Santa Barbara Wellness Guide

Santa Barbara Wellness Guide

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara isn't just a breathtaking destination; it's also a haven for wellness enthusiasts. From rejuvenating spa experiences to invigorating outdoor activities and an array of health-focused eateries, this guide will lead you on a journey to explore the city's vibrant wellness scene. Whether you're a local seeking new experiences or a visitor eager to discover the city's wellness offerings, let this guide be your compass to wellness in Santa Barbara.

Spas in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara boasts several spas offering a range of luxurious experiences. Summerland Salon & Spa is a luxury salon for beauty and wellness. They offer various services, including hair color, cut, style, massages, facials, and waxing. They even host self-care events where you can learn different skin and hair care techniques. Another notable spa is Float Luxury Spa. They offer a variety of spa treatments, including massages and facials. They also have body treatments. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do? They have packages available so you can enjoy a variety of treatments during your visit.

Additionally, Le Reve Organic Spa & Boutique is known for its organic treatments in a serene environment. Enjoy facials, massages, manicures, and pedicures at this stunning location. Lastly, the Salt Caves in downtown Santa Barbara offer a unique experience using salt therapy for relaxation and respiratory health. Santa Barbara's spa scene caters to various preferences, whether seeking massages, facials, or holistic wellness experiences.

Outdoor Wellness

Santa Barbara offers a variety of outdoor wellness activities amidst its stunning natural landscapes. Visitors can explore numerous hiking trails like the Inspiration Point Trail or the Channel Islands for the unique plant and animal life and stunning ocean views. Santa Barbara also has several beautiful gardens to explore and relax in, including Lotusland, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.  Additionally, cycling along the picturesque coastline and all the Santa Barbara Beaches is a great way to get some exercise and sunshine. Our Wanderlust Partner, e-Bikery, has electric bikes for you to rent and have free delivery to your Wanderlust Luxury Rental to make your wellness adventure seamless.  

Hot Springs

The Santa Barbara area has one well-known hot spring for people to visit. The Hot Springs Canyon, or Montecito Hot Spring, has the best pools to soak. You’ll have a scenic, moderate hike that is about 4 hours round trip to get there. There are multiple pools to soak in, the hottest being the top pool, and the lower pools are cooler. There are several other hot springs within a reasonable driving distance.

Yoga and Fitness

Yoga and fitness are essential for overall wellness, positively impacting physical, mental, and emotional health. These practices enhance strength, flexibility, and balance, aiding in muscle toning, cardiovascular health, and weight management. Moreover, they reduce stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation through controlled breathing and mindfulness techniques. Regular practice releases endorphins, boosting mood and well-being.

Yoga in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara offers a vibrant yoga scene with various studios catering to different yoga styles and preferences. Some renowned studios include Beach Yoga, which offers yoga outside at the historic Cabrillo Pavilion. They also offer special yoga events on full moon nights. Another great studio is Power of Your Om. They offer infrared hot yoga and regular non-heated yoga classes for all levels.  Finally, Yoga Soup offers diverse classes, including vinyasa flow, hatha, and restorative yoga, often accompanied by live music. These studios and others across Santa Barbara offer classes suitable for practitioners of all levels, making finding a practice that suits individual preferences and needs easy.

Pilates in Santa Barbara

Pilates is popular in Santa Barbara, with several studios offering diverse approaches to the practice. Studios like Club Pilates, San Roque Pilates, Mindbody, and Core Sport provide various classes, from classical Pilates training to sessions combining Pilates principles with other practices like yoga. Our Wanderlust Partner Swell also offers Pilates classes as well. When you stay in one of our Wanderlust vacation rentals, you’ll receive a complimentary 2-day pass to Swell. Pilates classes focus on core strength, flexibility, and overall body conditioning through group sessions or personalized training, catering to different skill levels and preferences.

Healthy Eating

Santa Barbara boasts a variety of dining options that prioritize healthy eating. Many restaurants in the city focus on farm-to-table dining, using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Eateries are offering vegetarian and vegan cuisine, providing flavorful plant-based dishes. Numerous juice bars, smoothie shops, and health-conscious cafes also cater to various dietary preferences; Eateries offer gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo options. Visitors and locals can explore these diverse dining choices to enjoy fresh, nutritious, and flavorful meals throughout Santa Barbara.

Plan Your Wellness Retreat to Santa Barbara 

Santa Barbara's got it all—whether you've chilled at a spa, hiking in nature, chowed down on some healthy bites, or vibed with mindfulness practices. Remember, wellness is all about what feels right for you. So, if you're interested in experiencing Santa Barbara's wellness scene, browse our luxury Santa Barbara vacation rentals and start planning your next wellness retreat!