Monterey Spotlight

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Easter Brunches in Monterey County

Apr. 20
Looking for a way to celebrate Easter weekend in Monterey County? Overwhelmed with…more

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more


Apr 16, 2014
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Relax in Monterey County

Relax in Monterey County


It's no surprise that Monterey County's spas consistently earn national and even international acclaim. The scenery is relaxing enough, but the treatments will take you to the next level of zen. Monterey County spas are inspired by the natural beauty of their surroundings, with oceanfront facilities, unique amenities and treatments incorporating locally grown products.

Big Sur Spas

One of the area's well-recognized indulgences is the Spa at Post Ranch Inn, ranked highly on the Condé Nast Traveler "Top 50 Hotel Spas - US Mainland" list in 2011. With shaded lawns overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the setting alone is spectacular - but treatments such as the Big Sur Jade Stone Therapy and the chamomile, calendula and jasmine-infused Wildflower Facial truly raise the bar. (Other highlights: private yoga and meditation instruction, shaman sessions and guided nature hikes.)

In its own nod to Big Sur's spirited side, The Spa at Ventana offers creativity classes and astrology readings along with a clothing-optional pool, hot baths and refreshing treatments. The Santa Lucia Wine Wrap is an antioxidant-rich exfoliating gem that hydrates and revitalizes the skin, while the Essence of Big Sur Herbal Massage soothes sore muscles with lavender, pine, sage and other organic herbs.

Another only-in-Big Sur spot: Esalen Institute. Its natural hot springs baths are located just 50 feet above the Pacific, and the outdoor massage deck features a living roof planted with native coastal grasses.

Carmel Valley Spas

Just at the mouth of Carmel Valley is one of Monterey County's newest additions, the Refuge. This unique oasis invites guests to heat up, cool down and relax in their sauna, steam room and various plunge pools. Massages are also available for the ultimate in relaxation. 

In Carmel Valley, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge uses organic lavender grown on-site for its "Lavender Bliss" scrub. Signature vinotherapy treatments reflect the region's grape-growing legacy - during the Chardonnay Pedicure, sip the resort's own award-winning chardonnay as a grape-seed scrub lightly exfoliates; Vineyard Romance is a couples' treatment combining a lavender-grape-seed bath with a warm grape-seed-oil massage. An open-air therapy bath, steam room, Vichy shower and fitness center further distinguish the spa.

The new Aiyana Spa at Carmel Valley Ranch uses botanicals grown on-site, and a spa sommelier creates custom-blended infusions, oils and lotions for guests. A spa concierge also offers personal consultations to help visitors get the most from their treatments. The highlight of the spa's mind-body wellness program is an outdoor yoga platform overlooking Carmel Valley.

Pebble Beach Spas

Travel + Leisure recently honored The Spa at Pebble Beach, a 22,000-square-foot space specializing in wraps, water treatments and rejuvenating massages. The 75-minute Red Flower Ritual purifies and pampers with ginger, cherry blossom rose and wild lime silk oil. Weary golfers should book the Post-Golf Therapy package, which focuses on tired forearms, neck and lower back. Other spa highlights include two Vichy showers, sauna and steam facilities, and a full-service salon that offers classic straight-razor shaves and barber services.

Monterey Spas

Overlooking the water, the Monterey Plaza Hotel's Vista Blue Spa is a seaside sanctuary with a fifth-floor rooftop sun deck, outdoor whirlpool tubs and full-service fitness center. The Monterey Sea Mineral Massage and Body Polish is a true treat, but the Condé Nast Traveler "Top 50 Hotel Spas - US Mainland" honoree's ultimate experience is Bliss on the Bay. Enjoy a dry body brush and pineapple papaya scrub, followed by a therapeutic massage incorporating lemongrass, blue cypress and juniper berries. It's all wrapped up with a warm blanket and a stress-melting scalp massage.

At the other end of Cannery Row, The Spa at Intercontinental the Clement offers a holistic approach to wellness, incorporating natural and organic services and products. Just a mile away in downtown Monterey, the Spa on the Plaza at Portola Hotel and Spa is the largest day spa in Monterey, offering over 60 therapeutic treatments.

One new addition to Monterey's spa scene is Sano Spa at Casa Munras, an intimate space with an outdoor garden, Jacuzzi tub and fire pit. 

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SANO Spa at the Casa Munras Hotel

700 Munras Avenue , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 372-1829
Fax  (831) 372-2573
Embracing the essence of Monterey and the historic Casa Munras hotel, a place to relax while experiencing sincere care, service and results oriented treatments. more

Esalen Institute

55000 Highway One , Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone  (888) 837-2536
Esalen massage is known for its nurturing contact, integrating strokes, and attention to the whole body. Sessions include additional time in the mineral baths. Call 1-888-837-2536 (option 2) for... more

Marilyn Monroe Spa - Monterey

1 Old Golf Course Road , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 657-6734
With a hint of the sea in the air, the Marilyn Monroe Spa at the Hyatt Regency Monterey has been designed as if you were walking into Marilyn’s California home. The atmosphere is decidedly different... more


27300 Rancho San Carlos Road , Carmel, CA 93923
Phone  (831) 620-7360
Refuge is America’s 1st Co-Ed Relaxation Spa offering the ultimate in relaxation through our own branded Refuge Thermal-cycle featuring 3 simple steps of heat up, cool down and relax. The Refuge... more

Spa Aiyana at Carmel Valley Ranch

One Old Ranch Road , Carmel, CA 93923
Phone  (831) 626-2586
Fax  (831) 626-2574
New, full-service Spa Aiyana is the perfect place to indulge in a luxurious treatment and relax among the treetops. more

Spa at Bernardus Lodge

415 West Carmel Valley Road , Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Phone  (831) 658-3560
Fax  (831) 658-3556
A romantic retreat nestled in the idyllic Carmel Valley, amongst sprawling oaks and sun-dappled vineyards. Scents of lavender, rosemary and lemongrass, sounds of bubbling fountains, and the warm... more

The Spa at Pebble Beach™

1518 Cypress Drive , Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Phone  (831) 649-7615
Fax  (831) 622-6489
The Pacific Ocean.  Del Monte Forest.  These two magnificent realms converge only one place on Earth- at Pebble Beach Resorts.  We invite you to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize your body and spirit... more

Spa at Post Ranch Inn

47900 Highway One , Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone  (831) 667-2200
Post Ranch’s award-winning spa takes relaxation to a new level. Enjoy therapies individually or with partner in setting preferred – private room or deck. more

Spa at Ventana

Ventana Inn and Spa
48123 Highway One , Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone  (831) 667-4222
Fax  (831) 667-0573
All treatments are designed to relax and nurture the body and spirit, and to rejuvenate and revitalize subtle energies. more

Spa on the Plaza at Portola Hotel & Spa

201 Alvarado Street , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 647-9000
Fax  (831) 375-5214
For a healthy state of mind, body and soul — rejuvenate with Spa on the Plaza. more

Vista Blue Spa at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

400 Cannery Row at Monterey Plaza Hotel , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 645-4908
Fax  (831) 646-5442
Massages, facials, body wraps, and “signature” treatments such as the Bliss on the Bay Body Treatment, patrons will enjoy the finest in spa luxury. more

Revive Spa

8022 Moss Landing Road , Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone  (831) 633-6019

The Spa at the InterContinental

750 Cannery Row , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 375-4500


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