Monday, April 1, 2013

Spa Slut: Sense, A Rosewood Spa (San Francisco Bay Area) Part 1

Can you believe it’s been a year since I’ve written as the Spa Slut?  There’s a reason for that… As much as I’ll whore around at any spa regardless of if it’s getting my shoulders rubbed at the airport or spending $200 on a 50 minute treatment so I can experience what locals consider a “luxury spa,” I refuse to bore you with every mediocre and underwhelming spa I visit. You, my lovelies want a departure! You want to feel like you are experiencing these fabulous spas with me, inspiring you to immediately forward my posts to your husbands and boyfriends as not-so-subtle birthday and anniversary hints!  Well, I’m happy to say that this past weekend our Spa Slut woke from her long slumber when she was able to experience true spa decadence once again.  The experience was SO decadent I simply cannot fit all the delicious details into one post. That’s right, the Spa Slut is back with a vengeance…

The first thing you experience when you walk through the enormous wood and glass doors of the Sense Spa at the Rosewood Sand Hill (about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco) is the clean woodsy scent of the spa’s signature oil, California Woods by local producer Ajne, which is piped through the air ducts and found in several of the spa’s products and services.  The dramatically high ceilings, dark woods and Balinese-inspired furniture of the spa lobby are a departure in itself. The lobby just screams destination spa.  Once you check in with the front desk you are asked to sit on the plush couch to fill out paperwork and the front-desk attendant brings you a warm scented towel to begin your journey. Ahhh…


 One of the things that impressed me most about this spa was it’s expansive locker room and relaxation facilities. So many luxury hotels wedge their spas into one of the hotel floors, giving you a crowded, claustrophobic spa experience (not relaxing). The Sense Spa is like a separate luxury compound offering so many different pre-treatment areas that it makes you feel, even on the busiest day, like you barely saw other guests. The locker rooms have cathedral ceilings with aisles of teak lockers and two large vanity areas filled with amenities like hair spray, gel, deodorant, hair dryers, etc. and magnified makeup mirrors.  Don’t think I didn’t take full advantage of the vanity area — spreading out my massive makeup and toiletry kits, sitting on the tufted stool happily applying my makeup.

The bathrooms and sinks are in a separate area where you’ll find deliciously-scented lemongrass hand wash from Ajne, which is meant to complement the California Woods’ air (for the record, it does), and little toothbrush and toothpaste kits by the sink (classy move).  Across from the bathroom area are the deluxe shower stalls featuring rain showers and large paddle handhelds, stocked with lemongrass shampoo, conditioner, and body gel. Walk a couple steps from the shower area and you’ll find the sauna and scented steam room with a bowl of chilled towels and cucumbers (true mark of a luxury spa) and a table of cucumber water.  Get too hot in the steam room? No problem. Step outside to the large jacuzzi (note: all the mentioned facilities are single-sex; bathing suits optional) which is shaded by a redwood trellis.  You’ll find ladies in the buff sipping glasses of champagne (the spa provides a glass of champagne for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, bridal parties, etc.) and enjoying the gorgeous California air.

Once you’re showered, steamed, and sauna’d to your heart’s content it’s time to choose a relaxation area. That’s right, there is more than one to choose from. The first is a single-sex relaxation room that runs a bit warmer than the rest of the spa areas.  It has four or five plush chairs and ottomans with soft, fuzzy blankets and personal reading lights. There’s a little table set up with pomegranate / cranberry  juice (I had about 10 glasses) and almonds, dark chocolate, and dried cranberries.

Now I personally opted to spend my time in the coed relaxation area (next door) which was much bigger and faced out to a beautiful courtyard (see second pic below).  Again, with cathedral redwood ceilings and plush chairs and ottomans, this relaxation room also had two round day beds filled with pillows. OBVIOUSLY I buried myself in pillows on one of the day beds.

This relaxation room featured various hot teas, cucumber water and the same little nibbles from the other room.  I opted to sip my pomegranate juice while looking out at the Santa Cruz mountains from the safe confines of my day bed. Now, I had brought my kindle since I expected to take full advantage of the relaxation facilities but the spa had such good magazines — US Weekly, Vanity Fair, Elle, etc. — I couldn’t help putting my kindle aside to find out if Kim Kardashian had really gained 65 lbs from her pregnancy.  10 minutes before my treatment I brought my smutty magazine to the outdoor courtyard and splayed myself out on a chaise lounge and enjoyed breathing in the Northern California air (while finding out why Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough broke up, obviously).

Dying to find out if I enjoyed my services as much as the pre-treatment areas? Wondering if the services were as decadent as the spa itself? Then I guess you’ll just have to check back tomorrow for Part 2 of my Sense Spa at the Rosewood Saga.  

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One Response to “Spa Slut: Sense, A Rosewood Spa (San Francisco Bay Area) Part 1”

  1. April 02, 2013 at 10:19 pm, Spa Slut: Sense, A Rosewood Spa (SF Bay Area) Part 2 - Beauty Binge | Beauty Binge said:

    […] Sand Hill (about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco).  Read Part 1 to this delicious spa saga here and enjoy Part 2 where I relive my two 90-minute sublime treatments […]

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