Monterey County embodies the perfect backdrop and atmosphere to uncover a new, relaxed and inspired you in 2018. The natural beauty of the coast with its majestic redwood forests, verdant valleys, towering cliffs and crashing waters literally erases the stress and inspires a new state of being. This new year, grab your closest girlfriends and set out for an unforgettable experience while reinvigorating your mind, body and spirit together in Monterey County.

Did you say spa day?

Perched on the edge of the continent in Big Sur is the newly renovated Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort. The luxurious resort in the heart of the Central Coast features Spa Alila, a magical place that encourages inner peace and connection through the use of nature’s healing gifts. Relax with the Essence of Big Sur Herbal Massage as organic and wild-crafted herbs of eucalyptus, lavender, pine, sage and arnica are used to capture the essence of the healing nature surrounding Big Sur while providing soothing aromatherapy and deep muscle release.

Nestled in the serene hills of Carmel Valley, Refuge at Carmel Valley Athletic Club is a peaceful sanctuary that provides blissful relaxation through a hydrothermal experience. Hydrothermal therapy takes advantage of the body’s natural reactions to hot and cold temperature immersion, and Refuge provides this unique approach to relaxation with their tranquil facilities. Refuge is a co-ed spa with a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, pools and thermal waterfalls and follows a simple method – Heat Up, Cool Down, Relax – to quiet your mind and refresh your body.

Located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey, Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa provides an array of wellness-boosting treatments and services including their Oxygen Infusion Facial Treatments. Cooling, calming oxygen under light pressure is applied directly to the skin’s surface, increasing the absorption of special serums to promote hydration, firming and plumping for immediate results. The spa also offers breathtaking panoramic views of Monterey Bay from the sundeck, complete with a fireplace and two whirlpool tubs.

Relax, rejuvenate and revitalize your body and spirit at The Spa at Pebble Beach. This 22,000 square-foot spa and salon, hidden in the heart of the Del Monte Forest, specializes in signature services that incorporate the healing properties of plants, herbs and minerals indigenous to the Monterey Peninsula. Grab a smoothie or cocktail from The Spa Juice Bar & Café and pamper yourself from head to toe at The Salon. The full-service salon offers everything from sophisticated cuts and fun highlights to gel fills and lavender pedicures. 

Friends, Fitness & Fun

Yoga and wine! Situated on 15 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards and gardens along the Carmel River, Folktale Winery and Vineyards offers a Yoga in the Vines class every other Saturday in their beautiful Rose Vineyard. Bring your yoga mats for a 90-minute yoga session in a spectacular setting followed by a complimentary glass of wine in the Wine Garden. What’s a girlfriend getaway without some wine?

There's nothing like running or jogging to get your heart pumping! Enjoy a captivating run with your friends in Carmel-by-the-Sea while taking in the natural beauty that inspired the poetry of Robinson Jeffers as well as the bucolic fairytale cottages. Run along the famous Carmel Beach and pass by architectural wonders including the Walker Residence, built by Frank Lloyd Wright, and catch a glimpse of Jeffers' Tor House and Hawk Tower.

The outdoor adventures continue… Wave to a sea otter from a kayak or stand-up paddle board on Monterey Bay. Enjoy a guided tour and explore the Monterey waterfront and protected marine sanctuary with Monterey Bay Kayaks. As you paddle along the coastline, you have the opportunity to view various wildlife including sea lions, harbor seals and dolphins while getting a workout and having fun!<

For non-stop activities, Carmel Valley Ranch is a playground for adults. The Ranch is located on 500 lush acres in sunny Carmel Valley and offers a plethora of classes and activities including an 18-hole championship golf course and driving range designed by Pete Dye, a tennis complex with six hard courts and two Har-Tru clay courts, three sundrenched outdoor salt-water swimming pools, scenic hiking and running trails.

Monterey County is the ideal place to reinvent yourself with your closest gal pals by your side. If you make only one resolution in 2018, that should be to take time to renew and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in Monterey County!