Top California Spa – Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa



Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

Dramatically perched over the Monterey Bay, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa combines elegant European architecture, wide-sweeping coastal views and sophisticated style to create the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the gentle sounds of the surf, the fresh scent of sea air and the sight of otters at play.

The Monterey Plaza’s central location on Cannery Row makes it easy to enjoy the area’s many attractions and activities including the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium just three blocks away. The range of activities and attractions nearby is nearly limitless. Launch an ocean kayak from the Hotel’s beach, play a round of golf at one of 19 championship courses, go sailing, whale watch or scuba dive in the protected marine sanctuary of Monterey Bay. Walk to Fisherman’s Wharf, Old Town Monterey or the Maritime Museum, or take a scenic drive to Carmel, Pebble Beach, 17-Mile Drive or Big Sur.

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is a proud recipient of the 2009 Mobil Four-Star Award. Only 137 hotels in the Unites States and Canada have been honored with this distinction, establishing our luxurious waterfront resort as one of the finest in the country. The Mobil Travel Guide inspections are regarded as the most rigorous and comprehensive in the industry, ensuring that your highest expectations will be met. We invite you to visit the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, the premier luxury resort on the Monterey Peninsula.

Located over the tranquil Monterey Bay, the state-of-the-art Vista Blue Spa is on the top floor of the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. The Spa reflects both comfort and relaxed refinement with treatments geared toward rejuvenating the body, renewing the spirit and reviving the senses. With everything from massages, facials, body wraps, and “signature” treatments such as the Monterey Bay Salt Glo treatment, you will enjoy the finest in spa luxury.

Make a day of your spa experience and enjoy the area from a “bird’s eye” view. The Spa’s outdoor sun deck, complete with fireplace, is the perfect place to enjoy a light spa lunch. Not to be overlooked, the two Bay-view whirlpool tubs are the perfect way to cap off a relaxing spa day.

The Spa also features a spacious, full-service fitness center with the latest Cybex aerobic and Keiser weight-lifting equipment, and experienced trainers to assist you.

Our Spa receptionists will customize a package of spa treatments to meet your individual needs, resulting in an experience of pure relaxation and revitalization.


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2009 Mobil Four-Star Award 

2007 5-Star Diamond Recipient
for Hotel, Spa and General Manager

Wine Spectator’s
Award of Excellence

2007 5-Star Diamond
Chef Award

2007 AAA 4 Diamond Award

Mobil 5 Star Spa – Favorite Resort Spa – Spa Montage at Montage Resort


Montage Resort and Spa Laguna Beach

Montage Resort and Spa Laguna Beach



Spa Montage at Montage Resort


 Here in our vibrant artists’ colony of Laguna Beach where mountains and sea converge, we draw inspiration from nature to bring all aspects of your life into artful balance.

Your personal journey is the masterful canvas that is transformed by our Art of Spa. We combine our therapists’ extensive knowledge with the ocean’s many beneficial properties and a wealth of soothing indigenous botanicals to inspire positive and powerful change inside and out.

The ocean plays a key role in achieving personal balance. Breathing deeply of the ocean air and watching the mesmerizing waves relieve stress and can enhance feelings of calm and inner peace. And the ocean’s bounty, including mineral-rich seaweed and salts, infuses our botanical treatment products with elements the body lacks to renew, refresh and boost the body’s immune system.

Let us re-connect your body and mind with treatments that detoxify, replenish and balance, then enhance body and spirit with your choice of a personal fitness program or wellness class as ocean breezes caress your skin.

Rejuvenate mind and body in the eucalyptus steam or redwood sauna. Indulge in the outdoor cold plunge or whirlpool. Lounge in the private outdoor spa garden. Or relax by the fireplace as you enjoy seasonal organic teas and fruit in our relaxation lounges for men and women.

For your customized experiences, we offer both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, including a signature couples’ suite and three specialty suites with outdoor relaxation gardens.

Our oceanfront spa lap pool is the ideal co-ed gathering spot before or after your spa services. Exclusive to adult spa guests, you’ll enjoy stunning panoramic views and may select light meals or signature smoothies from our inspired menu of healthy options that includes vegan and vegetarian choices.

A light-filled fitness center, yoga and movement studio, and contemporary full-service salon also offer highly personalized solutions to enhanced well being. Enjoy a group fitness class, yoga, T’ai Chi, our signature lecture series or a private life coaching session against the backdrop of sun-dappled waves. Or let our salon stylists enhance your inner and outer beauty with an experience such as our signature Spa Montage manicure and pedicure. While the nail services are therapeutic, the stunning ocean views are a blissful bonus.

Let us introduce you to our holistic approach that addresses you and your life as a whole, bringing your inner beauty outward and allowing a life of balance and health to unfold. 


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  • Mobil Travel Guide 5 Star Spa
  • Spa Magazine Silver Sage Award Favorite Resort Spa 

Mobil 4 Star Spa -The Spa at Torrey Pines


The Spa At Torre Pines - Lodge at Torrey Pines

The Spa At Torre Pines - Lodge at Torrey Pines


The Spa at Torrey Pines

The Spa at Torrey Pines is located beside an historic world-renowned nature preserve and its forest of rare pine trees. The Spa celebrates La Jolla’s coastal freshness of sea, land, and air. Spa treatments are themed around the natural timelessness and purity of the ocean and seacoast. The Spa features marine based extracts with natural restorative properties. As part of the Lodge at Torrey Pines, the 9500 square foot spa, with its 14 specialized treatment rooms enhances the experience of all who visit with the ultimate in personalized relaxation and rejuvenation.

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  • Mobil 4 Star Spa


Best Resort Spa – Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa


Renaissance Esmeralda

Renaissance Esmeralda



Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Awaken your sense of wonder at this remarkable Palm Desert resort and prepare to be enveloped by luxury upon arrival. Set against the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa creates an atmosphere of indulgence and relaxation. At the unique resort in Indian Wells, guests’ imaginations are entertained with fantastic panoramic views and an architectural blend of classic & contemporary structures. Recapturing the essence of fresh Californian style with its array of inviting amenities, this Palm Desert resort showcases stunning detail in everything from the majestic Grand Staircase, to distinctive guestrooms and 100,000 square feet of lavish indoor & outdoor meeting space. Delivering an unmatched Indian Wells resort travel experience boasting delicious American & Italian restaurants, 36 holes of world-class golf and an impressive pool landscape featuring a pristine beach. Relax, and let this beautiful resort in Palm Desert, CA lead you to an oasis of modern luxury.


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  • Best Resort Spa

Best Resort Spa – Miramonte Resort & Spa


Miramonte Resort and Spa

Miramonte Resort and Spa



Miramonte Resort & Spa

Hundreds of years ago, native people discovered a natural well in the California desert. It lured generations of travelers to this area known for relaxation and essential rejuvenation. Today we gather again in Indian Wells, California, at THE WELL Spa, a new destination spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa. While at this luxury California spa, enjoy signature spa resort services in an intimate, Tuscan-style setting near Palm Springs. Distinctive outdoor and indoor treatments are available to enliven your senses and bring relaxation and rejuvenation to both the body and spirit, for the ultimate spa experience

The WELL Spa features a full range of health and wellness facilities. Spa services incorporate techniques inspired by Tuscan living including therapeutic muds, wine extracts, pure essential oils, and refreshing waters.


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  • – Best Resort Spa

Mobil 4 Start -The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay


Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay



The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay

Discover an easily accessible destination that feels worlds away: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is an elite golf and spa resort. Enjoy soothing coastal breezes and captivating ocean views at our pristine Half Moon Bay hotel. With estate-style accommodations, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay combines modern convenience with the majesty of a bygone era.

Perched atop a scenic bluff with sweeping coastal vistas, this luxurious Northern California spa resort provides the perfect setting for renewal or reflection – just 30 minutes from San Francisco. Allow the healing power of the sea to ease away tension and leave your body and mind feeling thoroughly refreshed. First, we make the world revolve around you. Then we gently slow it down.


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  • Mobil 4 Star Spa



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Travel + Lesure Top Destination Spa – Golden Door – Escondido


Golden Door Escondido

Golden Door Escondido


Golden Door – Escondido

Experience the extraordinary healing power of Golden Door. Amid the rolling hills and citrus groves of San Diego County, founder Deborah Szekely developed a unique philosophy of personal health and fitness – little knowing she was about to start a revolution that resulted in the birth of an entire industry. Szekely and her husband managed a modest retreat known as “Rancho La Puerta” – or “The Door” in Spanish” – which grew from a “bring-your-own-tent” health farm to a beautiful, Spanish-style adobe resort. Eventually, in response to requests from guests for a higher level of luxury, Deborah opened a new property in 1958 that combined intensive training in personal health with gracious hospitality, inspired by the ancient Honjin inns of Japan. As the source of inspiration for the rest of our luxury spa retreat portfolio – from our mountain-cradled Colorado destination spa resort at The Peaks to our vibrant Caribbean property along the Puerto Rican coast at El Conquistador & Las Casitas Village – Golden Door offers a rare approach to restoring well-being. Journey through the fabled doors of one of our premier luxury spas, and discover an inspired combination of features, including:

* Ancient Asian influences, offering gracious hospitality within a quiet sanctuary
* Environmental inspirations, taken from each individual location and beautifully weaved throughout the architecture and design of spa treatments
* Classic European spa techniques, featuring well-trained, professional staff and the most luxurious and indulgent of therapies

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  • Spa Magazine 2008 Silver Sage Award
    • Best Destination Spa
    • Best Spa for Solo Travelers
  • Travel + Leisure #2  Top US Destination Spa 

Best Detination Spa – Favorite Hot Springs -Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa


Two Bunch of Palms Resort and Spa

Two Bunch of Palms Resort and Spa


Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa

Two Bunch Palms is truly one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. Once behind the protective gates of our private, 56-acre Southern California destination spa resort, you will find peace and quiet at every turn in our many paths on the property. We invite you to a wonderful, mystical world where water, heat, air and touch come together to carry you to a place where time, expectations and titles drift away. It is here that a deep sense of rest, relaxation, and inner harmony unfolds.

As one of the most exclusive resorts in the world, Two Bunch Palms offers an extraordinarily diverse array of spa treatments. Therapies at this legendary Desert Hot Springs spa resort range from traditional to esoteric, from simple and straightforward to mystical and engaging. We invite you to discover new and powerful experiences that maybe you’ve never tried or even heard of before! Embrace a sense of adventure and try a mud bath or a Watsu or a Cranio-Sacral treatment – an experience you may never have at home. Indulge in one of the romantic couples’ treatments with heavenly massage and a warm aromatic bath by candlelight, which creates blissful memories to extend far beyond your time at Two Bunch.

Our treatment consultants, available by phone or in person, will help you select a blend of treatments and therapists to best meet your needs. And, as our therapeutic staff is renowned for their exceptional diversity and breadth and depth of knowledge of the healing arts, we encourage open, considerate communication with your therapist so that they may best utilize their many skills, talents and gifts to allow your experience to unfold gracefully.


Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa Video Tour


  • Best Destination Spa
  • Spa Magazine Favorite Hot Springs Spa

Mobil 4 Star Spa – The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel


Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel


The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel

Experience genuine renewal at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Situated atop a 150-foot bluff, this peaceful sanctuary soars above the standard Laguna hotels with refined elegance, a graceful atmosphere, and impeccable service. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this luxury hotel in Laguna has catered to the world’s most discriminating guests for more than 20 years. Discover a time-honored haven, which has raised the traditional standard of service to an entirely new level, blending unexpected luxuries with the timeless elegance of the sea.

Ocean-Inspired Renewal, Achieved Within Our Southern California Spa Resort
Escape to a gentler pace at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel, where the constant presence of the ocean inspires renewal. All 12 treatment rooms within this California spa resort are bathed in soft hues of aqua and beige and tranquil water features add to the overall sensory experience. Engage in casual conversation with friends while being pampered, courtesy of our circular-shaped manicure and pedicure salon. High-style locker rooms, public spaces, and saunas ensure a soothing aura throughout this luxury spa resort in Southern California – set to the ever-present rhythm of the surf.


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  • Mobil 4 Star 

Mobil 4 Star – Favorite Resort Spa Spa Gaucin St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach


Spa Gaucin St.  Regis Resort Monarch Beach

S ituated high on a bluff overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, stands a landmark resort of legendary proportions. Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the Tuscan-inspired St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach is devoted to the pursuit of service and elegance with a seamless blend of comfort and technology.

Spa Gaucin is the magnificent reflection of an enchanting coastal destination. The spa is named after an old world village, Gaucin. Perched on the crest of the Sierra del Hacho Mountains, the village rests 630 meters above the sea, creating sweeping views towards the Mediterranean. Following the traditions of the robust Mediterranean lifestyle, Spa Gaucin has created a menu perfect for celebrating an anniversary in the private spa couple’s suite, a birthday with girlfriends or a day of solitude to rejoice in one’s own wellness. Each celebration of love, life and wellness begins with the traditional coin toss into the Spa Gaucin Well of Desires. “Every moment of life is worth a celebration.”

With our newly released treatment menu, the scents of the Mediterranean lifestyle come alive with engaging and aromatic massage services, body scrubs and wraps, all of which are intertwined with the essences of wine, fig, grape seed, rosemary and olive. Guests can relax and luxuriate in our Signature Mediterranean Massage featuring our unique Chardonnay massage oil or the wildly popular Kate Somerville facials.

Guests will enhance their spa retreat by enjoying our complimentary soothing waterfall Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, or aromatic and dry saunas in the ladies and men’s locker facility. Our cozy lounges are perfect for reading, napping, or even day dreaming with a cup of herbal tea. The Spa Gaucin Fitness Center is open daily from 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., if a work out is in mind before or after the services. As well, we have complimentary fitness classes each day.  

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  • Spa Magazine Favorite
    • Spa for Couples
  • Mobil 4 Star Spa
  • 2008 American Spa Magazine Professional’s Choice Awards
    • Favorite Resort Spa
  • 2008 Spa Finder Readers Choice Award
    • Best Spa for Brand
    • Best Spa for Accommodations
    • Best Spa for Golf
    • Best Spa for Men
    • Best Massage Therapist 
    • Eric Kittay 
    • Best Spa Manager
    • Valory Reed
  • 2008 Silver Sage Readers Choice Award Winner