Licensed aestheticians and massage therapists Kaitlyn and Sangria of Zen for Men ignore the myth that women alone long for pampering. The two unwind masculine muscles with Swedish and Esalen massage techniques, keep whiskers in check with professional barbering, and revamp rugged visages with facials. The interior crackles with charcoal-black accents set off against walls the bright red of the Kool-Aid Man realizing he ran through the wall of the wrong house. Beneath gold statuettes, potted orchids, and hanging art, crimson blankets drape across massage beds.
The Claremont Hotel & Spa stands just a few minutes from the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, home to some 36,000 students and a still-thriving activist spirit. Lined with cafés and smoke shops, colorful Telegraph Avenue bustles with scholars, bohemians, and vendors hawking tie-dyed graduation gowns.World-famous musicians and actors take the stage at Hertz and Zellerbach Halls and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and plenty of bars and restaurants along Shattuck Avenue pour microbrews and serve farm-to-table cuisine. Wandering Berkeley’s residential neighborhoods can be a charming diversion in the spring and summer, when tangled gardens spill over onto tree-lined sidewalks.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Green Spa Massage puts bodies back into balance with rejuvenating back and foot massages. Within the spa's scented rooms offering an array of fragrances, Swedish or deep-tissue massages disentangle muscle knots and improve range of motion with deep kneads, gentle pressure, or smooth, gliding strokes. Meanwhile, their foot massages and reflexology treat aching feet and promote feelings of well-being.
Flowing vines, fragrant flowers, and peaceful bamboo trees set the mood inside the coral-colored space known as Phoenix Rising Salon & Day Spa. Within such calming confines, resident stylists and aestheticians pamper guests with salon and spa services that range from elaborate hot-stone and reflexology massages to holistic Indonesian floral footbaths, which stimulate the nerve endings in the feet to invoke a feeling of relaxation. For additional serenity, the salon-and-spa space also leaves lungs feeling light with an oxygen-exchange system that sends good air in and bad air to the island of misfit molecular compounds.
Blooming along the entryway to Simply Gorgeous Day Spa, a verdant collage of greenery reflects the full-service spa’s devotion to using organic products and holistic techniques. Inside, a team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists supplement their slate of all-natural modalities and products with modern technology, resulting in services as diverse as Thai massages, LED light therapies, colonics, and Shellac manicures. To make it easy on clients looking to boost their beauty and health, the staff bundles its services into thoughtful packages that include multiple complementary treatments and unlimited conversations with the spa's enchanted mirror. Every service includes a detailed preliminary consultation, use of spa robes and slippers, and a brief tutorial on how to maintain freshly beautified looks at home.