The Fairmont Spa at the Claremont

Refresh and recharge in the Bay Area
There’s something about the Bay Area that makes you want to detox, live cleaner, hit refresh. To begin your new lease on life, make a beeline over the bridge from San Fran — or simply roll of out of bed if you’re staying at Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel and spend the day inside the nourishing retreat that is The Fairmont Spa at the Claremont.

In addition to the 32 tranquil rooms and sepia-toned lounge where you can peacefully wait for your appointment, an adjoining salon meets all your beauty needs to complete your inner/outer renewal.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Though it’s part of the gracious Claremont resort, the spa has its own extremely peaceful, relaxed ambiance — it was originally built in the simple California-inspired Craftsman style.
  • Glass tiles line the walls and treatment tables are draped with brocade blankets and fresh orchids.
  • The 25,000-square-foot space offers oodles of relaxing and restorative services: hot stone massages, lavender scrubs and an ayurvedic rebalancer are just a few of your options there.
  • Target specific stress points with options like the neck and shoulder massage, reflexology or acupuncture.
  • The urban oasis also adds special seasonal treatments to its menu so you can indulge more healthfully, too — during the holidays, for example, they offer a yummy pumpkin spice facial.
Things to Know
  • The best way to get an appointment at The Fairmont Spa at the Claremont is by calling a week in advance since the popular spa is often booked up.
  • If you forget to call, however, note that the hotel lists available treatment times on a sign in the lobby the day of (which is helpful if you’re staying at the resort!).
  • Arrive 45 minutes before your treatment if possible so you can take advantage of the soothing amenities. 
  • Salon guests can also use the spa facility for up to two hours before their appointment, Monday through Thursday.
  • Parents: If you’re traveling with kids on those same days, you can reserve three hours of childcare at The Claremont’s kids club with any scheduled visit.
The Treatments
  • This pampering resort spa offers pretty much every type of massage you can imagine.
  • On the traditional side, choose from a therapeutic, aromatherapy, deep tissue, shiatsu or sports massage.
  • Completely mellow out with the spa’s Tibetan sound massage, during which ancient Tibetan bowls are rung to get you to focus on the relaxation at hand.
  • You can also transport yourself to a peaceful place with the Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which employs long rhythmic strokes mimicking ocean waves.
  • The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa’s hot stone massage uses smooth, warmed basalt stones to relieve your sore muscles. Prenatal massages are also available for expectant moms.
The Facilities
  • Before your massage, facial or scrub, the whirlpool room summons you to take a soak in one of its tubs where windows showcase expansive views of the San Francisco skyline and bay (a beautiful view by day or evening).
  • The spa boasts a sauna, eucalyptus-infused steam room offer various levels of heat to put your body at ease.
  • Ninety-minute hydrotherapy treatments can be experienced in the state-of-the-art Deluge shower.
Getting There
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, California 94705
The Fairmont Spa at the Claremont
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