6 Coastal Retreats to Soothe the Soul
By Molly Lautamo
The combination of tranquil redwood forests and soothing California coastline almost commands that you slow down and smell the clean ocean air, but sometimes we all need a little help to relax and unwind. From massages and facials to drinks by the pool, Santa Cruz offers a variety of therapeutic remedies for the body and soul.
WELL WITHIN SPA
Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, the Well Within Spa offers a peaceful escape just steps away from restaurants, retail, and entertainment. Soothing music filters through the private indoor and outdoor spa rooms and a tray of herbal tea invites you to settle in and stay awhile. Soak away your worries in a private room with a hot tub overlooking a zen Japanese garden and the option of a cedar-lined sauna. For the ultimate relaxation experience, add a massage or soothing facial and feel the tension melt away.
Read more about the tranquil tubs and gardens of downtown Santa Cruz at the Well Within Spa.
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Set on 200
quiet acres with breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay, the
Resort & Spa
has everything you need for a full day of
pampering and relaxation. Loosen up your muscles with a full body massage and
invigorate your skin with a facial or exfoliating body treatment. Enjoy miles
of scenic hiking trails through the surrounding forest and a fitness center
complete with heated pool, hot tubs, steam room, and sauna. Once you’ve worked
up an appetite, dine at the
Bar & Grill
. Linger over your tasty meal by the warmth of
a fire overlooking acres of trees stretching down to the twinkling lights of
Santa Cruz and the sparkling blue of the ocean below.
dining experiences at the Chaminade Resort and Spa
Pajaro Dunes Resort
along miles of pristine California coastline, the
promises a weekend of calm and serenity. Escape the
distractions and stresses of home in a luxurious shoreline vacation rental just
steps from the sand. Feel a weight lift off your shoulders as you decide
whether to spend the day strolling along the beach, reading from your
ocean-view deck, or exploring the wildlife at
. You’ll find yourself slowing down to the pace of
nature during your stay at this secluded retreat in Monterey Bay.
Dunes Resort is one of Santa Cruz County’s best-kept secrets
Seascape Beach Resort
don’t get up. At
you can enjoy breakfast in bed and then receive your choice
of relaxing In-Suite Spa Treatments, from a full body massage to a warm shell
treatment, in the comfort and privacy of your own room. Let the
sounds of the ocean and the warm crackling of the fireplace lull you into the
deepest state of relaxation. End your perfect day with a bonfire on the beach
(s’mores included) or just stay in and enjoy the sunset from your private
beach vacation into the ultimate retreat at Seascape Beach Resort
This urban retreat combines modern architecture with the calming aesthetics of the forest for an unexpected experience just across the river from downtown Santa Cruz. The Hotel Paradox has a calming effect as soon as you enter the building, mixing innovative decor with natural elements. A reclaimed eucalyptus tree functions as the front desk and the soothing image of a shady redwood grove decorates the back wall. The rooms are clean and cozy but the real relaxation happens poolside. Sip craft cocktails in a private poolside cabana, nap on luxurious daybeds in between dips in the heated pool, and when the sun starts to set, warm up in the hot tub or claim a couch by the fire pit and relax under the stars.
Read more about relaxing poolside at the urban oasis inside Hotel Paradox.
The only oceanfront hotel in the city of Santa Cruz, the Dream Inn offers Monterey Bay sunrises and sunsets from your own private balcony and oceanfront dining at the Aquarius Restaurant. Take advantage of a pool and hot tub overlooking Cowell Beach and the Santa Cruz Wharf, plus fire pits to keep the crisp ocean breeze at bay. The sounds of the surf reach every retro-chic room and immediately melt the tension away. Fall asleep to the sounds of the surf and greet the day with only one ambition: relax.
Read more about planning your luxury beach vacation at the Dream Inn.