A massage table sits in a meditation room with greenery in the background at Gaige House and Ryokan in Sonoma County, California
Gaige House + Ryokan

9 Fun Spa and Wellness Ideas for You and Your Friends

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Spring equals rejuvenation, and in Sonoma County, that means spa times for men and women in search of extra special pampering. Even better, gather a group, and make it a gals and guys getaway.

Here in Wine Country, spa treatments often change with the seasons, since lots of local ingredients are celebrated – think grape seed body scrubs, apple balms, and honey facials. Here are some samples of unique spa and wellness treatments you and your friends will surely love.

boon hotel + spa, Guerneville

A pug looks at a breakfast in bed spread in front of a cozy fireplace at Boon Hotel and Spa in Sonoma County, California
boon hotel + spa

Tucked at the entry to Armstrong Redwoods, this oasis offers calm, and a spa suite with services that promise to make you 'feel like a feathery pillow that's just been fluffed.'

Seasonal: Seaweed body wrap.

Signature: Boon Bliss of a Swedish massage and a facial.

Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma

A hallway of reclining chairs overlooks a palm tree courtyard at Farimont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

One of Wine Country's iconic destinations, the spectacular, state-of-the-art Willow Stream Spa spans 40,000-square-feet across a rotunda, 36 treatment rooms, and indoor and outdoor pools. Guests come from all around the world to experience the baths, fed by the resort's own ancient source of natural thermal waters rich with 24 trace minerals.

You can actually feel the earth's healing and relaxation powers flowing from the springs 1,100 feet directly beneath the Inn. The waters rise at 135 degrees, and are so vital they have to be cooled for guest use.

Seasonal: Harvest Kur, a regenerative treatment that features local products high in antioxidants and vitamins C and E to promote relaxation and balance. First, an exfoliation naturally stimulates your immune system. Then, you'll soak in a rich bubble bath, a grape seed mud and rosehip body wrap and nourishing grape seed oil full-body massage.

Signature: The Bathing Ritual is a must and is included with every visit, featuring an exfoliating shower, two mineral water soaking pools, herbal steam, dry sauna, and cool down showers.

Kenwood Inn & Spa, Kenwood

A couple sits on the balcony in white robes at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma County, California
Kenwood Inn & Spa

Blink and you might miss the boutique hotel shrouded by ivy, roses, and trees on a gentle Sonoma hillside. It's an exclusive retreat, with just 29 rooms priced up to $1,000 a night. 

But here's a secret: Even us everyday folk can indulge in pampering at the elegant, intimate spa, which was recently extensively remodeled, with new facilities and services. 

Palm-covered courtyard at Kenwood Inn and Spa, Sonoma County, California
Kenwood Inn & Spa

Seasonal: The Espresso & Mud Detoxifying Body Treatment begins with a vigorous exfoliation using volcanic pumice and coffee Arabica followed by a warm wrap of mineral-rich clay and extracts to help smooth, firm, and detoxify the skin.

Signature: A Rendezvous Under The Stars gives a couple exclusive use of the spa for three serene evening hours. Take a shower and exfoliate each other with the spa's body scrub, followed by a dreamy, side-by-side, 80-minute couple's massage in your choice of venue (rooftop Terrazzo, fireside, or in the couple's treatment room). Next, unwind in a bathtub for two overlooking vineyards, then relax in the rooftop Terrazzo with a bottle of bubbly and chocolates.

Farmhouse Inn, Forestville

A couple in white bathrobes sit in white deck chairs in front of an outdoor fireplace set in a yellow facade at Farmhouse Inn and Spa in Sonoma County, California
Farmhouse Inn

Talk about a fancy farmhouse. Sophisticated spa rooms glitter with fireplaces, upscale farmhouse-chic decor, and farm-to-table signatures using heirloom cider apples from the inn's home ranch plus herbs grown in Farmhouse's kitchen garden.

Seasonal: The Personal Apothecary treatment partners you and your spa alchemist in creating a customized treatment, including blending your unique therapeutic palette of oils, butters and exfoliants, for your massage, wrap and/or scrub pampering.

Signature: Indulge in a Warming Ginger Honey massage, or a 'body melt' that uses a warm pillow of muscle healing herbs, alfalfa hay, lavender, and chamomile.

Blush A Day Spa, Sonoma

Spa products on a table, Blush Spa, Sonoma County, California
Handmade spa products at Blush Spa

Even if you're on a tight schedule, you can still fit some be-good-to-you time into your day. Directed by international skin care expert Dolores de Alba, the spa specializes in facial and body treatments designed to balance spirit along with the body, and also give you take-home knowledge of skin care regimes you can continue on your own. If an entire afternoon or a day won't fit your schedule, in as little as an hour, you can enjoy a petite facial, a power cleanse/power nap/power glow treatment, or a green tea and mint foot scrub.

Seasonal: The Power Quench is perfect for tired winter skin, with a 30-minute Hydrate and Plump treatment featuring Oxygen Cloud ECHO2Plus rich with essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Signature: Book the spa with 3 to 5 guests and services totaling $750 or more to enjoy 3 ½  to 4 ½ hours of exclusive spa time including a complimentary glass of champagne with strawberries.

Bodega Bay Lodge, Bodega Bay

The silhouette of a couple relaxing in a spa under a fiery sunset sky at Bodega Bay Lodge in Sonoma County, California on the coast
Bodega Bay Lodge

Bodega Bay Lodge's stone building sits in a stunning setting, overlooking the Sonoma coastline and anchored by an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa.

Seasonal: Beach-theme treatments include the warm shell massage with Tiger Clam seashells.

Signature: Aromatherapy Massage with essential oils of herbs, flowers, and trees to relax, balance, and stimulate the body, mind, and spirit.

Gaige House + Ryokan, Glen Ellen

Comfy chairs surround a cozy fire on a patio surrounded by lush greenery at Gaige House + Ryokan in Sonoma County, California
Gaige House + Ryokan

For guests who want the intimacy of a bed-and-breakfast but the amenities of a luxury resort, this small family-run home brims with high style and top notch service, making it one of Wine Country's most spectacular destinations.

Seasonal: Try the Trouble Spots treatment, addressing neck, shoulders and legs needing relief from hiking, followed by a soothing soak in the heated pool and steam in the sauna.

Signature: Start your visit by relaxing poolside or in a hammock overlooking Calabazas creek, then move on to utter bliss with treatments in the spa loft. For the most luxurious retreat, reserve a Zen Suite or even get a massage in the gardens or by the creek. The eight Japanese-style spa Zen suites are hard to resist, inspired by the ancient inns of Kyoto, complete with granite soaking tubs for two, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls and private bamboo gardens.

The Spa Gourmet, Sebastopol

Two massage beds sit under a canopy of trees overlooking the mountain at Spa Gourmet in Sonoma County, California
Spa Gourmet

Husband-and-wife team Cindy Scott-Fuchs and Trip Fuchs take spa style on the road. First, they coordinate a location, such as a private, luxury rental home on Dillon Beach or in the Sonoma mountains. Then they set up a complete spa on-site – often favoring outdoor settings like a mountainside meadow or oceanfront plateau.

Cindy customizes treatments, like Thai massage with hot stone therapy, warm foot wrap, and a mini facial of lavender infused steam, herbal cleanser, Indian clay mask and coconut oil massage. Next, Trip, a private chef, cooks a feast, ranging from hors d'oeuvres to a full supper. It's pure relaxation as the couples or small to mid-size groups then enjoy a night in their vacation home, with breakfast the next morning.

Seasonal: Warm Bamboo massage, with bamboo tools warmed to help apply deep pressure and to melt away stress and tension for deep relaxation.

Signature: Spa Sampler of herbal foot steam cloth with warm foot reflexology stones, lavender facial steam cloth with rejuvenating facial massage, and invigorating peppermint scalp massage.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Freestone

A woman relaxes by the greenery at Osmosis Day Spa
Osmosis Day Spa

Tucked away in western Sonoma County, this beautiful property offers a Kyoto-style meditation garden, a wild riparian area, a field of hammocks, and massage pagodas scattered inside a peaceful woodland that is crisscrossed by babbling creeks.

Arrive early, change into your robe, and have tea in the meditation garden. The sanctuary's Zen decor inspires serenity in its creek-side sand gardens, and creates the perfect setting for massages in the pagodas amid whispering trees. Then relax in one of a field of cushioning hammocks.

A masseuse works on a client in a Japanese-style paper-and-wood hut in the middle of a forest at Osmosis Day Spa, Sonoma County, California
Osmosis Day Spa

Seasonal: Slough off dry winter skin with the Ultra Hydrating facial showcasing Phyt's 'Aqua Collection' infused with hyaluronic acid and aloe to deeply hydrate, soften and plump the skin.

Signature: If you've never tried a cedar enzyme bath, you owe it to yourself to sink into this bit of heaven in wooden tubs filled with finely ground cedar, rice bran and plant enzymes. 

Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.

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