recommended Stinson BeachThe trip to get to this beach is part of the fun. Drive up and down the windy roads of Mt Tam to arrive at this mile long stretch of unspoilt coastline. Visions of our daughters running wild on the ... read morebeach will forever be imprinted on my memory. I was impressed by the stalwart surfers who braved the 40 degree weather to catch a consistent set of waves. And all just 30 minutes drive from downtown San Fran.
- Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103recommended Four Seasons Hotel San FranciscoI'm a fan of the spa at the Four Seasons (it's called Splash). It's good value for a hotel spa ($115-$125 for a 50 minute massage), mainly because it doesn't have a pool/hot tub (but it does have ... read moresauna/steam room). What I like best about it is that you can make a decent day of it by: 1) Sneaking into the Sports Club LA downstairs (very easy to do--the spa shares a dressing room with the gym) for a workout, 2) Getting your spa services, and then 3) going down to their bar for the best $15 girlie drink you've ever had.
- Imperial Spa1875 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United Statesrecommended Imperial SpaThis is my favorite day spa in San Francisco. Yes, it eschews the more luxurious amenities, but it'll give you a taste of a Korean Jjimjilbang. The massages are more vigorous than at other spots, but ... read moresometimes that's exactly what I need. Also, you can have your skin scrubbed and be horrified at how much of your epidermis you can slough off. Don't be turned off though by the funny location and mostly Eastern European and Korean clientele...Imperial keeps its facilities in excellent condition, the sauna and steam room are actually hot, and everything's clean.Only downside I've heard of is that the women's side can get crowded, and if you just happen to be with the wrong people chatty cathies might get in the way of your peaceful relaxation.However, as a dude, I've got to say that I've enjoyed this place more than the luxury oriented spas in SF and far more than the Spa CAFOs in Las Vegas.AJ
Definitely a different vibe from the typical day spa...but who knows you might find it interesting
- Bliss San Francisco181 Third Street, San Francisco, CArecommended Bliss San FranciscoA chic spa located in the W Hotel San Francisco. You can watch movies while getting a manicure, and I love their products--all very fresh-smelling!
- Burke Williams Spa845 Market St San Francisco, CA 94103recommended Burke Williams SpaI love going to the spa, and Burke Williams is exactly what a spa experience should be. It is a little strange that the spa is located inside SF Westfield Mall, on the same floor as the movie theaters ... read moreand that you can see the mall from the windows, but once you step inside, you are completely whisked away to a world of tranquility and relaxation.Connie Pistilli
One of my favorite spas in SF!
- Watercourse Way165 Channing Avenue, Palo Alto, CArecommended Watercourse WayI came here for a bachelorette party, and the private room was the perfect place to hang out with the girls.