By Susan Dowdney Safipour, LeeAnne Carson, and Martha Ross.
Photos courtesy of Marcelo Fuentes
Don’t let the storefront fool you—Lavande Boutique and Spa houses nine rooms with every kind of treatment imaginable, including a sage mint body scrub, a hot-stone massage, a facial, reflexology, and microdermabrasion. After your treatment, veg out in the sauna, steam room, or coed Jacuzzi. The spa also boasts a dozen manicure stations, a brow bar, and a mineral makeup station. Lavande has a primo location in the new Lafayette Mercantile and has ample parking—that’s a stress-buster right there. 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, www.lavandespa.com.
A longtime favorite in Walnut Creek, Changes Salon and Day Spa just got bigger and better. Now you can lounge in the spacious, naturally lit aquaterra room, which features a 16-foot wall of cascading water. Or, relax outdoors in a private enclosed courtyard due to open in late spring. Already in place is the new steam room, where you can slather on a custom-designed scrub that softens skin and gets you in the relaxation zone before a facial, massage, or body wrap. The expanded spa has great potential as a party venue. 1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, www.changessalon.com.
If there were a queen of Livermore, she’d get her pedicures at the new Salon Tivoli. Nestled among pillows on a canopied couch, she’d soak her feet in a hammered metal basin filled with milk and rose-petal water. The queen, or you, would feast on mimosas, fruit, and cheese during a stress-relieving foot massage. The royal treatment continues with the signature facial—75 minutes of soothing organic masks, scrubs, and moisturizers, as well as a neck-and-shoulders massage. 2219 First St., Livermore, (925) 456-3000, www.salontivoli.com.
The Pleasanton Spa is under new ownership, and the 10 treatment rooms are being remodeled. The spa will offer extended packages lasting from two to four hours in addition to a full menu of facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. 6155 Stoneridge Dr., Ste. 150, Pleasanton, (925) 463-1572, www.pleasantonspa.com.