Santa Barbara is a gorgeous destination in Southern California that’s highlighted by sunny weather throughout the year, Pacific Ocean beaches, and the gorgeous Santa Ynez Mountains. Leisure travelers here like to take advantage of the natural beauty for wellness getaways. From staying healthy, to relaxing, and eating well—this is our guide to an ideal wellness weekend in Santa Barbara.
Morning Hike Or Beach Walk
When staying for a weekend in Santa Barbara, you can keep up with your wellness and exercise by starting each day off with a morning hike or beach walk.
Take to one of favorite hikes in Santa Barbara, including the Carpinteria Bluffs, which feature ocean views and easy-to-follow trails. We also love the 7 Falls trail, perfect for a sunrise stroll to avoid the crowds. The short but semi-strenuous hike takes you through a creek and natural pools, so wear a bathing suit!
If you’re more interested in getting the mornings on your wellness weekend in Santa Barbara started with a beach walk, then opt for one of several Santa Barbara beach walks. Our guide shows you the most popular, and secluded beach walks in and around Santa Barbara with highlights like coastal cliffs, and coastal trails. Some of our favorite examples listed include the pristine Butterfly Beach, and slightly remote Summerland Beach.
A Spa Day
Once you get that morning workout in, it’s time to move onto the most enjoyable part of your wellness weekend in Santa Barbara—the spa day. There are a number of choice locations to seek out massages, skin treatments, and other unique wellness offerings in Santa Barbara, as well as a service that will bring rest and relaxation to your doorstep. Here are some of our favorites:
Cielo Spa Boutique
Cielo Spa is an acclaimed and cozy spa located just two miles from Hotel Milo in Downtown Santa Barbara. The space comes to life with calm and tranquil music, heated tables, and trained masseuses utilizing professional techniques. You can get a rub-down, or something unique like a lime hair treatment on your next visit.
Cielo Spa Boutique. 1725 State St.
Float Luxury Spa
Float Luxury Spa is a one-of-a-kind wellness destination in Santa Barbara. In what looks like a luxurious beach house, this spa offers top-of-the-line massages, facials, waxing services, and more. There are also unique rituals and spa-party packages for guests to enjoy at Float Luxury Spa during a wellness weekend in Santa Barbara.
Float Luxury Spa. 18 East Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara Mobile Massage & Spa
If you want to stay at Hotel Milo to pamper yourself during your wellness weekend, then Santa Barbara Mobile Massage & Spa is the perfect thing for you. Offering outcall massages, facials and essential spa treatments, this business is reliable and convenient. Contact them to have a professional therapist come to your hotel room and help work out all of your aches and pains.
In addition to getting some exercise and fresh air, as well as pampering yourself, a wellness weekend needs to have some healthy eats. Check out this post on Where to Find the Best Healthy, Organic Food in Santa Barbara for some examples on where to get your grub on. There are cafes and restaurants serving up organic and vegan food at, fruit bowls, gluten free dishes, and local-ingredient driven dishes listed there.
Mesa Verde is one of our favorite places to get healthy food in Santa Barbara. The organic, vegan restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The falafel brunch bowl and street taco dishes are both favorites. Bouchon is another spot worth checking out with a menu totally comprised of local ingredients and dishes paired with world-class wines from Southern California.
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