SF Beauty and Wellness Examiner Sonja Shin Hodgkins
Beautify and relax at the celebrated Stevenswood Spa Resort in Mendocino County. With comfy suites, an eco-spa, lovely lounging areas, and fine cuisine all in one spot, you’ll never feel the need to leave. It’s an intimate, secluded resort tucked away in the forest near the sea, just a couple minutes from the town of Mendocino.
This Way to Your Suite
Stevenswood offers ten well-appointed suites – many with ocean views. Snuggle up by the wood-burning fireplace after you take a dip in one of the jacuzzis or after a stroll through redwoods and meadows just outside.
Plunk down for a seriously good night of sleep on the Temper-pedic bed with your European down comforter. Come morning, brew a cup of espresso right in your room. Then feast on a deluxe complimentary breakfast (think freshly prepared Three Berry French Toast or a California Baked Scramble made with free-range eggs, black forest ham, and imported, organic mozzarella).
Get Pampered and Pretty
Pampering and beautification await you at the peaceful, five-star Indigo Eco | Spa, a certified eco-spa with an extensive menu of services. They use products and resources with the least amount of impact on the ecosystem and all-natural ingredients with an emphasis on purity.
If you’re looking to detoxify and rejuvenate your body, try the 90-minute Pacific Sea Detox ($235). They apply a mix of Pacific Sea plants and local essential oils before wrapping you up on a cozy, warm bed. Then you’ll get a full body massage and be slathered with all-natural lotions and a custom-made, marine concoction to reduce lines and wrinkles, and hydrate lackluster skin. I tried this and left feeling completely refreshed with pretty, glowy skin.
Looking to combine pampering with romance? Try the Love in Paradise Couples Massage ($350). It’s their most popular treatment. Couples start by taking a soak in the private, canyon rim mineral whirlpool. Then they’re rubbed down in tandem next to a crackling fireplace with relaxing music and calming aromas drifting through the air. How’s that for spending quality time together?
As I mentioned, guests get complimentary breakfast with an excellent array of choices. Also stop in for an inspired dinner with a menu that changes daily. Chef Rocco Hanson, formerly of Restaurant Anzu at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, brings his creativity and love for fresh seafood and local produce to The Restaurant at Stevenswood.
I thoroughly enjoyed the delicate squash blossoms ($12) stuffed with ricotta over a vibrant tomato coulis with succulent bits of corn. I also highly recommend the tender, grilled tuna ($29) served over a savory polenta cake with artichoke hearts and oven-dried tomatoes.
If both a resort stay and spa service isn’t in the budget, you can still enjoy the spa experience. Stevenswood guests get complimentary use of the outdoor jacuzzi baths, a sauna, and the tranquil deck with views of the redwoods and ocean. You can also work out with while taking in an ocean view in their fitness room or take one of the yoga classes.