When visiting Santa Barbara, spa-going is back on the menu and the timing couldn’t be more ideal. Amidst the noise of everyday life, we could all use a bit of pampering and serenity. Not only are Santa Barbara South Coast spas going above and beyond standard health department requirements, 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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 new Hydrafacial. The indulgent service resurfaces the skin by extracting impurities and is offered in 50- and 80-minute sessions. 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. 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 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. Spa Director Karina Chung recommends the 60-minute Bespoke Facial as the perfect remedy to achieve clear skin. 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 and relaxed space with original local artwork and stunning ocean views. Learn More