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Waves crashing against the jagged cliffs, stellar vineyards and unrivaled golf courses — Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur are all places that evoke relaxation. And to kick things up a notch, book a spa treatment. California's Central Coast is home to several fantastic spas that use local ingredients and play on the beautiful location. Located in the peaceful Carmel Valley, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge is rustic yet luxurious with touches such as terra cotta walls and a fire pit in the warming room. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa is surrounded by vineyards, so be sure to take advantage of the wine-centric treatments such as the Chardonnay Polish that uses an all-natural chardonnay sugar scrub to buff your skin and followed by a chardonnay body butter to leave your body feeling smooth as silk. If you're a golfer (or not), head to The Spa at Pebble Beach, a 22,000-square-foot Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa. The treatments here use ingredients indigenous to the Monterey Peninsula, making the most of the healing properties of plants, herbs and minerals. Nearby in Monterey, you'll find Vista Blue Spa at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. The spa sits on the top floor of the hotel, so when you aren't indulging in relaxing treatments, you can soak up the beautiful cliff-top views. Down the way in Big Sur sits Post Ranch Spa, which focuses on nature-based treatments. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa is exclusively for guests of its accompanying hotel, Post Ranch Inn; but with vistas of the rugged coast from the treatment rooms, it's definitely worth staying the night.