Spas

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. Search below for the ultimate in spa luxury. 

Big Sur Spas

One of the area's well-recognized indulgences is the Spa at Post Ranch Inn, consistently ranked on lists for “Top Hotel Spas.” 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. Chose from experiences like the Santa Lucia Wine Wrap, an antioxidant-rich exfoliating treatment, or the Essence of Big Sur Herbal Massage. 

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. The Spa at Bernardus Lodge’s signature vinotherapy treatments reflect the region's grape-growing legacy while an open-air therapy bath, steam room, and fitness center further distinguish the spa. The Aiyana Spa at Carmel Valley Ranch uses botanicals grown on-site, and a spa sommelier creates custom-blended infusions, oils and lotions for guests. 

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. 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.

Pebble Beach Spas

The Spa at Pebble Beach, a 22,000-square-foot space specializing in wraps, water treatments and rejuvenating massages, offers weary golfers a 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.

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