5 Spa Getaways to Visit this Spring
Whether it's visiting one of Gwyneth Paltrow's favorite spa destinations (Rancho Valencia) or getting a luxe facial treatment at Montage Beverly Hills, these spots are sure to rejuvenate so you can spring forward all season long.
Spas and wellness retreats have been amping their services beyond diamond scrubs and bootcamp regimes to further lure the splurging, affluent traveler. From $1,000 facials to pro-athlete-led fitness classes, these destination spas and health resorts around the L.A. area are providing more ultra-luxe amenities in their already glamorous sanctuaries.
Rancho Valencia is situated in one of the top 50 most expensive zip codes in the country. The lush hideaway panders to discerning guests who thrive on health and wellness, including Gwyneth Paltrow, who told Bravo TV it was one of her favorite destination spas after visiting with her Goop troop last year. Rancho Valencia has added more than 90 fitness classes to its spa, begun offering healthy mini-bar snacks (like Zico coconut water and 18 Rabbits granola bars) and is slated to open a brand-new, adults-only spa pool bar this summer. The new monthly spa series focuses on different health-related topics with experts in the industry, including Robin White, two-time U.S. Open champion, for tennis workshops. The spa also recently partnered with Natura Bisse, a high-end Spanish cosmetic brand, to debut an exclusive, citrus-themed product line inspired by the on property orange groves. The Citrus Supreme treatment ($425 for 135 minutes) includes mandarin exfoliation, citrus souffle mask and antioxidant facial.
5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-756-1123; ranchovalencia.com
Montage Beverly Hills
Setting spa standards, Montage Beverly Hills is home to the city’s largest spa at 20,000 square feet with 17 treatment rooms, with decor inspired by 9th century, Analusian-Moorish design (think mosaic tiles and grand arches). The bi-level spa’s prized amenity is the sun-drenched atrium where natural mineral crystals inside a co-ed wellness pool help nourish the body with 60 essential minerals. While it’s hard to peel away from this holistic sanctuary (which also includes separate herbal steam room and dry sauna), the spa recently partnered with Swiss brand L. Raphael, known for its state-of-the-art, scientifically advanced facial and body treatments designed specifically for anti-aging and restoration. Montage Beverly Hills is the only spa on the West Coast with this exclusive collaboration. A-listers like Sofia Coppola, Shakira and Tilda Swinton are known to be fans. L.Raphael facials range from $690 to $1,100, and body treatments like Secrets of the Dead Sea Tightening and Toning Body treatment is $680 for 120 minutes.
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, 310-860-7800; montagehotels.com
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
With its Tuscan-inspired design and enormous views of the canyons, Cal-a-Vie feels half a world away. The wellness resort, just two hours drive from L.A., sprawls 200 acres, though it feels intimate with only 32 villas and a 5-to-1 staff to guest ratio. Famous faces (like Natalie Portman) arrive for three-, four- or seven-day retreats, where a workout regime and goals are mapped out during a check-in consultation. Cal-a-Vie has been gaining attention for its celebrity hosted-themed weeks, which includes the second annual Teen and Mom week with Ryan Newman (See Dad Run, Nickelodeon) June 12-18, 2016. This April 3-10, Louis Van Amstel from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars is hosting a women’s week featuring his innovative LaBlast dance fitness program. The World Dance champion, coach and fitness expert is known for mixing up routine exercise and fitness regimes with high-cardio dance moves. A three-night package (including four spa treatments) starts at $3,700; four-night package (including seven spa treatments) is $4,900; seven-night package (12 spa treatments) is $7,400.
29402 Spa Haven Way, Vista, 760-945-2055; cal-a-vie.com
Belmond El Encanto
The 92-suite Belmond El Encanto is a self-contained sanctuary on the hillside of Santa Barbara. Since opening in 2013, Craftsmen- and Spanish Colonial-style bungalows have impressed guests, though the resort has been gaining attention for its 4,500-square-foot spa equipped with seven treatment rooms, relaxation lounge, steam rooms, yoga studio and outdoor, heated pool. This spring, Belmond El Encanto has partnered with locally based fitness expert/nutrition specialist and Wilhelmina model Nora Tobin to customize fitness/spa journeys for an exclusive package. Tobin is hands-on with guests by leading several classes. Guests choose from daily, on-site fitness sessions (from foundation training to yoga) and off-site adventures (scenic hikes to beach volleyball). They also receive one-on-one consultations with a nutrition expert to help plan a sensible diet and plan. Rates start at $725 a night and includes $60 daily breakfast credit per room, $170 spa treatment credit per room per stay, two on-site fitness classes and one off-site adventure or nutrition consultation per stay until June 2016.
800 Alvarado Pl, Santa Barbara, 805-845-5800; belmond.com
The highly anticipated Aja Malibu in the Malibu hillside will offer a seven-day residential program (The Magick Process) that incorporates a plant-based bio-dynamic diet, daily wisdom workshops and spa treatments utilizing plant, sound and color therapy. The signature "detox and unplug" program supports the realignment and balance of the body’s seven energy systems (chakras). The spa will include an oxygenated swimming pool, four treatment rooms, infrared sauna, jacuzzi, cold plunge, treatments utilizing herbs from the on-site garden and holistic treatments like acupuncture and light cure therapy. All-inclusive rates start at $10,000 per person for a seven-night stay including up to 28 spa treatments, all workshops, meals and naturopathic supplements. While the retreat doesn’t open until June 2016, guests can make reservations now.
1821 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, 310-457-7024; ajamalibu.com