The Best Spas

The Best Spas in San Francisco

The Best Spas Sheet masks and massage guns are great and all, but they don’t compare to an actual spa day. Every once in a while, you deserve to treat yourself—and when you do, you should go to a place that’s worth the cost of that wild mustard seed body wrap, cedar enzyme bath, or whatever piques your interest. That’s why we rounded up 15 of the best spas in San Francisco and the Bay Area, pairing them with the most interesting treatment to try at each (think: caviar facials, body-slimming massages, liquid gold wraps and more). The Best Spas.

1. The Wellness Barn at Farmhouse Inn

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  • Location: Forestville
  • What to try: Nurtured by Nature ($525 for 120 minutes)

This is one hotel spa that’s not to be missed. The rustic-chic Wellness Barn at Sonoma County’s boutique Farmhouse Inn truly stands out with a treatment menu emphasizing holistic wellness and nature. Yes, they have your standard massage and facial, but we recommend saving up for a more unique service, like the Nurtured by Nature package that offers a sensory tour invoking the spirit of the Bay Area.

First, sun-evaporated Pacific Sea salt renews and remineralizes the body. Wild mustard seed and healing clay purify during a warm wrap infusion followed by an alfresco shower layered with coastal redwood mist. To cap off the experience, you’ll get a custom massage using a signature blend of Farmhouse oils and body butters. For a more budget-friendly option (or an add-on to any treatment), we highly recommend the South Bath Meditation ($175 for 60 minutes) that uses aural vibrations to help relieve stress, deepen relaxation and bring clarity.

2. International Orange

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  • Location: Larkspur
  • What to try: In Fiore Facial ($200 for 60 minutes; $265 for 80 minutes)

We’re still mourning the closing of International Orange’s SF location, but we’ll also take any excuse to cross the bridge for the Marin Country Mart. (Plus, the Larkspur location has an amazing outdoor roof deck for lounging pre- and post-treatment.) This next-level facial uses products from SF’s renowned botanical beauty line.

The experience starts with an In Fiore cleanse, followed by a brightening peel and mineral boost to refine and enrich your skin with nutrients and antioxidants. And then your facialist will treat you to IO’s signature “slap, tap & roll” facial massage, which will relax and awaken your skin at the same time. You’re guaranteed to walk out glowing.

3. The Fairmont Spa at the Claremont

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  • Location: Berkeley
  • What to try: Therapeutic Relaxation Massage ($204 for 50 minutes; $282 for 80 minutes; price includes 20 percent service charge)

Berkeley’s beloved spa at The Claremont is open Friday through Sunday for signature treatments, like the therapeutic relaxation massage. This personally tailored Swedish-style massage uses gentle intensity to increase circulation, improve energy levels, melt away muscle tension and even promote better sleep. Bonus: Before you go, make an advanced add-on reservation for the hotel’s famous pool, so you can take a dip post-massage.

4. B Spa at Bardessono

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  • Location: Yountville
  • What to try: AromaSculpt ($250 for 50 minutes; $350 for 80 minutes)

You probably head to Wine Country to visit wineries and drink wine, but what if we told you about a spa treatment designed to sculpt and rejuvenate while you lie back and relax? B Spa’s total body toning ritual starts with a warm sugar scrub that melts into a nourishing moisturizer. Then you’ll enjoy an aromatherapeutic massage using bamboo sticks to invigorate while taming the appearance of cellulite. Both gentle and vibrational, the specialized technique promises to energize and sculpt the legs and glutes for a full body-slimming effect that will leave you feeling lighter and more toned.

5. Cavallo Point

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  • Location: Sausalito
  • What to try: Cavallo Point Signature Massage ($190–$210 for 60 minutes; $275–$295 for 90 minutes)

Do you prefer Swedish or Thai massage? With Cavallo Point’s signature treatment, you don’t have to choose. The unique, aromatic massage (using one of the spa’s five exclusive aromatherapy oils) blends the two techniques: long, flowing strokes common with the Lomi Lomi style of Swedish massage and the compressions and stretches of Thai massage.

The spa’s steam room, jacuzzi, showers and meditation pool are available to hotel guests with spa treatments. The only thing that would make this experience better? An après-spa cocktail (or hot tea) with a view of sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge—which there’s no shortage of on the grounds of this special inn and spa. The Best Spas.

6. Senspa

  • Location: San Francisco
  • What to try: Sen Hot Stone ($220 for 75 minutes; $250 for 90 minutes)

Tucked away in the Presidio is one of the most tranquil spas in the city (and our personal fave). Chilly days call for SenSpa’s signature hot stone massage using warm. Smooth stones that penetrate deep into the muscles and joints. Swedish-style relaxation massage combined with gemstone crystals and aromatherapy will calm and balance the body. Looking for more? Add on a keratin hand-and-foot moisturizing wrap ($45 for 15 minutes) with subtle, warming scents of cinnamon, clove and eucalyptus for an extra indulgence.

7. Kabuki Springs & Spa

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  • Location: San Francisco
  • What to try: Javanese Lulur Body Treatment with Private Bath ($200 for 80 minutes; $250 for 110 minutes)

And Kabuki  is beloved for its Japanese-style communal baths and dry sauna with salt scrub. But it’s also worth splurging on a private treatment. With the Javanese Lulur body treatment package, you’ll get to experience a traditional Indonesian ritual beginning with an aromatherapeutic massage using jasmine-frangipani oil followed by a turmeric and rice body scrub. After the skin is cleansed, you’ll be pampered with a yogurt application before dipping into a deep Japanese furo tub for a final soak in an exotic flower bath. Definitely worth the splurge, right?