Chimney Sweep

8 Finest Spas for Buddies and Teams within the Bay Space

Spa appointments aren’t just for lovers.

Get pampered with your best friends or plan a relaxed getaway for even the manliest bromances. Whether you’re looking for something unique, an affordable option, or a group celebration – think birthday parties and bridal showers – these are the best spas in the Bay Area to unwind with friends.

Osmosis, Sonoma County

Courtesy of @osmosisdayspa

For a completely unique experience, visit Osmosis for a Japanese cedar enzyme bath. In this fermentative bathing ritual, your entire body is immersed in a blend of soft and fragrant cedarwood and rice bran infused with live enzymes. You’ll sweat out toxins, then indulge in a massage before relaxing in a hammock in the zen gardens. It’s the perfect retreat for a couple or even a small group. While they offer group options, you can also create your own customized spa experience for up to 70 guests. // 209 Bohemian Hwy. (Freestone); Reservations can be made at

Healing Arts Center and Spa at Cavallo Point, Sausalito

(Courtesy of Cavallo Point)

Cavallo Point’s spa in Sausalito is a full-on wellness getaway, with a range of traditional offerings — think massages, body treatments, water therapies, and facials — as well as healing therapies like acupuncture, energy work, meditation, hypnotherapy, and guided imagery. There’s even a heated meditation pool under the pines, eucalyptus steam rooms, outdoor hot tubs, a tea bar and a shaman who can take you on a spiritual journey. There are also special treatments for the boys, including “facial fitness” and deep tissue massage. Shared activities include resort workshops, hiking, yoga, aromatherapy, and bocce ball. The entire spa can also be purchased. // 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker (Sausalito), reservations are available at

Pearl Spa, San Francisco

(Courtesy of Pearl Spa)

This Korean-style spa is ladies-only and offers some of the most unique offerings, including a full-body scrub and massage with 24-karat gold extract, a marble-sized clay ball pool, and a Himalayan salt room. In addition to a range of services, Pearl also offers a whirlpool, cold tub, sauna, steam room and areas with plush armchairs for easy relaxation. They also take reservations for everything from birthdays to bridal showers. Expect to be in your birthday suit as bathing suits or outerwear are not permitted. // 1654 Post St. (Japantown); Reservations are required (services range from $80-$200) are available at

Archimedes Banya, San Francisco

(Courtesy of @banyasf)

Find a mix of spa treatments from around the world with Greek, German, Russian and Turkish Hammam styles. Dive in, exfoliate, sweat, enjoy a massage and facial all in one place. There are heated rooms, a cold plunge pool, as well as unique offerings like the Russian-style Venik Platza, a massage that meets light hits with tree branches in a steam room. Then, enjoy the view from the terrace with a bite from the international menu, made with local and organic produce. The spa also books private events for groups of six guests or more ($75/three hours) and up to 40 guests ($195). If you want to go all out, you can rent the entire facility for 100 people. Each event room offers seating, flat screen TVs and a dining area. // 748 Innes Ave. (Bayview), Reservations are available at

Kabuki Springs and Spa, San Francisco

(Courtesy of Kabuki Springs & Spa)

The Kabuki Bathhouse is known for its communal hot tub with cold plunge pool, steam room, and dry sauna with sea salt for a good self-exfoliation. Chilled facial towels, flavored water and tea are also prepared and ready for a quick refreshment. The spa offers an extensive range of Eastern and Western-style services. Book a CBD massage, matcha and sea salt bath or the Javanese Lulur – a traditional Indonesian ritual that includes a massage, turmeric and rice body scrub, hydrating yogurt treatment and exotic flower bath. Though the space is large enough to accommodate groups, reservations can also be made for a private party in the satori room (minimum five people) that includes massages and sushi, followed by a shared bath. // 1750 Geary Blvd. (Japantown), reservations (shared baths are $45/day or $20 with treatment) are available at

Piedmont Springs, Oakland

(Courtesy of Piedmont Springs)

On Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, this quiet little retreat features four private outdoor hot tubs (and cold water hoses if you want to cool it down) with jets, decking, and indoor showers. At $27 an hour per person for a hot tub, this is one of the most affordable and efficient ways to get some R&R. Plus, four people fit comfortably in one. Those looking to detox can also reserve the cedar-lined sauna or steam room ($20 for 30 minutes or $22 for 45 minutes), both with showers and separate changing rooms; or make it a combo and get a tub and sauna in one ($40/hour). Those looking for a little more pampering can peruse the menu of massages, including Swedish, shiatsu, prenatal, and body treatments. Face coverings and social distancing are required when checking in and going back to rooms. // 3939 Piedmont Avenue (Oakland); Reservations are available at

Indian Springs, Calistoga

(Courtesy of Indian Springs)

The Indian Springs grounds are big enough to host a party, with adult-only and family mineral pools, bocce ball, and more. However, it is also ideal for a good time with friends. The spa offers rejuvenating treatments like massages, facials, and body treatments like a chardonnay sugar scrub or signature mud bath. Indian Springs’ mud bath ritual, using pure volcanic ash and mineral water from its own geysers, is a must. They’ve installed new showers, full-spectrum infrared saunas, and textured walls in the mud rooms. Another novelty is the Himalayan Halo Therapy Salt Room ($45/25 minutes). They also offer group retreats. // 1712 Lincoln Avenue (Calistoga); Reservations are available at

LaBelle Day Spas and Salons, Palo Alto

(Courtesy of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons)

Wow your friends with Caviar and Carat, a nutrient-rich facial that combines a caviar vial, honey, sea buckthorn and pure gold with ultrasound. For the fully gilded treatment, you can add gold leaf to your face, neck, and chest. There are also dedicated men’s grooming services (including a back facial) as well as a range of standard offerings such as nail care, hair removal, massages, wraps, and scrubs. A la carte options make it easy to plan a customized pampering day with a friend or group. // 855 El Camino Real #95 (Palo Alto); Reservations are available at

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button