Make Your Vacation Count at the Ten Best San Francisco Spas

What's worse than stress during a vacation? Not much, we'd argue. Whether you're visiting San Francisco from near or far, you probably put a lot of time (and money!) into planning a perfect trip. You've taken some of your precious vacation time off from your demanding job, and you've been counting down the days on your calendar for some much-deserved time off. And then, as it always does, life intercedes and brings back its everyday stress - right in the middle of your vacation.

Luckily, there's no better place than San Francisco to relieve stress. On top of the very Californian tendency to "chill out," the city has a diverse Asian population with an amazing knowledge and history of spa treatment. If you're interested in a Japanese-style spa, then Kabuki Springs and Spa in Japantown is an excellent choice. If you want a day where you feel as spoiled as the richest of the rich of San Francisco, head up to the glitzy Nob Hill Hotel and Spa and be prepared to be lavished.

When stress comes calling, choose one of the spas on our list to rub it out. A trip to San Francisco can offer a lifetime of memories - make sure stress isn't one of them.

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When you want to relax, In-Symmetry has a menu of spa services can help. The experienced team offers a variety of therapeutic massage options that are designed to reduce stress, relieve physical pain and provide deep relaxation. Their signature...  Read More



If you find yourself wandering the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and suddenly feel the need for a spa break, head to Zen Day Spa. Zen Day is a good alternative to the two basic kinds of spas you can find in San Francisco: the excellent but...  Read More



Refresh yourself with an expert massage or facial from this spa's extensive selection of services. Boasting a combined experience of well over 40 years, the staff at Earth & Sky Oasis is a small collective of independent practitioners...  Read More



Not many cities can boast a spa exclusively for men, but then San francisco is not like many cities. M Spa LLC is designed specifically for men, offering treatments such as the "M-Spa Signature Facial" ($95 for one hour), which is a gentle...  Read More



Spa Nordstrom is a very large spa facility, well-equipped and efficient. It's central location at the San Francisco Centre downtown makes it a convenient option after a full day of San Francisco shopping has you run down. If you need that facial...  Read More



Nob Hill Spa is one of the most acclaimed day spas in the city and with good reason. Located in The Scarlet Huntington Hotel, this distinguished spa offers massage services, facials, nail services, body treatments and wellness activities....  Read More



By far one of the most distinguished day spas the city has to offer, Earthbody prides itself on its organic products, holistic therapies and sustainable principles. Performed only by experienced therapists, all treatments include the spa's...  Read More



Founded by three Northern California women, International Orange is a great choice for those who want a uniquely Northern Californian approach to spa treatment. Founders Melissa Ferst, Amy Darland and Kary Chendo designed this sensual and cozy...  Read More



If you're style is more down to earth and family-friendly than what most spas offer, check out Burke Williams spa, a Northern California original.The founders are Bill and Theresa Armour, who described themselves as an "over-worked businessman...  Read More



Locals love this spa's communal bath and all-encompassing menu of relaxing services. The only Japanese-inspired communal bath in the city, Kabuki Springs' unique environment is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. The spa's facilities...  Read More


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