can find a directory of Sonoma County vacation rentals on the beach, near vineyards or in the redwoods. Vacation rentals are conveniently located in Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Windsor Glen Ellen, Sebastopol, Jenner, Monte Rio, Guerneville, Healdsburg, etc.