Need a quick mani-pedi, a facial or a deep tissue massage? Or maybe you just need to find a serene, comforting place where you can unwind and get the star treatment. Or maybe your kids went back to school this week so you can finally take a moment for yourself. Whatever your needs, there are dozens of day spas in Orange County ready to cater to your beauty and health needs. Here’s is a of ten of the best in the area.
Total Body Care
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
The folks at Total Body Care, otherwise known as TBC, insist they are not “pretentious or fancy” but offer a homey and comfortable (read: small) feel for clients the minute they step inside. TBC offers massage therapy (Swedish @ $40 for 30 minutes), facials (TBC custom @ $50 for 30 minutes), hair removal (Biki @ $40) and more.
BodyCentre Day Spa
660 Baker Street, Suite 101
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Weekends: 10am- 7pm
BodyCentre Day Spa has a few different locations throughout Orange County and doesn’t just offer your usual facials, massages and treatments. The BodyCenter also offers colon hydrotherapy for clients who want to “feel good from the inside out” for $80 for the first treatment. A deep tissue massage costs $70 for 55 minutes; a back, neck and shoulder massage costs $60 for 25 minutes; and pregnant guests can get a special massage at $75 for 55 minutes. A Day to Play Package is also offered starting at $194.75 for 2.5 hours and it includes a massage, facial, body polish and herbal wrap.
200 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tuesday through Sunday: 9am-9pm
The philosophy at Spa Gregorie’s is to not only improve a client’s body, but also the psyche, attitude and general approach to taking care of oneself. Gregorie’s has two locations in Orange Count (check website for details) and offers an extensive menu of spa treatments. Some of the most popular offerings include the 1-1/2 Hour Massage ($145 for Swedish, Deep Tissue), Magnificent Mom (an assortment of four treatments plus lunch for $379) and the Hydra Quench Body Wrap (full body exfoliation at $145 for 1-1/2 hours).
Mandara Spa @ Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa
1600 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92803
Monday through Sunday: 8am-8pm
The Mandara Spa at this Disney Hotel offers a full list of exotic treatments and specialty massages to give patrons at touch of Bali. Some of its signature services include an Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial (read: a fancy exfoliation) at $180 for 60 minutes, Mandara Hot Stone Therapy Massage at $155 for 50 minutes, and the Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage (a detoxification treatment) at $195 for 75 minutes. There is also the Body Face Feet package for $129 that includes a back massage, refresher facial and a foot massage.
120 West 20th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Monday through Friday: 8:30am-7:30pm
Montanya Spa bills itself as “an amber-illuminated sanctuary of serenity, impeccable service and unparalleled experience” and many customers will agree. Their signature facial for $95 also includes a aromatic face, neck and shoulder massage; the cranial massage with scalp treatment costs $90; and a detoxifying body treatment is $75. Montanya also has several spa packages like A Day Trip To The Heavens ($465), Gentelman’s Getaway ($310) and A Year of Beauty ($3,150) — which includes a monthly visit to the spa for three hours of “custom designed beauty and wellness treatments.
The Chocolate Day Spa
2900 Bristol Street, J 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Monday through Friday: 8am-8pm
The Chocolate Day Spa consistently gets rave reviews and their Infrared Sauna is all the rage (1 session for $39). Massages range from Swedish ($74 for 60 minutes), Deep Tissue ($90 for 60 minutes) and Zen Shiatsu ($75 for 60 minutes), among others. Their Chocolate Mocha Sugar scrub costs $79 for 45 minutes, the M’Lis Contour wrap runs at $115 for 60 minutes and an airbrush tan starts at $60.
6034 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Monday through Wednesday & Saturday: 9am-8pm
Thursday & Friday: 9am-9pm
ZenSpaOc bills itself as the “instant gratification” spot for busy folks with limited time. Treatments include facials (starting at $55), microdermabrasion ($75 or $45 if added to any facial), ZenTan ($45) among others. Some of ZenPaOc’s deals include a Teacher Back-To-School special at $55 for a 60-minute massage and $70 for a 60-minute facial.
Urban Bliss Day Spa
30 Centerpointe Drive, Suite 9A
La Palma, CA 90623
Tuesday through Friday: 10am-7pm
Urban Bliss Day Spa offers the usual fare with several different types of body treatments, including the body masque Seaweed Wrap Experience ($75 for 60 minutes) and the organic aromatherapy Sugar Scrub ($50 for 30 minutes). An acne-free facial costs $95 for 75 minutes while a European facial runs at $75 for 60 minutes. Urban also offers pre-paid memberships starting at $59 per month.
Lux Aveda Salon Spa
219 East Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Monday through Saturday: 10am-9pm
Lux Aveda offers a variety of facials (starting at $70), body treatments (starting at $85) and massages (starting at $70) as well as nail (manicures are $28 and pedicures are $38) and makeup care (starting at $50). Lux Aveda also offers “express” service for clients looking for instant relief and results at an “affordable rate”. A 30-minute facial or chakra massage costs $30, while a minutes-long brow or lip wax costs $20.
La Paz Spa
1190 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite B
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Monday through Friday: 10am-8pm
La Paz calls itself the “total body detox center” and offers massage therapy (starting at $45 for 30 minutes), infrared sauna therapy ($15 for 20 minutes), colon hydrotherapy ($65 for a single session) and more. The company insists that its aim is to “aid” patrons in their “right to self treat” and that they don’t intend to “diagnose, cure or prevent disease.”
Story by Nicola A. Menzie