The Golden Gate Bridge. Cable cars. The Painted Ladies. Alcatraz. San Francisco has a great deal to offer travelers, so it’s important to know where to go when you are ready to unwind. Here’s a guide of what you need to know to get a little R&R in San Francisco — no matter your budget, it’s all totally worth it.
The Spa That Has it All
For those who want a little TLC between sightseeing and shopping, head to Spa Nordstrom located at 865 Market St. in San Fran. Go right on up to the fifth floor where the spa is located. Locals and travelers alike will enjoy getting a 30-minute “on the spot” massage for $50. Weekend appointments at this popular venue typically book out a month in advance, so either add it to your San Francisco to-do list or pop in on a weekday if you decide to pamper yourself spur of the moment. Spa Nordstrom offers several types of massages, including an organic aromatherapy massage and a prenatal massage. But those are just the beginning. Here, visitors can indulge in just about everything under the sun — from facials and body wraps to tanning and nail treatments. Spa Nordstrom even has an entire list of treatments created exclusively for the male crowd. Prices range from $15 for an essential oil add-on to $900 for a series of six oxygen infusion facials. Plan on spending roughly $200 for a relaxing day at this location.
The Affordable Spa
Travelers looking to get pampered without spending their entire vacation fund will delight in the services at La Biang and La Nee. These two locations are part of one brand that treats guests to traditional Thai, Thai herbal, Thai aroma oil and prenatal massages. Prices range from roughly $1 to $1.25 a minute, and the massage options are 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes — which equals many different options that are pretty easy on the bank account. The atmosphere is warm with a distinctly Asian feel, and the practitioners are highly skilled. No matter where travelers venture in the city, they’re covered — La Biang is located at 1301 Polk St., and La Nee can be found at 1453 Valencia St.
The Serenity Spa
Anything located on the penthouse level must be worth visiting, right? The intimate space set up on the top tier of Hotel Vitale at 8 Mission St. truly has it all. Here, connoisseurs of relaxation can gaze out upon the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge while indulging in treatments that were specifically designed to reduce stress. The Spa Vitale prides itself on its signature bathing ritual, a bath infused with Spa Vitale’s own line of fresh seasonal bath products up in the rooftop bamboo garden — a unique experience that really makes the trip. Couples head here for the fantastic atmosphere and the romantic couples massages.
The Party Spa
Bliss at the W San Francisco (181 Third St.) is definitely the place to go with friends and delight in a day of being spoiled. The treatments provided by skilled professionals aren’t the only thing that attracts visitors to this location — and neither is health and wellness, really. The R&B music and the fun, modern décor make the whole experience feel like a party, but the best reason of all to come is the stellar brownie bar. Travelers who enjoy the experience can always try to recreate it at home with a disco ball and some of the Bliss line of skin and hair products.
The Spa of Pure Luxury
The Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel at 1075 California St. in San Francisco describes itself as a “sanctuary of indulgence,” and it doesn’t take long to see why. From the moment travelers enter the lounge with its cozy fireplace and 18-foot-high windows with fantastic views of downtown, they feel at ease. The steam room isn’t just a steam room, but a eucalyptus steam room, and the spa food isn’t exactly cheese and crackers. Dishes such as Vietnamese Maine Lobster finished off with White Grape Juice Key Lime Elixir take the entire experience to whole new level. If luxury is what visitors seek, they will have a full spa menu of sensational options to choose from. A classic 50-minute massage here runs $145 before tip.
San Francisco has many, many fantastic spa options. As a city that prides itself on offering authentic, wonderful experiences at every turn, no spa in this city feels “cookie cutter.” Travelers have their pick of sensual, luxurious, affordable and fun. When you want to relax and get pampered, the options are as endless as the expansive Pacific Ocean bordering the city. So, which spa experience will you choose?