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California Calm: Natural Escapes on the West Coast



The Beetle Hydration Backpack is ideal for your trip to the Ranch 4.0.

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A temperate climate year-round and a bounty of natural botanicals, fruits and produce make California an ideal destination for anytime relaxation while regenerating your natural beauty, holistic health and well-being. Join me on this relaxing road trip up the coast where you’ll encounter eight unforgettable spa sanctuaries to melt your stress away.  

San Deigo Serenity by Land and By Sea

The floor-to ceiling windows at the waterfront Kona Kai Resort and Marina open to fill your room with sunlight and the ocean breezes of Shelter Island. The property’s onsite spa features a selection of individual and couple’s treatments with a menu of aromatherapy oils you can incorporate into your experience.

It’s worth the short drive from Downtown San Diego to escape the city grind on the greens of the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Your golf course accommodations include in-suite rosemary mint Aveda products and plush bathrobes you can don on your spacious outdoor patio. In the spa, look for limited-edition “Made Fresh Daily” packages – handcrafted treatments that incorporate in-season, organic ingredients with a beverage and take-home recipe you can savor later.

Getting Lazy and Lean Luxuriously in LA

There’s no better place to luxuriate than in LA whether you’re looking to unwind or unload a few pounds while picking up healthier habits.

A Sanctuary Spa Party at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard is a sweet way to de-stress with your friends when planning your next girls’ getaway. Custom plan your experience by handpicking from facial treatments, massages and unique packages incorporating yoga techniques with products from the European natural beauty brand G.M. Collins.

A daily massage is your therapeutic reward after each day’s rigorous training at The Ranch 4.0, where you’ll be looking forward to lights-out, and not just because of the 5 a.m. wake-up call – the Four Seasons Westlake Village is home base for this weight loss program, where meatless meals typically get served in the property’s greenhouse. Among the goodies you’ll receive to take home are handmade exfoliating bath bars made with locally-harvested lemongrass.

You’ll have a laundry list of gear to assemble for your stay, which includes a hydration pack – I recommend one from Eco Gear, like the Beetle Backpack, which has space for your stuff and a nozzle that accommodates any type of water bottle. Track your steps through the Malibu mountains on your hike with a wristband that syncs to your smart phone, like the affordably-priced Bowflex Boost. And don’t forget to pack plenty of fitness apparel because you’ll be sweating a lot. Gaiam has a stylish selection of yoga apparel that’s not only good looking but green, too.

Chilling Out in Central California

The forest awaits you at The Spa at Chaminade in Santa Cruz where you’ll enjoy botanical beauty treatments while marveling at the breathtaking view from your private treatment room. Clarify your complexion while clearing your mind with close to a dozen facial treatments using natural ingredients like the Brazilian Propolis Facial, which uses this natural extract of bee pollen from South America for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

De-Stressing in San Francisco

Only 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is a seaside escape of epic proportions. A brisk walk on the resort’s coastal golf course grounds will ground you, or if you prefer, float your stress away in the spa’s coed mineral bath or call up the bath butler to draw you an en-suite soak with products made from natural ingredients.

Your troubles will soar away as you enjoy the bird’s eye view of the San Francisco skyline from the infinity pool at the Remède Spa at St. Regis Hotel. Handmade truffles will make your de-stressing sweeter as you enjoy the effects of an Urban Renewal Facial, incorporating natural elements oxygen and pulverized pearl for a blissfully indulgent beautifying treatment.

Winding Down in Wine Country

Imbibing in the Wine Country’s top crop can leave you with a hangover but Napa River Inn incorporates the sweet nectar of Napa into its spa treatments and the bath amenities featured in the historic riverfront property, too. Napa Valley Bath Co. products are stocked in your guest room and are available in the gift shop for purchase and some of the spa treatments available like the Grape Love Facial infused with the antioxidant-rich fruit juice.

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