The 15 Best Spas in San Francisco (And the Coolest Treatments to Try at Each One)

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).

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1. The Wellness Barn at Farmhouse Inn

Paul Ferradas

  • 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.

7871 River Rd., Forestville; 800-464-6642 or farmhouseinn.com

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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.

2421 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 43, Larkspur; 415-563-5000 or internationalorange.com

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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.

41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley.; 510-549-8566 or fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley

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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.

6526 Yount St., Yountville; 707-204-6000 or bardessono.com

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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.

601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito; 415-339-4700 or https://www.cavallopoint.com/spa

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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.

1161 Gorgas Ave., San Francisco; 415-441-1777 or senspa.com

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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)

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?

1750 Geary Blvd., San Francisco; 415-922-6000 or kabukisprings.com

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8. Health Spa Napa Valley & Harvest Inn

Health Spa Napa Valley

  • Location: St. Helena

  • What to try: Bubbles & Caviar Package ($1,350 to $1,700 for two nights through November 30)

It’s all Champagne wishes and caviar dreams with this unique weekend getaway package from Napa’s charming Harvest Inn. You’ll start the day with a brunch of sparkling wine and caviar pairings at nearby Davies Vineyard, where you’ll sample bubbly from Schramsberg Vineyards along with Regiis Ova Caviar and seasonal brunch fare. Then you’ll head to the nearby Health Spa Napa Valley for a similarly themed caviar facial. Anti-aging nutrients, amino acids, omega fatty acids and peptides promote collagen production and repair sun damage to leave your skin glowing while a caviar hydro-jelly mask pampers your face in pure luxury. Top it all off with a two-night stay at Harvest Inn for the ultimate R&R escape.

1030 Main St., St. Helena; 707-967-8800 or harvestinn.com

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9. Redmint

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  • Location: San Francisco

  • What to try: Acupuncture + Bodywork Signature Mix ($170 for 50 minutes; $240 for 80 minutes; $325 for 110 minutes)

If you’re curious about traditional Chinese medicine but aren’t quite sure where to start, book yourself a combo of treatments at one of Redmint’s two serene locations. Here, you can pair more familiar bodywork—such as Swedish, therapeutic, lymphatic and prenatal massage—with practices like acupuncture, gua sha therapy, reiki and reflexology. For beginners, we recommend the Acupuncture + Bodywork Signature Mix, where you’ll get to give acupuncture a test drive, followed by the therapeutic massage of your choice.

2044 Fillmore St., 2nd fl., San Francisco, 415-326-7741; 1958 Union St., San Francisco, 415-322-8964 or redmint.com

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10. Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

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  • Location: Freestone

  • What to try: Cedar Enzyme Bath ($145 for 60 minutes)

Spa junkies looking to try something new should head straight for Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Sonoma County for their signature Cedar Enzyme Bath. In this unique Japanese fermentation bathing ritual, you’ll immerse your entire body in a tub of soft and fragrant ground cedar and rice bran mixed with living enzymes. The sensation might be unusual, but you'll sweat out toxins, stimulate metabolic activity and get a deep skin cleanse. Health benefits also include improved circulation and joint and muscle pain relief. Follow the treatment with tea in the Japanese garden where you can lounge in a hammock for the ultimate Zen retreat.

209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone; 707-823-8231 or osmosis.com

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11. Indian Springs

  • Location: Calistoga

  • What to try: Mud Bath Ritual ($170 for 60 minutes)

We love submerging ourselves from neck to toe in this spa’s iconic warm mud bath using pure volcanic ash and mineral waters mined from the property’s geysers. Afterwards, have a sit in an infrared sauna, a perfect complement to the signature mud bath ritual. Splurge on some extra time in the Himalayan Salt Therapy Room ($45 for 25 minutes). It’s like a steam room that fills with micro particles of salt (instead of eucalyptus). The salt’s healing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties are known to help skin and respiratory conditions as well as improve mood and promote relaxation. Indian Springs’ Olympic-sized mineral pool, also fed from on-site geysers, stays open until midnight and is reserved for spa and hotel guests only, so you’re best off booking one of the 75 modern rooms and spending the night for a tranquil stargaze-and-soak experience.

1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga; 707-709-8139 or indianspringscalistoga.com

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12. Spa Montage

Christian Horan

  • Location: Healdsburg

  • What to try: Vineyard to Spa Experience ($285 for 60 minutes; $450 for 120 minutes)

In Wine Country, even the spa treatments come with a vino-inspired twist. With Spa Montage’s Vineyard to Spa experience (available through mid-November), grape skins and seeds harvested from the resort’s Sauvignon Blanc vines are blended with mineral salts and essential oils infused with grapefruit and black pepper. Full of antioxidants, these premium ingredients make for an exfoliating body polish that firms and brightens. Choose from a scrub-only option or go all in with a scrub, body wrap, and full-body massage. Available through the end of the month.

100 Montage Way, Healdsburg; 707-979-9000 or montagehotels.com

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13. Pearl Spa

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  • Location: San Francisco

  • What to try: 24-Karat Magic Gold Extract ($200 for 100 minutes)

Go for gold at this Korean-style, ladies-only spa, and we mean that literally. In this unique body scrub and full body massage, you’ll be wrapped in a mineral gold body gel to calm and refine your skin, leaving you glowing. While you’re there, be sure to check out the spa’s other unique offerings, including a pool of marble-sized clay balls, a Himalayan salt room and a gilded lobby perfect for a pre-treatment selfie. General admission day passes for the steam room, sauna, and tubs are currently unavailable, and appointments are required for all services.

1654 Post St.; 415-580-7142 or pearlspasf.com

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14. Archimedes Banya

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  • Location: San Francisco

  • What to try: Venik Platza Massage ($42 for 60 minutes)

It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you want a true Russian banya experience, give the Venik Platza Massage a try. The hot massage, performed in a steam banya, uses fresh birch or oak tree branches soaked in hot water to bring out their oils and aromas. The veniks are carefully lashed and compressed on the body to remove dry skin and increase blood circulation. Reward yourself post-treatment by soothing your muscles in the popular Bayview spa’s heated pools and saunas. Then, for a truly Zen experience, cool down with a lounge on the rooftop deck. Bonus: Weekday “Happy Hour” gets you a three-hour pass for $47.

748 Innes Ave., San Francisco; 415-206-9000 or banyasf.com

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15. Piedmont Springs

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  • Location: Oakland

  • What to try: La Stone Facial ($140 for 90 minutes)

With an abundance of offerings—from super budget-friendly hot tub time to affordably indulgent massages, facials and body treatments—the no-frills Piedmont Springs has been bringing Zen vibes to Oakland for more than 40 years. We recommend booking the La Stone Facial, which also includes a hot stone massage for extra R&R. While you’re there, extend your stay and take a dip in one of four private outdoor hot tubs ($27 per person for 60 minutes), detoxify in the cedar-lined sauna ($22 per person for 45 minutes), hydrate and deeply cleanse your skin in the steam room ($22 per person for 45 minutes), or reserve the sought-after combo room with private hot tub and sauna ($40 per person for 60 minutes).

3939 Piedmont Ave., Oakland; 510-652-9191 or piedmontsprings.com

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