Patch Picks: Spas

In need of some pampering? Take some time for yourself at one of these great Santa Cruz spas.

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Spas: Relax, revitalize and restore. These three Rs can be just as important as the ones you learned in school. And while your kids are learning those other three Rs, why don’t you sneak away and get the royal treatment: a haircut, facial, massage, manicure, pedicure—or the entire package! And we don’t want to leave out the men. Spas have treatments for them as well.

The spa at Chaminade offers the ultimate luxurious experience in a beautiful setting with views of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay. Just listen to some of these treatments: Mimosa Champagne Massage, Organic Mud Wrap, Sea Enzyme Facial, Organic Blueberry slimming Scrub & Wrap. Once you see the complete spa menu (12 pages), you’ll have trouble choosing a treatment. But you can always sneak away another day!

Sink into a soothing hot tub inside your own private room. Relax in the cleansing steam of a sauna. Let a masseuse work out stresses from your tight muscles. All this is available at the Tea House Spa, located in downtown Santa Cruz and hidden away from the hustle and bustle in a calming bamboo garden.  

This spa has been a Santa Cruz favorite since 1985. Well Within is tucked away in a serene setting near downtown Santa Cruz. You can enjoy private spas and saunas that overlook a beautiful, calming Japanese garden. Relieve your stress with a Deep-Tissue, Shiatsu, Cranial-Sacral or other style of massage. Or rejuvenate your face and body with a variety of relaxing treatments including facials and body wraps.  

Another long-time favorite destination, Kiva Retreat House has been offering Santa Cruz residents a unique spa experience since 1980. The spa was modeled after a Japanese bath house, a place for people to gather for conversation and meditation while relaxing and rejuvenating their bodies and minds. At Kiva you can enjoy hot tubs, saunas and the beauty of the gardens.

This full-service day spa offers the entire gamut of services to make sure you are properly pampered. Skincare includes the “Royal Facial” for the ultimate treatment specially created for your skin type. Choose from a variety of massage styles such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and a special Motherhood Massage. Other services include waxing, manicures, pedicures, cosmetic injections, peels, tinting and laser hair removal.

Shelly Seeger March 26, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Who doesn't love a little pampering treatment. Of the above five spa's I have been fortunate enough to have visited three. The Chaminade is my favorite, love the resort services that are included and they offer a local's discount. Caress Day Spa was not mentioned, but is also nice located in Capitola. They have a beautiful relaxing garden in the back. Perks to Caress is the Bloomsbury Tea Room next door. It is nice to enjoy a little lunch their before our treatment. Best Scones in town.
Linda Covella March 26, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Thanks for these tips, Shelly!


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