California’s Best Spas, Resorts, and Getaways

The debate around California’s best spas, resorts and getaways could go on forever. California is a unique travel destination and has something for everyone. Here’s a few of the best:

The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

The historic Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley is perfect for a Northern California “staycation” and for tourists alike. The hotel is near downtown Berkeley with its many boutiques, restaurants, and pubs and close to Silicon Valley and Napa Valley. The Claremont’s newly renovated guest rooms are for relaxation and the modern traveller. Book early for a room with a view of the San Francisco Bay. Rooms start at $331 per night. The resort fee provides access to a fitness club, a business center, three pools, tennis courts and WiFi.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

The only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel in Southern California, the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills has no equal. There’s a wide choice of room types all with luxurious furnishings and amenities, some with patios and balconies. Hotel amenities include The Belvedere Restaurant, the Roof Garden eatery and the Living Room which serves afternoon tea. Other amenities include a spa, a gym, and rooftop pool. Personal service and elegance make this one of California’s best. Rates from $550.

Bear Creek Resort

Just two hours from Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s getaway vacation destination. With skiing and winter sports and hiking, biking and the lake, there are lots of activities. Bear Creek Resort is within walking distance of the lake and the Village of Bear Lake and is close to activities and offers ski-in/ski-out access. Bear Creek Resort has a rustic, mountain feel with on-site spa and restaurant. The Resort offers a choice of rooms, studios, and cabins with modern amenities and rates from $118. Be on the beach in the morning and ski in the afternoon – and stay at Bear Creek Resort.

Knotts Berry Farm Hotel

Knott’s Berry Farm is arguably California’s best amusement park with rides, activities and its famous Boysenberry Pie and chicken dinner. If you are going there, this would be the logical place to stay. The Knotts Berry Farm Hotel is a classic family-oriented California hotel. It’s a very short walk to the park and there is complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Disneyland Resort. Resort amenities include an outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts and free Wi-Fi. With nightly rates from $150, it’s a great value catering to families.

Solage Calistoga

The highly-rated Solage Calistoga Resort has everything you could want in a California getaway – atmosphere, food, spa and decor. This intimate 89-room resort has mountain views and is close to the historic town of Calistoga in Napa Valley. The Solbar Restaurant features Northern California cuisine using local, organic ingredients. The Spa Solage features a bathhouse, mud bar, wellness packages, yoga and fitness centre.  Impeccable service and a quiet atmosphere make this resort something special. Studio style Rooms at the Solage start at $470 per night. Pay a little extra to stay in a more spacious One Bedroom Suite.

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