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I'm turning 40 in May and want to treat myself to a ''day at the spa''.
I'm thinking some sort of wrap, massage, manicure thing - and I'm not going
to worry about the cost - I really want something special. Has anyone had
a day like this they'd recommend? I'm happy to travel into SF if that's
where this kind of thing is found.
Thanks in advance!
Ready to be pampered
You don't need to go far, and even with an extra $20 in top of the
package of massages, wraps, haircut, pedicure, manicure you can enjoy
all the facilities they have (swimming pool, gym, pilates classes
etc) and you will agree this is a beautiful place to splurge ''The
Claremont Resort and Spa''
I really like Re:Fresh spa in San Francisco. It's on a dicey part of
Post Street but inside it's beautiful. You can schedule several
treatments and then relax in the sauna or steam bath or just sit
sipping tea and reading magazines between treatments. I've had wraps
and body scrubs there -- both good -- and I think the best pedicure
I've ever had. Wish I could go there more than once or twice a year!
If cost is not an issue - then I highly recomend going to Claremont
Resort and Spa in Berkeley. It was a beautiful experience. My best
friend and I decided to bring in the new year by splurging on
ourselves. I did the Lavendar Therapy Massage (1hr) and then the
facial massage (45min) but even before that we were in the hot tub
and the sauna, sipping on cucumber water and lemon water, there was
also juices, tea, coffee and fresh fruit in the sitting area where
you can relax and read or mingle with others. The staff was friendly
and nice, afterwards @ the Claremont we had lunch in Jordans, the
view was great. Have fun and enjoy - were planning another day @ the
spa again. . .
The Kabuki Hot Springs in SF has a really nice treatment that
involves flowers, candles, being slathered with yogurt and stuff,
with a massage and a bath. I did this for my daughter when she turned
13, she really liked it. It's nice to bring a friend who can do a
regular massage (if expense is an issue) and then hangout in the
communal bath together afterwards. Or just both get a massage and
then go into the communal baths together. Sunday is women-only. In
Japantown, there are many nice places to eat also.
My husbands birthday is coming up and I would like to take him
for a spa treatment without having to go to Napa or Sonoma
County. I want him to also receive a pedicure and manicure at a
responsible price. We leave in San Leandro.
The Claremont Spa Berkeley
How about the Claremont in Oakland? There's also a spa in
downtown Mill Valley next to Jenny Low's chinese restaurant. Or
the good 'ole standby - Nordstrom's in San Francisco.
Take a look at Piedmont Springs, on Piedmont Ave. My husband
and I have gone there several times. They have a full range of
spa services, including massage, skin treatments, hot tubs and
saunas. And they also do a non-polish manicure and pedicure,
which I have never had but sounds perfect for a man. It is
not a ''girly'' place, so your husband should feel comfortable
there. They have a web site; I can't think of the URL offhand,
but if you search on ''piedmont springs spa oakland'' you should
My girlfriends and I spent a night and had treatments at the
Purple Orchid Inn in Livermore. It was pricey but enjoyable
and seemed like a great romantic overnight get-away. I think
the website is www.purpleorchid.com
In San Leandro you have the Healing Hut and Effleurage, both in
the downtown area. You could go up to Piedmont Springs for hot
tubs as well. Depends on what you want besides massage.
Looking for recommendations for a day spa, within 1.5 hrs. drive of
Berkeley. Would love a package (facial, massage,
manicure) for under $200. Am I dreaming? Anyone familiar with Azul spa
right here in Berkeley?
Try Kelly Ann's Spa in Pleasant Hill on Gregory Lane. It is quite an
experience and the prices are within your budget
Azul is a wonderful day spa for women off of Salano Ave. in Albany. It
feels like magic in there. You can relax
the day away in a white bathrobe, sitting on cushy white chairs, reading,
while drinking good tea, after getting
out of their steamy sauna, between baths/facials/massages. It's worth a
whole day--perhaps plan something like a
massage in the morning and a facial in the afternoon and just relax there
in between. Heaven!
Indian Springs in Calistoga (Click here
for the review.)
Last Mother's Day, I was given a gift certificate for a haircut,
facial and massage at Sole Salon on College at Ashby. I believe
there was a $120 special for this. It was all lovely -the haircut
was of very high caliber , the massage was a full hour and soooo blissful,
the facial even helped me indentify some skin problems. They use Aveda
products and the people are really nice. You can guess what I'm hinting
for this year...
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