8 Can't-Miss Spots for a Blissful Couple's Massage
We have no evidence to support this, but we 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, it’s time 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. 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. Couple’s massage prices vary: 60 minute massages are $370 on weekdays and $390 on weekends. For a 90 minute massage, the price increases to $550 on weekdays and $570 on weekends.
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. A couple’s side-by-side massage is $300 for 50 minutes, $400 for 75 minutes, or $460 for 90 minutes. Booking only available by phone: 415-441-1777.
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 $415 for 50 minutes, and tops out at $740 (including gratuity) for the 110-minute Ultimate Couples Massage.
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. Couple’s massages start at $225 for a 25-minute aromatherapy massage, and max out at $500 for an 80-minute specialized massage.
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 ($165 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 14th through February 17th and receive the Valentine’s Day Royal Treatment, an exclusive, complimentary, once-a-year tea ceremony inspired by the goddess Aphrodite. (Note: you must call 415-552-7200 to book Valentine’s Day treatments between February 14 and 17.)
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 $375 Monday–Friday and $405 Saturday or Sunday, while a 90 minute session is $525 Monday–Friday and $555 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 $100 per couple. If you want to brush up on your massage game before Valentine’s Day, there’s a workshop on Saturday, February 9. 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 two couple’s rooms; 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. Look for sweetheart specials that run in February only.