Amidst the noise of everyday life, we could all use a bit of pampering and serenity, and these spas in Santa Barbara pull out all the stops to foster tranquil and soothing environments. See below for our guide to a rejuvenating Santa Barbara spa day at these seven luxurious spas, designed to help you rest, relax, beautify and bliss out during your next vacation to The American Riviera®.
Located downtown is Santa Barbara’s premier day spa, Float Luxury Spa. Owner Natalie Rowe recommends the Earth’s Elements package, which 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. Or, opt for Float’s Luxe Facial, a 50- or 80-minute treatment that 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. Post-treatment, take some time to meditate in the spa’s tranquil outdoor garden.
Transport yourself to Marrakech 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 a guided meditation session. The Funk Zone massage is a delightfully fragrant exclusive signature of Hotel Californian—it taps into the soothing properties of sandalwood, kukui nut, vanilla and sweet orange. No matter what treatment you go for, it promises to be anything but ordinary.
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. In addition to the steam, sauna and jacuzzi facilities, spa guests can also 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 rejuvenate and hydrate your face, go for the hydrafacial. The indulgent service resurfaces the skin by extracting impurities and is offered in 50- and 80-minute sessions.
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. It currently offers a menu of 45-minute salt cave meditation appointments and 60-minute “saltsational” massages, mineral facial treatments and halotherapy sessions—the latter entails breathing in fine salt particles that support respiratory health.
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 and year-round offerings incorporate deep tissue treatment on targeted areas. The 60-minute Gua Sha Lifting Facial features traditional Japanese techniques using a jade tool to leave your skin glowing. Opt for the 120-minute Rejuvenating Body Ritual, a luxurious head-to-toe massage that’ll leave you feeling restored.
The Spa at El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel offers guests an enticing menu of custom facials and massage therapy. 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 Kerstin Florian of Lake Forest. Guests staying on property can get the full mind-body-spirit experience by taking advantage of the sound bath meditation or chakra balancing treatment. Additionally, the resort’s commitment wellness shines with its bountiful outdoor spaces and special offerings like its Literary Club and virtual mandala sessions with counselor, artist and author Renate C. Hume.
Located in the small seaside hamlet of Summerland, Summerland Salon & Spa has a loyal following among locals for its holistic skincare services—so think of this as your insider’s tip! Book a customized massage featuring respected, all-natural products. The facials (ranging from 45-90 minutes long) are a great value and integrate effective techniques like Gua Sha that improve circulation. Expect a charming, airy and relaxed space with original local artwork and stunning ocean views.