Spa means “health through water.” Add treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, heated indoor swimming pools, farm-to-table restaurants with menus built around fresh California produce, plus a wellness program that offers a menu of services and you are guaranteed health. In the City by the Bay, there are also opportunities to customize personalized wellness experiences, facials, manicures/pedicures, booking an in-room masseuses and lots more. Here are the top hotels for wellness in San Francisco.
Featured Photo: St. Regis San Francisco
Four Seasons San Francisco
Never miss a workout while on the road. With complimentary access for hotel guests and under the same roof as the hotel on Market Street, the Equinox Sports Club is one of the city’s best. The basketball court, full-service spa, unlimited fitness classes, and veranda terrace are favorites. The junior Olympic-sized lap pool answers the question of “where?” for even the most avid swimmers looking for a place to go.
TIP: For traveling parents, the hotel has a babysitting service to make that personal time possible.
Splurge on the Spa Vitale’s Bathing Ritual on the rooftop of this Embarcadero hotel. It’s not everywhere one finds an outdoor lavender-scented bathtub sprinkled with rose petals. Slip into the water with a glass of sparkling to gaze at the sky while coddled within the confines of a bamboo surround. Step out on the terrace in a plush robe for fresh air, bridge and bay views. Following a soak, what better than a massage?
TIP: The hotel is rebranding as 1 Hotel San Francisco to offer a heightened emphasis on sustainability and eco-consciousness, so watch for expanded new amenities and services.
The Huntington Hotel
This is a favorite sanctuary for San Francisco residents who know the Nob Hill Spa is divine — did we mention the fireplace lounge? Guests wrap themselves in plush robes to enjoy refreshments, healthy snacks, and menu items served at poolside chaise lounges where floor-to-ceiling windows enhance an infinity pool and city views. There are 10 treatment rooms, couples massages, facial and nail services, beauty treatments for gentlemen, a Zen relaxation room, saunas, steam rooms, and a whirlpool across three levels.
TIP: Hotel guests have complimentary access to the spa facilities.
InterContinental San Francisco
Some properties earn the nickname “suits and suits,” and this is one such place. An indoor swimming pool for laps and a hot tub are built-in benefits for hotel guests, primarily a business-oriented crowd for the proximity to the Moscone Center that’s within a five-minute walk. There’s a selection of treatments, from Ayurvedic and Swedish massage to body wraps, scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.
TIP: Dine at the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant, Luce, and work off the calories after at the fitness center.
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
L’OCCITANE en Provence is a Mediterranean-inspired spa located on the lower level inside this luxury hotel where professional therapists provide 33 treatments. Fans of the brand will recognize those sunny pops of yellow, citrus tea, lavender scents, and lovely aromas. Special spa treatments include those to minimize the effects of jet lag and others to maximize anti-aging strategy. Keep up a workout regime at the fitness center where state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength-training equipment are available 24/7.
TIP: The focus is on treatments; there’s no pool here.
St. Regis San Francisco
Is it a hotel with a spa, or is it a spa with hotel rooms? Either way, head for the treat of a heated, indoor infinity pool. The ultimate relaxation and renewal provided by sensory treatments and services at Remède Spa make this one of the city’s top-rated hotel spas. No basement workouts here: The 5,700-square-foot fitness center benefits from natural light and city views. Check out the private yoga/pilates studio.
TIP: Guests have free access to the wellness facilities.