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Choosing the Best San Francisco Day Spa

Where to "get away from it all" in San Francisco for the day or even an hour?Feeling stressed out? Want to relax? There are many San Francisco day spas where you can unwind, relax, and indulge in a massage, wrap, facial, or a day package. Some treatments are as short as thirty minutes, so don't let time stop you. Here is a sample of where to go.

Azul Spa

889 Ensenada Ave, Berkeley, CA  94707
Cross Street : Solano Ave, (510) 527-3900


No singing the blues at this refreshing retreat for the mind, body and soul. This San Francisco day spa lives every bit up to its ultramarine name. With large, airy rooms and a color scheme that's simple yet elegant, this place is the epitome of cool and calm. Its location in North Berkeley completes the "get away from it all" experience for city dwellers. If it's a bath treatment you fancy, you've come to the right place. Soak your way through a milk and honey dip or detox with a potpourri of aromatherapy herbs. While you wait for your tub to fill, choose from a number of other services: manicures, pedicures, or ceripil waxing (the gentlest type out there). Afterward, save room for a seaweed body wrap or a Swedish massage--the spa's most popular service.

Spa Radiance

3061 Fillmore St., 346-6281

Third generation skin care specialist Angelina Umansky presents innovative skin care at this San Francisco day spa, established in 1975. The Spa offers packages or a variety of custom treatments.


1130 Post St., 563-2316

Asian elegance in a peaceful Urban Oasis just off Van Ness Avenue makes this San Francisco day spa a great place to relax. They offer steam rooms, saunas, massage, facials, scrubs, and wraps in arty rooms. Equal numbers of men and women frequent this spa.

Nob Hill Spa

1075 California St., 345-2888

Inside the Huntington Hotel at the top of Nob Hill is a serene, airy sanctuary with fantastic city views. The treatment rooms are decorated with antiques and tapestries, combining the Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Victorian influences found in the neighborhoods. Treatments use Asian elements such as green tea, ginkgo, and ginseng. This San Francisco day spa features an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, baths, treatments, yoga, and a weight room.

Kabuki Springs and Spa

1750 Geary Blvd., 922-6000.

Kabuki is a serenity spa in Japantown designed to encourage harmony, wellness, and relaxation. They offer a traditional Japanese communal bath, acupuncture, and many spa services and packages at affordable rates.

Marilyn Jaeger Skin Care

415 Spruce St, Cross Street : Sacramento Street, (415) 751-0647

Whether you're sipping sangria in the Victorian-inspired waiting room or perched on the throne bench getting your feet buffed, rest assured you are every bit the princess (or prince) this salon prepares you to be. With a no-cell phone policy, opera music flowing from every corner and ladies in white robes ready to whisk you away to beauty pampering pleasure, Marilyn Jaeger's feels like you've stumbled off Clement Street into a palace. A Brazilian wax that takes four minutes, not 40, and a philosophy of "eyebrow design" (not just waxing) makes this San Francisco day spa an eyebrow raise above the rest. Choose from 10 different massage techniques, a half-dozen facials and a number of waxing procedures to find your inner goddess. With a loyal clientele and annual write-ups in national magazines, Jaeger's has a reputation that far exceeds the wonders of any glycolic peel. Massage, facials, hair removal, manicures/pedicures, medi-spa treatments.

Zendo Urban Retreat

3012 Fillmore St., 447-4255, and 256 Sutter St., floor 2, 788-3404

Zendo has two locations, both with a variety of treatments and services. Packages range from three to nine hours or you can customize your day to fit your desires. They also offer yoga, acupuncture, and hair services.

Sunset Sauna and Massage

1214 20th Avenue, 753-2559

Travel to this Sunset District Spa for massage, sauna, spa treatments, and day packages at affordable prices.

Dimitra's Facial and Body Therapies

324 West Portal Ave., 731-8080

This West Portal Salon offers body therapies (including wraps and massages), facial therapies, makeup services, and refinements.

77 Maiden Lane Salon

77 Maiden Lane, floor 2, 391-7777

On an alley off Union Square this large, busy San Francisco day spa is considered one of the city's most luxurious with many ways to be pampered. They offer four-hour and eight-hour packages as well as individual treatments and services.

Novella Spa and Imports

2238 Union St., 673-1929

This San Francisco day spa uses aromatherapy, herbs, and botanicals with individually designed treatments with the intent of providing you with the finest in skin and body care available. They also have an import store with a large selection of products.

Spa Seven  

2358 Pine Street, (415) 775-6546

There are more than seven reasons to experience this spiritual San Francisco day spa in Upper Fillmore. Roomy may be the resounding theme as you relax with a cup of herbal tea in the large back room. Better still, light from the glass-door patio gives the feeling of being outdoors. Though you may spy a fellow patron in the adjoining room getting his feet buffed or pass a mother-to-be having lunch in the waiting area, rarely will you feel as if your space is being invaded. Massage and facial rooms feel spacious too--furnishings are minimal and decorations stay simple, such as a lampshade in the shape of a large conch shell. Recommended are any of the specialty facials or massages that combine traditional techniques with the spa's unique twist. Try an acne lightening treatment that exfoliates with pineapple, papaya and lemon enzymes or the popular brown sugar body polish which exfoliates skin using the sweet cane followed by an hour-long massage that combines Swedish and shiatsu strokes. Shower room. Facials, massage, body treatments, wet treatments, microdermabrasion, hair removal, manicures/pedicures. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm; other hours by appointment.

Nourish Skin Care Centre  

1301 Church St, (415) 285-6464

Nourish Skin Care Centre offers a fresh approach to skin care. The therapists at this San Francisco day spa know that every person's skin is unique. That's why they don't offer a prefabricated selection of services.
Equipped with a thorough Face Mapping skin analysis technique, years of training and carefully selected skin care products, your therapist will pinpoint exactly what your skin needs. And equally important, what it doesn't need. It's one treatment that's different every time.

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