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Four Bay Area Day Spas to Chase the Rain Away

Jenna Scatena | December 2, 2014 | Story California Destinations

The holidays may be gluttonous, but they're also exhausting. And expensive. Here are a few close-to-home day spas that don’t require you to be a guest at a fancy hotel or shell out triple digit bills for some R&R.

Carmel Valley
Refuge’s hydrothermal therapy system shocks your body into relaxation. At this co-ed spa, you rotate between hot and cold treatments to open up the vascular system and release endorphins. Whether you believe it works, it’s still refreshing. Kick back in the cedar sauna or eucalyptus-infused steam room, dunk yourself in an icy plunge pool, and then warm up by one of the many outdoor fire pits to a waterfall soundtrack. Rinse. Repeat until your muscles turn to jelly. Day pass $44

Archimedes Banya
Hunters Point
You don’t have to go far for this quirky spa that blends relaxing remedies from around the globe. The menu includes scrubs, massages, wraps, and mineral baths, but the real perks are the rooftop deck overlooking the Bay and lounge serving elixirs from kvas to kombucha, plus healthful Mediterranean-inspired tapas. Day pass $37

Set on a 5-acre Japanese-style garden, this day spa offers hard-to-find treatments like its signature cedar enzyme bath heat treatment, in which you stew in a warm cedar mulch. If that’s not your style, the grounds are replete with bonsai, stones, a labrynth, and a koi pond. The Field of Hammocks (which is exactly what it sounds like) and tea garden are great nooks to further unwind in. Packages from $99

Watercourse Way
Palo Alto
This Silicon Valley spa specializes in private hot tubs, though it also offers your standard massages and scrubs. Each secluded room is outfitted with a tub, shower, and rest area with adjustable lighting and sound. Go for the Eight Stars room, which is decked out in Moroccan d├ęcor and includes a cold plunge pool, sauna, and skylight. One hour from $20

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