Spring equals rejuvenation, and in Sonoma County, this includes spa visits for men and women. After a long winter, gather a group of friends for a springtime getaway at a Sonoma County spa!
Here in Wine Country, spa treatments celebrate local, seasonal ingredients — think grape seed body scrubs, apple blossom balms, and honey facials. Here are some unique spa and wellness treatments you and your friends will surely love.
boon hotel + spa, Guerneville
Tucked near the entry to Armstrong Redwoods, this oasis of calm offers a spa suite with services that promise to make you “feel like a feathery pillow that’s just been fluffed.”
Seasonal: Seaweed body wrap, using seaweed from the nearby Pacific Ocean coast.
Signature: Boon Bliss, which pairs a Swedish massage with a facial.
One of Wine Country’s iconic destinations, the spectacular, state-of-the-art Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa spans 40,000 square feet, encompassing a rotunda, 36 treatment rooms, and indoor and outdoor pools. Guests come from all around the world to experience the baths here, which are fed by the resort’s own underground source of natural thermal water, 135 degrees (cooled for guest use) and rich with 24 trace minerals.
Seasonal: The regenerative Harvest Kur treatment 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: Included with every visit, the Bathing Ritual features an exfoliating shower, two mineral water soaking pools, herbal steam, dry sauna, and cool-down showers.
Kenwood Inn & Spa, Kenwood
Blink and you might miss this 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.
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: The 80-minute Rest & Renewal Massage is customized to release tension, rejuvenate your mind and body, improve sleep, reduce stress, and soothe muscle fatigue.
Farmhouse Inn, Forestville
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, seasonal, and 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
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.
Lodge at Bodega Bay, Bodega Bay
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
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 beside 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.
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Freestone
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.
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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