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California Beach Spas

 

Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, CA

If you’re looking for a dose of beachside, star-level elegance, you’ll find it at the Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. Once home to the Pritikin Longevity Center, this luxurious, historic oceanside resort was one of the original legendary California beach clubs.

Today, it offers a hip, Casablanca-esque ambience, private outdoor massage cabanas, and a variety of spa services including seaweed wraps, facials, manicures, and pedicures. The resort also offers a customized Exclusive Spa Retreat Package that begins with a personal assessment by fitness expert Michael Thurmond. Thurmond then designs a body blueprint focusing on individual health goals, daily training, and spa cuisine.

As for entertainment, the Casa Del Mar is cleverly positioned just a short stroll from the Santa Monica Pier—and within walking distance of an excellent array of shops along the Third Street Promenade.

 
Casa Del Mar

 

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Club, Huntington Beach, CA

Huntington Beach Resort &  Club  

In the village of Huntington Beach where surf culture is alive and well and board-carrying locals jog across the Pacific Coast Highway between cars are a fact of life, sits the Hyatt Regency’s new Pacific Waters Spa. Facing the ocean, the resort’s medley of earth tones and natural surfaces resemble the ripple of the sea floor. Tile mosaics throughout the property suggest the movement of waves and water.

One of only a handful of U.S. spas to offer genuine Thalasso Hydrotherapy, the resort pipes purified seawater directly into the spa. A private bathing oasis provides you with ample space to stretch and soak and a multitude of adjustments that allow you to customize the flow from the jets and waterfall features. You’ll be served a cool elixir to sip, along with chilled cucumber slices.

Follow up your saltwater experience with a Pacific Rim Vital Force Asian Massage, which features elements of Thai, Shiatsu, and deep tissue massage with hand-held rocks.

Special touches include the spa’s signature orange and vanilla bath products, ornate bowls on the floor beneath the face cradles (so you can gaze at something more interesting than your therapist’s feet), and genuine beach sand beneath the glaze of the wall tiles in the treatment rooms. Tea is served not only with lemon and honey, but also with a fresh stick of cinnamon on the tray.

 

Montage Resort & Spa, Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Beach is home of another luxury property and it is one even the locals seem to love. While lounging at Montage Resort & Spa’s poolside bar, you’ll see tourists, celebrities, and local patrons enjoying the breathtaking coastal view seen from the bluffs.

The 262 rooms at Montage Resort reflect the resort’s cozy craftsman feel with dark simple furniture and unique California artwork; added luxuries such as 400-thread-count bed linens, marble bathrooms, and ocean views make Montage Resort the perfect weekend getaway.

Spa Montage is a stunning facility that takes advantage of its superior beachfront setting. An indoor-outdoor structure and floor-to-ceiling windows framing 160-degree views alleviate any guilt guests may feel for opting to stay in for a bit of pampering on a sunny day.

 
Montage Resort and Spa

The spa’s holistic, get-back-to-nature approach is evident in its design, as well as in the products it uses. Custom-mixed lotions and oils blend natural ingredients, including eucalyptus, lavender, orange blossoms and citrus. Wrap up in one of the spa’s cashmere robes and try any number of therapies, from a California citrus polish to an algae cellulite massage.

The spa, located on the bluffs above the beach, offers unique treatments that focus on the healing powers of water. One of their signature treatments, Elements of Life, is a wonderful combination of therapies designed to cleanse your body inside and out. You begin the session with an application of warm ocean mud designed to detox the skin. The mud is then gently removed via a long soak in a rose and jasmine-scented bath.

While you’re soaking, the therapist gives you a mini-Watsu, massaging your neck, shoulders, and head until you’re unable to climb out of the tub without help. Before emerging from the tub a warm hair mask is applied to your scalp for nourishment. But you’re not done. The treatment ends with you drooling on the table while the therapist exfoliates your skin with a fresh citrus preparation and finishes with a brief massage.

 

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA

 
Don’t be convinced that “beachside” has to equal “tropical” – one look at the Post Ranch Inn will prove that point. The resort sits atop rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, encouraging you to explore the organic architecture of the venue and its surroundings that is when you’re not partaking in a yoga class or spa treatment. If the solitude gets to be a little too much, hop in the car and head to Monterey or Carmel for some stimulation. But why immerse yourself in crowds and noise when you can relax in your rustic room as you gaze out onto the ocean? This place is the perfect explanation of how paradise doesn’t always equal palm trees.

 

Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach, CA

If you want to visit the Los Angeles area but you’re not entirely keen on the overly touristy nature and prices of the Malibu/Santa Monica/Venice area, take a short jaunt south to cozy and charming Manhattan Beach and check into Shade Hotel. The area’s first boutique hotel, Shade offers every visitor a Tempur-Pedic bed with a pillow library, cyclone fireplaces, a Sanijet spa with chromatherapy mood lighting, and world-class dining options, whether you choose to hit the Zinc Lounge or partake in in-suite dining. Best yet? The beach is only a short walk away from the hotel’s front doors. No wonder Conde Nast put them on their 2007 Hot List.

Whether you are a Spa addict or a novice, Shade Hotels spa partner Trilogy, can offer you just the perfect thing to relax and feel pampered. The spa is situated literally on their doorstep and offers a full range of services. At Shade you can indulge in the privacy of your room or visit Trilogy's brand new state of the art day spa opposite the hotel. One simple call and we will soothe all your cares away! Total balance and relaxation is moments away.

 
Shade Hotel

 

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach, CA

Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa  
It’s hard to say what the best part of Dolphin Bay is. Perched above dramatic bluffs along the ocean, Dolphin Bay has 61 rooms in one or two bedroom configurations that feature modern living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens featuring custom-made wood cabinetry and granite countertops.

Bedrooms have walk-in closets, flat-panel televisions are accompanied by surround-sound systems and DVD players, and some suites even have jet tubs and fireplaces. But don’t forget the amenities, including La Bonne Vie, their luxury spa, where spa treatments utilize local and seasonal ingredients including lavender as well as globally-sourced essentials and exotics,  including two renowned skincare lines from Paris, Carita and Decléor. Facials, massage, body contouring, prenatal therapies, manicure, pedicure, scalp treatments, and waxing are among the services available.  Once experienced, you’ll never want to go home again.

 

Shutters Hotel on the Beach, Santa Monica

Shutters on the Beach, an elite oceanfront hotel in Los Angeles, offers the ultimate California experience. The hotel evokes a sense of comfortable elegance that one would find in a grand, yet unpretentious, beach home, while affording panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and California coastline.

It is the leading lady of the Pacific Coast, evoking a sense of comfortable luxury, yet it's located just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

At ONE the Spa in Santa Monica you will find an extensive menu of custom treatments from Ole Henriksen designed to relax, revitalize and restore your body and mind.

Delivered with the right touch by superbly trained therapists, they are the perfect accompaniments to ONE’s striking design, in colors that complement the glories of the California coast that await you outside.

 
Shutters Hotel on the Beach

 

 

 

 

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