When visiting Santa Barbara, spa-going is back on the menu and the timing couldn’t be more ideal. Between the spectrum of pandemic-induced stressors and the noise of everyday life, we could all use a bit (ahem, a lot!) of pampering and serenity. Not only are area spas going above and beyond standard health department requirements, but they’ve also pulled out all the stops to foster a tranquil, soothing environment in this “new normal.” See below for our guide to Santa Barbara spas that are ready to help you rest, relax, beautify, and bliss out.
Downtown Santa Barbara’s premier day spa, Float Luxury Spa, has created two cabanas in their lovely back garden for al fresco massages. Massages and facials are also offered in indoor treatment rooms, equipped with powerful air filters. Tables have been dressed down, allowing linens to be fully stripped and replaced between clients, so you won’t find the typical decorative accents. Owner Natalie Rowe recommends the Earth’s Elements package as “just what 2021 ordered!” The ritual includes a melt-inducing 80-minute CBD massage and a 50-minute Fire and Ice Facial featuring a duo of cooling and warming masks by IS Clinical. Float’s new Luxe Facial is another antidote to quarantine. The 50- or 80-minute treatment employs a state-of-the-art device that delivers five different powerful modalities: Diamond Abrasion, Myo-light therapy, Biosonix Ultrasound, LED Light Therapy, and Oxygen spray. Learn More
Transport yourself to Marrakesh with a daylong ritual at Hotel Californian’s Moroccan-inflected Majorelle Spa. The thoughtfully curated treatments go far beyond traditional massages and facials. Want to align your chakras and foster clarity? Book an Intuitive Reading that includes energy work, meditation, and gemstone aromatherapy. The inside-out Vitality treatments integrate herbal elixirs that enhance specially targeted topical remedies, be it for healing and brightening or detoxification and stress reduction. The Santa Barbara Entrada massage is a delightfully fragrant exclusive signature of Hotel Calfornian—it taps into the healing properties of Neroli oil produced from orange blossoms, native to both Morocco and Central California. No matter what treatment you go for, it promises to be anything but ordinary. Learn More
Home to the area’s most expansive, elaborate spa, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara in Goleta offers indoor treatments and salon services seven days a week. While the steam, sauna, and jacuzzi facilities are currently closed per state regulations, spa guests can still enjoy the outdoor spa pool and get access to the locker rooms, complete with robes and slippers. Book a 50- or 80-minute Acupuncture session to calm your mind, alleviate tension, and restore mental and physical balance. The Eastern medicine technique also promises to ease headaches, stress, and insomnia. If you want to erase any evidence of pandemic stress from your face without needles, go for the new Inhibit Facelift Facial. It provides a Botox-like effect with zero microinjections, magically softening wrinkles and expression lines. The indulgent service also features a peel, paraffin treatment for hands and feet, and a glass of champagne. Learn More
Salt is an oasis of wellness in the heart of downtown State Street, where therapies and treatments revolve around the healing properties of Himalayan salt and essential oils. They are currently offering a reduced menu of salt cave meditation appointments, “saltsational” massages, mineral facial treatments, and halotherapy sessions—the latter entails breathing in fine salt particles that support respiratory health, which we all know is particularly important these days. Facial treatments incorporate Salt’s signature Green Tea Himalayan Salt Mask and the medical grade, organic DNA skincare line. In addition to reduced occupancy and temperature checks, Salt has HEPA air purifiers in each spa room and uses UV-C light and isopropyl alcohol sanitizing methods throughout the day and after each appointment. Plus, their state-of-the-art HVAC system keeps the facility fully ventilated with fresh, filtered air. Learn More
Sense Spa at Rosewood Miramar Beach offers guests a best-in-class spa-going experience. In addition to the indoor treatment rooms, outdoor cabanas on the spa deck are available for 60-minute massage and facial treatments. No matter where your treatment takes place, you’ll have access to the relaxation lounge and lockers, and you’ll receive a robe and sandals. Tempting seasonal treatments include the Rosemary Recovery Massage that incorporates Hypervolt Percussion technology on targeted areas to improve blood flow and enhance circulation. The 60-minute Brighten & Glow Facial features the Brightening Saho Ritual to leave your skin glowing. Spa Director Karina Chung recommends the 60-minute Bespoke Facial as the perfect remedy to address that pesky “maskne” so many of us are dealing with lately. Learn More
The Spa at El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel offers guests a simplified menu of custom facials and massage therapy. Appointments are required for the coastal-inspired treatments offered between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. Healing 60-minute massages range from CBD-infused and maternity to relaxation and deep tissue. Facial treatments feature luxurious hand-crafted, small-batch products by Linda Ross of Beverly Hills and Comfort Zone of Parma Italy. Guests staying on property can get the full mind-body-spirit experience by taking advantage of the fitness menu’s private guided hikes and historic “energy” walks. Learn More
Located in the small seaside hamlet of Summerland, Summerland Salon & Spa has a loyal following among locals for their holistic skincare services—so think of this as your insider’s tip! Book a customized facial with one of their trusted estheticians, Carissa Cassone and Leslie Derham, who use the respected, all-natural Eminence Organics product line. Ranging in price from $75 to $125, the 45-, 60- and 75-minute facials are a great value and integrate effective techniques like gua sha that improve circulation. Expect a charming, airy, relaxed space with original local artwork and stunning ocean views. Learn More