8 Can't-Miss Spots for a Blissful Couple's Massage
I have no evidence to support this, but I suspect that 82 percent of former couples can track the moment their relationship began to fail to the time they decided not to splurge on a couple’s massage. With that harrowing (made-up) statistic in mind, I want you to reflect on your current relationship. Do you like your significant other? Do you want to improve your odds of long-term success as a couple? Then it’s time to hedge your bets and book massages.
Couples massages eliminate why-are-you-getting-a-massage-and-I’m-just-sitting-at-home-watching-Netflix jealousy because they ensure that both parties are pampered at the exact same time. Below, I’ve identified the best spots for couples’ massages in the city. There’s a handy map (of course), and I’ve even noted the spots that are available to book on Tru, the salon-and-spa booking app. (If you haven’t downloaded it yet, what are you waiting for?) If you and your SO are in need of pampering, these spas are a solid bet.
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA
When you want an escape from the city, cross the bridge to Cavallo Point, one of the top spa retreats in the country. Along with your massage, you'll get unlimited steam room and whirlpool time, and a chance to dip in the therapy pool.
1161 Gorgas Avenue
Located in the Presidio near the Palace of Fine Arts, this award-winning luxury spa is one of the city’s best spots for relaxing and unwinding. When you book your massage, be sure to allot time after for the eucalyptus steam room and Swiss showers. If you’re not in a rush to return to the real world, stick around to read a book and drink tea in one of the three relaxation lounges, or enjoy lunch in the cafe.
1075 California Street
Whether you’re there for romance, or just pampering yourself with a friend, you’ll have a memorable day at the Nob Hill Spa. When you book a treatment that’s at least 50 minutes, you’ll also receive access to facilities, including the indoor relaxation pool (with one of the best views in the city), whirlpool, gym, saunas, and steam rooms. A couple’s massage starts at $145 per person for 50 minutes, and $195 per person for 80 minutes.
8 Mission Street
Get ready to relax at this penthouse-level spa with views over the Embarcadero and Ferry Building. Don’t forget to step outside into the private bamboo garden—it’s like a tropical escape within the city—and take advantage of the deep soaking tub while you’re there. For a truly luxurious experience, add the bathing ritual, which includes seasonally fresh bath products, an herbal beverage, and a cucumber wash, onto your massage package.
534 Laguna Street
This Hayes Valley spot delivers pampering with a helping of mysticism. Part sanctuary, part apothecary, Earthbody describes itself as “a refuge for the senses” with a holistic culture. If you dig that vibe, there’s an array of couple’s massages for you and your sweetheart (or a friend) to try, including a one-hour couple’s essential massage ($145 per person), a 90-minute couple’s excursion ($225 per person), and the two-hour royal couple treatment ($295 per person). Book any couples massage February 11th through February 14th and receive the Valentine’s Day Royal Treatment, an exclusive, complimentary, once-a-year tea ceremony inspired by the goddess Aphrodite.
125 3rd Street
When you’re feeling extra-fancy, book a treatment at the Remède Spa in the St. Regis hotel—San Francisco’s only four-star rated spa. Forbes Travel Guide declares, “If heaven has a spa, it must look like this”, and with good reason: your spa experience comes with champagne and truffles, whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, and an absolutely stunning pool. A 60-minute couple’s massage is $365 Monday–Friday and $380 Saturday or Sunday, while a 90 minute session is $515 Monday–Friday and $530 Saturday or Sunday.
2489 Mission Street, Suite 35
If you prefer to apply the “teach a man to fish” theory of self-reliance to massage, sign up for a massage class with Urban Oasis. Group massage workshops are two hours long and cost $75. If you want to brush up on your massage game before Valentine’s Day, try one of the three Pre-V-Day workshops on February 11, ($150). You can also book a “one-on-one” class, which involves you, your partner and one massage therapist. Private classes are $250 and last two hours.
518 Sutter Street, 3rd Floor
While most of Pure’s massage treatments are offered as either a solo or couple service, the spa only has one couple’s room; you’ll need to book early to secure your appointment. The spa offers a variety of massage and organic face treatments, and fans rave that the deep tissue massages are excellent. All services are combined with their unique blend of organic, infused oils.