Ditch your cell phone, shut down the computer, and escape into the bliss of a pampering day at the spa. These new and recently-renovated retreats beckon.
The outdoors come inside at this luxury, six-room oasis with fragrant gardens and a brand new, tropical-inspired pool lounge. The just-unveiled-this-week meditation landscape brims with white roses, fig trees, and Blushing Bride hydrangeas, perfect for settling back in deep chaise seating in the shade of the heritage olive grove. Bonus: A new, custom zinc and concrete pool bar offers spa (and non-spa) bites and cocktails from Pizzando. // 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, hotelhealdsburg.com/spa
Husband-and-wife team Cindy Scott-Fuchs and Trip Fuchs dreamed of starting their own company, and thought: Why bother with brick and mortar, when so much of the Bay Area is so beautiful? Pairing a joint love of beauty and food, the one-of-a-kind Spa Gourmet coordinates a custom location— be it a private, luxury rental home on Dillon Beach or somewhere in the Sonoma mountains—sets up a complete spa on-site, and Trip, a private chef, cooks an entire feast for you to enjoy. It’s an indulgent, sumptuous, overnight mini vacation for couples and small to mid-size groups. // thespagourmet.com
Owners John and Pat Merchant have put a lot of love – and cold cash – into the rebirth of this grand property built in 1910. Parts of the spa actually date back to the mid-1800's, for renowned mud baths fed by onsite mineral waters and pure volcanic ash deposits from the eruption of Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Konocti thousands of years ago. The new Olympic-sized, mineral swimming pool is fed from four onsite geysers, and soothes at 102 degrees in the winter and 92 degrees in the summer. // 1712 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, indianspringscalistoga.com/spa
Must-Try Treament: A long soak in the geyser-fed Buddha Pond for meditation and serenity, then a warm mud bath/wrap in pure volcanic slurry, created with hot mineral geyser water mixed with mined on-site ash.
The Hall family just debuted this sophisticated new destination within the 18-suite Senza (formerly La Residence), and made the experience even more relaxing by offering the option of treatments within the spa, on on your private terrace, or in your suite. // 4066 Howard Lane, Napa, senzahotel.com
Must-Try Treament: “Gifts from the Vine,” including a body buff, rose petal body butter/grape seed extract massage and wrap, and a lavender, rose, and honey enriched grape seed facial.
The new 14,000-square-foot, hillside showcase spa is finally — finally — set to open this fall. To make it real (after what seems like forever construction), the posh resort has hired Michael Conte as director of spa and wellness. Now is a good time to think about reservations for the sure-to-be-popular eight suites, all of which include a private bathroom, steam shower, daybed and a lounge area to enjoy tea and nibbles while taking in forest views. // 900 Meadowood Lane, St Helena, meadowood.com/spa