Folks who can afford to live in Santa Barbara tend to be able to afford many of the finer things in life, including massages, facials, and luxe skin treatments. You’ll find a wide array of day spas and medical spas in town.
Beleza Skin Care Center (219 Gray Ave., 805/966-2373, www.belezaskincare.com) sits in the Studio E Healing Arts center. This high-end spa specializes in the best skin care money can buy, with a focus on anti-aging and acne treatments. Choose from an array of luxurious facials, chemical and herbal peels, microdermabrasion, makeup consultation, and permanent makeup application.
You’ll walk into the charming spa with its live plants and Eastern decor, check in, and be led back into your treatment room. Most facials and treatments last an hour or more. Beleza also offers a full menu of waxing services.
If you prefer a slightly more natural spa experience, book a treatment at Le Reve (21 W. Gutierrez, 805/564-2977, www.le-reve.com). Using biodynamic skin care products and pure essential oils, Le Reve makes good on the advertising billing it as an “aromatherapy spa.”
Choose from an original array of body treatments, massage, hand and foot pampering, facials, and various aesthetic treatments. If you’re up for several hours of relaxation, check out the spa packages that combine facials with massage and body treatments.
Cielo Spa and Boutique (1725 State St., Ste. C, 805/687-8979, www.cielospasb.com) prides itself on its warm, nurturing environment. Step inside and admire the scents and the soft lighting and the natural, new agey decor. Contemplate the colorful live orchids, feel soothed by the flickering candlelight, and get lost in the tranquil atmosphere.
The menu of services has an almost Northern Californian flare, with signature Champagne treatments and a focus on organics and natural lotions and potions. Check into the luxury packages that combine massages, facials, and more for a full day in the spa.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition