Pamper yourself with these destination retreats:
Renowned as a healing sanctuary in Sonoma County's coastal hills, this is the only day spa in the U.S. that offers the Cedar Enzyme Bath, a rejuvenating heat treatment from Japan. Tucked on five secluded acres in a scenic valley, the retreat brims with beautiful bonsai and bamboo gardens, centered by a Japanese tea garden, for a ceremony where tea is mixed with enzymes made from more than 25 different, organically grown plants. Slip into the soothing waters of cozy wooden tubs filled with a fragrant blend of finely ground cedar, rice bran, and plant enzymes imported from Japan, then surrender to stillness. To complete the experience, many guests choose either a meditation blanket wrap, a massage, or an aromatherapy facial.
209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, 707-823-8231, osmosis.com.
Auberge du Soleil
The Auberge spa nestles amid a most luxurious wine country inn, and is exclusive for the resort’s guests. Yet it’s worth checking in to experience this 7,000 square foot oasis overlooking Napa Valley. A visit begins with a water ritual, which includes a soak in each of three temperate springs overlooking vineyards, the garden and Auberge’s olive grove. Treatments celebrate each spot, too – grapeseed scrubs from the vineyard, fresh herb and flower oils from the garden, and olive oil lotions from the grove. For an ultimate indulgence, reserve The Melisse Suite, a spacious spa resort suite for romantic pairs or four friends, featuring a fireplace, private outdoor garden and hot spring.
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, 707-963-1211, aubergedusoleil.com.
Six treatment rooms including a couple’s suite and relaxing garden patio offer an intimate, personal experience. Guests are invites to stay the day and relax with complimentary refreshments, plus a Fitness Center with cardio equipment and free weights, sixty-foot pool, and Jacuzzi. One sumptuous signature is the Wine and Honey Wrap, a full body experience combining local winery Quivira's own honey and a splash of Quivira Biodynamic and organically farmed Fig Tree Sauvignon Blanc, finished with a deep hydrating creme, cocoon of warm blankets, and a face, neck, and foot massage.
25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, 800-889-7188, hotelhealdsburg.com.
The Inn’s gardens overlook the vineyards and farmlands in a tranquil respite from the outside world, and some of the most popular spa spaces are outdoors, on private balconies with prime views of the scenery. Treatments use local ingredients, such as the Huichica Creek bath, or “healing harvest” applications of apricots, olives, grapes herbs, fruits, and flowers, plus goat butter, hydrating milk, mustards and the minerals abundant in the Carneros terroir.
4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa, 707-299-4900, thecarnerosinn.com.
Silverado Resort and Spa
Tucked into rolling hills amid the vineyards, the Roman-inspired spa is the largest private center in the region, spanning 16,000 square feet with a full salon, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, fitness room and classes, and a 25-meter outdoor heated lap pool. One of the most popular signatures is the Spa Girl Package, including complimentary wine tasting at a nearby winery, deluxe accommodations in a one bedroom suite with fireplace, one 50-minute spa treatment per person, and breakfast in the Grill.
1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa, 707-257-0200, silveradoresort.com.
Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
Recently renovated and upgraded, this property is a best-kept secret in an off-the-beaten-path location. Begin with a soothing eucalyptus steam shower, complimentary with any spa service. Then choose from an array of massages and facials. Some popular packages includes a body exfoliation followed by an Aromatherapy Honey Wrap, scalp massage and Vichy shower; or The Wine Escape, with a grape seed body scrub, followed by a wine mud body wrap and Vichy shower.
3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, 707-253-8600, napavalleymarriott.com.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission
This famous inn centers around natural mineral hot springs, and the Willow Stream, a 40,000-square-foot spa set with fireplace, private mineral baths and a Watsu pool. Treatments include the signature Bathing Ritual, featuring exfoliating shower, two mineral water soaking pools, herbal steam, dry sauna, and cool down showers followed by relaxation in the bathhouse lounge and the outdoor spa loggia.
100 Boyes Blvd., Boyes Hot Springs, 707-938-9000, fairmont.com.
The Kenwood Inn and Spa
This elegant and intimate country inn is nearly hidden on the edge of a lovely hillside, yet it contains a full service spa facility featuring a variety of massage styles including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic. Drawing from its surrounding vineyards, spa treatments showcase grapes, including oils extracted from grape seeds, and vinotherapy such as red wine extracts, Chardonnay and Riesling oils. One of the most relaxing escapes is the wrap of clays, red wine extract, rosemary hydrosol and a combination of essential oils, followed by a grape seed lotion massage.
10400 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, 707-833-1293, kenwoodinn.com.
Boon Hotel + Spa
For a truly relaxing experience, let the beauty of the Russian River soothe and restore your center. This spa is known for its “Boon Body Bliss” treatments, and facials using local organic products and seaweed anti-wrinkle masks. Indulge in reiki – it is complimentary with any massage – where, using intuitive touch, the reiki practitioner channels healing energy to unblock, activate and recharge.
14711 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, 707-869-2721, boonhotels.com.
Ramekins Culinary School & Inn
Besides its cooking classes and resort suites, this downtown Sonoma hideaway is known for its spa services, such as therapeutic massage therapy; a rejuvenating hand, feet and head therapy; hydrating scrubs; full body salt scrubs; and herbal facial massages.
450 West Spain St., Sonoma, 707-933-0450, ramekins.com.
Tip: A spa experience is even more relaxing when you leave the driving to Pure Luxury Transportation, and reserve your door-to-door limo or Town Car service.