A Signature Spa provides a soothing boutique setting for pampering, beautification, and evading warrant-toting posses. Each Stress Melt Away package begins by treating pool propellers to a hot stone foot soak with eucalyptus while their owners knock back a complimentary beverage and light snack. Next, a potent combo of steam room and infrared sauna detoxes the body of such common poisons as poison, while a Swiss shower cleanses the corpus in a neutral, conflict-eluding locale. An application of cocoa-butter body moisturizer turns your dry skin's desert into a skin dessert, giving it the smoothness and sweet flavor of a relaxed, spreadable concoction that pairs well with toasted bread. A Signature Spa's technicians will then get the cranium tingling with the sweet smells of a peppermint scalp massage. The entire two-hour relaxathon wraps up with a 50-minute full-body massage that leaves you feeling as loose and limber as a spider monkey after yoga class.
The Pacific Ocean not only provides a stunning backdrop for Bistro 1111 at Hyatt Santa Barbara—the bistro’s windows overlook the bright blue ocean—but also supplies the eatery with many of its ingredients. California halibut and Santa Barbara spot prawns compete for attention with local sea bass and Pacific crab cakes. The fresh seafood, made from recipes sealed into glass bottles, pairs with local produce to create dishes such as the Pacific crab cakes with avocado relish and red-beet microgreens or the surf ’n’ turf, a 7-ounce petite filet plus a prawn-and-scallop skewer that’s accompanied by wilted spinach, a mushroom salad, and marble potatoes.
At Zen Massage Place, the massage therapists erase stress with soothing massage treatments. Herbs, sea salt, or flowers enhance foot soaks before foot reflexology treatments; likewise, thai hot herbal balls or hot stones are employed during full-body massages. Other options include deep-tissue, Shiatsu, or Swedish massage techniques, as well as relaxing treatments that include a rain shower and body scrub for soft skin.
Bella Duran Salon and Spa's team of aestheticians, massage therapists, and master stylists replenish beauty stores and assuage stress with an arsenal of individually tailored treatments. During appointments, patrons sip or search for their futures inside complimentary Italian javas, organic teas, and champagnes while hair artisans rejuvenate manes with made-in-Milan Dikson products. Bella's Beaute Neuve facial uncovers brighter skinscapes with fruit acids and vitamin C, and anticellulite body wraps embrace physiques in skin-smoothing essential oils. Aestheticians uproot unwanted fuzz from head to toe with hypoallergenic Cirepil crystalline wax.
Sprinting seemingly endlessly on a treadmill, daydreaming while pedaling a stationary bicycle, or using the same weight machines continually are activities that frequently plague most exercisers. None of these dull scenarios exist at CrossFit Santa Barbara, a fitness program that harnesses a different workout each day to blast participants with strength training and conditioning. Here, participants rotate through circuits, moving objects such as tires or small buildings before lifting weights and executing gymnastics movements, all of which result in increased endurance, agility, and strength.