Credit: Pasea Hotel & Spa
Credit: Pasea Hotel & Spa

7 OC Spas to Relax and Refresh at This Winter

Find Your Winter Bliss With Brightening Facials and Renewing Massages

Within the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a little R&R is well deserved. Head in to the new year refreshed and renewed with a trip to the spa. It’s a sure-fire way to cure winter blues! Cozy up in a plush bath robe, detox with a facial and sweat it out in the sauna. Whether you’re looking to unwind with a massage or experience a complete coastal retreat, these seven day spas will transport you straight to tranquility.


Facial Lounge

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Amber Rose Johnson, “skin whisperer” and founder of Facial Lounge, empowers clients to lead confident lives by healing skin from the inside out. Facial Lounge uses vegan, organic and non-toxic products to provide high-quality treatments for all skin types. Try the Custom Organic Vegan Facial, which starts with an ozone steam and formulated face mask catered to your skin goals. Feel better than ever with an lymphatic massage and a post facial pick-me-up from Coffee Dose next to their Costa Mesa location. You’ll leave glowing, and you’ll love the adorable black-and-white minimalistic interior throughout the lounge.

Locations: Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa


The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Spa

Inspired by the calm of the Pacific, which rolls in just feet away from The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, treatments at the spa use marine collagen, healing sea salt, heated beach stones and detoxifying seaweed to help clients achieve blissful balance. With meditative massages, silky facials, rich exfoliators and a full-service salon along with treatments created specifically for men, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a sanctuary for all to unwind. Look for their seasonal services for a unique experience.

Location: Dana Point


Spa at Montage Laguna Beach

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The Spa at Montage Laguna Beach epitomizes west coast wellness by prioritizing inward and outward health in the most luxurious of settings. Fit in daily movement at their fitness studio—featuring unbeatable views of the Pacific—meditate by the fireplace, relax in the redwood sauna and experience pure bliss with the California Wildflower Ritual Massage. This restorative treatment utilizes heated healing flowers like calming camomile and vibrant orange blossom for transformative relaxation. Finally, the both of you can unwind with a couples massage. 

Location: Laguna Beach


Burke Williams Day Spa

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Relax in the palace-like charm of Burke Williams Day Spa. Tried and true services are inspired by European practices and Chinese medicine designed to replace tension with ease. Stress washes away with wet-room treatments that pinpoint 12 shower heads around your body for a renewing experience. Pair a wet-room treatment with sugar scrubs and mud masks to leave with radiant skin. To relieve more intense pains, Burke Williams offers chiropractic sessions by appointment.

Locations: Orange and Mission Viejo


Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Spa

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The Waldorf Astoria Spa in Monarch Beach focuses on modern wellness with cryotherapy and innovative therapies. Enjoy a serene massage and breathe deeply into winter-inspired wellness offerings. Dry skin from the crisp air? The Cocoa and Marshmallow Destress Facial will revive your holiday glow! The Rosemary Peppermint Pedicure is sure to revitalize your soles (and soul) with the scents of the season. Enjoy all-day access to the steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and relaxation lounges with any treatment.

Location: Dana Point


Aarna Spa at Pasea Hotel & Spa

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Calming neutrals at Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach transports you to the beaches of Bali—as do the restorative Polynesian techniques at Aarna spa. Complete with eight serene treatment rooms, a secluded outdoor Spa Garden with shaded cabanas and a romantic couples suite, Aarna Spa is paradise for SoCal visitors and locals alike. Try the Signature Facial to brighten your skin and enjoy the peace and privacy of spa amenities.

Local Insight: This holiday season, give the gift of relaxation and enjoy a $20 bonus card when a $100 gift card is purchased in store.

Location: Huntington Beach


Renaissance ClubSport Spa

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Adjacent to Renaissance ClubSport’s luxury gym, R Spa focuses on more than just relaxation—extensive recovery treatments are provided as well. Alongside aromatherapy and hot stone massages are guided stretching sessions to increase flexibility and Therabody RecoveryAir Compression services to relieve sore muscles. These offerings are suited for the everyday athlete, but they also pair well with purifying facials and body polishes. The dimly lit studio sets the mood for a relaxing day of wellness rituals for the body, mind and soul. 

Location: Aliso Viejo


Catch up on your movie list and skincare needs all in one! We all lead busy lives—take time for yourself and reap the benefits of hydrating facials while watching your favorite movie and sipping champagne! Facialworks takes you to skin heaven with CleanSea, their own line of non-toxic, vegan skincare that incorporates all-natural ingredients to work against the negative effects of blue light. Take some home with you at their sustainable refill stations!

Locations: Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Irvine

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Lover of the beach, food and fitness, Emily enjoys exploring all sunny Southern California has to offer! She has a passion for sharing about her favorite local gems and began writing for Locale in 2022. On the weekends, find her creating recipes for her food blog or out in Laguna!


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