Santa Said Self-Care! Give the Gift of Health and Happiness This Year
Wellness is the gift that keeps on giving. Rather than a new sweater that will be out of style by March, opt to surprise your friend or family member with a sumptuous self-care experience this holiday season! Therapeutic massages and New Year’s mani-pedis are exactly what Mrs. Claus is recommending this year. In Orange County, luxury spas are as prevalent as candy canes in the North Pole, so there’s a destination for every OC dweller or visitor. Post-Christmas cleanses allow recipients to start the new year feeling fresh, fun and flirty! While you’re at it, you may as well treat yourself to something well-deserved too (tackling the holiday to-do-list is no small feat). Happy holistic holidays!
Holly, jolly and radiating Tulum vibes, Facial Lounge is the ultimate holiday destination for self-care enthusiasts, from trendy teens to stylish seniors. With locations in Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar, this award-winning and top-rated haven is more than a facial spot; it’s a sanctuary for curated, organic skincare. Every product is clean, non-toxic and safe for all, including expectant mothers. The boho spa ambiance, with interiors reminiscent of a serene snowscape, sets the perfect stage for a blissful pampering experience.
Facial Lounge offers an array of personalized treatments suitable for all ages. Choose from soothing organic vegan facials with ozone steam and cryo globes to professional peels targeting fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Favorites like Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning, often paired with LED light therapy, are sure to bring out that holiday glow. The real star is their monthly membership, offering a gateway to savings on treatments and skincare. Plus, gift cards are available for the exclusive line of small-batch, bespoke skincare products, making Facial Lounge the ideal one-stop shop for everyone’s skincare needs this festive season.
Locations: Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar
The Inn at the Mission is the perfect mix of charm and luxe for celebrating the holiday season! The Inn’s cozy adobe exterior is warm and inviting for an afternoon of blissful unwinding. Best for couples, The Mission Spa Escape Package is the perfect gift for friends who are local to OC or who are planning to visit. This holiday hiatus is complete with a mini-getaway to the historic Inn and two 50-minute spa treatments. Just be sure to celebrate the holidays early so recipients can book their stay before the new year.
Location: San Juan Capistrano
Wellness is more than just spas days and getaways. Physical health is the core pillar. Tone and tighten with low-impact workout classes at Pure Barre OC. You may not break a sweat, but you will be shaking for sure! Classes are offered in a range of introductory sessions and strength-focused flows. Gift a “Pure Cheer” card this holiday season! Just be sure to also gift grip socks with the card so your friend has everything they need to step up to the barre.
Locations: Multiple OC studios
A tea party with a holistic spin, Village Tea Hut offers intrinsically focused meditative practices. Silent ceremonies promote stillness from within, with opportunities to share reflections throughout the 90-minute experience. The goal is for participants to connect with themselves, one another and nature, which nods to tea’s origin of being the “great connector” in China. Ceremonies are offered in group settings, men-only sessions and new-mom experiences. Ceremonies range from $22-$44, making this communal experience an affordable option for gifting wellness.
Location: Newport Beach
For friends that want to feel renewed going into the new year, take them to Aarna Spa. This Balinese-inspired alcove is located in Paséa Hotel & Spa—a place where you can relax the day away and soothe your stresses. Sunbathe in the spa’s zen garden and sneak in a sauna sesh after your treatment! Their Revitalizing Salt Scrub Nourishing Body Treatment gives the gift of 50 minutes of cleansing relaxation. Natural minerals and healing essential oils exfoliate the body, followed by a rehydrating oil treatment. It’s pure bliss.
Location: Huntington Beach
If any place is for the girls, it’s Lavish Nail Bar! Complimentary bubbles during a polish? Yes, please! Make your bestie feel luxe and lavish with a dazzling mani-pedi (and she’ll never know it only cost $70). The Lavish Manicure starts with a sugar scrub for baby-smooth skin and finishes with a soothing hand massage. Complete the set with a herbal pedicure. Organic dried herbs and coconut oil scrub help release toxins and a creamy honey milk foot mask has the toes ready to hit the mat for hot yoga!
Location: Garden Grove
You know facials, and massages, and saunas and cold plunges, but do you recall, the most unique wellness activity of all?! Give the gift of floating with a therapy session at Urban Float. Floating is the all-new way to wellness. At Urban Float, guests enter a private saltwater orb. The high salt concentration allows for mindless floating, releasing tension throughout the body and slowing down hyperactive brainwaves. You’re not just gifting floating—but all the health benefits that come with it. Reduced anxiety, improved sleep and overall relaxation are priceless!
Location: San Juan Capistrano