California Dreaming: Spas of America’s Top 50 California Spas of 2014

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Golden State driving the future of spa and wellness with consumers.

Spa and wellness experiences lure 31 million travelers to California each year with an abundance of luxury and relaxation options.

The spa travel website Spas of America has released its inaugural ranking of the Top 50 California Spas of 2014 based on consumer behavior on its website.

“Since we launched Spas of America ten years ago, California has played the lead for North America’s spa and wellness industry,” says Spas of America president Craig Oliver. “Long known for its warm sunshine and fresh-air attitude, California is our most searched region, and home to our largest audience of spa consumers.”

Spa travel has become an important driver for the state’s tourism industry as reported by Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “Spa and wellness experiences lure 31 million travelers to California each year with an abundance of luxury and relaxation options. Whether it’s on a sun-kissed beach, bustling urban center or a mountain retreat, our spa experiences, coupled with our boundless outdoor activities, attractions and culinary delights, makes the Golden State the ideal destination for those looking to indulge and unwind.”

Where does this passion for spa come from? Health and wellness is ingrained in the DNA of California according to hospitality and spa/lifestyle consultant Peter Anderson of Anderson & Associates. “Culturally, California is both iconoclastic and innovative, starting with the hippies of the 60s trending into the Silicon Valley of today,” he says. “We have a culture that pushes boundaries to help us have our ‘better lives.’”

California consumers are also expanding their spa and wellness palate, says Jessica Timberlake, former Southern California spa director, and founder at Found Details Photography. “As the Millennial generation gains strength in spending power, there is a noticeable trend shift in what the consumer wants. Spa goers are interested in not only a massage and facial, but a true wellness experience to balance out the stresses of a constantly connected life. California, as a known trendsetter both in consumerism and spa experiences, is sure to respond to this demand in new and innovative ways,” she says.

The Top 50 California Spas of 2014 consists of a kaleidoscope of hotels, resorts and destination spas from across the Golden State, including boutique wine spas, revitalizing mineral springs, entertaining casino spas, results-driven fitness spas and luxury spas.

Spas of America’s Top 50 California Spas of 2014

1. Wine & Roses, Lodi
2. The Biggest Loser Resort, Malibu
3. Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Napa
4. Oaks at Ojai, Ojai
5. Sunstone The Spa at Agua Caliente, Rancho Mirage
6. Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala
7. Southbridge Napa Valley, St. Helena
8. The Spring Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs
9. The Spa at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach
10. The Golden Door, San Marcos
11. Agua Serena Spa, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Indian Wells
12. We Care Detox Spa, Desert Hot Springs
13. Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley
14. The Spa at The Grand Del Mar, San Diego
15. Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa, Desert Hot Springs
16. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma
17. The Spa at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, Newport Beach
18. Blue Marble Spa, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego
19. The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
20. Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, San Luis Obispo
21. The Ashram Retreat, Calabasas
22. Spa at Equinox Century City, Los Angeles
23. Marilyn Monroe Spa, Hyatt Regency Monterey
24. Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, Corona
25. Indian Springs Resort & Spa, Calistoga
26. Miracle Springs Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs
27. Spa Villagio, Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville
28. The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, Malibu
29. Post Ranch Inn & Spa, Big Sur
30. Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
31. The Chopra Center Omni La Costa Resort, Carlsbad
32. The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe
33. Spa Montage Laguna Beach
34. The Spa at Bardessono, Yountville
35. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
36. Sage Spa, Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon
37. La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta
38. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai
39. Healing Arts Center & Spa, Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito
40. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert
41. The WELL Spa, Miramonte Resort & Spa, Indian Wells
42. The Spa at Terranea, Rancho Palos Verdes
43. Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa, Bodega Bay
44. The Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga
45. Spa Relaken, Miyako Hybrid Hotel, Torrance
46. Spa Montage Beverly Hills, Beverlly Hills
47. Spa Las Palmas at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage
48. Spa Gaucin, St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point
49. Sea Wellness Spa, Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica
50. The Spa at Paradise Point, San Diego

Spas of America’s Top 50 California Spas of 2014 are ranked by unique page views generated by customers visiting the website throughout the year. Spas of America’s global audience is 70% women; 80% USA/Canada; age 25 to 65 (median age 39); $75k–$250k household income; leisure and business travellers; and health, wellness and lifestyle oriented.

Source: Google Analytics, January 1–December 31, 2014

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