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Discover Wellness Bliss: California's Top Retreats

Looking for the perfect getaway to recharge your mind, body, and soul? Whether you're planning a summer break, a birthday, or simply seeking an escape with your closest friends, California's wellness resorts offer a retreat amidst stunning natural landscapes and luxurious accommodations.

Photo of Yoga at the resort: Media by Wix
Photo of Yoga at the resort: Media by Wix

From retreats among the redwoods of Northern California to spas set amidst the vineyards of Napa Valley, and from sanctuaries in the hills of Malibu to beachfront escapes in Southern California, the Golden State boasts an array of wellness experiences to suit every taste and preference.


Imagine starting your day with yoga by the sea, followed by spa treatments and gourmet dining experiences. Whether you're seeking adventure or tranquility, California's wellness resorts provide the ideal setting to unwind, recharge, and reconnect with yourself.


So why wait? Treat yourself to a wellness escape and experience relaxation in sunny California. Here is a list of resorts to consider as you plan your trip.



Southern California


Cal-a-Vie, crowned North America’s top Destination Health Spa by Travel + Leisure, stands as a celebrated fitness and wellness sanctuary in the captivating landscape of Vista, California. With a blend of fitness, nutrition, relaxation, and holistic alignment, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa crafts programs designed to foster harmony between mind and body.


Photo: The Ranch Malibu (via google.com)
Photo: The Ranch Malibu (via google.com)

At The Ranch, immersive programs lead guests through a guided fitness journey, offering wellness support and precisely tailored nutrition to detoxify their bodies in a sustainable, health-conscious manner, all amidst a return to nature's roots. Honored with the prestigious Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, this resort prioritizes rigorous fitness regimens, organic culinary delights, and mindfulness exercises.



Amidst the lush landscapes of San Diego, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa invites guests to unwind in luxury. Recognized with the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, visitors can indulge in activities like tennis, cycling, and meditation, all while surrounded by the beauty of the resort's Mediterranean-inspired architecture and lush gardens. The Spa at Rancho Valencia is a true haven, providing solitude, stillness, and peace.


Atop a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific, Montage Laguna Beach invites guests into the vibrant heart of Southern California’s premier artist community. Honored with the AAA Five Diamond Award, this resort offers guests holistic wellness experiences such as seaside yoga and indulgent spa treatments. Pamper yourself with a California Wildflower Massage or indulge in the luxurious Five Senses treatment at Spa Montage.


Located along the pristine shores of Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill radiates elegance and sophistication. Recognized with the Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Award for Best Resort in Southern California, it provides personalized wellness evaluations and spa treatments inspired by the Mediterranean. Guests can engage in activities such as golf, swimming, and coastal hikes, all while relishing breathtaking ocean vistas and first-rate amenities.


Perched along the scenic coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea presents a peerless luxury retreat. Celebrated with the esteemed Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, this resort showcases invigorating spa therapies inspired by the sea and wellness pursuits such as yoga sessions and coastal strolls. Amidst the sprawling grounds, guests can unwind by the pool, embark on culinary adventures with farm-to-table dining, and relish panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean.


Sitting majestically atop a cliff in Dana Point, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel promises awe-inspiring vistas and unmatched opulence. Renowned for its excellence with the AAA Five Diamond Award, this resort tailors personalized fitness regimens and indulgent spa experiences inspired by the ocean. Boasting elegant lodgings and coastal-inspired aesthetics, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel provides guests with a sophisticated and revitalizing seaside escape.


Set amidst the rolling hills of San Diego, Fairmont Grand Del Mar emerges as a sanctuary for the senses. Recognized with the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award, this resort offers wellness retreats and European-inspired spa treatments. Guests can enjoy activities like golf, horseback riding, and nature walks, all while experiencing the timeless elegance and luxury of Fairmont Grand Del Mar.


Amidst the coastal beauty of Carlsbad, Park Hyatt Aviara offers a sanctuary for relaxation and renewal. Honored with the AAA Five Diamond Award, this resort provides guests with personalized spa treatments and outdoor activities like golf and hiking. With its elegant accommodations and serene surroundings, Park Hyatt Aviara offers guests a luxurious retreat where they can recharge. Experience globally inspired services and award-winning wellness experiences at Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara. Discover transformative spa services that fuse ancient and modern techniques.



North & Central California


Photo credit: Post Ranch Inn (via Google.com)
Photo credit: Post Ranch Inn (via Google.com)

Resting on the cliffs of Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn stands as a serene retreat for those seeking balance and renewal. Recognized with the Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Award 2023 for Best Wellness Retreat, this resort prioritizes holistic wellness and organic spa treatments amid awe-inspiring natural landscapes. Guests can engage in activities like guided hikes, meditation sessions, and spa therapies, all crafted to foster a reconnection with nature and enhance well-being. Additionally, this hotel earned the Andrew Harper Member's Choice Awards 2024 - #1 Top Hotel in the World, under 50 rooms.


Photo: Alila Ventana Big Sur (Via google.com)

Ventana is an exclusive Adults Only resort offering comprehensive wellness programs designed for transformation. Embraced by the stunning landscapes of Big Sur, it serves as a haven for relaxation. Recognized with Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, this resort offers guests a distinctive wellness journey encompassing guided hikes, yoga sessions, and rejuvenating spa therapies. If you seek mindful travel experiences with purpose, this is an ideal destination to explore. Moreover, their tent cabins for glamorous camping are now available, providing a sophisticated way to immerse yourself in the outdoors.


Photo: Cavallo Point (via google.com)
Photo: Cavallo Point (via google.com)

Cavallo Point offers a serene escape from everyday stresses. Located on 45 natural acres within Golden Gate National Park, just minutes from Sausalito, this eco-friendly resort has earned the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. Guests enjoy wellness workshops and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Committed to sustainability and well-being, Cavallo Point provides a space for relaxation, renewal, and connection with nature. Its award-winning Healing Arts Center and Spa offers integrative medicine consultations for complete rejuvenation.


In the heart of Calistoga, Solage stands as a premier destination in Napa Valley. Honored with the esteemed Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, this resort offers geothermal spa treatments, outdoor pursuits like cycling and hiking, and delightful farm-to-table dining experiences. Solage's renowned 20,000-square-foot Spa Solage highlights the cherished Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies, dating back to the 19th century. The Bathhouse elevates the wellness journey with exclusive geothermal pools, ranging from icy cold to a comforting 98° and a soothing 103°.


Photo: Meadowood Napa Valley (via google.com)
Photo: Meadowood Napa Valley (via google.com)

Amidst the vineyards of Napa Valley, Meadowood stands as a luxurious retreat for wellness enthusiasts. Recognized with the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, this resort offers personalized spa treatments, wellness activities, and farm-to-table dining experiences.


Photo: Carneros Resort & Spa (via google.com)
Photo: Carneros Resort & Spa (via google.com)

Carneros Resort and Spa, committed to luxury and wellness, cultivates an environment where guests can unwind and embrace the beauty of wine country. Offering a variety of experiences, the resort provides exclusive access to the Spa at Carneros, where skilled therapists enhance the relaxation experience for guests.



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