Treat Yourself at the 10 Best Spas in Santa Barbara



1. the universal cure for what ails you - and even what doesn't ail you

Whether you're happy or sad, energetic or tired, healthy or under the weather, a trip to the spa just sounds right. There's something about those fluffy robes, dimly lit rooms and softly lingering scents that can charm even the most sensible patron into eagerly signing up for expensive, indulgent treatments.

A day of pampering? Don't mind if I do! 

So if you're in Santa Barbara and you're looking to slip into something a little more comfortable - be it a massage or a sauna or something else entirely - this is the list for you. Here you'll find the 10 best spas in town and all the information you need to book an appointment or two.

Many of the best resorts have spas built right into them, so if you're staying at the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara or the Bacara Resort and Spa, you're all set. Even if you're not staying at either of these places, you are welcome to visit the spas at each. With your treatment you gain access to the pool area at both hotels, something certainly worth considering.

If you'd rather visit an independent spa, try Evolutions in downtown Santa Barbara. This award-winning medical and beauty spa has oodles of options from which to choose. And if, against all odds, nothing here suits you? Try any of the other seven places on the list!




Local favorite spa! "Cielo" is the Spanish word for heaven and that's exactly where you'll think you've landed when you enter Cielo Spa Boutique, located just outside the main shopping area of downtown Santa Barbara. Designed to be a haven for...  Read More



Best kept secret. For affordable massages, Evan's relaxing station is the place to go. Nothing fancy, no frills and you even keep your clothes on. Evan's is a local's favorite. You can't make an appointment; it's walk-ins only. Chefs, winemakers...  Read More



Most exclusive spa destination. If your hotel checklist looks something like this - beachfront, exclusive amenities, possible celebrity sightings, ridiculous levels of hospitality - then the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is...  Read More



Most unique spa experience. Take an unexpected detour while exploring downtown Santa Barbara and wander in to Salt Cave Santa Barbara for a lesson on halotherapy, the process of treating a variety of lung and dermal ailments with a salted...  Read More



Best views. Book a treatment at the Spa at El Encanto to experience one of Santa Barbara's most legendary properties. Perfectly situated in a secluded, quiet part of town, the El Encanto is famous for its legendary views and luxury standards....  Read More



Best day trip destination. This Southern California resort and spa located in beautiful Ojai offers guests a place to get away from it all. Most famously, guests also enjoy complimentary access to Spa Ojai with a scheduled spa treatment. Spa...  Read More



Greenest spa in the area! Le Reve is a the first green-certified health and beauty spa in Santa Barbara. Conveniently located downtown, Le Reve is the perfect place to go for a little pampering, whether you're looking to relax for the day or...  Read More



Best place to get away from it all. The Spa at the Bacara is a treat - pure indulgence for even the most jaded traveler. Set above the calming blue waters of the Pacific, this award-winning spa features an expertly trained staff, an adults-only...  Read More



Best health spa. Evolutions Medical & Day Spa is the place to go to really cure what ails you - whether it's a medical skin condition or just a bad case of the rundown-and-worn-outs. Using a combination of technology and innovative...  Read More



Best secret hideaway. You'd never guess that tucked down this busy Santa Barbara side street is an award-winning spa with a peaceful private garden, complete with twinkling lights and a reflecting pool. FLOAT specializes in massages, facials and...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva