[Editor’s Note: The top five are ranked according to our 2005 Readers’
Choice, the remaining 35 are alphabetized.]
1. Watercourse Way $$
165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
Services: Massages (aromatherapy, deep muscle, hot stone), facials (natural scrub,
deep cleansing, Hungarian paprika, organic, honey and yogurt, vitamin C, moisturizing,
anti-stress, express, royal anti-aging, custom herbal peels), spa treatments (red
flower Sento ritual, rain dance revitalizing skin treatment, moortherapy, salt
glow, thermal seaweed wrap, Essensa’s 3D spa therapy), Ayurvedic rituals,
and foot treatment.
Special Features: This relaxing retreat boasts nine private hot tub rooms with
a range of décor and amenities, including multi-jetted spas, wood tubs,
saunas, and cold plunges.
2. Preston Wynne Spa $$$
14567 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
Services: Massages (flower field signature, warm stone, Hawaiian lomi lomi,
deep tissue, stress relief, balneotherapy, couples, aromatherapy, Eastern, pre-natal,
warm rose oil, reflexology), facials (flower-field, sinus relief, SkinVision,
menopausal, prenatal, classic, collagen, deep pore, anti-oxidant with vitamin
C, express, teen, purifying back), body therapies (revitalizing ocean glow,
enzyme body peeling, detoxifying sea mineral wrap, body contour and cellulite
therapy, toning treatment), nail services, make-up and waxing.
Special Features: Preston Wynne Spa has intensive wellness programs designed
to do everything from increasing self-esteem to preparing for motherhood to
purifying the lymphatic system.
3. The Spa – Los Gatos $$$
100 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, sports, warm stone, aromatherapy,
pre-natal, lomi lomi, Endermologie®, reflexology), facials (DNA cryo-stem,
glycolic, teen, back, gentleman’s, vitamin C and papaya enzyme), body
therapy (body detox, chocolate dream, chardonnay bliss, bath rituals, hand and
foot), waxing, manicures, pedicures, Vichy shower treatments, wraps, hydrotherapy
treatments, make-up and hair salon.
Special Features: All treatments at this large European-style day spa include
a private aromatherapy steam session, plus use of a robe and slippers. Wines
and hot teas are available while you wait in the well-appointed “library”.
Along with the typical spa favorites of various massages and facials, The Spa
– Los Gatos shows its dedication to the complete well-being of its clients
by offering such services as oncology massage, detoxing body wraps, teen skin
consultations and motherhood massage.
4. The Spa at Dolce Hayes Mansion $$$
200 Edenvale Ave., San Jose
Services: Massages (therapeutic, relaxation, lava stone, deep tissue, sports-specific,
couples, four-handed, prenatal), body therapies (herbal back treatment, lymphango
body wrap, Java body wrap, mineral bath foot therapy), facials (Dolce signature,
Pevonia signature, purify/clarify, men’s, express), lip contour, distress
eye treatment, hair removal, make-up, manicures and pedicures.
Special Features: Tea and Tranquility treatment with Mandarin orange lightening
and brightening facial masks, exotic Asian aromatherapies, Reiki foot treatments,
and herbal teas from the tea bar will ease the most stressed body and soul.
5. Harmonie European Day Spa $$
14501 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
Services: Facials (deep cleaning, anti-aging, firming, acne prone skin treatment,
hyper-pigmentation, desensitizing treatment, clinical and specialized treatment),
massages (Harmonie signature, deep tissue, sports, tranquility, pregnancy, cellulite),
body therapies (viva glow body exfoliation, hot salt lavender body scrub, hot
alaea Hawaiian salt scrub, Riviera sun mist, vanilla orchid balm body mask),
anti-cellulite therapies, post-surgery treatments, nail care, European skin
care and makeup, spa day packages, and wellness plans.
Special Features: Unwind with the Harmonie Vitoxy facial (packed with vitamins
C, A, and E, combined with green tea, licorice and Echinacea) and detoxifying
6. The Alexandria Salon & Spa $$
1346 The Alameda, Suite 8 San Jose
Services: Massages (aromatherapy, deep tissue, Shiatsu, Swedish, reflexology,
sports and chair), facials (mini, full, European, thermo-plastic mask, algo
mask, sea C spa treatment, hydro lifting and collagen 90 II), waxing, threading,
manicure, pedicure, body treatments (parafango wrap, back parafango for men,
body shaping and firming, Dead Sea salt glow and purifying back treatment) and
Special Features: All skin treatments include a complimentary make-up retouch
featuring Glominerals cosmetics, also sold at Alexandria’s.
7. Angel Face Day Spa $$
833 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose
Services: Facials (hydrating, revitalizing, de-stressing, alpha hydroxy, back,
gentlemen’s and teen), body treatments (seaweed, European herbal wrap,
European ocean glow, hair and scalp treatment), massages (Swedish, aromatherapy,
deep tissue, acupressure), manicures, pedicures and make-up.
Special Features: Angel Face offers specialty treatments like the Epicuren Enzyme
Facial Treatment (natural enzymes, proteins, and botanicals free of chemical
preservatives, fragrances and colors) and the Micro Derma Facial, which uses
a specially formulated micro-crystal cream (that removes dry or damaged cells)
to achieve results similar to that of a microdermabrasion machine.
8. An Essential Day Spa $$$
433 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale
Services: Massages (deep tissue, volcanic stone, scrub and rub, prenatal, foot,
hand and wrist), haircuts and colors, waxing, make-up, manicures, pedicures,
facials (aromaplasty mask, European, men’s, alpha glow, enzyme exfoliation,
acne, nutrisoin mask, dry skin, firming) and body cocoons (aromatherapy, marine
algae, perfect legs, sea salt, tan).
Special Features: Located in a nearly century-old house, the spa maintains a
homey atmosphere, despite a major remodeling in 2001.
9. Atelier Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa $$
378 Santana Row, Suite 1120San Jose
Services: Facials (botanical skin resurfacing, men’s, self renewal), body
treatments (Caribbean therapy, back), treatment enhancers, waxing, tinting,
hair salon and make-up.
Special Features: All hair services begin with a consultation to determine what
procedures are best for you, based on your lifestyle, face shape, hair texture
and length. Hair color consultations are based on hair color wheels that are
used to calculate the best shade for your natural color.
10. Ayoma Life Spa $$$
355 Santana Row, Fifth Floor San Jose
Services: Massages (traditional Kerala sports massage, four-handed Ayuverdic
massage, aromatic herbal oil, traditional Indian), waxing, hand and feet therapy,
facials (Soundarya deep cleansing, Mukhralepa Ayurvedic herbal), body treatments
and wellness plans.
Special Features: This restful haven in Hotel Valencia is the only Ayurvedic
(a 5,000-year-old healing system from India) wellness spa in the Bay Area, and
offers consultations and custom spa packages.
11. Beauty Clinica $$$
200 S. California Ave., Palo Alto
Services: Massages (deep tissue, couples, aromatherapy, hot stone, maternity,
lymphatic drainage), facials (clean & clear, European, urban defense, back,
acne, aromaplasty, alpha glycolic, sensitive skin, hydrating, herbal peel, gentlemen’s,
anti-aging, regulating, oxygen), hair removal, nail therapy, body treatments
(de-stress aromatherapy body wrap, Dead Sea full body masque, passion- fruit
body-salt rub and massage, anti-cellulite, aloe -vera-oil body wrap, sculptured
firming treatment, aroma), hair salon, make-up, hair removal.
Special Features: A trip to Beauty Clinica is like taking a mini-vacation, without
the hassle of traveling. Their wide range of full- and half-day packages, which
comes with a healthy spa lunch, will leave you feeling on top of the world.
Especially popular is the Half-Day Getaway, which includes a facial, massage,
body treatment, manicure, pedicure, and a hot spa lunch.
12. Being Spa & Tanning $$$
1415 The Alameda, San Jose
Services: Massages (deep tissue, Swedish, sports, motherhood, local area emphasizing),
facials (DNA anti-aging treatment, signature Being Spa, deep pore cleansing,
gentleman’s relaxing facial, teen, back treatment), waxing and tanning.
Special Features: Being Spa & Tanning specializes in anti-aging facials
that promise immediate results during the first treatment that will last up
to three months.
13. Body Kneads $
810 San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto
Services: Massages (Swedish, aromatherapy, pregnancy, cranial sacral, hot stone,
lymphatic drainage, reflexology, hot stone, Shiatsu, sports), facials (European,
express mini, alpha hydroxy, mini, men’s, teen, crystal peel, back, vitamin
C, eye treatment), body treatments (GX-99, cellulite, aromatic bath), hair removal,
nail care, hand and foot therapy, permanent make-up, tanning.
Special Features: GX-99 sounds more like a car than a body treatment, but the
use of gyratory vibration percussion stimulates and nourishes your skin and
tissues to help dissolve fat and cellulite.
14. Burke Williams Spa $$$
355 Santana Row, Suite 2010 San Jose
Services: Massages (pure relaxation, deep tissue/sports, pregnancy, traditional
Japanese Shiatsu, Swedish/Shiatsu combo, reflexology, Thai, Reiki, lymphatic,
cranial sacral), facials (spa-style, the ultimate, nourishing, oxygen, organic
enzymes, microdermabrasion, back), signature treatments (hunter’s retreat,
Savannah’s surrender, salt glo, body wash, parafango), waxing, body wraps
(thermal seaweed, detox/calming, Calistoga getaway), hand-and-foot therapy,
and hair salon.
Special Features: If you’re looking to host a business meeting or office
party with a twist, Burke Williams has conference room and party facilities.
After that, wash away work stress in one of their luxurious spa baths (herbal,
seaweed, milk and mud).
15. Ciana Day Spa and Ciana Salon $$
111 Main St. (Salon) and 107 Main St. (Spa), Los Altos
Services: Massages (hands and feet, LaStone, head, neck and shoulder, hydrotherm,
aromatic oil), facials (men’s, LaStone, purifying facial for acne-prone
skin, 55-minute express, microdermabrasion), waxing, hand and feet therapy,
hair salon and make-up.
Special Features: If you want the pampering to continue at home, throw a microdermabrasion
party, where a certified esthetician from Ciana visits you.
16. Claremont Resort and Spa $$$$
41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley
Services: Massages (therapeutic, warm stone, Shiatsu, deep tissue, aromatherapy,
sports, neck and shoulder, reflexology, couples), herbal bath treatment, aqua-latte-milk
bath and moisture treatment, therapeutic floatation tank, body wraps and scrubs
(essential oils, moor mud, herbal, zen triology, grape seed body polish, coconut
body polish, rosemary-citron Dead Sea salt scrub, chamomile, raw sugar and ginger),
men’s specialties, facials (rose, therapy enzyme, botanical, custom),
waxing, salon, bridal services.
Special Features: The Tibetan Sound Massage combines the standard full body
massage with vibrating sound waves from sacred Tibetan bowls placed on your
17. Day Spa Paradise $$$
526 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale
Services: Facials (anti-sensitive, anti-aging, anti-pigmentation, anti-acne,
deep pore cleansing, deep hydrating, European, men’s, refresh, teen and
back treatment), peels (diamond microdermabrasion, glycolic facial treatment,
skin resurfacing AHA-BHA), massages (aroma luxe bodycare, anti-fatigue back
care, silky hand and foot), waxing.
Special Features: Spoil yourself and that special someone with Day Spa’s
couple packages (relaxation care and rejuvenation care) or pick up one of their
premier skincare products from Jan Marini and Yon-Ka Paris.
18. Destino Spa $$$
4335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Services: Massages (Gardenia aroma Swedish, reclining Buddha-Thai, Shiatsu,
prenatal, healing warm stone), facials (revitalizing pumpkin, collagen silk,
Mandarin C aromatic, purification, men’s, tropical taste, deep cleansing
back), resurfacing treatments (microdermabrasion, advanced exfoliation, sugar
and beta peels, lactic acid and green tea), spa rituals (Bali bliss, sanur seaweed
wrap, minty earth & sea mud wrap, lava purification wrap), foot therapy,
body polishes, baths and soaks, waxing and make-up.
Special Features: Feed your skin and senses with one of Destino’s appetizing
treats. Try the Caramel Turtle Inspiration, which starts off with a dry brush
exfoliation and delicious chocolate dip wrap. For something sweeter, have a
go at Chocolate Chip Devotion, which includes a yummy chocolate chip scrub and
strawberries-and-cream custom massage.
19. Delphi Salon and Day Spa $$
540 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite D Los Gatos
Services: Massages (aromatherapy, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, pre-natal,
sports, chair, focus), facials (aromessance, men’s, teen, sea, sensitive
skin, deep pore cleansing, antioxidant, glycol peel, back), body treatments
(salt glow, moor mud, coffee scrub, airbrush tanning), waxing, nail care, hair
salon and make-up.
Special Features: Coffee lovers should try the Café Latte manicure, where
the hands are soaked in coffee beans and steamed milk before the rest of the
20. Dolce Vita Day Spa & Salon $$
630 N. First St., San Jose
Services: Massages (Swedish, aromatherapy, pre- and post-natal, Shiatsu, deep
tissue, reflexology, foot, hot stone), facials (express, deep cleansing, oxy-vital,
hydrating, botanical Botox, glycolic acid peel), body treatments (micro-buff
body polish, sea salt, aromatherapy, moor mud, detoxifying seaweed, cellulite
body wrap), manicures, pedicures, hair salon, make-up and waxing.
Special Features: Singles and couples can detoxify and hydrate their skin with
water therapies, like the purifying steam sauna and the balneotherapy aroma
21. European Day Spa $
40643 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont
Services: Massages (hot stone, Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, aromatherapy,
prenatal, spa hand and foot), facials (European deep pore cleansing, dermalift
non-surgical facial lift, glycolic acid, acne, back, men’s), body treatments
(salt glow body polishing with hydrotherapy bath, cellulite, seaweed body wrap,
mud body wrap, slimming/detoxification), make-up, eye treatment, manicures and
Special Features: Spa packages are the way to go if you can’t decide how
best to pamper yourself. From career women and moms-to-be to teenagers and couples,
European Day Spa has you covered.
22. Face Forward Skincare $$
1610 Blossom Hill Rd., Suite 3
Services: Chemical peels, post-surgical treatments, facials, waxing, microdermabrasion,
body wraps and treatments.
Special Features: Personalized service, value pricing, flexible hours, and results-oriented
products and services make Face Forward a great find. A series of six microdermabrasion
sessions costs $500.
23. Heaven A Day Spa $$
4301 Scotts Valley Dr., Suite 1 Scotts Valley
Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue), facials, body scrubs, body wrap,
hydrotherapy, waxing, Botox, acupuncture, pedicure and manicure.
Special Features: With 10 treatment rooms, a couples-only room, and professionals
on hand for Botox and collogen injections, Heaven A Day spa is one of the largest
and most comprehensive day spas in the area.
24. Inspiration Day Spa $$
325 Sharon Park Dr., Menlo Park
Services: Massages (bronze and buff, deep tissue, heated desert stone, neck,
back and shoulders, prenatal, reflexology, Shiatsu, Swedish), facials (advanced
exfoliant, back, collagen veil mask, express, men’s, teens, eye treatment,
purifying, herbal peel, DNA CryoStemTM skin therapy system, microdermabrasion),
body treatments (Java Lulur body wrap, fresh lavender wrap, seaweed wrap, salt,
glow and honey), waxing, hair salon, make-up and nail care.
Special Features: The DNA CryoStemTM skin therapy system fuses the synergy of
DermaNutraceutical technology with cryogenic bio-cell therapy to hydrate your
skin. Integrate it into your day at the spa and take some home for later use.
25. La Belle Day Spa $$$
95 Town and Country Village Palo Alto
36 Stanford Shopping Center Palo Alto
Services: Massages (deep tissue, hot stone, couples, hand and foot reflexology,
lymphatic draining, post-and-prenatal, sports, Swedish), facials (anti-acne,
anti-aging, botanical calm, jet lag rejuvenation, purifying, royal touch European,
sea essence), body treatments (endermologie, aromatic mud, wine-and- roses scrub),
waxing, laser hair removal, salon services, nails, regular and permanent make-up.
Special Features: Turn back the clock in just four hours with Timeless Radiance,
the anti-aging spa package that combines a Forever Young Facial to minimize
wrinkles and brighten and firm skin, and an invigorating full-body glycolic
body exfoliation. Also, check out their extensive menu of services for men,
which includes grooming and sports manicure and pedicure.
26. La Concha Spa $$$
1042 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Services: Massages (Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot
reflexology, pre-natal, sports, chair, Reiki, lymphatic drainage), facials (Fruitopia,
hydrating, deep cleansing, regenerating, acne, glycolic, back), mineral and
herbal oil baths, body scrubs and wraps, tanning, cellulite treatments, manicures,
pedicures, hand and foot therapy, hair salon and make-up.
Special Features: Heaven has a new name and it’s the Grand Escape Spa
Package. For $699, a couple gets seven hours of aromatherapy sauna, body scrub,
choice of baths, full facial, one-hour massage, lunch, manicure, pedicure, shampoo
27. New Image European Skin Care and Day Spa $$
14432 Union Ave., San Jose
Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, hot stone), body treatments
(back, hydrotherapy bath, seaside salt scrub, contouring body wrap, seaweed
body wrap with body exfoliation), facials (acne, European, glycolic acid, teen),
waxing, including Brazilian bikini, tinting, electrolysis and make-up.
Special Features: New Image specializes in unique packages, including The Mini
Getaway for Two, The Royal Treatment, The Men’s Club, and much more.
28. Nilou Day Spa $$$
18772 Cox Ave., Saratoga
Services: Massages (aromatic, stress reduction, pre-natal, deep tissue, lymphatic
drainage, foot reflexology), facials (Epicuren, aroma, oxy, hydra, beta, alpha,
teens and men), targeted facial treatments (microdermabrasion, glycolic enzyme
treatment, fruit-acid exfoliation and eye opener), permanent make-up, body treatments
(La Stone therapy, anti-cellulite treatment, seaweed body wrap, sun free tanning,
detoxifying herbal body wrap), waxing, tinting and nail care.
Special Features: Indulge in a unique body treatment like the Persian Hamam,
which starts with a soak in Nilou’s exclusive hydro bath, followed by
a waterfall shower.
29. Pavia Day Spa $$$
12840 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd. Suite 300, Saratoga
Services: Massages (aromatherapy, deep tissue, foot reflexology, cellulite,
lymphatic drainage), body contour wrap, dry skin soother, aromatherapy salt
glow, deep cleansing back, sunless tan, facials (classic, antioxidant, deep
purification, hydrating, intensive firming, glycolic, upper chest) make-up,
manicure, pedicure and waxing.
Special Features: Pamper your extremities with the Head, Hands and Feet massage
($85 for 60 minutes), a pressure point massage using a customized blend of essential
30. Plum Spa $$
74 S. First St., San Jose
Services: Massages (Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, sports, aromatherapy, reflexology),
facials (deep pore cleansing, aromatherapy, microdermabrasion, sea, anti-oxidant,
teen acne), body treatments (detox essential oil wrap for cellulite, bamboo
and lemongrass body buff, plum crush body buff), hydrotherapy, hair salon, makeover,
permanent cosmetics, waxing and nail care.
Special Features: This urban retreat is one of only 10 spas in the nation to
offer the elaborate Jamu Indonesian spa rituals. The Javanese Lulur™ Royal
Ritual, which begins with a Balinese massage and culminates in a luxurious petal
bath and a slathering of Jasmine Frangipani lotion, is fit for a queen. This
ritual is administered to royal brides 40 days before the wedding as a skin
purification and beauty ritual.
31. Primrose Country Day Spa $
630 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay
Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, warm stone, couples,
prenatal), facials (pumpkin, resurfacing, teen, enzyme peel, hyper pigment treatment,
acne), body wraps (herbal, mud, seaweed) and scrubs, waxing, tinting, hand and
foot care, and electrolysis.
Special Features: Facials are Primrose’s specialty, with options like
Epicurean enzyme and oxygen treatment, salicylic acid, microcurrent eye treatment
and frozen live cell therapy.
32. Sachs Day Spa $$
1375 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Services: Massages (Swedish, deep muscle, reflexology, heated stone, lomi lomi,
pregnancy), facials (deep pore, papaya enzyme, glycolic, pumpkin, aromaplasty,
rejuvenating, pumpkin, teen, men’s, back, microdermabrasion, body treatments
(mango polish tanning, self tanning, rejuvenating body mask, spa pure), waxing
Special Features: Add a little oomph to your facial with Sachs’ intensifiers
like the aromaplasty mask, a multi-vitamin mask that revitalizes the skin, or
an evidence mask, an anti-aging treatment to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
33. Sanctuary Day Spa $$
16A Seascape Village, Aptos
Services: Massages (warm stone, reflexology foot therapy, deep tissue, stress
reduction, pregnancy), facials (microdermabrasion, glycolic, deep pore cleansing,
vitamin C, teen, gentleman’s, express), body and bath treatments (milk
and honey wrap, seaweed detoxification wrap, body scrub, cellulite reduction,
hydrotherapy bath, airbrush bronzer), medical spa treatments (Botox, fillers,
fotofacial RF, laser hair removal, acid peel, extreme skin rejuvenation, corrective
acne, cell regeneration).
Special Features: Take advantage of Sanctuary Spa’s rewards program that
includes a newsletter and offers discounts with plans like the MyTime Spa Membership
(one free treatment, weekday and weekend discounts, medical spa discounts and
monthly specials) or the NurtureMe Series (purchase six facials, massages or
body treatments and get the seventh free).
34. Sona MedSpa $$$
2880 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 240 San Jose
Services: Laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation programs (healthy skin system,
skin illuminating system, skin renewal system, sun repair system, acne care
system, skin resolution system and Sona select system).
Special Features: Experience the Sona Concept: a personalized treatment program
that targets each anatomical area for treatment during the exact window of time
most effective for hair removal and anti-aging services.
35. Sunset Sauna and Massage $
1214 20th Ave., San Francisco
Services: Massages (Swedish, couples, deep tissue, four-handed, reflexology,
sports, chair), salt glow, body polish, mud pack, kelp and aloe wrap and facials
(herbal clay, acupressure, rose petal, Burt’s Bees).
Special Features: Private Finnish saunas are available for $10 per person, per
36. Spa at Chaminade $$$
One Chaminade Ln., Santa Cruz
Services: Massages (Swedish, deep pressure, aromatherapy, prenatal, couples),
body wraps and scrubs (essential oils, tricrystal salt scrub, green tea and
ginger sea enzyme, chai tea mud), facials (purifying, vitamin C, anti-aging,
Epicurean enzyme, silver ion mask, microdermabrasion), waxing and make-up.
Special Features: Throw a two- or three hour private spa party, which includes
massages, facials, champagne, wine and a hors d’oeuvres reception.
37. Spoiled Rotten Day Spa $
9039 Soquel Dr., Aptos
Services: Massages (deep tissue, aromatherapy, aromatherapy foot treatment),
body treatments (total body buff, the ultimate body wrap), facials (clinical
deep cleansing, oxygen blast, Victorian, aromatherapy, European, glycolic acid
peel, microdermabrasion), nail services, salon services including make-up, Botox,
Special Features: Try toning, a procedure that uses painless low-level electronic
impulses to “reprogram” muscles in the face to assume nearly their
original shape and to support skin tissues to become healthier.
38. Tova Yaron Day Spa & Salon $$
1600 Saratoga Ave., Suite 411 San Jose
Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, sports, Shiatsu,
hot stone, prenatal, aromatherapy, lymphatic, foot reflexology), facials (normal-to-dry-skin,
oily/combination skin, sensitive skin, aromatherapy, teen, back, vitamin C,
oxygen, collagen anti-aging treatment, hydrolifting), body treatments (body
salt glow plus sunless tanning, moor mud, seaweed, honey and almond body glow,
mineral rich Dead Sea salt glow, purifying and slimming detox, anti-fluid, Dead
Sea mud), microdermabrasion, glycolic peels, waxing, electrolysis, hydrotherapy
tub, nail services, hair salon services and make-up.
Special Features: Experience relaxation at its finest with Tova Yaron’s
“Total Escape from Reality” spa package – seven-and-a-half
hours of pampering, including an age-defying oxygen facial, a hydrotone body
wrap, a calming hydrotherapy bath, a relaxing hour-long massage, hair styling
and shampoo, make-up, a manicure and pedicure. Lunch is included.
39. Visual Image Salon $
5200 Mowry Ave., Suite C, Fremont
Services: Facials (signature, traditional European, acne, glycolic acid peel,
microdermabrasion, back), eye, lip and neck treatments, eyebrow and lash tinting,
waxing, hair salon and make-up.
Special Features: Become a model and get your haircut or color for free. Models
are used for training future hair stylists and qualified educators are on hand
40. Salon De La Vie $$
1044 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Services: Hair treatments (cutting, color, thermal straightening, perms and
deep conditioning), waxing, facials (aromatherapy, deep cleansing, acne solution,
peel, European, gentleman’s, back, diamond microdermabrasion), manicure,
pedicure, massages (prenatal, Swedish, sports, deep tissue, aromatherapy)
Special Features: Special events are their forte. Salon De La Vie offers make-up
and hair styling services to help you look your best for your prom, weddings
and other special occasions.
TOP SAN FRANCISCO SPAS
Orange Spa Yoga Lounge
2044 Fillmore St.
“BEST SPA 2004” – San Francisco Magazine
Prima Facie Skincare Salon
561 Castro St.
“Voted Best of the Bay” – SFWeekly
Spa Sole – A Restorative Wellness Spa
2500 Clay St.
“The ultimate place to go for maximum pampering” – Spa Daily
1801 Bush St.
“Best Massage in San Francisco” – Allure Magazine
750 Kearny St.
“Best Facial in San Francisco” – Tru Spa
560 Showers Dr., Mountain View
The Pet Spa
1516 Pollard Rd., Los Gatos
40000 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
1370 El Paseo De Saratoga San Jose
240 University Ave., Palo Alto
Lavender Beauty Spa
47854 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont
Persona Day Spa
1166 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Pure Bliss Day Spa
6055 Meridian Ave., San Jose
Sage Beauty Spa
812 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite 140, San Jose
Serenity Day Spa
1123 Luchessi Dr., San Jose
SkinSpirit Clinic & Spa
701 Emerson St., Palo Alto
Thermae Day Spa
103 Gilbert Ave.Menlo Park
Yelka Day Spa
2049 Grant Rd., Los Altos
1240 Salon & Spa
1240 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose
SPA DO’S AND DON’T’S
TIP. It’s customary to leave 15 to 20 percent for any
personalized service. Gift certificates don’t generally include gratuity.
When in doubt, ask.
SHOWER BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT. Though your massage therapist
will likely use scented oils and such, nothing can cover a day’s worth
of mountain biking. And bring stuff for your post-shower treatment, too.
TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE. The only place more inappropriate
for a mobile phone would be a funeral.
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR THERAPIST. Tell them where it hurts,
and where you’d like more or less pressure throughout the treatment. Don’t
get bossy; just don’t be shy.
RELAX. Massage and meditation are soul mates. Go ahead, fall
HYDRATE. Massage breaks up toxins. Drinking water before and
after your treatment will help your body’s natural elimination process.
CHECK FOR OTHER AMENITIES. Some spas have hot tubs and steam
rooms for guest use. It’d be a shame if they went to waste.
USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT. ’Nuff said.
WEAR HEAVY PERFUMES OR DEODORANTS. Some therapists have allergies
or are sensitive to overbearing fragrances.
BRING BABIES OR TODDLERS. Apparently, this isn’t obvious.
ASSUME IT’S OKAY TO NOT SHOW UP. Space and time are
reserved for you, and cost the spa money if you flake.
BE AFRAID TO GET NAKED. Clothing is optional, of course. But
a trained professional knows how to maintain your privacy while having access
to those glutes and lower back (spots clothing usually covers).
SHOW UP DRUNK. Massage is a detoxifying treatment. Don’t
mix the two.
EAT A HEAVY MEAL BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT. This will only make
your body work harder at breaking down toxins.
THE PERFECT WEEKEND SPA GETAWAY
SYCAMORE HOT SPRINGS WEEKEND GETAWAY
1215 Avila Dr., San Luis Obispo
Don’t tell your partner where the two of you are going. Just tell him or
her to pack one nice outfit, swim trunks, a toothbrush, a pair of hiking shoes,
shorts, some sunglasses and a crossbow (or something throw ’em off the scent).
Then drive to Sycamore Hot Springs for your surprise weekend getaway (after you’ve
made reservations, of course). You will be the hero. Be sure to ask for a room
with its own mineral spring hot tub (there are several), which delivers mineral-rich,
104-degree water that will make you immortal (not really). Take a dip in one of
the three freshwater pools (one of which, “The Oasis,” is a 30-person
hot tub nestled amongst the rocks and trees); pick your degree of difficulty and
hike to some of California’s most breathtaking coastal views; indulge in
a variety of therapeutic spa treatments, including massages and facials; and relax
in one of the many redwood hot tubs tucked against the hillside. Rinse and repeat.
TOP 10 YOGA STUDIOS
Source Palo Alto
158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
Yoga Center of Los Gatos
Nine Montebello Way, Los Gatos
Bikram Yoga Studio
5289 Prospect Rd., San Jose
1500 Norman Ave., Suite. 201 Santa Clara
California Yoga Center
570 Showers Dr., Mountain View
Cambrian Yoga, Pilates & Fitness
1900 Camden Ave., San Jose
Willow Glen Yoga
1188 Lincoln Ave., #4, San Jose
Dahn Yoga Center
1082 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara
42130 Blacow Rd., Fremont
1776 Miramonte Ave.Mountain View
Yoga Source Los Gatos
227C N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Yoga Los Altos
343 Second St., #3Los Altos
Los Gatos Ballet & Pilates
16 Lyndon Ave. Los Gatos